Culture

May 19, 2014

An Open Letter to Mel Gibson: How ‘The Passion’ Changed One Woman’s Life

When Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” came out in 2004, one of the biggest criticisms of it was that it was unfairly negative in
May 19, 2014

11 Books That Pope Francis Likes to Read at The Beach

Okay, Pope Francis probably won’t find time to get to the beach this summer.  But maybe you will, and now you have something to read while
May 30, 2014

How New Media Are Destroying Our Lives

Plato worried that the new media called “writing” would ruin our memories – and he was right. “If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in
May 30, 2014

Cardinal Kaspar on Marriage, Divorce, and Communion

Cardinal Kaspar is a famous churchman who seems to favor some revision of the way the Church handles the question of divorce, remarriage, and admission to
June 2, 2014

Divorce, Remarriage, and Moral Tragedy

In a recent post I offered a few critical remarks on some things that Cardinal Kaspar said in an interview with Commonweal.  Cardinal Kaspar favors some
June 3, 2014
Jesus, Take the Wheel? (Google Photo via AP)

What Does God Need With a Starship?

Last week, Google made headlines with the announcement of a prototype driverless car right out of the pages of a science fiction novel. The wizards of
June 9, 2014

Photoshopping and the War on Women

I remember seeing the unsettling — before and after – photos of Jennifer Lawrence on the cover of Flare magazine, where Jennifer was photoshopped to look
June 11, 2014
1. Holmes and Watson

Who Needs Fathers? 20 Famous Partnerships

While expecting our second child, my wife and I went to the hospital for an orientation to make sure we didn’t try to go to the
June 13, 2014

Here’s to you, Dad.

The evidence is in. Fathers matter.  A lot. American culture has notoriously failed to honor the important and critical role of fathers.  From hollywood movies and