‘God’s Not Dead 2’ is an altar call for a militia

In a city like many others in the United States, a diverse group of students and faculty go about about their daily routines. The football team bends a knee in prayer and the flag is prominent. In a history class about non-violence to achieve civil rights Brooke (Hayley Orrantia), a junior, asks the teacher Grace Wesley (Melissa Joan Hart) if the teachings of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. are like those of Jesus because they all taught non-violence, stood up for what they believed in and … [Read more...]

“Miracles from Heaven” on the red carpet with Sr Rose

 Click here for the video of my red carpet interviews for the LA premiere of "Miracles from Heaven". … [Read more...]

‘The Young Messiah’ on the red carpet with Sr Rose

Click here to see the Red Carpet interviews and mini review.  … [Read more...]

Easter bees enrich Easter Vigil

The 2011, the revised English translation of the Roman Missal restored the mention of bees found in the original Latin version of the Exsultet: The Proclamation of Easter. I have no inside information to offer as to why the bees were ever left out of the previous translation. But their return enriches the sensual experience of the Easter Vigil because it engages the imagination and invites us to contemplate God's creation in the Easter mystery.Perhaps it is because there is such a crisis in … [Read more...]

‘Miracles from Heaven’ is the perfect film for Easter

Annabelle Beam, “Anna” (Kylie Rogers) is a ten year-old girl who lives with her two sisters and parents, Christy (Jennifer Garner) and Kevin (Martin Henderson) in Burleson TX. Anna suffers from “pseudo-obstruction motility disorder” meaning that her intestines are not able to function. As her condition worsens with increasing pain, Christy desperately tries to find a doctor that can help Anna but is frustrated at every turn.Christy finally finds Dr. Nurko (Eugenio Derbez) in Boston and makes … [Read more...]

‘The Young Messiah’ a unique imagining of Jesus as a child

In this cinematic imagining of Jesus (Adam Greaves-Neal) as a child of about seven or eight living with his parents in the small Jewish community of Alexandria, Egypt, we meet a young boy who is bullied and willing to stand up for another child, a girl, being picked on as well. With some devilish mischief thrown in the brawl, a child dies and Jesus is accused. When Jesus sneaks to the boys bedside he lays his hands on his face and prays, the boy awakens – or as some believe, comes back to life. T … [Read more...]

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...]

‘Eddie the Eagle’ — The other 1988 Olympic story

While most people know the story of the Jamaican bobsled team through the film "Cool Runnings" (1993), anyone who watched the 1988 Winter Olympics will remember the story of an even more unlikely Olympian, Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards, the one and only member of the British ski jumping team. His herculean efforts to train and qualify for and compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics are now told in a movie filled with heart, humor and charm.Eddie (Taron Egerton) was born with knee problems that … [Read more...]


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