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Book Review: The Protestant’s Dilemma speaks the truth in love

Speaking the truth can be uncomfortable at times. Continue reading

Review: New book by Father Hater traces history of catechesis

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CNS Review: God’s Not Dead

By John Mulderig
Catholic News Service 

NEW YORK — A classic bit of impertinence from 19th-century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche notwithstanding, it seems that “God’s Not Dead” (Freestyle). Continue reading

‘Son of God’ movie ‘a love story,’ say husband-wife producers

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — The upcoming movie “Son of God” should be seen as “a love story,” according to two of its executive producers, the husband-and-wife team of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. Continue reading

Who needs Oscar? Here’s our list of 10 best pictures and family films

By John Mulderig
Catholic News Service

NEW YORK — For much of 2013, Hollywood seemed to be in the doldrums, turning out a good deal of product, but very little of quality.

With the approach of year’s end, and the looming awards season, however, things improved remarkably. So much so, in fact, that by Christmas, there were an unusual number of worthwhile movies to choose from at the multiplex. Continue reading

Book Review: RMPTR is an acronym worth remembering


Many men shun self-help books. In the same way that we don’t like to stop and ask for directions, all the more we don’t like to admit when we need help in a spiritual sense.

That notion delayed my reading and reviewing of David N. Calvillo’s Real Men Pray the Rosary for longer than I’m proud to admit. Continue reading

Resolved: Be a better television watcher in 2014

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By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A new year always brings the opportunity for a fresh start. Resolutions can be a tricky thing because they force us to consider altering long-held behavior patterns, and then make an affirmative choice for the change in behavior when the situation presents itself. Continue reading

CNS Review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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By John Mulderig
Catholic News Service

NEW YORK — The time has come, it seems, to return to Panem, the dystopian North American nation that provides the setting for the satisfying action sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (Lionsgate), just as it did for the 2012 first installment in the series. Continue reading

Book Review: New catholic agenda detailed for parishes

As facilitator of my parish spiritual book club, I am always looking for books to discuss that promise to inform and inspire. Father Robert Hater’s latest book, The Parish Guide to the New Evangelization: An Action Plan for Sharing the Faith, does both. Continue reading

Book Review: Pope Francis bio more than dates and names

Few Catholics following the events of the conclave that elected Pope Francis can forget the pontiff’s first public appearance. Standing above St. Peter’s Square, he addressed us as brothers and sisters, and acknowledged the surprise of many that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio had been elected pope. Continue reading