Category: Arts, Leisure & Culture

The Road to Sobriety in <em>Smashed</em>
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The Road to Sobriety in Smashed

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Countless films depict the descent into an uncontrollable addiction and its consequences, but few aptly convey the challenging ascent to sobriety.  Most movies gloss over the complex and strenuous path to recovery and away from addiction.  In short, they inappropriately convey the message that it is easy and permanent once someone manages to triumph over […]

Business As Usual at the <em>New York Times</em>
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Business As Usual at the New York Times

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For a picture of how low the level of public discourse has sunk in America, look no further than the New York Times.  In an editorial following Newt Gingrich’s upset victory in the South Carolina Republican Primary, the Times’ editorialists dealt from the bottom of the deck, playing the race card in an attempt to deflect attention from […]

Movie Review: <em>Kid-Thing</em>
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Movie Review: Kid-Thing

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Kid-Thing (shown at the Sundance Film Festival) examines the relationship between loneliness and hope as Annie (Sydney Aguirre), a 10-year-old only child, who is neglected by her alcoholic father, spends her days trying to entertain herself by creating trouble. Her misbehavior carries a suspenseful edge. Whether she is stealing food from a convenience store, throwing […]

Atoms Are Imaginary
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Atoms Are Imaginary

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“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood”  — 1 Corinthians 13:12. A group of atheists in Colorado are putting up the newest version of their billboard messages, this time proclaiming that “God […]

When Media Bias is Subtle
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When Media Bias is Subtle

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Catholic League president Bill Donohue points to some instances of bias in today’s New York Times: The reason I read the New York Times every day is because of its comprehensive coverage and tremendous influence on other media outlets. Editorially, at least on cultural issues, the positions of the New York Times are diametrically opposed to the teachings of the […]

Book Author Interview: <em>Motherhood Matters</em>
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Book Author Interview: Motherhood Matters

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EWTN TV host and Catholic author, Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle recently interviewed Dorothy Pilarski about her new book Motherhood Matters. Donna-Marie: Dorothy, the book you’ve seemed to put your heart into has finally been released. What are your thoughts? Dorothy: There is a part of me that still doesn’t believe it’s true. There are moments where […]

Turning Tables on the "Gotcha" Journalists
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Turning Tables on the “Gotcha” Journalists

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“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”  No doubt this truism was at the top of Newt Gingrich’s mind as he responded to John King’s lead off question in the CNN Republican debate in South Carolina last week.   Marianne Gingrich, the second ex-wife of thrice married Newt, alleged in an interview with ABC News […]

Movie Review: <em>The Descendants</em>
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Movie Review: The Descendants

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I came to bury Caesar, not to praise him, and wound up praising him. I had my skewers ready and planned to make shish-kabob out of this film. But I cannot. Why was I all set to hate on this film? I thought it was “Just Another Sad Tale of a Dysfunctional Family Where Dad […]

Book Review: <em>Patrick Henry: First among Patriots</em>
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Book Review: Patrick Henry: First among Patriots

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Among America’s amazing pantheon of founders, Patrick Henry stands out for his stirring speeches and fervent commitment to liberty, virtue, and small government. The Virginia planter, lawyer, and politician strongly denounced Great Britain’s political and economic control of the American colonies and played a leading role in the movement for independence. More controversially, Henry’s love […]

The Tragedy of Giglio Island
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The Tragedy of Giglio Island

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Unexpected things happen all the time but certain things have the power to convey a message to the collective psyche of a nation. Less frequently there are events that can alter the course of human affairs on a planetary scale. The killing of Archduke Francis Ferdinand that ushered a century of unspeakable violence was one […]

Science Works, Just like Theology Said It Would
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Science Works, Just like Theology Said It Would

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University of Chicago biologist Jerry Coyne has an interesting post over at his blog “Why Evolution Is True,” which hits on something I care a lot about: science and religion.  Specifically whether they go together or not. Coyne mentions two posts from the New York Times blogs, one against naturalism and one in favor of […]

Are Gabe Lyons’ <em>The Next Christians</em> Really What’s Next? Part 2
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Are Gabe Lyons’ The Next Christians Really What’s Next? Part 2

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Gabe Lyons has constructed a new vision for Christians, a vision that is sustained by the desire to restore God’s Kingdom on earth.  However, as we have seen, his vision is not a complete vision, but rather it is a half-vision inflated and masquerading as a whole one.  It is as if a man took a […]

Book Review: <em>The Pope Who Quit</em>
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Book Review: The Pope Who Quit

