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The Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!" is a witty and endearing romp through the Golden Age of Hollywood, but also the story of a man who is serious about his faith.

Hail, Caesar! is the much-anticipated addition to the canon of the famed Coen brothers’ films—a list which includes both dramas like True Grit and quirky cult classics like O Brother, Where Art Thou? Their latest movie certainly bears that clever Coen touch: set in the Golden Days of Hollywood, it recounts a day in the life of studi...

The sacred music of Latin America in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries has only recently been discovered by recording labels. The results are always striking and frequently marvelous.

Is The Bridge of San Luis Rey, with which in 1927 Thornton Wilder obtained his first—almost his only—huge success as novelist, still read widely? It deserves to be. If a book can survive having its concluding chapter unctuously quoted by Tony Blair in 9/11’s aftermath, it can survive almost anything the crooked timber of humanity can inflict on it...

Our governing institutions and the public at large have staked their authority and actions on the rejection of natural law in favor of preference satisfaction. So what can be done?

Catholics talk about natural law, but what’s it all about?

Basically, it’s a system of principles that guides human life in accordance with our nature and our good, insofar as those can be known by natural reason. It thereby promotes life the way it evidently ought to be, based on what we are and how the world is, from the standpoint of an intelligent, thoughtfu...

The first volume of Henri de Lubac's "Vatican Council Notebooks" (Ignatius Press, 2015) is filled with detailed and often surprising accounts of conversations, disputes, and key figures at the Council

On January 29, 1959, Pope John XXIII shocked the Church and the world with his announcement at the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls in Rome that he was convoking the first ecumenical council in nearly a century.  In fifth grade, Sister Regina Rose began to inform us of the impending council, noting that we would be living through a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  With th...

Originally embraced as a way to offset priest shortages, pastoral associate programs can sometimes be used to push other agendas.

Celebrating Mass on January 17 and commissioning seven new pastoral associates for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Archbishop José Gomez thanked the three women and four men for their “generous response to the spirit.” The newly...

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