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A few words on '50 Shades of Grey'


With the great hype for the now record-breaking opening box office for the movie "50 Shades of Grey," which I knew I was never going to see, I posted links on Saturday to a review by Claudia Puig at USA Today (she's Catholic) and an insightful essay from Kirsten Anderson from (not my usual go-to place for commentary, but this one is exceptional).

'Fifty Shades of Grey' gets black marks from bishops, pastors

The film adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey," which opens in theaters Friday, has movie morality guardians armed and heading for battle.

The Catholic bishop of Buffalo, N.Y., has warned fellow prelates to step up preaching on the true beauty of sex-within-male-female-marriage -- and do it pronto.

Exhibit encourages viewers, religious and secular, to 'Meet Mary'


One of the best places to learn about the tools and techniques that medieval artists employed to create illuminated manuscripts is their depictions of saints writing and illustrating sacred texts. In art, when St. Luke represents the Virgin, he typically clutches a paintbrush or quill in his hand, and he often stands or sits at a lectern. Sometimes, he holds a knife, which was used for scraping out errors, sharpening pens, or a variety of other tasks. That's why Orsola Maddalena Caccia's circa 1625 painting "St. Luke the Evangelist in the Studio" is so unusual.



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In This Issue

October 21-November 3, 2016

  • Reformation's anniversary brings commemorations, reconsiderations
  • Picks further diversify College of Cardinals
  • Editorial: One-issue obsession imperils credibility
  • Special Section [Print Only]: SAINTS