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In case you haven’t been following recent news, St. Junipero Serra was the saint whose statue was pulled down in California due to his alleged injustice toward Native Americans.  He has been considered a controversial figure for some time; here is what Bishop Barron had to say about him five years ago, when Pope Francis canonized him:

 

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I’ve been considering posting my thoughts on the George Floyd incident, and the resulting tumult sweeping the U.S.  But I don’t think I could do better than Bishop Robert Barron does in his homily from today’s Mass for the Solemnity of Pentecost.

 

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Well there’s a controversy circulating around a recent phone conversation between President Trump and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York.

Actually, the phone call involved Dolan and a number of other Catholic leaders. Its purpose was to address concerns about Catholic education — concerns related to financial issues, enrollment, and the impact of COVID-19. During the course of the phone call, the president and the Cardinal (more…)

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EWTN is offering live Eucharistic Adoration, every day from 9 AM to 6 PM ET.

For the link to the video from England’s Tyburn Convent, click here.

Acknowledgement

By Juan de Juanes – [2], Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23065137

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Video embedded for aesthetic purposes only

For parts one and two, click here.

So I ended the last installment on this note:

I hope to communicate my disagreement diplomatically, with a due regard to what the G.O.T. story gets right. We’ll get to that next time.

What our show runners “get right” in terms of historical perceptiveness is precisely what many G.O.T. fans felt they got wrong story-wise.

Like I said, the winning of the Great War and the death of Melisandre suggest something of the actual historical movement (more…)

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Okay…let me open with Jack London, who made the following remarks in describing “the Wild” in winter: (more…)

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Well, Joker was a breath of fresh air.

I like pure escapism as much as anyone else, but I find myself too often frustrated with an unspoken rule in much of our popular entertainment: If it’s about Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, or whatever-man-or-woman, it must be presented cartoonishly.  Even when the “serious” moments occur, it has to be obvious that people are pretending.

Joker is about what happens behind the scenes (more…)

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If you didn’t read part one, that’s fine — so long as you keep the following in mind:

I believe that what we see in [Game of Thrones] (…) is a sort of quasi “first principle” on which much else is made to rest.

Broadly, this is the movement — construed as progress — from the sacred to the secular, from religion to reason, from other-worldly to this-worldly concerns.

Let’s take a look at G.O.T.’s exact trajectory vis-a-vis religion, history, and the secular.

First, we have the Long Night. (more…)

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Just watched this.  Enjoy!

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