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The medieval times of 13th century Christendom present a world so different from our own, jam-packed with unique and intriguing characters whose stories are so little known, yet so well worth knowing. I’d recently written a biography of a man from that time called “great” in his own day, Albert the Great, a man who […]

Registered Trademark and Then You Die
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Registered Trademark and Then You Die

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I hate people, and it turns out that might be a registered trademark. Let me explain. My daughter Kerry talked us into driving down to Lafayette Square [one] Sunday [last month] to get brunch. Lafayette Square is a trendy St. Louis neighborhood where rehabbers live, surrounded by the ghetto on four sides. But once a year all […]

The Plight of Priest's Wives
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The Plight of Priest’s Wives

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Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on an op-ed in today’s New York Times by Sara Ritchey: The Vatican recently announced that it is going to facilitate the process of allowing former Episcopal priests and congregations to enter the Roman Catholic Church as intact groups. “What will life be like for the wives of Roman Catholic priests?” […]

Hating Tim Tebow
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Hating Tim Tebow

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I grew up in Denver and am admittedly biased. I’m a Denver Broncos fanatic. In the Mile High City, the Broncos are more than just a football team; they’re an institution. Everybody loves a comeback. Former Broncos quarterback John Elway — one of the greatest QBs in NFL history — had comebacks in his DNA. […]

Movie Review: <em>Mission: Impossible--Ghost Protocol</em>
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Movie Review: Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol

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Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol is a perfect action-thriller flick. It’s slaying at the box office, too, which shows that audiences are paying attention. Tom Cruise is back, he’s still got it (in spades), and really pulls and keeps the whole project together. He doesn’t swagger, but he leads his MI team with “hunches,” bravery and physical […]

Sports, Concussions, and Contemporary American Culture
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Sports, Concussions, and Contemporary American Culture

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If you follow professional sports, and especially if you are a football or hockey fan, you undoubtedly are aware of the rash of concussions that have rendered players unfit to play. Now there’s a rash of lawsuits being filed against the National Football League, the latest of which includes a group of 106 retired football […]

Book Review: <em>Citizens of the Heavenly City: A Catechism of Catholic Social Teaching</em>
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Book Review: Citizens of the Heavenly City: A Catechism of Catholic Social Teaching

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The great G.K. Chesterton once quipped: “When you break the big laws, you do not get liberty; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws.” Dr. Arthur Hippler’s Citizens of the Heavenly City : A Catechism of Catholic Social Teaching is a book about the big laws. One of the beauties of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) is […]

Meeting a Cardinal in Sweats and Athletic Shoes
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Meeting a Cardinal in Sweats and Athletic Shoes

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Just to clarify; I was the one in the sweats and athletic shoes. Likely the Cardinal–more precisely Cardinal-designate–was in his clerical shirt, pectoral cross and other black garb, fitting for a man of his office. And, I suppose I didn’t really “meet” him, since we already knew each other; I had met Archbishop Timothy M. […]

Are Gabe Lyons' <em>The Next Christians</em> Really What's Next? Part 1
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Are Gabe Lyons’ The Next Christians Really What’s Next? Part 1

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There is much merit in Gabe Lyons’ book, The Next Christians: The Good News About the End of Christian America.  In fact, in the second chapter of this book, Mr. Lyons offers his readers a lucid and accessible account of the cultural state wherein Christians find themselves today (23).  Although he attributes the beginning of […]

Want to Lose Weight?  Find Out How the Experts Do It!
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Want to Lose Weight? Find Out How the Experts Do It!

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“Physician, heal thyself.” (Luke 4:23) As a fitness expert, I practice what I preach, exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet.  Yet, like most people, I occasionally find that life gets too busy and the workouts and healthy habits temporarily fall by the wayside.  My clothes start to feel a bit snug and the number […]

Getting a Grip and Letting Go: <em>The Iron Lady</em>
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Getting a Grip and Letting Go: The Iron Lady

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When I heard that Meryl Streep would portray Margaret Thatcher in an upcoming film, I was immediately interested, assuming that  The Iron Lady would examine the legacy of the Conservative heroine. I was wrong. In 1976, Margaret Thatcher, then the leader of the British Conservative Party, was dubbed by the Soviets “The Iron Lady” for […]

Book Review: <em>The Catholic Briefcase</em> by Randy Hain
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Book Review: The Catholic Briefcase by Randy Hain

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I chose to review The Catholic Briefcase for three reasons. It is written by a convert, like I am.  It is written by a man who successfully integrates his faith in every aspect of his life, like my husband does.  When I once carried a briefcase as a career professional, but not yet a Catholic, it […]

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