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What “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope Could Learn from Joan of Arcadia


Despite its popularity, I’ve never been tempted to watch an episode of “Scandal” because the show sounds too dark and cynical for my tastes. But I do read about the show. It’s hard not to because it garners so much press coverage and adulation. That’s been especially true recently because last week’s episode ended with [Read More...]

On Thanksgiving, the Gospel of Happiness, and Finding the Good in Darth Vader


It started as the happiest day of Christopher Kaczor’s life. His wife was in the hospital, ready to give birth to their first child. The doctor had a fetal heart monitor hooked up so they could monitor the baby in the womb, and everything was going well. Suddenly, the baby’s heart rate started dropping and [Read More...]

Peggy Noonan on Pop Culture, Polarization, & Why Young Journalists Should Emulate Tim Russert


This is part 2 of my interview with Peggy Noonan. To read part 1, click here. One of the recurring themes in Peggy Noonan’s book “The Time of Our Lives” is what she calls “old America,” the America in which she was raised with a sense of safety and hope for the future. During our [Read More...]

Peggy Noonan: The Catholic Church Should Treat America as Vast Mission Territory


Peggy Noonan can be described in many ways: former speechwriter for President Reagan, best-selling author, Wall Street Journal columnist, and political commentator. But the “core of [her] identity,” she says, is being Catholic. To Noonan, that means she embraces the tenets of Catholicism and sometimes offers “tough love” to the Church’s leadership, as she did [Read More...]

Stephen Colbert Invites Bill Maher Back to the Catholic Church


(Photo via CBS) From last night: [Read more...]

Beautiful Threads of Grace Are Woven Through Life, Even in Times of Suffering


“Jesus, help me, please,” prayed a then-teenage Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle in a state of terror as her fiancé Matthew (not his real name) forced a gun into her hand and tried to get her to kill him. Matthew was an ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran who had been a leader in O’Boyle’s Catholic parish and she [Read More...]

When Faith, Determination, & Ingenuity Saved Lives: A Review of “The 33″


I choose to believe we’ll all get out. So says Mario Sepulveda (Antonio Banderas) to his fellow miners in the new movie “The 33,” which was inspired by the true story of the 33 Chileans who became trapped 2,300 feet underground when the mine in which they were working collapsed in 2010. The film takes [Read More...]

Overcoming Envy and Jealousy


The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Overcoming Envy and Jealousy” (which was written by a freelancer). If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post: There’s nothing wrong with desiring good things in life, but you need to make sure that those feelings don’t veer into [Read More...]

How Buying Underwear for Christmas Can Support Adoptive Families


The amount of catalogs and advertisements I get in the mail always increases the closer we get to the holiday season. However, one of the ads I received this past Saturday stood out because of its charitable focus. It was a mailing for Jockey underwear which mentioned that one percent of all purchases would go [Read More...]

Chris Christie: I’m Pro-Life for the 16-Year-Old Girl Addicted to Heroin, Too

While campaigning at a tavern in New Hampshire recently, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took part in a town hall event in conjunction with the Huffington Post series “’16 and President.” Christie’s comments about the way we approach drug addiction in the United States went viral and, after watching it myself, I can see why. [Read More...]

VIDEO: Father Jonathan Morris on the Importance of the Saints


In light of the fact that we celebrated All Saints Day on November 1st, Father Jonathan Morris offers a look at the role the saints can and should play in all our lives. Even though these holy figures are no longer physically with us because they are now “face-to-face with God in heaven,” the saints [Read More...]

Phil Rosenthal’s PBS Food Show to Feature Ministry Started by Priest to Help At-Risk Youth


While checking my Twitter feed this morning, I saw that “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal mentioned that Jesuit priest Father Greg Boyle would be appearing on his PBS food show “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having” this coming Monday, November 2nd. In case Father Boyle’s name doesn’t ring a bell, he created the Los Angeles-based [Read More...]