• A Christmas tradition

    Television is the land where old movies go to live forever. This is especially true during Christmas when the airways are virtually flooded with old movies, new movies, made for TV movies and animated specials run on a seemingly endless loop. Most of the fare is imminently forgettable, but then there are the “classics.” 

  • The reality of the Robertson clan

    Every now and then a show comes along that captures the culture’s attention, and produces epic ratings and generates a substantial bump in the pop culture line chart, setting itself apart from the rest. Such is the case of the show “Duck Dynasty.” To the uninitiated, the show revolves around a family business of duck call makers in a small town in Louisiana. There are extended family members and employees who are treated much more like family members than employees.

  • Comedian Al Madrigal’s Catholic faith

    Growing up attending San Francisco Catholic schools, Al Madrigal was never the class clown, a surprising fact considering that the still-Catholic, now-married dad is also one of America’s freshest comedy talents.

  • A tale of two virgins

    At the very moment bishops from all over the world confer at a synod in Rome, and where the talk is heavy on sexual ethics, and the illumination is dimmed by inaccurateness, superciliousness and writers who use words like superciliousness….

  • Not ready for prime time

    There is one thing I am almost absolutely positively sure will happen during the October Extraordinary Synod on the Family called by Pope Francis: Television will get it wrong.

  • Codes of conduct, Part II

    Somewhere between the Cambrian and Cretaceous epochs when I was earning my living writing television shows, there existed a code of sorts not that dissimilar to the one described in the Turner Classic Movie documentary on the motion picture industry.

  • Requiem

    I come here not only to praise the late great television show “Breaking Bad,” but to bury it also…for now.

  • PBS raked over decision to air late-term abortion film

    Pro-life advocates have strongly objected to PBS' decision broadcast the documentary “After Tiller,” saying it wrongly downplays the “gravely unjust” and deadly nature of abortion.
     

  • The comedian and the Lifeguard

    Comedy is all about timing and Robin Williams was a master of it. So much so that even in his tragic death there exists an interesting piece of timing that may allow us to extract some good out of the bad of someone discarding the most precious gift.

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Jean Beliveau, RIP

REV. RONALD ROLHEISER, OMI

Jean Beliveau was more than an athlete, though certainly he was a one-in-a-million athlete. The record of his achievements almost defies belief. He played in the National Hockey League for 20 seasons and retired with 10 championship rings. 

 

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December 19, 2014

  • Friday, December 19

    Christmas Shop at Holy Grounds, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., St. Monica Catholic Community, 725 California Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 566-1500.

    Las Posadas, 6:30 p.m., St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish, 322 North Avenue 61Los Angeles. After the celebration, the "Pastorela" will continue in the large hall. (323) 256-3041.

    “Hope for the World” Christmas Concert, 7 p.m., St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 19855 Sherman Way, Winnetka. Music of the season performed by parish choirs. Caroling and refreshments. Free (Goodwill offering welcome).

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