Just Catholic: Beyond off-color remarks, sometimes what passes for comedy is actually violence. The so-called comedic comment often shames, hurts, embarrasses and damages.
Art & Media
Book review: The Restoration of Rome is both erudite and accessible, not an easy combination to achieve in a thoroughly scholarly book.
A rally in downtown Seoul drew tens of thousands Friday. On the edge of the plaza, a makeshift art exhibit, featuring paintings and photographs, was wet up to commemorate those who died in the April 16 Sewol ferry sinking. Much of the art has come from the creative hands of children.
Movie review: "The Giver" is rife with themes about humanity, God, free will, humanity, personhood, redemption and willingness to sacrifice for others.
NCR Today: Robin Williams owned his inner madness, the spark of weirdness that made him unique. He celebrated and shared it until, it seems, he had no more to give.
There are a number of ways to follow Pope Francis' Aug. 14-18 visit to South Korea using various media sources, including my own updates on the NCR website. The best way to follow it live will be on the Station KBS, the official Korean broadcast site. It will use some of the most advanced Web broadcasting technologies.
Broadcasting will be continuous for 124 hours, representing the 124 martyrs that Pope Francis will beatify Saturday.
Although evangelical moviemakers have been in the spotlight lately with features such as "Son of God" and "God's Not Dead," at least one other prominent, mainstream director is also turning -- or returning -- to religion.
Martin Scorsese, whose 1988 film "The Last Temptation of Christ" ignited national controversy, is negotiating with Paramount Studios to distribute a new movie about Jesuit missionaries, according to the show business newspaper Variety.
Conservative Christian activists, led by the group One Million Moms and the American Family Association, are pushing Cartoon Network's Adult Swim series to cancel the new show "Black Jesus," which they call offensive and "full of lies."
The show, set to premiere at 11 p.m. Thursday, is written and produced by Aaron McGruder, best known for the comic strip and animated series "The Boondocks," about two young black brothers.
Conversations with Sr. Camille: Luke Nephew, 32, has worked at home to end torture and has traveled the world, sharing his poetry to support peace and justice.
Essay: "Catholicism" might not be the first word that comes to mind when thinking of Babe Ruth, with his copious drinking and womanizing.