Good, Clean Fun: Shirley Temple and a Baptism at the Redford

Redford Theatre - marquee

I am hooked on the Redford Theatre, that once-bedraggled movie house which has been slowly, painstakingly brought back to life by the Motor City Theatre Organ Society.  On occasional Fridays and Saturdays, The Redford offers discount-priced old movies:  silent films, classic musicals, black-and-white dramas from Hollywood’s golden days.It’s cheap (four bucks!)It’s camp (audience participation!)It’s entertaining (The historic 3 Manual/10 Rank Barton Theatre Pipe Organ rises from the f … [Read more...]

So Fidel Castro Wants Some Books to Read….


On March 29, Pope Benedict XVI met with former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Wouldn’t it have been fun to be a fly on the wall during that meeting?We know that the ailing Cuban leader was upbeat, praising the Holy Father for his stamina. (Fidel Castro, who is just a year older than the Pope, was forced by health issues to retire from public life in 2008.)Castro expressed his appreciation for the work of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Blessed Pope John Paul II, noting that each had d … [Read more...]

Blessing of the Unborn: For the Santorums, It Was Only Natural


On March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation, the Vatican approved the publication of a new “Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb.”The recognitio was released by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in Rome. Here in the United States, the news was welcomed by the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, chairman of that committee, said, “I can think of no better day to announce this news than on the feast of the Annunci … [Read more...]