Can The Rule of St. Benedict save inner city schools?

A new documentary evidently makes a persuasive argument:  One of the most astonishing things about how Catholic schools educate kids in our country’s worst neighborhoods is that they’re by and large serving a population that isn’t Catholic. It didn’t have to be this way. In fact, it almost wasn’t. That’s one bottom line of the [Read More...]

Diocese finds a new use for a closed Catholic school, but you won’t believe it—UPDATED

They rented it out to film a sex comedy. The best part: “[The producer] had been rejected by a number of other local public and private schools once they read the script. At Sacred Heart, no one asked to read it.” Details:  Producers generally spread the word when they’re filming a project so they can generate [Read More...]

Christian film critic says Robin Williams accepted Christ in rehab, but “he was always searching”

Details:  Christian Film and Television Commission Chairman Dr. Ted Baehr recently revealed that late comedian Robin Williams accepted Jesus as his personal Savior during one of his rehab stays. Williams committed suicide on Monday, and many friends and fans are still struggling to come to grips with the immense and sudden loss. Dr. Baehr expressed sadness for Williams’ family, [Read More...]

Lauren Bacall’s religion

An interesting detail from The New York Times obit on Lauren Bacall: During her romance with [Humphrey] Bogart, she asked him if it mattered to him that she was Jewish. His answer, she later wrote, was “Hell, no — what mattered to him was me, how I thought, how I felt, what kind of person I [Read More...]

“Left Behind” trailer released

I prefer my apocalypses with zombies. But here’s another view of The End of the World As We Know It, based on the best-selling books and starring (why?) Nicholas Cage. I think this will play better in a couple years, on an episode of “Mystery Science Theater 3000.”  [Read more...]

Filming to begin on Martin Scorcese’s adaptation of “Silence”

Details:  As of September, renowned director Martin Scorsese will be in Taiwan to begin work on his next film on Christian mission in Japan during the seventeenth century. The film, already in the program for several years, is based on a bestselling novel by a Catholic Japanese author. “Silence” was written by Japanese Shusako Endo [Read More...]

Pierce Brosnan: “Being Catholic, it’s ingrained in my DNA”

Details:  The 61-year-old actor was left devastated when his first wife Cassandra Harris died from ovarian cancer in 1991 and his adopted daughter Charlotte succumbed to the same disease last year, and thinks his religious beliefs and upbringing have given him the strength he needed to carry on. Asked how he gets through his dark [Read More...]

“Heaven” is a blockbuster

Numbers don’t lie:  Heaven Is for Real took in $4.4 million and finished in sixth place in a week where Godzilla won the box office, taking in $93.2 million. The Japanese monster blockbuster beat outNeighbors and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to give it the second-largest opening weekend of the year behind last month’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s $95 million debut. [Read More...]

“Nothing is a failure”: Sandra Bullock’s terrific commencement speech

This is an instant classic, delivered last weekend to the kids at Warren Easton charter school in New Orleans. The complete text:   I was trying to remember my graduation and, oddly, I couldn’t remember anything. I remembered how good I looked and then I went back and looked at pictures and I really didn’t [Read More...]

Antonio Banderas as Pope Francis?

It could happen, according to RNS:  Spanish heartthrob Antonio Banderas may be cast in the role of Pope Francis in the first feature film to be made on the life of the Argentine pontiff. Italian director Daniele Luchetti plans to make the $12 million Spanish-language film, titled Call Me Francesco, with producer Pietro Valsecchi, who has [Read More...]