to investigate charges against Dupre. Good.
to investigate charges against Dupre. Good.
Taking a stand on sexual abuse? Rod Dreher has a piece about them in today’s WSJ Mother Veronica Sweeney, 66, and Sister M. Angela Ferry, 53, have devoted themselves to praying and advocating for victims of sexual abuse by clergy […]
Thanks to all of those you who wrote in relation to my mysterious bleg. I actually have about 5 readers in NSW, it seems! More than I probably have in Fort Wayne. We’ve just about got it figured out, thanks […]
At CT’s Film Forum Worth reading, as always. And Barbara Nicolosi has more on the ugly baby Yes, I know there’s more going on than this. But this week, I’m in the midst of really trying to get my head […]
Michael Novak on NRO People say that Catholics in America vote pretty much like other citizens — but the people who say that usually lose the Catholic vote. A people’s historical experience blows like a wind against snowflakes, driving enough […]
Easterbrook compares Gibson and Zefferelli As millions of people troop to a religious film that is totally inappropriate for children–yours truly is still trying to get his head around that–I watched again Franco Zeffirelli’s 1977 Jesus of Nazareth. The contrasts […]
On “The Passion of the Liberal” One Times review of “The Passion” said: “To be a Christian is to face the responsibility for one’s own most treasured sacred texts being used to justify the deaths of innocents.” At best, this […]
British novelist Hilary Mantel reviews some books and discusses physical suffering and young female saints What should Jesus want her to suffer? To talk about female masochism seems reductive and unhelpful. You have to look the saints in the face; […]
The Mental Sufferings of Our Lord During His Passion by John Henry Newman There, then, in that most awful hour, knelt the Saviour of the world, putting off the defences of His divinity, dismissing His reluctant Angels, who in myriads […]
If you’d like more information on De-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of The Da Vinci Code you can find it right here.
We recently took a weekend jaunt down to Cincinnati (or “Cinciana” as my son calls it) to view the touring exhibit , “St. Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes.” It was interesting, but not in ways that […]
I know I keep saying that, but they just keep getting weirder, don’t they? If you are a reader who lives in New South Wales, please drop me a line. And no, I don’t mean if you’ve been there. If […]
Barbara Nicolosi collects her thoughts The passion of the Christ is not a great film INSPITE of its violence. It is a great film THROUGH its violence. The violence is the principle symbolic device of the piece. Personally, I thought […]
Will church finances be next? Reforms must go beyond matters of legal settlements to include a wholesale change in the way funds are accounted for in the church. A failure to reform the church’s financial policies would present an enormous […]
On TPOTC from Fr. Rob If you’re a blogger and you’ve posted thoughts on the film that we’ve not yet noted, please post a link in these comments boxes!
Anyone interested in the “Catholic reaction” to Gibson’s film would do well to take a look at the contrasting views of Peter Nixon and Mark Shea: From Peter at Sursum Corda I was just sickened by the flogging scene. It […]
CT wants to know But what about the ugly baby? “Again,” said Gibson, “it’s evil distorting what’s good. What is more tender and beautiful than a mother and a child? So the Devil takes that and distorts it just a […]
That California decision A California law that entitles women to birth control coverage in their employee drug plans doesn’t discriminate against church-affiliated agencies like Catholic Charities that object to contraceptives, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday. In a 6-1 ruling, […]
I hope that every person who berates others for criticizing TPOTC, for suggesting that it’s a spiritual experience that shouldn’t be seen as an object of criticism never, ever leave a Roman Catholic Mass griping about the music, the homily, […]
I forgot to mention that theologically, I really appreciated the way that Gibson emphasizes the meaning of the Eucharist in relationship to the Cross, as well as the place of Mary. There is something profound there, and very good. When […]
I’m trying to decide if my muted reaction to this film is due to all I’d read about it beforehand. I don’t think it was. I’m a big spoiler person – that is, I always read about movies before I […]
One point that the conversations about this film has exposed, once again, as if it needed even more exposure, is the brazen hypocrisy of cultural pundits. In short: every artist’s right to produce what he or she wants to produce […]
A reader sends along this link to a discussion board over at Christianity Today
Seeing TPOTC We watch “The Passion” together, as Jesus gets slapped and beaten and scourged until his body is transformed from solid to liquid, with loose bunches of skin hanging as if from a reptile trying to molt. We watch […]
Hundreds turn out to hear Da Vinci Code stuff On Sunday at the Pope exhibit (more on that later), we were standing in front of a display of Mass accoutrements, which include, on the explanation placard, a reproduction of Leonardo’s […]
Mark Shea has blogged at length on TPOTC
..that the comments are a little wacked. If you don’t see your comment, don’t panic, and don’t repost fifty times. I’m not deleting anything, but comments seem to be delayed in showing up, and at times simply disappear. I don’t […]
Just a quick, incomplete rundown of my reaction to specific critiques of the film: Film is weakened because of lack of context Well, as countless have pointed out, it’s a Passion Play. But what gives this critique weight is that […]
First the anti-Semitism. I can very well see, very easily and sympathetically see how someone attuned to such matters could find much in the film to critique on this level. I don’t think that every critique of the film’s treatment […]
Before you start reading my thoughts, you should probably go read what Charlotte Allen has to say in the LA Times. Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” may well be the best movie about Jesus Christ ever made. Yet, […]
Well, now I can know what everyone’s talking about. Saw TPOTC on Saturday, as it turned out. Michael came up with the idea of me and Katie seeing it at the big AMC theater in Newport, KY, so he could […]
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