Stephen G. Adubato studied moral theology at Seton Hall University and currently teaches religion and philosophy in New Jersey. He also is the host of the "Cracks in Postmodernity" blog and podcast. Follow him on Twitter @stephengadubato.
Season Three of Hulu's "Ramy" has a knack for delving into divisive cultural issues with nuance and subtlety. It approaches hot-button issues with the intention to make everyone think, rather than pandering to one side.
Commentary: While it may seem contradictory, both sexually aggressive and romantic/vulnerable singing styles and lyrical themes can comfortably exist in tension with each other in the dembow rhythm of reggaeton.
"Sintonia" sheds light on why funk carioca speaks to the hearts of people from Brazilian favelas to dance clubs around the world. However, the series gives little visibility to funk's initiators — Black Brazilians.
The imperative to regain trust in science amid the COVID-19 pandemic was a recurring theme at the annual New York Encounter cultural event. But even as participants gathered Feb. 18-20, divisiveness was evident.
Commentary: I would caution detractors of the Latin Mass to take a step back and look at the other reasons people are drawn to this particular liturgy. Those who feel outcasted or alienated from parishes that only celebrate the ordinary form, including myself, deserve to have their sensibilities and experiences taken into account.
Book review: Though there are only a few momentary references to Catholic images and practices throughout Angie Cruz's bestselling novel Dominicana, the plot is rife with spiritual and theological depth.
Perspective: As much as mental instability ought to be recognized and treated for what it is, God can indeed work through and use us as we are, before we even get around to seeking healing or treatment.
New York City-based artist Erin McAtee began her creative journey with a desire to "see more deeply into the human experience." She was born and raised Catholic but says she took her faith for granted.