• Excess baggage

    In its opening weekend, the fourth installment of the “Jurassic Park” franchise brought in a world-wide box office income of half a billion dollars. That’s billion with a “b.”

  • Tuning in to Jesus

    Say the word “televangelist” in a crowded room and you might just as well have yelled “shark” at the beach. The word didn’t always evoke such a near universal response of disdain … until Fulton Sheen.

  • The Devil You Say

    Lucifer is no laughing matter, though movies, television and pop music are saturated with various riffs on the Prince of Darkness. Not wanting to be left out in the cold — or heat — Fox television is launching a series with the Devil himself as the lead character in a weird kind of cop procedural show called — what else? — “Lucifer.” Talk about your ultimate “bad-good guy.”

  • Talk talk talk

    Trying to tell millennials about Johnny Carson is like trying to tell them about The Beatles. It only confuses them and reinforces the stark reality that as a baby boomer, I am well beyond the puppy stage.

  • Post mortem: The end of ‘Mad Men’

    After seven seasons over the course of eight years, AMC’s award-winning series, “Mad Men” has closed its doors. In a show filled with just about every vice and human failing known to man (and woman) all woven into the fabric of almost every character, I did not expect so many tidy endings to so many untidy lives.

  • These twin friars are taking it to the streets - and your TV - to save souls

    It’s a good thing Brother Angelus wears glasses, otherwise it would be really hard to tell him apart from Brother Innocent.

  • Big love

    There was a show on HBO in the not-so-distant past called “Big Love,” which followed the travails of a practicing polygamist in Utah. I think they got the title wrong and that I could have come up with several alternative titles, but I want to continue to write for The Tidings so I will refrain from such linguistic exercises.

  • Inspired by the divine

    For the second consecutive year, reporter Julio César Ortiz, (Univision Los Angeles-KMEX Channel 34) was awarded the prestigious Gabriel Award — sponsored half a century ago by the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals — for his sports and human interest story, “A Saint on the Field.”

  • Fishers of Men

    “Deadliest Catch” has been on for years, so the answer to the quandary of just how long people (like me) can watch crab pots get tossed overboard and then hauled up is still an open question.

     

     

  • The Big ‘C’

    Forget about your Great Whites … Cancer is by far the most successful predator of the human species.

     

     

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Voices

The best one can do in the circumstances

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Recently I led a weeklong retreat for some 60 people at a renewal center. Overall, it went very well, though ideally it could have gone better.

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  • Monday, June 29

    Sesquicentennial Patron Feast Day and Parish Celebration Mass, Saints Peter and Paul Church, 515 W Opp St., Wilmington. The Mass will also bid farewell to Pastor Raymond Perez and Father Patrick, who are both leaving after many years of dedicated service. (310) 834-5215, sppc@sbcglobal.net.

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