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  • Catholic disability group sees danger, opportunity in Netflix series
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Season two of "13 Reasons Why," a popular Netflix series portraying, among other things, suicide, sexual assault and substance abuse, might lead some young people to behave in dangerous and self-destructive ways, according to a May 31 open letter by the National Catholic Partnership on Disability.
  • Weapons of mass distraction
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — From the moment of his election, Pope Francis' down-to-earth take on communicating the Gospel has led to countless front-page headlines either praising or criticizing him. But his disarming and sometimes even blunt style also has meant he has become a popular target of "fake news."
  • Priest: 'Ninja' show a way to proclaim Gospel using his God-given talents
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CNS) — An Arkansas Catholic priest is taking his ninja name "Father Flex" national as a contestant on the new season of the NBC reality show "American Ninja Warrior," debuting May 30.
  • With sports betting now in play, so are the risks
    Now that the Supreme Court has struck down a 1992 federal law that banned sports betting in most states, New York is likely to become one of the first to put the practice in play.
  • Book examines Catholic music in ‘70s and ‘80s
    The Catholic folk music revolution of the 1960s broke new ground in Catholic worship and should be recognized for bringing life to faith and faith to life, says composer and author Ken Canedo.
  • Tag


    NEW YORK (CNS) — Some rituals of childhood bonding are best left in the past. The cringe-inducing "Tag" (Warner Bros.) is a perfect example.

    The plot is loosely based on Russell Adams' Wall Street Journal article about 10 classmates (one of whom is now a priest) from Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, Washington, who found a way to keep a game of tag going into adulthood for more than 20 years.
  • Hotel Artemis
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Viewers who check themselves into the "Hotel Artemis" (Global Road) may wind up feeling like prisoners of their own device.

    Though this dystopian thriller, set in the near future, gets off to a stylish start, and features a couple of strong performances, by the time its hyperviolent conclusion is reached, gore and bone-crunching have replaced creativity.
  • First-time movie writer-director reflects on film's Vatican premiere
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Not everybody gets the movie script they wrote produced. Nor does everybody get the chance to direct the film that they've written, especially a first script and a first directing opportunity.
  • Priests urge mutual respect in church dialogue with LGBT community
    Two recent books by U.S. Catholic priests encourage a welcoming, respectful relationship between the church and gay and lesbian Catholics or the entire LGBT community.
  • RFK's faith three-dimensional in books, but two-dimensional on screen
    NEW YORK (CNS) — By all accounts, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, shot down June 5, 1968, as he ran for the Democratic presidential nomination, was the most devout Catholic among his siblings.
  • Author Alice McDermott uses faith to give language, lore to characters
    TORONTO (CNS) — Catholic journal of opinion Commonweal describes writer Alice McDermott as one of America's greatest living novelists, while The Washington Post, in a review of her latest book, says the Catholic Church "lurks" in all of her stories.
  • Tag


    WASHINGTON (CNS) — A group of Catholic high school friends has kept in touch — literally — since graduating more than 30 years ago from Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, Washington.
  • Social scientist addresses question of why people are religious
    "Most humans believe (and hope) that life has meaning." That affirmation appears in the list of basic propositions that form the core around which Rodney Stark, a widely known sociologist of religion, builds his new book, "Why God?"
  • Books on saints, secrets, Mary for your children's summer reading
    YARDLEY, Pa. (CNS) — The following books are suitable for summer reading: "Saintly Rhymes for Modern Times" by Meghan Bausch; "Secrets: Visible and Invisible" by Carolyn Astfalk, T.M. Gaouette, Theresa Linden, Susan Peek, Cynthia T. Toney, Corinna Turner and Leslea Wahl; "The Miracle of the Bread, the Fish and the Boy" by Anthony DeStefano; "The Pope's Cat" by Jon M. Sweeney; "God Knows It's My Birthday" by Angela M. Burrin; "Hidden City: Poems of Urban Wildlife" by Sarah Grace Tuttle; "Marian Consecration for Children: Bringing Mary to Life in Young Hearts and Minds." by Carrie Gress; and "Molly McBride and the Party Invitation: A Story About the Virtue of Charity" by Jean Schoonover-Egolf.
