Culture

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future.
~Albert Camus

I Feel Sorry for Small Families

By |2019-02-05T22:41:39+00:00February 5th, 2019|

Doing errands the other day, I pulled up at a red light behind an expensive SUV with a rear window sticker proudly displaying cartoon figures of the driver’s family. You know the kind – a line-up of white stick figures: mom, dad, kids, dogs, cats, soccer balls, baseball bats, kites, etc. against a black tinted [...]

An Election Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary

By |2018-11-04T10:54:41+00:00November 4th, 2018|

Many of us remember the total chaos that erupted after the contested Bush-Gore election in November of 2000.   Our country was gripped by what can only be called a profound spirit of division that has imprinted itself upon our national politics ever since. Armies of lawyers descended on Palm Beach County government offices to count [...]

The Virgin Mary and the Pro-Life Movement

By |2018-08-05T22:45:05+00:00August 5th, 2018|

The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary always reminds me of Pope John Paul II’s visit to World Youth Day in Denver in the summer of 1993. The culmination of the event was an outdoor Mass with 400,000 kids in Cherry Creek State Park. Because of the dry heat that day, it felt like we [...]

Broken Harp: The Deadly Abortion Deal in Ireland

By |2018-07-01T22:51:54+00:00July 1st, 2018|

Ireland has always been known as a place of enchantment, particularly in its poetry, music, and dance. As if to remind us of this, the Emerald Isle itself is even shaped like a harp! But to adopt the metaphor of Don McLean’s classic song, American Pie, May 25 was “the day the music died” in [...]

The Blasphemy All Around Us

By |2018-01-10T11:46:59+00:00January 10th, 2018|

Casual swearing. Routine profanity. Mainstreamed irreverence. These curses of our age don’t seem to shock us like they used to. Ever since Rhett Butler first uttered the “D” word in Gone with the Wind in 1939, the entertainment industry has gone from bad to worse in its moral offensiveness. Every modern venue of entertainment, from [...]

Hollywood and the Beasts of Revelation

By |2017-11-17T22:16:19+00:00November 17th, 2017|

Hollywood has dished up some horrific monsters in the past hundred years. You can name them as easily as I can: Godzilla, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Alien, Frankenstein, Harvey Weinstein, etc. All but the latter were creations of someone’s fertile imagination. Hollywood’s fictitious monsters may be occasions of entertainment or catharsis for us, [...]

Wonder Woman: Anti-Feminist Superhero

By |2017-06-20T22:28:12+00:00June 20th, 2017|

  Please. No one tell Betty Friedan that a Greek goddess just smashed her feminist mystique. The Greek goddess in question is Diana, Princess of Themyscira, Daughter of Hyppolita, otherwise known as Wonder Woman. Technically Diana is a demigoddess, but this article isn’t about technicalities, it’s about a marvelous story that turns modern feminist doctrine [...]

The DNC’s Demonic Problem

By |2016-08-01T15:02:14+00:00August 1st, 2016|

By Peter Darcy In an era when personal choice and the right to privacy are touted as America’s most sacrosanct values, Ilyse Hogue, the President of the National Abortion Rights Action League (euphemistically called NARAL Pro-Choice America) used the broadest political platform in the country – the 2016 Democratic National Convention – to publicly celebrate [...]

Angry Birds, Twisted Culture

By |2016-05-21T01:12:49+00:00May 21st, 2016|

It takes a lot to offend me nowadays, given the thick-skinned attitude toward movies that we all must, of necessity, develop as media consumers. However, I became an angry bird myself while watching the eponymous movie on its opening weekend. Like any kid movie, Angry Birds contains the expected inane humor suited to an adolescent [...]

Notre Dame’s Moral Equivalency Award

By |2016-05-18T01:06:02+00:00May 18th, 2016|

By Thomas J. McKenna Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame… What though the odds be great or small Old Notre Dame will win over all While her loyal sons are marching Onward to…moral equivalency and rampant degradation of Catholic teaching. The famed “Notre Dame Fight Song” is supposed to end with the rousing phrase, “Onward [...]