One of my favorite lines in Robert Bolt’s stage play A Man for All Seasons which was not carried over into the 1965 film comes during an exchange between Sir Thomas More and the Spanish ambassador Signor Chapuys (a character omitted in the film).
Chapuys, who is politically opposed to King Henry’s wish to divorce his wife Catherine of Aragon, takes More for an ally — but More’s position is nuanced, and Chapuys is startled by the Lord Chancellor’s insistence on his loyalty to his king. Remonstrating with More, Chapuys “glibly” quotes, “Render under Caesar the things which are Caesar’s” — and then, raising a “reproving finger,” adds, “But unto God—”
“Stop!” More cries agitatedly, and must...READ MORE
Don’t blame the gays.
Same-sex marriage was not foisted on New Yorkers by less than 5 percent of the population. I mean, you can blame them a little. But same-sex marriage isn’t the real problem—it’s only a symptom of the problem.
Don’t blame the Evil Party or the Stupid Party. They were instruments of evil, not the root cause. I’m not saying don’t hold responsible the politicians who pushed through...READ MORE
As you know if you saw my new review, I’m super-excited about this weekend’s release of Pixar’s Inside Out — and looking forward to discussing it tonight on hour 1 of “Catholic Answers Live” at 6:00 PM Eastern (listen live).
You can also watch David and me review Inside Out and Love and Mercy on “Reel Faith” tonight at 8:00 PM (when and where to catch “Reel Faith”), followed by an encore of last week’s episode, when we reviewed Jurassic World, San Andreas and Spy.
And you can also see my 60-second reviews for those last...READ MORE
My family belongs to a beautiful old parish in a poor neighborhood in the Archdiocese of Newark — a church notable enough to have its own Wikipedia page. It boasts an elaborate carved wooden reredos, gorgeous stained glass, a historic pipe organ and lovely paintings over the altar and sanctuary depicting events from the Annunciation to the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin.
Like many parishes in poor neighborhoods, it is always in need of repairs. We’ve replaced the leaky roof, but not yet repaired the water damage to the ceiling.
At some point in the past, the original confessionals were ripped out and the altar rail taken down (it’s since been put back). For the most part, though, the...READ MORE
The summer season of “Reel Faith” is now well underway, with episode 3 debuting this Friday at 8:00 PM Eastern, followed by a repeat of episode 2. (When and where to watch “Reel Faith”)
While David and I seldom disagree on films, this Friday is a rare chance to see us split twice — mildly on Pitch Perfect 2 (episode 2) and strongly on Aloha (episode 3). Yes, one of us liked one of those films and disliked the other, and the other felt the opposite. (But which is which? Tune in and find out!)
I have to say it feels energizing to disagree, and I’m sure it makes for more interesting viewing. I wish we disagreed more often! I don’t know why, but week after week, on film after film, it seems...READ MORE
UPDATE: See new 60 second reviews below!
“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
[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