  • Hereditary
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Imagine a mash-up of an intense family drama along the lines of 1980's "Ordinary People" and a foray into the occult like "Rosemary's Baby" from 1968 and you'll have a sense the unusual tone of "Hereditary" (A24).
  • Ocean's 8
    NEW YORK (CNS) — What with the glitterati dressing up like all manner of churchmen and saints in connection with the exhibit "Heavenly Bodies," the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual gala has been on the minds of many Catholics lately.
  • OCP composer recognized by Anglican leader
    LONDON — The Archbishop of Canterbury has given an Oregon Catholic Press liturgical music composer a high honor of the Anglican Church.

    Bernadette Farrell, who is British, received the Thomas Cranmer Award for Worship from Archbishop Justin Welby, who leads the world’s Anglican Communion.
  • Priest's letters tell sad tale of oppressed Dominican sugar workers
    "Slaves in Paradise: A Priest Stands Up for Exploited Sugarcane Workers" by Jesus Garcia; trans-lated by Richard Goodyear. Ignatius Press (San Francisco, 2017). 300 pp., $18.95.
  • Upgrade
    NEW YORK (CNS) — With its brief but excessively graphic scenes of bloodletting, the otherwise mildly interesting sci-fi thriller "Upgrade" (BH Tilt) skirts the outer boundaries of moral acceptability.
  • Book gives grisly narration of Nazi WWII Holocaust of Soviet Jews
    This book is chilling reading. One wishes it were a novel rather than a factual recounting of the Nazi World War II slaughter of Jews in what was then the Soviet Union.
  • Adrift
    NEW YORK (CNS) — One of the intractable complications of sailing on the Pacific Ocean, we are told very early in the drama "Adrift" (STX), is that, no matter how skilled the pilot, even on a well-appointed vessel, isolation produces hallucinations.
  • Allons Quebec? Oui!
    Ever dream of sitting outside a French cafe, sipping on a nice Chardonnay and sharing a plate of brie and crackers, but the cost, time and language get in the way? Well, dream no more: In your (relative) backyard, there’s a city filled with French tradition, friendly people and history to satisfy even the most curious traveler.
  • Action Point
    NEW YORK (CNS) — There's really no point to "Action Point" (Paramount). This chaotic, poorly crafted comedy — a star vehicle for Johnny Knoxville of "Jackass" infamy — amounts to little more than an endless succession of painful, supposedly amusing, pratfalls.
  • Summer adventures can build faith
    The lazy days of summer can be even more nourishing to your soul if you explore local parishes while traveling, or attend events linked to your Catholic faith. Below are some options for Oregon Catholics.
  • ‘Tolton’ returns to Portland area
    St. Luke Productions is bringing “Tolton” back to the Portland area in early June. The performance tells story of Father Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest. This one-man multimedia drama opened in October 2017 and is on a national tour, performing in venues such as churches, schools and theaters.
  • Sacred music offering at abbey
    The Portland Catholic liturgical choir Cantores in Ecclesia will perform two 20th century French masterworks Sunday, June 3, 3 p.m. in the church at Mount Angel Abbey.
  • Wenders 'so excited' when pope was chosen, took the name Francis
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — German filmmaker Wim Wenders, whose new film biography, "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word," debuts on U.S. screens May 18, said he was "so excited" when Pope Francis was announced as the new pope.
  • Hollywood meets Holy See: Making movies at the Vatican
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In early May, dozens of movie extras dressed as cardinals milled around the streets outside St. Peter's Square. One member of the film crew told The New York Times: "This is the dominion of Netflix."
