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‘Aesthetic Witnesses’: Using
Beauty to Build the Kingdom

“Art must make perceptible, and as far as possible attractive, the world of the spirit, of the invisible, of God.” – Pope Saint John Paul II The quote above is taken from Pope John Paul II’s “Letter to Artists,” published on Easter Sunday in 1999. I’ve been reflecting on that letter in terms of the saint’s call, beginning in the late 1970s, for a new evangelization, and also in the context of young Karol Wojtyla’s cultural resistance efforts with the Rhapsodic Theater during the period of Nazi control of Poland. The more I reflect, the more convinced I become that

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Something Good From Wisconsin

While I am not wrong often, I am nonetheless man enough to admit it when I do stumble into an error once every decade or so.  For many years I had stated nothing good ever came from Wisconsin, but I now concede this to be an erroneous proposition thanks to the people of Red Letter Media.  Based out of Milwaukee, Red Letter Media began making a name for itself with a series of feature length reviews on the Star Wars prequels (I’m not kidding, the three reviews combine for a total of roughly 270 minutes complete with their own stories and

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The Third Way Regarding Same-Sex Attraction

Some time ago, a friend recommended I check out the video below as a possible tool for reaching out to Catholics who have a hard time understanding, accepting, or living the Church’s teachings on same-sex attraction. I am embarrassed to say it has been many months, but it was again brought to my attention this week. The film, entitled The Third Way: Homosexuality and the Catholic Church, is a little less than 40 minutes long and includes personal testimonies of Catholics who have struggled with same-sex attraction, both outside of the Church and its teachings and now, answering the call

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Faking It?

As Meddlesome hinted in his most recent post, there is no shortage of articles and posts addressing the many troubling and morally offensive aspects of 50 Shades of Grey (the movie and the book). I do not share the more detailed, gut-wrenching accounts of the movie and books due to the language and content used to illustrate their points — suffice it to say the both victims of domestic abuse and “kink” enthusiasts who are “into” that sort of thing agree that the relationship portrayed in Grey is disturbing and dangerous. I’m more interested in the issue raised by our recent discussion of the

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Shades of a Kingsman

            The culture warriors are at DEFCON 3 this weekend with the release of Fifty Shades of Grey.  Those who wish to preserve a traditional ethic on all matters sexual should rightly be distressed at the release of this film, as should be anybody who thinks the sadomasochistic fantasies of a British writer of Twilight fan fiction are an affront to the dignity of women.  However, while it is certainly noble and right to oppose this unconscionable adaptation of a (from what I’ve been told) even more abhorrent novel, it seems that the culture warriors are experiencing tunnel vision

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Another Catholic Site; Another Manly Catholic

Now I may sound like a Bible beater yelling up a revival at a river crossing camp meeting, but that don’t change the truth none. There’s right and there’s wrong. You got to do one or the other. You do the one and you’re living. You do the other and you may be walking around, but you’re dead as a beaver hat. – John Wayne as Davy Crockett I discovered The Catholic Gentleman blog via friends’ Facebook posts in the past week or so, and while I haven’t read enough there to endorse it wholeheartedly, I enjoy what I see

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The Dark Knight Redeemed?

In case you missed it: author Bradley Birzer reveals his love for Batman on The Imaginative Conservative web site. I don’t know Batman the way he does — but Birzer’s take on Batman, Bruce Wayne, and the Wayne family as embodiments of Christian virtue, natural aristocracy, and Western role models might explain why a guy like me, who didn’t grow up on comics, loves the Dark Knight films. And I hadn’t realized the Wayne family (like the Bond family) was Catholic. Worth a read!

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A Return to the Classics?

Reflections on Tarantino and Django Unchained While I certainly would not consider myself a fan of Quentin Tarantino–he’s a narcissist and somewhat mentally unbalanced–, I cannot deny his effectiveness as a filmmaker.  He emerged onto the independent movie scene in the mid-1990s with an impressive blend of avant-garde flare and mainstream ambitions.  Digging up forgotten actors (Harvey Keitel, John Travolta, and Pam Grier, to name a few), the man wrote clever dialogue and utilized witty editing tricks to make gangster pictures for the Seinfeld-era.  Hit men were depicted shooting the breeze on the way to a kill, characters debated pop songs whilst

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