• ‘Very worrisome’

    As Robert Hugh Benson’s apocalyptic novel “Lord of the World” moves toward its shocking conclusion, a naïve young woman who has placed simple-minded faith in the utter goodness of the antichrist figure at the center of the story awakens to the fact that her hero has artfully constructed a regime of violence, oppression and thought control.

     

  • Impressions from attending the joint session address by Pope Francis

    The House is much more an intimate space than on what one sees on television. I noticed a fisheye lens camera that creates the magic on television. In reality, you can virtually reach out and touch the Members (or as I did well after the pope’s departure and the House Chamber started to clear, give a shout out to a Member who heard and replied).

  • Squaring the circle

    In years gone by, it was hardly unusual for periodic assemblies of the world Synod of Bishops to pass largely unnoticed by the media and just about everybody else. Not this time.

  • Pope Francis’ popularity

    Journalists are understandably fond of conflict — after all, it gives them something to talk about. Media coverage and commentary relating to a drop in Pope Francis’ popularity rating in a recent Gallup poll was an illustration of that.

  • Militarization will not resolve underlying problems in El Salvador

    SAN SALVADOR — Violence has escalated over the past few weeks in El Salvador. Gang hitmen — sicarios —recently killed two soldiers who were guarding a bus station that is part of the recently opened Metropolitan System of Transport of Grand San Salvador (SITRAMSS).

  • Aborted baby body parts for sale

    How low can society go? When one considers the many ways countless human beings are treated like cheap disposable products — from children exploited by pornographers, to young sweatshop workers exploited by wealthy corporations — it’s hard to imagine how much worse it can get for the poor and vulnerable.

  • Hiroshima and Iran

    It’s an accident of history that the present debate on the six-nation nuclear agreement with Iran overlaps the 70th anniversary of the first uses of atomic weapons in war.

  • Church leaders applaud nuclear agreement with Iran

    Committed to a negotiated settlement over the real possibility of armed conflict, six world powers and Iran have decided to give peace a chance.

     

     

  • Catholic priest who blessed atomic bomb crews — and his conversion

    Seventy years ago, on Aug. 6, 1945, the single most destructive weapon ever unleashed upon human beings and the environment — the atomic bomb — was dropped by an American B-29 bomber on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing approximately 80,000 people.

  • Hiroshima and Iran

    It’s an accident of history that the present debate on the six-nation nuclear agreement with Iran overlaps the 70th anniversary of the first uses of atomic weapons in war.

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Voices

Why "Last Days in the Desert" is so Boring

Bishop Robert Barron

With his latest film, Last Days in the Desert, Rodrigo Garcia has accomplished something truly remarkable. He has taken a portion of the life of the single most compelling person who has ever lived and turned it into a colossally boring movie. 

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May 24, 2016

  • Tuesday, May 24

    ACCW Meeting, San Pedro Pastoral Region, Southwestern District, St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, 3946 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Torrance. Registration 9:30 a.m. – Speaker. Mass at 11:30 am - Rev. Alfred Hernandez, Pastor. Luncheon $10/ person, check payable to St, Catherine Laboure Church, Info: contact Monte (310) 323-8900.

     

    Changing the World, Changing Yourself: Contemplation Today, 7 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Hall, 6220 E Willow St., Long Beach, Father Laurence Freeman, OSB, Benedictine monk, Spiritual guide and Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation, international speaker and author. All are welcome! Suggested donation $20 (checks made payable to WCCM-USA) supports the work of the community. Website: wccm-usa.org. 

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