Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., Bishop Robert Finn wrote Friday the National Catholic Reporter is undermining church teachings. He cited coverage of women's ordination, artificial contraception, sexual morality in general, and the "lionizing" of dissident theologies.
Art & Media
PBS always has something interesting waiting in the wings. This week, it will broadcast a trifecta of significant documentaries.
"The Revisionaries" (Independent Lens)
10 p.m. Monday (check local listings)
Viewpoint: Ecclesiastical clothes today are less intelligible and point less clearly to something beyond their colors and gilt than 50 years ago.
Editor's note: Sr. Rose Pacatte is at the Sundance Film Festival, which runs through Sunday. This entry chronicles her experiences Jan. 20. Read all of Sr. Rose's Sundance entries here.
Editor's note: Sr. Rose Pacatte is at the Sundance Film Festival, which runs through Sunday. She will write about her experiences for NCR, all of which will be able to be found here.
This is my first year at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and as I listen to people chatter in the lines, what I hear most often is, "I am a Sundance virgin." OK, that fits.
Commentary: Nothing was tortured more in the making of Kathryn Bigelow's film "Zero Dark Thirty" than the truth about torture.
American Experience, PBS
10 p.m./9 p.m. Central, Jan. 8, Jan. 15 and Jan. 22
From the nuns to the "nones," religion dominated the headlines throughout 2012. Faith was a persistent theme in the presidential race, and moral and ethical questions surrounded budget debates, mass killings and an unexpected focus on "religious freedom."
Here are 10 ways religion made news in 2012:
Gun violence as a new "pro-life" issue
Loretto Sr. Ann Pat Ware has spent some of her spare time writing new words to old hymns. Here for your reflection and pleasure are Christmas carols that give context to our celebration. Feel free to copy and distribute, giving credit to Ann Pat.
JOY TO THE WORLD
Joy to the world for Christmas comes
With songs of hope and mirth.
While fields and floods,
Rocks, hills, and plains
And all the sites of earth
Recall to us Christ’s birth
And teach us and preach to us
Our wondrous worth.
Review: The movie adaptation of "Les Misérables" is lengthy but a heartbreakingly beautiful story of desperate hope.