• Truths my father taught me

    When something would get under my dad’s skin, usually it had something to do with hippies, the Beatles or the graduated federal income tax system; he would start pulling on his right ear.

  • Sometimes it doesn’t take a village

    When I think of my misspent youth in front of a cathode ray tube, I recall how television in its limited form way back then was a way to plot the seasons.

  • A life at a funeral

    She was not famous. TMZ would never in a million years have been interested in hounding her to get her photo as she emerged from a trendy West Hollywood restaurant. A reality show based on her life would not have lasted two episodes.

  • A problem of cosmic proportion

    “Cosmos, A Spacetime Odyssey” has recently completed its run on Fox and National Geographic Channel and was, for the most part, riveting television. But it did leave me with wanting less — less bashing of my faith and more science.

  • ‘The Middle’: A pater familias in an unfamiliar place

    Fathers have not always fared so well in either human history or popular culture.

  • Nun wins 'The Voice Italy,' leads crowd in Our Father

    In an emotional finale decided by Italian TV viewers, 25 year-old Sister Cristina Scuccia won the 2014 edition of The Voice Italy on June 5.

  • ‘Fargo’: Trouble in the Heartland? You betcha

    As the late Fulton Sheen once said to an evolution fundamentalist: “We are not risen apes, but fallen angels.”

  • Young nun wows judges on Italy's 'The Voice'

    Sr. Cristina Scuccia is a 25 year old member of the Ursuline Sisters of the Holy Family who has appeared on The Voice of Italy, a reality show akin to American Idol or Britain’s Got Talent.

  • Historians of science critique new 'Cosmos' series

    Scholars of the history of science have discussed the merits and shortcomings of the new television series “Cosmos,” saying that the first episode's discussion of Church history strayed from historical facts.

  • Sherlock Through the Looking Glass: ’Twas Brillig!

    Writer-director Gus Krieger is bucking a trend with his “Sherlock Through the Looking Glass.” The Great Detective is, today, “re-imagined” in movies as a short, shabby, Victorian eccentric while, on TV, he’s either a shambling, post-modern Los Angeles private eye, or an enigmatic thinking-machine in today’s London. Krieger, happily, remains closer to the Holmes Canon.

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Voices

25th anniversary of the martyrs of El Salvador: The current ‘coyuntura’ invites solutions

Rev. Michael Kennedy, S.J.

I remember visiting the University of Central America (UCA) in El Salvador with Jesuit Fathers Paul Locatelli and Steve Privett in 1988 and speaking with Father Ignacio Ellacuria, the president of the university. Father Ellacuria used the word coyuntura countless times during our lengthy conversation.

The Holy Father visits the Holy Land

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