• Ric Burns and PBS recall our ‘Debt of Honor’ to disabled veterans

    On Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings for time and channel in your area), PBS premieres “Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History,” a new documentary by Emmy Award-winning director Ric Burns. Airing as part of PBS’ “Stories of Service,” it looks at the way that the American government and society have dealt with wounded warriors, from the Revolutionary War through the long war going on in the Middle East.

  • ‘Fargo’ redux

    Fargo is back … or is it?In its first season — which really wasn’t a season in the television vernacular, more like a self-contained serialized story arc — Billy Bob Thornton played the personification of cold-blooded evil and did it in a way that I found mesmerizing and pretty close to brilliant. The ending wasn’t as spellbinding for me, but the show was such a different piece of television that I forgave them.

  • Exorcisms for entertainment? Terrible idea, St Louis archdiocese tells cable network

    A television show’s promise of a live exorcism rite is more dangerous than it thinks, the St. Louis archdiocese warned on Thursday.

  • What’s in a name?

    During the 1970s, in response to public demand and federal government representatives, the three then-existing television networks established what they called the “Family Hour.” This was a time slot between 8 and 9 p.m. where the networks vowed to broadcast more family-friendly programming.

     

  • Muppets gone wild

    I have a confession to make. I never watched a complete episode of “Sesame Street” from start to finish, although I feel I know the show well because of the way it has become a cultural mainstay for more than a generation.

  • The King of Fantasyland

    Years ago I was standing in line to see the movie “Excalibur,” director John Bormann’s excellent and very stylistic version of the Arthurian legend.

  • Death in the afternoon … and in the morning and evening as well

    I did not watch the televised murder of news reporter Alison Parker and her cameraman Adam Ward in Virginia. I don’t watch ISIS beheading videos and when I detect something wicked this way coming on the TV I reach for the clicker.

     

     

  • Unfolding the divine plan

    Just last week, Stephen Colbert gave an interview in which the depth of his Catholic faith was on pretty clear display. Discussing the trauma that he experienced as a young man — the deaths of his father and two of his brothers in a plane crash — he told the interviewer how, through the ministrations of his mother, he had learned not only to accept what had happened but actually to rejoice in it.

  • A hunting we will go

    It would not surprise me in the least that by writing the words “Cecil the Lion,” the lion’s share of this readership (sorry about that, but I couldn’t resist) would respond “Cecil the who?” 

  • Generation gaps

    I recently participated in a series of leadership conferences where you go through all kinds of self-evaluation exercises, listen to leadership gurus, find out what your personality type is and then, imbued with these newfound insights, in a perfect world, implement all this wisdom knowledge and become a Zen-like master of management.

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Voices

Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision in United States v. Texas

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Our nation’s ongoing failure to address the immigration crisis is a humanitarian tragedy. For more than a decade, state and local governments, Congress, the President, the courts — and now the highest court in the land — all have failed in their responsibilities to address this issue. 

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June 24, 2016

  • Friday, June 24

    Mass and Healing Service, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., St. Jerome Church, 550 Thornburn St., Los Angeles. Celebrant: Father Patrick Crowley, SSCC. Prayer for renewal/healing at the end of the program. Sponsored by the St. Jerome Charismatic Prayer Group; all are invited. For information, call Donatus or Murglen Muoneke at (323) 294-1940.

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