LIVING THE CATHOLIC FAITH IN THE 3RD MILLENIUM

A LAYMAN'S LOOK AT THE JOURNEY OF FAITH

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ABIDING THE LONG DEFEAT WITH J.R.R. TOLKIEN
Faithfulness In A Disenchanted Age: The only thing that may remain within our power is our own faithfulness.
ENGAGING CATHOLICS
A series of web interviews with American writers, priests, politicians, thinkers and other public figures represents a dialogue between Catholicism and various aspects of secular culture.
VATICAN WARNS CATHOLIC BLOGS CREATE "CESSPOOL OF HATRED"
Although Pope Francis has succeeded in rebranding the public profile of the Church his positive tone isn’t always reflected when Catholics themselves take to the use of social media.
YOUNG ADULT CATHOLICS BLOG
Join the movement of Catholics in their 20s and 30s who seek justice in the church and world
ABBEY OF THE ARTS
An online, global "monastery" offering resources which integrate contemplative spiritual practice and creative expression with monastic spirituality.
IN 'THE TWO POPES,' AN IMAGINED CONVERSATION EXPRESSES A UNIVERSAL NEED FOR TOLERANCE
[The film] deals well with church history, the papacy, the mysteries of faith and communion. It also has something to say about the antagonistic level of public discourse in the U.S.
MEET THE MONKS WHO BREW THE ONLY TRAPPIST BEER IN AMERICA
St. Joseph's Abbey, in Spencer, Mass., is a beautiful monastery, has a welcoming community, and is great place to make a retreat. It's also the only place licensed to brew authentic "Trappist beer" in the U.S.
THE JESUIT MISSIONARIES WHO INSPIRED ROLAND JOFFÉ’S 'THE MISSION'
The story of a film that became an inspiration to Jesuits and their companions worldwide.
THREE ESSENTIALS FOR SHARING THE GOSPEL ONLINE
Like many powerful forces in this world, online communication is capable of building-up humanity or tearing people down and apart from each other.
WHY ARE CATHOLIC WRITERS SO BORING?
Myles Connolley on American Catholic Writers: The American Catholic Writer sets out bravely to be persuasive, to be provocative, to be useful—to be everything, indeed, except entertaining.
CATHOLIC MEDIA HAS A DIVERSITY PROBLEM
Catholic media must actively seek out women and people of color to ensure broader, more accurate representation.
'SOLOS’: MONOLOGUES FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW
Seven great actors for seven great questions: this is the strength of Solos, a miniseries produced by Amazon Prime Studios.
AT 50 YEARS, 'THE GODFATHER' STILL IMPACTS HOW HOLLYWOOD DEPICTS GANGS, VIOLENCE
The legacy is that in the grab for power, one dies alone, seemingly exterminated by a child playing with insect spray as happened to Vito Corleone.
‘THE CHOSEN’ – WHEN JESUS BECOMES A TV SERIES
The central idea of writing fiction that combines the essential episodes of the Gospel with an added narrative fabric is legitimate in its approach as it reveals the humanity of both Jesus and the other characters.
OFFICIALS ACROSS US CHURCH, VATICAN LAMENT CLOSING OF CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
Catholic media professionals lamented the pending loss of Catholic News Service, which has been long respected for providing objective and balanced reporting on the church.
IN CLOSING CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE, U.S. BISHOPS UNDERMINE THEIR PASTORAL WORK
No editing, no accountability, no professionalism adds up to no credibility. And that is what the Catholic bishops, whose reservoir of credibility was already down to the fumes, are sacrificing when they dismantle a professional news outlet like CNS.
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE CLOSURE OPENS THE DOOR TO PARTISAN AND IDEOLOGICAL CHURCH COVERAGE
There’s going to be a big gap in what our parishioners are going to know about what’s going on in the U.S. and throughout North America.
RIP CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE, GONE TOO SOON AND WHEN WE NEEDED YOU MOST
The passing of CNS exemplifies the more general problem of the Catholic Church operating on a national level through bishops' conferences.
AN UNHOLY ALLIANCE
A nun founded a TV station that became the “Catholic Fox News.” Given the lack of any real competition for EWTN, critics say there is a danger of the oppositional right being the only voice with a large platform.
“CHURCH IN THE DIGITAL” OFFERS TOOLS FOR A CHURCH ALSO PRESENT ONLINE
Pope Francis pens the preface for “Church in the Digital” which offers tools and proposals for the Church that is also present in the digital world.
HOW TO EVALUATE CATHOLIC JOURNALISM AS CNS SHUTS DOWN
Lots of actors will be after audience, influence, and revenue. Be careful what you read. Be concerned if the outlet is endorsed by the people (bishops in particular) it is supposed to be covering.
PUBLISHER COMMITS TO RELAUNCHING CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
Two months after the U.S. bishops' conference said it would halt Catholic News Service operations in the U.S., Our Sunday Visitorannounced it will launch a new iteration of the service at the beginning of 2023.
POPE FRANCIS WARNS OF TOXICITY IN SOCIAL MEDIA, CALLS FOR INCLUSION IN DIGITAL SPACE
Pope Francis has called on Catholics to counter toxicity in social media, and to engage in dialogue and education to help deal with “lies and misinformation.”
OVERLAPS BETWEEN STRANGER THINGS AND THE CATHOLIC THING
If we as Catholics do not find ways to appreciate the points of contact with our faith that are latent within new media, we are losing a tremendous chance for evangelization.
THE FUTURE OF CATHOLIC JOURNALISM
We need to tell the story of the Church in a new light. We need to communicate the narrative of salvation in a way that is healing for the late modern person. We need to employ the best media strategies, to embrace transparency, to rebuild trust in the institution of the Church.
