• Hollywood meets Holy See: Making movies at the Vatican

    ROME - In early May, dozens of movie extras dressed as cardinals milled around the streets outside St. Peter’s Square. One member of the film crew told The New York Times: “This is the dominion of Netflix.” But when it comes to filmmaking inside the square or on Vatican property, only... Read more
  • Tom Wolfe, human dignity, and “the right stuff”

    Tom Wolfe has passed away. He was the only conservative novelist to achieve great popularity and a degree of respect in recent years, though not the honors that signal acceptance in the halls of prestige. He was, in truth, the noblest chronicler of the experiments and crisis of American freedom... Read more
  • When God Shouts

    This morning I was stressed and struggling with an upcoming deadline of my book and found myself being snippy with people and not as kind as I should have been. I thus decided to go down to the daily mass at St. Pat’s in Malvern to see if I could work things out, and as I mozied over I asked... Read more
  • Reel Presence: How Friendship is a Synonym for Salvation

    What I know about film can fit comfortably in a single frame. I am neither Siskel nor Ebert, nor even the little robot characters on “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” But I know a thing or two about the New Testament, and I know what I like in a movie, and I was deeply moved by the... Read more
  • Mainstream Journalism’s Religion Problem

    Now that Holy Week is behind us, it is worth reflecting on the “religious” views expressed by “mainstream journalism” over those few days. While not expressing it quite so crudely as the last Democratic president and his wanna-be successor—the press seem stumped by those “baskets of... Read more
  • More media hypocrisy

    After the sexual harassment scandal involving movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, social media campaigns such as the #MeToo movement spread quickly. One survey by USA Today that questioned nearly 1,000 women working in the movie industry found that 94 percent claimed they also were harassed in the... Read more
  • Jim Caviezel on what he learned playing St. Luke—and why he thinks “We don’t love Jesus enough”

    Actor Jim Caviezel, made famous by his starring role in the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ, returns to the biblical genre in the new film Paul, Apostle of Christ. Produced by AFFIRM Films in association with Giving Films, the film opens on March 23. Caviezel plays the Evangelist Luke,... Read more
  • Tesseracts, Wormholes, Quantum Physics—and the Eucharist!

    In Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time there’s a discussion about space-time that uses a four-dimensional geometrical shape called a tesseract (the square of a cube, as a cube itself is the square of a square) to approach the idea of a dimension outside space-time: a fifth... Read more
  • Faith and Sci-Fi: The Christian Universe of “A Wrinkle in Time”

    Aliens. Angels. Time travel. A planet ruled by an evil disembodied brain. Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time has it all. But it has been a while since we had a book like hers. In recent years, young adult novels like like Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games have dominated both our... Read more
  • When the Man Who Played Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ” Met John Paul II

    When Jim Caviezel was young, he had to stay home to study Spanish while his family went to see John Paul II during his visit to Vancouver, British Colombia. He missed out on that chance to see the pope. But 20 years later, having a well-established career in the cinema and having earned the... Read more