Tagged: Catholic Culture

PBS’s “Flannery”: Portrait of a Great Catholic Artist

On March 23, the American public television network PBS aired the premiere of Flannery, a 90-minute documentary movie about the American Catholic novelist, short story writer, and essayist Flannery O’Connor. Flannery was part of the American Masters series of biographical...

PBS’s “Flannery”: Portrait of a Great Catholic Artist

Beauty and Catholic Taste

Plato, one of the main philosophical influences on Catholic theology, believed in the existence of what are called the “transcendentals.” In Plato’s philosophical system, the transcendentals are “properties co-extensive with being”: abstract concepts around which existence and the material world...

Beauty and Catholic Taste

Realities are Greater than Ideas

Realities are greater than ideas. Pope Francis keeps saying these words, and I think his understanding of this is something that sets him apart from his immediate predecessors. Don’t get me wrong—I love Popes Benedict and St. John Paul II....

Realities are Greater than Ideas

All Souls’ Day: The Faithful Departed and Us

Death is inevitable. For the bulk of human history, this has been a universally acknowledged and widely emphasized truism. Victorious Roman generals, as they paraded through the city in triumph, would be accompanied by someone whose job it was to...

All Souls’ Day: The Faithful Departed and Us

Son of Legendary Catholic Author Dies at 95

January 16 brought the news that Christopher Tolkien, best known as the longtime literary executor of his father J.R.R. Tolkien, had died at his home in the South of France at the age of 95. Tolkien was born in 1924...

Son of Legendary Catholic Author Dies at 95