7 Insanely Bad TV Shows and Movies Featuring Popes

The Register's Matt Archbold went back and looked up some movies in which the pope and the Church were portrayed. What he came up with was not encouraging.

09/22/2016 Comments (17)

Many Catholics are rightly upset about the scandalous anti-Catholic new HBO show called "The Young Pope." But Hollywood has been attacking the Church for years. I went back and looked up some movies in which the pope and the Church were portrayed. What I came up with was not encouraging.

The Pope Must Die - This early 90's movie is more embarrassing than puberty. Robbie Coltraine, who is essentially bionically likeable, couldn't even save this piece of cinematic sludge. And keep in mind that he once even made a movie called "Nuns on the Run" almost not the worst movie of the year.

So my third favorite part of the movie is that the entire premise of the movie is that because the Cardinals...READ MORE

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Humanae Vitae Dissenters Should Not Be Teaching at Catholic Colleges

This scandalous situation, in which far too many Catholic colleges have put themselves, directly endangers the souls of students.

09/22/2016 Comments (10)

Considering the morally corrupt and hypersexualized state of our culture, it’s not that surprising that dissenters from Blessed Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae would think now is a good time to revive their tired, old, anti-Catholic push to reverse the beautiful teachings of the Church regarding human sexuality — specifically, the use of contraceptives.

What should be surprising is that the leaders of this new campaign of public dissent against Church teaching are still allowed to teach theology, ethics, philosophy, religious studies, etc. at Catholic colleges across the country.

More than two dozen professors associated with Catholic colleges are involved in the new campaign to...READ MORE

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Husband and Wife of 63 Years Die 20 Minutes Apart and Religious Details are Beautiful and More!

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/22/2016 Comment

Click on Husband and Wife of 63 Years Die 20 Minutes Apart and Religious Details are Beautiful by Bobby Ross, Jr., of Get Religion link to read more.

Husband and Wife of 63 Years Die 20 Minutes Apart and Religious Details are Beautiful – Bobby Ross Jr., Get Religion

The Better Pastor: Learning to Really Manage Your Parish – Peter Mirus, Catholic Culture

Open Your Hearts to Those ‘Defeated by Life,’ Pope Francis Says – Catholic News Agency

The Great Virtue of Humility – Veronica Arntz, Truth and Charity Forum

Learning, Dialogue, and the Responsibility of the Listener – Francis J. Beckwith Ph.D., The Catholic Thing

Catholic Social Teaching Principles in the Workplace – Luciano Corbo, New Evangelizers

Quæritur: Best Translation of St. Augustine’s “Confessions”? – Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, Fr. Z’s Blog

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The Hidden Catholic References in ‘Star Trek’

‘Star Trek’ is replete with positive references of religion and especially Christianity.

09/21/2016 Comments (21)

Rob Young, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

“For 3.2 seconds, I … saw perfection.”
—Seven of Nine to Captain Janeway, Star Trek: Voyager, "The Omega Directive"

Let's get this straight — I'm a Trekker, not a Trekkie.

And, as a Trekker, I felt called to celebrate Star Trek's 50th anniversary at New York's Jacob Javits Center during the first week of Sept. 2016.

And as I stood amongst my outrageously costumed Trek confreres and consoeurs, immersing myself in all things Trek, I came to consider Trek's Catholicity.

It's certainly true that Gene Roddenberry was a militant atheist, anti-religionist and Rosicrucian, and hoped to portray the future as a techno-secularist paradise sans religion (read: Catholicism). But the sad truth (for...READ MORE

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How to Pray the ‘Te Deum’, the Ancient Hymn of Praise to God

“You are God; we praise you. You are the Lord; we acclaim you. You are the eternal Father; all creation worships you.”

09/21/2016 Comments (19)

Gebhard Fugel, “Te Deum Laudamus” (1901)

We all have our favorite prayers, novenas, devotions and aspirations.

One of mine is a prayer that seems to have fallen out of popular use lately: the ancient “Te Deum”, commonly attributed to St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Doctor of the Church and the man who baptized St. Augustine. However, the authorship of this venerable hymn of praise has never been firmly nailed down and Nicetas of Remesiana has been put forward as a possible composer too. More recently an argument that the Te Deum is part of an ancient Easter Vigil hymn has been proposed.

The Te Deum (whose name is simply the first two words of the prayer itself, not unlike the title of a papal document) is unique in that it is...READ MORE

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Seminary Enrollment Surge for Vocations in Philadelphia; What Is Truth, Hint: Not Facebook and More!

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09/21/2016 Comment

Click on Seminary Enrollment Surge for Vocations in Philadelphia! by Lou Baldwin of Catholic Philly link to read more.

Seminary Enrollment Surge for Vocations in Philadelphia! – Lou Baldwin, Catholic Philly

The TV Dinner and the Sexual Revolution – Denise J. Hunnell M.D., Catholic Stand

The True and False Meaning of “Social Justice” – Anthony P. Stine, Crisis Magazine

“Mutual Submission” between Husbands and Wives in Ephesians 5? – Josh Kush, Crisis Magazine

Relation to Princess Diana on Road to becoming a Saint – Simon Caldwell, Catholic Herald

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: What Does the Science Say? – Catholic News Agency

Is ‘Corruption’ the Right Way to Describe the Dysfunction of the Catholic Hierarchy? – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

What Is Truth? (Hint: Not Facebook) – Sarah...READ MORE

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Could St. Joseph of Cupertino Really Fly?

The lesson we take from the life of St. Joseph of Cupertino is that the material world is stranger and more unpredictable than we can imagine.

09/20/2016 Comments (11)

Ludovico Mazzanti (1686-1775), “Saint Joseph of Cupertino”

September 18 was the feast day of St. Joseph of Cupertino, who was famous for levitating and is therefore the patron saint of pilots. 

Joseph was born into a poor family in Cupertino, Italy in 1603. His father was a poor carpenter who died before he was born, and his impoverished mother gave birth to him in a stable.

The poor boy started out with no advantages and his misfortune continued. To put it bluntly, he was stupid to the point of being unteachable. Everything he attempted he failed. His ecstasies began early in life and he would suddenly stop and stand and stare — totally distracted as if in a trance.

He got the idea that if he was good for nothing he might make it as a friar,...READ MORE

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On Humanae Vitae, the Church is Right and the Wijngaards Institute is Wrong

When I became Catholic, I went searching for answers to the elusive question of contraception — and found them in the impressive writings of Pope Paul VI, Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Pius XII.

09/20/2016 Comments (4)

Official portrait of Pope Paul VI, who promulgated Humanae Vitae in 1968.

Last week, I learned that a UK-based group of Catholic scholars is suggesting that Humanae Vitae got it wrong when it comes to artificial birth control. The Wijngaards Institute is proposing, as we approach the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s landmark encyclical, that the Catholic Church allow for the use of modern artificial contraception.

Who said being Catholic isn’t interesting?

Funnily enough, the wholesale rejection of birth control was not terribly hard for me to accept, as a formerly-contracepting convert. This was, I admit, largely because the pill had made me sick (and a little bit crazy) early on in my marriage. Plus, over time, I had begun to question this whole mentality...READ MORE

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