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January 24, 2015
Movie Review: 'Mortdecai'
By Carl Kozlowski

Johnny Depp has had a rough time in the last couple of years, with a string of bombs including “The Lone Ranger” and “Transcendence.” Now, he’s returned as yet another in his endless string of oddball characters in “Mortdecai,” an art-heist farce that I’ll admit most critics have derided but which I - and the audience of regular folks that I saw it with - laughed heartily at.

It stars Depp as Charlie Mortdecai, a wealthy yet financially imperiled and shady art dealer who...

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January 23, 2015
Wine into Water
By Alice von Hildebrand

One of the gems that Kierkegaard has left us is to remind us that the Bible should be read on our knees - thereby condemning secular Biblical  scholars who approach  it “critically,” aiming at “debunking myths." They pride themselves that they are “scientifically minded” and that science alone can give us valid knowledge.  

Christmas is one of the most joyous days of the year. The overwhelming news given to Mary by Gabriel at Nazareth, now finds its fulfillment in a humble cave at...

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January 23, 2015
Ideals and Norms
By Russell Shaw

Is the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage, including indissolubility, an ideal or a norm? Although the question may sound abstract, even esoteric, it has urgent, immediate practical implications. To say one admires the Church’s teaching as an ideal is, intentionally or not, to undermine that teaching in the act of admiring it.

Here is the key to understanding a struggle that surfaced at last October’s Synod of Bishops on marriage and is likely to continue at the synod next fall....

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January 22, 2015
America's Next Saint, St. Junípero Serra
By Archbishop José H. Gomez

America’s next saint will be the man who evangelized California and is associated with the beginnings of Los Angeles.

Pope Francis announced last week that he intends to canonize Blessed Junípero Serra, OFM, when he comes to the United States next September.
This is great news and I am grateful to our Holy Father for this gift to California and the Americas.

I wish the Pope was coming to Los Angeles, which Padre Serra originally called El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de...

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January 22, 2015
The 'Throwaway Culture' Has Arrived at Our Doorstep
By Bishop Thomas J. Tobin

Pope Francis has frequently used the phrase “throwaway culture” to lament the
very casual way in which we dispose of unwanted members of the human family when they’re deemed burdensome, inconvenient or useless. While the Holy Father has applied this theme to a number of situations, it seems especially fitting to consider its relevance to abortion, particularly as our nation observes the 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the horrible Supreme Court decision that rendered abortion legal in...

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January 21, 2015
From Paul's Desert to His Garden of Wonder and Delight
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Several years ago, I went to see Philip Gröning’s movie, “Into Great Silence,” chronicling the life of Carthusian monks, the most austere religious order in the Catholic Church.   It is a silent film without music or commentary, long but riveting. It shows the monks, who live in almost total silence, at prayer, tasks, rituals, and weekly outdoor excursions. Following the spirit of their founder St. Bruno (11th c) into the “Desert of Chartreuse” near Grenoble, France, they have...

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January 21, 2015
The Paris Attack against Charlie Hebdo and Freedom of Speech
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

Oxford University Press has a long and distinguished history. From its humble birth in 1480 when it began to publish the Bible, it has grown to be the largest publishing house in the world. Since it publishes educational materials for use in more than 150 countries, its overseers are very much aware of the broad range of religious, social and cultural differences of those whom they service. In an effort to be sensitive to the belief and practice of Muslims, Oxford University Press has now...

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January 20, 2015
C. S. Lewis and the Catholic Church
By Joseph Pearce

C. S. Lewis, one of the most popular writers of the last century, had a complex and complicated relationship with the Catholic Church. Joseph Pearce, author of C. S. Lewis and the Catholic Church, discusses Lewis’s relationship with the Church in this interview.  

Lewis is still presented by some people as Catholic, quasi Catholic or crypto-Catholic. Is that fair to the truth, and to him?

It would certainly be inaccurate, and therefore unfair to the truth, to describe Lewis as a Catholic....

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January 16, 2015
Movie Review: "American Sniper"
By Carl Kozlowski

In the more than 20 years since Clint Eastwood won Best Picture and Best Director for “Unforgiven,” he has been making numerous films that have shared that Western’s theme of the tragic consequences of violence. He has openly acknowledged that movies like “Gran Torino” and “Million Dollar Baby” were responses to the cinematic havoc he reaped a fortune from in spaghetti Westerns and Dirty Harry-style movies from the ‘60s through the ‘80s.

That seismic shift in his cinematic...

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January 14, 2015
Study and Beauty in the Family and Consecrated Life: Part II
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

The Catholic Church has a long, deep, and abiding respect for the habits of the minds and for the pursuit of beauty.  One could say that the Church’s vocation is to show the world that faith and reason are inseparable friends and that beauty is a stepping stone to God.
The Catholic family is ‘the domestic church,’ where a love of learning is fostered and where beauty is lived from day to day. Children learn from exposure to learning and beauty. If their parents read, most likely, they...

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