UPDATE: New 60s! Age of Ultron! Tomorrowland! Ex Machina! Reel Faith is back!

“Reel Faith” is now in its sixth summer season … with a new feather in our caps.

05/22/2015 Comments (4)

We’d like to thank the Academy.

UPDATE: See new 60 second reviews below!

Exciting news!

“Reel Faith” returns to NET TV tonight — with a new feather in our caps: We are now the proud winners of a 2015 Gabriel Award, bestowed by the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals, the U.S. affiliate of SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication.

The Gabriel Awards, which date to 1965, are intended to honor excellence in broadcasting. They are not limited to religious programming; in the words of the Academy:

The single most important criterion of a Gabriel winning program is its ability to uplift and nourish the human spirit. Gabriel-worthy programs affirm the dignity of human beings, and recognize and...READ MORE

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No, Catholic U is NOT under investigation for offending Muslim students…

Another day, another faux crisis.

05/12/2015 Comments (16)

This is not happening.

…regardless what you may have read recently on Breitbart News, among many, many other right-wing sources.

[Update: See the letter I received from Catholic University below confirming my take on this story.]

“Catholic University investigated for offending Muslims by having too many crosses,” reads the May 11, 2015 headline at Breitbart.

Judging from many comments at Breitbart and on social media, the popular impression many people seem to be taking away from the story is this: Pushy Muslim students at Catholic University in Washington, DC are professing themselves offended by the sight of Christian crosses. They’re demanding that crosses be taken down and Muslim-friendly prayer spaces...READ MORE

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A book every serious Christian movie buff should have

05/06/2015 Comments (5)

Every serious Christian movie buff should own a copy of Peter Dans’ Christians in the Movies: A Century of Saints and Sinners. First published in 2009, Christians in the Movies was originally available only in an expensive hardcover edition priced as a library reference work; since then it’s been reprinted in an affordable paperback edition.

Christians in the Movies is not Dans’ first survey of cinema. An associate professor of medicine as well as a dedicated cinephile, Dans was first moved to write about the big-screen depiction of his profession in his 2000 book Doctors in the Movies: Boil the Water and Just Say Ahh! — an entertaining and insightful study of social attitudes regarding...READ MORE

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No, pastors are NOT facing jail time for not marrying gays…

…despite what you may have seen on social media lately.

04/29/2015 Comments (157)

For some reason a Washington Times article from October 20, 2014 headlined “Idaho city’s ordinance tells pastors to marry gays or go to jail” has been making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter and so forth. (People don’t check dates on social media.)

An excerpt:

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, city officials have laid down the law to Christian pastors within their community, telling them bluntly via an ordinance that if they refuse to marry homosexuals, they will face jail time and fines.

The dictate comes on the heels of a legal battle with Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers who own the Hitching Post wedding chapel in the city, but who oppose gay marriage, The Daily Caller reported.


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When in Rome #4: Serendipitous Masses

How God (and Saint Sebastian and Saint John Paul II) met James and me in Rome.

04/18/2015 Comments (1)

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My week in Rome is almost up, and for a variety of reasons my plans to blog the trip didn’t work out quite as expected, though I do expect to write at least one more post about our trip. One of my posts, for reasons beyond my control, has gone missing; I’ll write more about this in the future. 

I had other plans that didn’t work out as expected either. At least two people in Rome I hoped to connect with I didn’t manage to (one was my fault, the other, um, less my fault). 

But James and I hit the big things. On Friday morning we visited Saint Peter’s, crypt to copula, completing our mini-pilgrimage to all four of Rome’s major papal basilicas. On Friday...READ MORE

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When in Rome #3: Catacombs of Saint Sebastian!

04/16/2015 Comment

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The week is passing so quickly! 

Over the past three days, among other things, James and I have toured the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, Saint Paul’s Outside the Walls and the catacombs of Saint Sebastian, an experience of Rome’s ancient heritage in both its pre-Christian and Christian modes that offers some perspective on the world of this story.. 

As much as I’ve enjoyed various aspects of the trip so far, the highlight has definitely been sharing this trip with James, who has never been abroad before. In addition to Saint Paul’s Outside the Walls, James and I struck out on our own yesterday and visited Rome’s other two major basilicas, Saint Mary...READ MORE

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When in Rome #2

04/14/2015 Comments (11)

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[Note: For reasons beyond my control, this post is temporarily unavailable. More to come — SDG]

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When in Rome #1: I’m in Rome!

04/13/2015 Comments (2)

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I’m back in the Eternal City!

This is my third visit to Rome, and the second time I’m here with one of my kids — actually, two of my kids are here in Rome, but one of them isn’t with me. It’s also the second time I'll be blogging my trip day by day.

My first visit was for the 2009 junket for Angels and Demons. I was alone that time, and while I was here for a number of days and wrote quite a bit during and after that trip, I didn’t document it sequentially the way I did my second visit in my "Romeward Bound" series, when I came with Sarah as part of a 2010 archdiocesan pilgrimage led by Archbishop Myers.

This time, among other things,

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About Steven D. Greydanus

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Steven D. Greydanus is film critic for the National Catholic Register and Decent Films, the online home for his film writing. He writes regularly for Christianity Today, Catholic World Report and other venues, and is a regular guest on several radio shows. Steven has contributed several entries to the New Catholic Encyclopedia, including “The Church and Film” and a number of filmmaker biographies. He has also written about film for the Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, Social Science, and Social Policy. He has a BFA in Media Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and an MA in Religious Studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, PA. He is pursuing diaconal studies in the Archdiocese of Newark. Steven and Suzanne have seven children.