• 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.

  • Read all about it … next week

    I think this can be categorized under the heading of what is old is new again. Newspapers are still important. Of course, you’re reading this in a newspaper so it goes to reason that this would be a valiant and hopefully not vain defense of “old” media that struggles against seemingly overwhelming odds.

  • Truths my father taught me

    When something would get under my dad’s skin, usually it had something to do with hippies, the Beatles or the graduated federal income tax system; he would start pulling on his right ear.

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In our time

Archbishop José H. Gomez

As I write, I’ve just read the sad news that 90 Christians have been kidnapped from two villages in Syria. Of course we were all shocked earlier this month by the news that 21 Coptic Christians were executed in Syria — killed, as Pope Francis said, “for the mere fact of being Christians.” 

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February 27, 2015

  • Friday, February 27

    Lenten Fish Fry, 4:30-8:30 p.m., St. Clare’s, 19606 Calla Way, Canyon Country. Every Friday through March 27. (661) 252-3353. http://www.st-clare.org/.

    Wine Tasting Fundraiser for Alexandria House, 6:30-9 p.m., Silverlake Wine, 2396 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles. Hosted by Aaron Neubert and Stacy Horth-Neubert. $30. RSVP with Ronda, (213) 381-2649, ronda@alexandriahouse.org.

    Mass and Healing Service, 7:30 p.m., Our Lady of Peace Parish, 15444 Nordhoff St., North Hills. (818) 207-5709.

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