The Danish director Gabriel Axel died on February 9. He won an Oscar for "Babette's Feast," which is probably the best movie ever. In the event, that movie was on TV this past Saturday and I caught the last forty-five minutes. There is nothing I have ever seen on the screen, big or small, that warms the heart as does that movie.
Not all myths are created equal. No one worships Zeus anymore. Myths can only continue to shape a culture so long as they encapsulate what are accepted as essential truths. Nor are all myths false: The gods of the Greeks and the Romans disappeared into the mists of history when the Christian myth took root and I, for one, believe the Christian myth. That said, our Christian beliefs were better able to help people make sense of their lives and their world which is why they swept away the false myths that preceded them.
Over at Faith in Public Life, John Gehring has a nice tribute to Pope Benedict XVI on this the anniversary of his resignation. It is interesting to me that so many of us who range ourselves on the left politically found much to love and admire in Benedict's papacy, which runs counter to the usual narrative.
In last week's edition of "The World Over," host Raymond Arroyo repeated the canard that last week's CBO report indicated that the Affordable Care Act would cost 2.5 million jobs over ten years. This is a lie. Is lie too strong a word? No, not least because this falsehood was birthed for a purpose.
My friend Art Remillard speaks with author Molly Worthen about her new book "Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism," in this podcast you can listen to by clicking here.
Distinctly Catholic: History will be kinder to Pope Benedict than most contemporary assessments. He was like a man from a different place and time.
This article in yesterday's Washington Post looks at how everyone's favorite TV series illustrates economic challenges and opportunities collide with culture.
Anna Husarska, writing at the Economist, looks at the state of the Church in Poland as their bishops conduct their ad limina visits. Her analysis could be applied to some of our stateside bishops too, no doubt and the combination of adjectives - "noisy, exotic and obscurantist" - is splendid.
The new poll of Catholics conducted by Univision gives me the willies. The questions are not framed well, for starters. More worrisomely, these kinds of polls, by their nature, suggest that there is some democratic instinct the Church should embrace, ignoring the fact that, say, 50 million Catholics can be wrong, or that Nixon won. Twice.
I came across this article at National Catholic Register by Adnrew Abela, the new dean of Catholic University's Business School, analyzing Pope Francis' exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. Abela, whom I know slightly, discusses problems when markets fall short of what the Pope is calling for and he writes this: