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

A painter of pure, radiant happiness

Deal W. Hudson February 14, 2019 Ali Cavanaugh’s figurative art has deep spiritual roots, discovers Deal Hudson Ali Cavanaugh is a painter in pursuit of the miracle of human existence. A Catholic convert who was received in 2002, she says this of her faith: “The Blessed Mother is my constant and helps me with every… Continue reading A painter of pure, radiant happiness

Ken Russell’s ‘The Devils’ is badly misunderstood

Deal W. Hudson February 7, 2019 Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, recently condemned the New York Times for using a picture of “a nun in habit standing behind a jail-like façade” to accompany a review of Jacques Rivette’s 1966 film La Religieuse (“The Nun”). Based on a novel by Diderot, it depicts the… Continue reading Ken Russell’s ‘The Devils’ is badly misunderstood

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

Tim Kaine must not get away with styling himself a ‘Pope Francis Catholic’

Deal W. Hudson August 9, 2016 With the nomination of Senator Tim Kaine, American Catholic voters once again face a decision about whether to send a pro-abortion, dissenting Catholic to Number One Observatory Circle, the official residence of the Vice President of the United States. For the past eight years Vice President Joseph Biden has… Continue reading Tim Kaine must not get away with styling himself a ‘Pope Francis Catholic’

Pete Buttigeig: What You See Is Not What You Get

Deal W. Hudson March 31, 2019 Mayor Pete Buttigeig of South Bend, Indiana is a full-blown relativist. He views the world through the lens of multiculturalism, historicism, gay rights, and radical feminism. Buttigeig hopes to secure the Democratic Party nomination in order to become President of the United States. If elected, there would be no… Continue reading Pete Buttigeig: What You See Is Not What You Get

Immigration and the Golden Ticket

Deal W. Hudson February 24, 2019 In the last decade, the topic of immigration has become as divisive in the Catholic Church as the issue of abortion. Like abortion, immigration is now at the center of national politics—it was the centerpiece of the 2016 presidential election. The election of 2020 promises more of the same… Continue reading Immigration and the Golden Ticket

So Much for Dialogue: Cardinal Tobin Talks Past Trump

Deal W. Hudson January 31, 2019 Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin published an opinion piece in the New York Times about “The ‘Ethics’ of Trump’s Border Wall” (January 30, 2019) Tobin’s argument is presumptuous, accusatory, and riddled with factual errors. In that way, it’s no different from most of what we read and hear from liberals who attack President Trump.… Continue reading So Much for Dialogue: Cardinal Tobin Talks Past Trump