A GROUNDBREAKING DOCUMENTARY ON THE CHANGES TO CATHOLIC PARISH LIFE
[This] film is a tool and a guide for these challenging conversations that need to happen at parishes around the country.
DOES THE POPE NEED AN EDITOR?
The pope's interview last month with America, the Jesuit journal, was a textbook example of why the Vatican does not want the pope doing interviews.
REACTION AND REFORM
An engaging account of how catholicism has developed over the past 250 years - A Review: Catholicism: A Global History from the French Revolution to Pope Francis
‘WOMEN TALKING’ IS THE OSCAR NOMINEE EVERY CATHOLIC NEEDS TO SEE
“Women Talking” is an exploration of the way that religion can be used to imprison people - and what’s worse, to teach them to imprison themselves.
‘A PORTRAIT OF DEFEAT’: INSIDE A REVEALING FILM ABOUT POPE FRANCIS
Gianfranco Rosi’s intimate new documentary In Viaggio: The Travels of Pope Francis follows the pontiff as he confronts contentious issues around the world.
A NUMBER OF NEW BOOKS SPOTLIGHT WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP IN NEW TESTAMENT
‘It’s not that we’re trying to rewrite history. It’s simply that women have been obscured, and women’s actual roles in the Bible have been obscured.’
'PLAYING GOD' TRACES THE HISTORY OF CATHOLIC CONSERVATISM GONE EXTREME
Catholicism in America is metastasizing into a thoroughly American Catholicism, subservient to the culture's most rapacious instincts.
VATICAN II: RUPTURE OR REFORM?
There are, according to political analyst and papal biographer George Weigel, two approaches to the Second Vatican Council that need correction.
PODCAST: THE VATICAN’S NEW SOCIAL MEDIA DOCUMENT HAS SOME BLIND SPOTS
New document urges people to step beyond social media into working creatively for a positive change in the physical world.
GETTING A ‘LIKE’ FROM THE VATICAN - IS ROME TOO SANGUINE ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA?
The document seems to have been written mostly with the loud and divisive U.S. Catholic social-media sphere in mind.
AS TWITTER DEVOLVES, HOW SHOULD CHRISTIANS PROCEED ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
With the arrival of the new app Threads, Catholics consider the Vatican's recent document about how to engage on social media platforms.
SO LONG, ENDEAVOUR. SEE HOW YOU GO
With the final season of “Endeavour,” viewers say farewell to the iconic British detective. Why do such dramas filled with sadness and loss captivate audiences?
‘THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS’: 75 YEARS OF ‘AMERICA’ ON OPPENHEIMER
A trip through America’s archives all the way back to 1946 offers further evidence that Oppenheimer’s misgivings about nuclear weapons began almost immediately.
THE BOMB IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STAR IN 'OPPENHEIMER'
"Oppenheimer" put nuclear weapons on center stage as the star of the show. Let us not waste this moment of remembrance.
MORE THAN MACHINES?
Our current pursuit of AI as a solution to all of our problems, while simultaneously fretting about the ruin it may cause in the future, is“a perfectly predictable outcome of our single-minded focus on technique and efficiency.”
THROUGH ART, A CLARETIAN PRIEST BRINGS GOD’S KINGDOM TO LIFE
Whether art, advocacy, accompaniment, or protest, each person has a gift to use to build the kingdom. What is important is finding your unique voice to offer resistance and hope.
‘MODERN SAINTS’ BOOK OFFERS MORE RELATABLE, SOMETIMES PROVOCATIVE ICONS
The book, out Dec. 5, includes reflections from 50 ‘saints of tomorrow,’ including Jesuit priest James Martin and public theologian Christena Cleveland.
WHY I FINALLY LEFT TWITTER (AKA 'X')
I am now among this group of people who will no longer abide the hate-mongering algorithms; the Wild-West-like trolling; the rise in antisemitism, racism, homophobia and transphobia; and the absence of virtually any constructive discourse.
REVIEW: TREATING THE SPIRITUAL LIFE LIKE AN ADVENTURE
The new book provides a reflective pause to holistically look at our lives, with all of their twists and turns of grace and challenge, and consider how we are living in relationship to ourselves, others and the divine.
MAVERICK POPE SCRAMBLES THE VATICAN’S COMMUNICATIONS OPERATION (AGAIN)
It probably should be no surprise that Francis once again has ignored the standard playbook, creating a brand-new position of “director of communication” for St. Peter’s Basilica
WILL SACRED ART REVITALIZE THE CHURCH AGAIN?
Even when creators of sacred art are eccentric or bizarre, their work proclaims the truth and challenge of the incarnation.
THE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN PROJECT
The time is right to introduce Pierre Teilhard de Chardin to a new generation – the man, the paleontologist, the visionary French Jesuit priest, whose legacy includes a strong environmental movement, and multiple movements in cosmic spirituality.
LAST WEEK IN THE CHURCH (PODCAST)
Crux offers the very best in smart, wired, and independent coverage of the Vatican and the Catholic Church. Tune in every Tuesday for Last Week in the Church, where John Allen Jr. gives his expert insight and analysis on the latest news from the Catholic Church.
60 MINUTES GOES INSIDE THE VATICAN WITH POPE FRANCIS
Correspondent Norah O'Donnell sat down with Pope Francis for a historic interview. Francis had previously never spoken at length with an English-language American broadcast network.
POPE FRANCIS CALLS OUT ‘MADNESS’ OF US ANTI-IMMIGRANT POLICIES
In a 60 Minutes interview, the pope criticized the stance by conservative prelates who are 'closed up in a dogmatic box.'
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