When Catholics Lost Their Cultural Clout — A Lesson for Today

Deal W. Hudson September 21, 2018 Catholics of my generation probably only dimly remember, if at all, the furor provoked among Catholics by films in the 1950s directed by Luis Buñuel, Los Olivados (1950); Roberto Rossellini, The Miracle (1951); Otto Preminger, The Moon is Blue (1953); Elia Kazan, Baby Doll (1956); Roger Vadim, And God… Continue reading When Catholics Lost Their Cultural Clout — A Lesson for Today

Washington Post Praise for McCarrick in 2014 Contains an Ironic Comment by Pope Francis

Deal W. Hudson September 4, 2018 When Pope Francis refused to comment on the letter by Archbishop Vigano enumerating his cover-up of ex-Cardinal’s sexual abuse, the public was bemused, if not angered. Now the Holy Father has explained the reason for his refusal — it’s too mystical to talk about. In his Monday homily at… Continue reading Washington Post Praise for McCarrick in 2014 Contains an Ironic Comment by Pope Francis

Ten Books That Have Taught Me About America

Deal W. Hudson July 4, 2018 Though I have not read as widely in American history as I should have, some books have remained with me since I read them.  They have shaped for me a deeper understanding and appreciation of my native country. I’m not going to list some of the obvious suspects such… Continue reading Ten Books That Have Taught Me About America

Remembering My Father — How John Wayne Grew Old

Deal W. Hudson June 6, 2018 He was the strongest man I ever knew. He had will-power of iron. The doctor said to stop smoking. After that day he never smoked another cigarette. Years later a different doctor banned alcohol—not another drink passed his lips for more than thirty years. Of all the money he… Continue reading Remembering My Father — How John Wayne Grew Old

Aretha Franklin, witness to the Gospel

Deal W. Hudson May 16, 2019 Amazing Grace is one of the greatest concert movies of all time In January 1972, Aretha Franklin travelled to Los Angeles to join her good friend Pastor James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir to record a gospel album. That album, entitled Amazing Grace, went on to become the… Continue reading Aretha Franklin, witness to the Gospel

Films that take you into the wilderness with Jesus

Deal W. Hudson March 14, 2019 It’s hard to understand why any director making a film about Jesus would ignore the face-off with Lucifer. Cecil B DeMille has his mind elsewhere in his 1927 King of Kings. Himself succumbing to carnal temptation, DeMille opens his film with a barely clad Mary Magdalene, now a prostitute… Continue reading Films that take you into the wilderness with Jesus

The extraordinary power of ‘transcendental’ films

Deal W. Hudson January 24, 2019 Deal Hudson on the shattering effect of movies that defy our expectations In 1971, Paul Schrader, a film student at UCLA, published a book called Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer. Although he was only 24 years old, his theory of “transcendental style” – expressed in formal academic language… Continue reading The extraordinary power of ‘transcendental’ films