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The historical relationship between the Faith and the theatre is a complicated and revealing one

You enter a ritual space and take your seat in the midst of a large audience. At the front or perhaps the middle of the hall (often a vast and airy one, but sometimes a small and intimate one) is another part of the ritual space that is marked off from the area you and your fellow audience members occupy. In that ritual space are various pieces of furniture and props for use during the...

Christian singles today are finding new places to meet and get to know potential mates—from the Internet to reality TV.

For better or for worse? Really? With so many mixed messages in our culture that speak to the contrary, how many young adults understand that dating should be for the purpose of finding a spouse? Do they grasp the definition of a commitment for life? We might wonder if anyone does today, for that matter. We seem to live in throwaway culture, as Pope Francis has had. If it ...

In turning Maleficent into a feminist morality play, Disney subverts the nature of fairy tales and suppresses any sense of magic and moral logic.

For the child—and the adult who knows there is still a child in all of us—fairy tales reveal truths about ourselves and the world.  As psychologist Bruno Bettelheim stated in his extraordinary study, The Uses of Enchantment (1976), “the fantastical, sometimes cruel, but always deeply significant narrative strands of the classic fairy tales ca...

Without exemptions for religious organizations, the new federal policy may hinder the work of Catholic social service providers and educational institutions.

I called it. One month ago, I warned readers of about a new executive order that would be coming out from the Obama White House. The article garnered more than 45,000 views and in excess of 5,600 Facebook “likes.” Then,

The bluntness of Francis’ speaking of actual persecution of Christians on the scale that it is occurring is most encouraging

“Persecution against Christians today is actually worse than in the first centuries of the Church, and there are more Christian martyrs today than in that era. This is happening more than 1700 years after the Edict of Constantine which gave Christians the freedom to publicly profess their faith.”

—Pope Francis, “International Religions Freedom and G...

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