The Catholic Legion of Decency – a bibliography

I am posting this bibliography as a reference to the Turner Classic Movies series "Condemned" that I am hosting on the Thursdays of March, 2016 (17 of the 27 films, that is.) Please feel free to add titles that I may have missed and refer to my previous post with a paper on the history of the Catholic Legion of Decency. These titles are listed on Amazon but some are no longer available or are very expensive; a library may be your best bet to reference these.Catholic Crusade Against the … [Read more...]

Statement from Daughters of St. Paul: “Condemned” series on TCM hosted by Sr. Rose Pacatte

Statement from the Daughters of St. PaulBeginning on Thursday, March 3, Sr. Rose Pacatte, the founding Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City, CA, will be providing introductions and commentary on a series of films for Turner Classic Movies (TCM) entitled “Condemned.” While the title is provocative, the subject consists in twenty-seven films that were condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency between the years 1933 – 1965, and then some in the following years … [Read more...]

“Censoring the Silver Screen” a History of the Legion of Decency

This paper was written by Sister Nancy Usselmann, FSP in 2013 as a Church History project. It's a good overview of the history of the Legion of Decency in view of the upcoming series on TCM "Condemned" that I will be hosting (all the Thursdays of March, 2016).HISTORY OF MOVIE CENSORSHIP IN THE UNITED STATESLong before the Catholic Church became officially involved in rating the morality in films, the Motion Picture Industry itself had developed it’s own form of self- censorship due to … [Read more...]

‘Orange Is the New Black’ star Michael Harney on playing ‘bad’ guys but keeping God close

From over at Fox411 (Fox News) on Facebook comes an encouraging interview with the actor Michael Harney:By Sasha BogurskyPublished September 24, 2014FoxNews.comActor Michael Harney plays prison counselor Sam Healy in "Orange Is the New Black." (Bryony Shermur)Michael Harney is best known for his roles on "Deadwood" as the drunkard Steve Fields and Det. Mike Roberts on "NYPD Blue." He now stars in "Orange Is the New Black" on Netflix as corrections officer Sam Healy.The veteran … [Read more...]

“Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago” has a story for everyone

 When director Emilio Estevez’ feature narrative film “The Way” was released in 2011, audiences across the United States and many countries were introduced for the first time to the ancient pilgrimage route “El Camino de Santiago de Compostela.”I had the opportunity to interview Martin Sheen at that time for NCR and followed it up with anarticle about a screening in which Sheen, his son Emilio Estevez, and producer David Alexanian, spoke to the audience after. “The Way” is a fict … [Read more...]

My acceptance speech “Sr. Rose Pacatte Receives 2014 Dane Kane Award”

  It's been some time now since I received the Daniel J. Kane Award from the University of Dayton - March 6, 2014, to be exact. I've had photos ready to post but I just discovered last week that the video of the presentation and my acceptance "speech" was posted on YouTube. You can see it below along with some photos of the very lovely event. I continue to feel humbled and grateful for this recognition.     … [Read more...]

“Small Change” Lenten Film Series 7th Episode – perfect for Holy Week

 A small but loving gesture from one sibling to another brings hope to a struggling family. This is the last episode in our Lenten Film Series and we hope you have enjoyed it!Here is my interview with Australian director Anna McGrath where she speaks about her inspiration for the film.Click here to access the entire Lenten Film Series and the questions for reflection and conversation … [Read more...]

U2’s Bono answers “Who is Jesus?”

In this brief interview posted over at CharismaNews, Bono, frontman for U2 answers that essential question, "Who is Jesus?" and others. Bono is known for his work -and music - for the poor, social justice, and the environment. It comes from somewhere …. … [Read more...]

“Black Nativity” – my interviews with the cast, director and Bishop T. D. Jakes

I truly enjoyed this film. The story is built around the play written by the poet and writer Langston Hughes.inspiring with a BK rating (bring Kleenex).Black Nativity: The INNdustry with Sr. Rose on the INNetwork  … [Read more...]

“Gimme Shelter” star Vanessa Hudgens on her role as a homeless, pregnant teen

I previewed "Gimme Shelter" yesterday; it comes out in January just around National Right to Life Day. This is based on a true story of  Apple (Vanessa Hudgens), one of the thousands of teens and women who are pregnant and homeless helped by a Catholic Christian laywoman Kathy DeFiore (Ann Dowd, who played a nun in the TV series "Nothing Sacred"). Kathy's work is extraordinary; the homes she has founded have helped women give birth to over 60,000 babies. My review will come out later but you can … [Read more...]


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