  • Discussion of words' origins best taken in small bites
    If you're the type of person to ever wonder why the word "disgruntled" is commonplace, but calling someone "gruntled" decidedly less so, "Angels, Barbarians and Nincompoops" offers a rollicking ride through the forgotten histories of everyday words.
  • Pope Francis: A Man of His Word
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Veteran filmmaker Wim Wenders respectfully profiles the current successor of St. Peter in the well-crafted, sometimes moving documentary "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word" (Focus). Though Wenders also provides some narration, as his title suggests, he largely lets the pontiff speak for himself.
  • First Reformed
    NEW YORK (CNS) — "First Reformed" (A24) has quite a bit to say about religious belief, environmentalism, grieving, alienation, rage, the power of love and the corruption of religion by money and power.
  • Book Club
    NEW YORK (CNS) — "Can we please stop saying sex?" a character asks in the ensemble romantic comedy "Book Club" (Paramount). The answer, in a word, is no.
  • Deadpool 2
    NEW YORK (CNS) — A second helping of excessively violent action with a side of foul-mouthed sarcasm is on offer in "Deadpool 2" (Fox), director David Leitch's follow-up to the 2016 original.
  • Show Dogs
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Though it goes heavy on the slapstick, "Show Dogs" (Global Road) is, overall, an amiably lightweight comedy.
  • Batman Ninja
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Superhero fans who rent or buy "Batman Ninja" (Warner Home Enter-tainment), the latest direct-to-video effort from DC Comics, should brace themselves. Chances are, it'll turn out to be unlike any movie of the genre they've ever seen.
  • '1968: The Year That Changed America'
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Tom Hanks is among the executive producers of the sharp, involving and edifying docuseries "1968: The Year That Changed America." The four-hour CNN production debuts over two evenings: Sunday, May 27, and Monday, May 28, 9-11 p.m. EDT each night.
  • Pope praises retired Pope Benedict's writings on faith and politics
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — For more than 50 years, the writings of retired Pope Benedict XVI on the relationship between faith and politics have insisted that the measure of human freedom is the extent to which each person acknowledges being dependent on the love of God, Pope Francis wrote.
  • Life of the Party
    NEW YORK (CNS) — "Life of the Party" (Warner Bros.) turns out to be an especially poor choice of title for a campus-set comedy that is, essentially, lifeless. Flat and boring, the film also winks at — though it doesn't display — extracurricular bedroom activities.
  • Mom writes about childbirth from 'a specifically Catholic point of view'
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CNS) — Mary Haseltine, a mother of five boys, a certified birth doula and childbirth educator, wants every woman and her baby to be blessed with "a healthy, happy and, yes, holy birth."
  • 'The Great American Read'
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Former "Today" co-anchor Meredith Vieira hosts and narrates the admirably conceived, yet cursory and often featherweight, PBS limited series "The Great American Read."
  • Ken Burns: Christophers 'generous' to give him Life Achievement Award
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Documentarian Ken Burns, with a string of television successes that range back into the 1980s, said the Christophers were "generous" in giving him their Life Achievement Award this year.
  • Update: Pope 'most fearless man I ever met,' says filmmaker Wenders
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis, the subject of a new documentary by German filmmaker Wim Wenders, is "the most fearless man I ever met," the director said in a segment of the CBS newsmagazine "60 Minutes" that aired May 13.
  • Authors meld traditional, progressive views in book on Mass translation
    Any Catholic curious about, or perplexed by, the current translation of the Mass prayers being used in English-speaking countries — including, of course, the United States — will find in this slim volume the best discussion of the topic currently available. It should be required reading for all clergy, particularly bishops.
  • God of War
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Any video game that carries the title "God of War" (Sony Interactive Entertainment) is unlikely to be safe fun for the whole family. And so it proves with the eighth iteration of this violent franchise.
