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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So The Apostles Faked the Resurrection? Really?

The lives (and deaths) of the Apostles prove that Christ really did rise from the dead.

09/12/2016 Comments (7)
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I've read a number of times (including a rather nasty email) that the apostles probably faked the resurrection? It always makes me laugh.

The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said, "The 'wise' do not believe in the resurrection of the dead. It is really quite absurd [to them]. The Ascension had to be made up by groveling enthusiasts as part of their plan to get themselves martyred."

On the day, that Christ was crucified, the Bible states that the apostles were scattered and on the run. Their leader had just been arrested, tortured, and crucified. Running kinda' made sense. But you know what doesn't make sense though? Everything that happened next if you don't believe in the...READ MORE

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The Catholic Doctor Who Invented an Epidemic To Save Jews in WWII

09/05/2016 Comments (5)

In the fall of 1943, Nazis began arresting the Jews of Rome, many of whom were sent off to concentration camps including Auschwitz where they were never heard from again. While there are many beautiful stories of the people of Rome hiding Jews, this one jumped out at me. About two dozen Jews fled from the Nazis and found themselves at the door of a hospital called Fatebenefratelli which stood on a tiny island in the Tiber in Rome.

In panic and with little hope, they found themselves ushered in quietly and quickly diagnosed with a strange new disease called "Syndrome K," a version of Koch disease. They were placed into "quarantine" and put behind closed doors.

Of course, there is no such...READ MORE

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This Anti-Christian Graffito May Be Earliest Depiction of Crucifixion

08/26/2016 Comments (3)

We are mocked in popular culture. We are attacked by the government. But this, as we know, is nothing new for Christians.

In fact, it's rather fitting that perhaps the earliest surviving depiction of Christ crucified might just be anti-Christian graffiti. Discovered in 1857, carved into a wall near the Palatine Hill in Rome, the graffiti is believed to have been drawn around 200 AD. The central figure of the drawing is a crucified figure with the body of a man and the head of a donkey or ass. To the left of the crucified figure is a man raising his hand in presumed worship. A mocking inscription accompanies the drawing which says "Alexamenos worshipping his God."

The donkey head must...READ MORE

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8 Reasons Jim Gaffigan Shouldn't Quit His Show

08/23/2016 Comments (11)

Dear Jim Gaffigan,

I am writing this heartfelt post to convince you, Jim Gaffigan, to continue with your show, The Jim Gaffigan Show, on TV Land. Recently, you announced that there won't be a Season 3 to your wonderful show because you want to focus on raising your five children. (Helicopter parent much?! Sheesh.) This plea of mine might seem ironic to some in that I was a journalist who left his job at a newspaper to raise his five children but I'm a complex man. OK, not that complex. But I watch a lot of television and your show is one of my favorites. So that should be enough right there. But apparently it's not.

So here's eight good quality reasons that you, Jim Gaffigan, should...READ MORE

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That "Olympic Moment" Was a Christian Moment

08/18/2016 Comments (8)

By now, we've all probably seen that beautiful moment when Abbey D'Agostino of the United States collided with Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand in a women's 5000m qualifying race. In what is being heralded as "true Olympic spirit", D'Agostino jumped back on her feet and appeared ready to race on. This is the Olympics, mind you. But then she looked down and saw her rival from New Zealand, writing in pain.

Then she did the unthinkable—she stopped. She stopped and helped her opponent up. Hamblin later described it this way in Christianity Today:

"That girl is the Olympic spirit right there," Hamblin said of D'Agostino. "I went down and I was like 'What's happening? Why am I on the ground?' "Then...READ MORE

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I'll Admit It, I Never Really Liked Michael Phelps

08/15/2016 Comments (11)

(Photo credit: Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

I know I'm probably in the teeny tiny minority but for years I've held a dirty secret. I never really liked Michael Phelps. I mean I still wanted him to win. 'Merica and all. But I didn't like him.

I respected his chase of perfection. He was a man on a mission but he seemed...cocky, I guess. I respected the way he pursued his passion but he didn't seem grateful. He didn't seem joyful. His relationship with his mother seemed loving but it seemed like a closed circle. He didn't seem loving to others around him.

And then we all saw the headlines about the drug use, the drinking, the DUI, and rumored womanizing. I thought it was a shame. And after 2012, it seemed like he was done.


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Flannery O'Connor Was No Fan of Ayn Rand

08/11/2016 Comments (9)

In a letter dated May 31, 1960, Flannery O’Connor penned a letter to the playwright Maryat Lee that was obviously part of an ongoing conversation they were enjoying. O'Connor was clearly not a fan of Rand.

She wrote:

I hope you don’t have friends who recommend Ayn Rand to you. The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re fiction. I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the nearest garbage pail. She makes Mickey Spillane look like Dostoevsky.


I, however, find myself very grateful to Ayn Rand in a sense. Oddly enough, it was her work which helped to lead me back to Catholicism. I was working as a security guard while going to college. In truth, I...READ MORE

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Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph's University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.