  • “Serious history of catechesis deserves a wide readership
    In Luke 24:13-35, we find two of Jesus' disciples walking along the road, downcast following Jesus' death. They are soon joined by a stranger who proceeds to explain to them everything in the Scriptures. This story came to mind while reading Gerard F. Baumbach's "The Way of Catechesis" because in little more than 200 pages (the rest are footnotes and indexes), he explains the history of catechesis starting with the Old Testament through to the present day.
  • Prophetic Bishop Barron offers tools to help Catholics evangelize
    "To Light a Fire on the Earth" is written by John Allen Jr. who poses various questions to Bishop Robert E. Barron on a wide range of topics, including Bishop Baron's early life, his seminary days, early influences, beauty, truth, goodness and, of course, evangelization.
  • Pope Francis: A Man of His Word
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Veteran filmmaker Wim Wenders respectfully profiles the current successor of St. Peter in the well-crafted, sometimes moving documentary "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word" (Focus). Though Wenders also provides some narration, as his title suggests, he largely lets the pontiff speak for himself.
  • Wraith
    NEW YORK (CNS) — The real-life evil of abortion is blended with otherworldly and occult phenomena in the horror tale "Wraith" (Out Cold). The result is an earnest but flawed message movie.
  • A life-affirming horror film?
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Horror films, one would think, are generally about death. The writer and director of "Wraith" said his movie is about life.
  • Roma Downey writes about living in the moment
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- One of Roma Downey's life lessons came from her mother's cabinet full of broken china.
  • Minnesota Catholic uses failures to inspire writing of baseball novel
    MINNEAPOLIS (CNS) — Tom Murray's novel about fathers, sons and baseball in rural Iowa is a product of failure.
  • NEW YORK (CNS) — As the house lights came down and the auditorium screen lit up, a young Rome-based filmmaker and religion journalist sat with a fixated audience for the April 29 theatrical premiere of his documentary, "Faces Among Icons," a study of Christianity in today's Russia.
  • St. Thomas Aquinas meets bluegrass in best-selling album
    By WASHINGTON (CNS) — Bluegrass music may not be the first thing that comes to mind when people think of Dominicans, but for the 10 Dominican brothers and priests at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington who recently released their debut album, "The Hillbilly Thomists," the two have a lot in common.
  • The Devil and Father Amorth
    NEW YORK (CNS) — In this age of media saturation, there can't be many human activities that have yet to be captured on film or videotape.
  • 'Requiem'
    NEW YORK (CNS) — "I want to know who I am," Matilda Gray (Lydia Wilson), the protagonist of the supernatural thriller "Requiem" says. By the time they finish the six-episode miniseries, which began streaming on Netflix March 23, viewers will likely identify this aspiration as an example of the saying "Be careful what you wish for."
  • Suor Leonora and the music of Renaissance Ferrara
    In Mulieribus’ next concert tonight at St. Mary Cathedral explores the music heard in and around the Italian city of Ferrara during the 16th century.
  • Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash
    (CNS) — Combine familiar comic book figures with the memorable time-warp premise of 1993's "Groundhog Day," and you've got the delightful direct-to-video feature "Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash" (Warner Brothers Home Entertainment).The movie, which is suitable for all, teaches strong moral lessons about self-sacrifice, personal responsibility, the value of science and the need to be conscious of what's going on around you.
  • Bad Samaritan
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Those few grown-ups for whom it can be considered acceptable will find the thriller "Bad Samaritan" (Electric Entertainment) intriguing but seamy. Writer Brandon Boyce and director Dean Devlin have created an intricate moral maze of a film. Yet following its ins and outs involves journeying to an underworld of aberrant behavior many may not wish to visit.
  • Overboard
    NEW YORK (CNS) — No need to throw a lifeline to "Overboard" (MGM), a surprisingly buoyant remake of the 1987 romantic comedy.
  • Nun-activist is focus of film
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (CNS) — From her petite frame, knit sweater and snow-white hair, it would be difficult to guess that 88-year-old Sister Megan Rice, a member of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, recently spent two years behind bars for a felony.