Category Archives: Current Affairs

Difficult Men: Why Did Cable Television Produce So Many Great Works of Popular Art? Part 2

Brett Martin identifies a first burst of literary energy in 1950s television (when the medium was young) and a second that came in the 1980s (when the forward-thinking television executive Grant Tinker’s MGM Enterprises begat the groundbreaking Hill Street Blues). … Continue reading

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Difficult Men: Why Did Cable Television Produce So Many Great Works of Popular Art? Part 1

As a true fan of what Brett Martin calls “The Third Golden Age” of television I devoured his new book, Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Man Men and Breaking … Continue reading

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From John F. Kennedy to John Kerry: Evangelicalism’s Shifting Position on the Catholic Church

Currently, at First Things magazine, Dr. Timothy George, Fr. Thomas Guarino and Dr. Carl Trueman are posting reflections on the ecumenical working group Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) in light of their twenty years of existence (see http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/03/evangelicals-and-catholics-togethertwenty-years-later). The creation and success of ECT … Continue reading

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Two Modern Films That Define Us as Americans, Part Two

In complete contrast with American Sniper the new film McFarland USA is a Disney movie. It is also based on a true story. It is an against-all-odds story of the 1987 McFarland high school cross country team in an economically challenged … Continue reading

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Sanctuary: An ABC Chicago Television Program on ACT3

A few weeks ago I learned that ABC Chicago wanted to air a thirty-minute program on Sunday, March 22, at 11:30 a.m. on Channel 7. The really cool thing is that this will not cost us a penny and it … Continue reading

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Sameness vs. Individuality

It is a healthy development to see growing concern for community and life together in the West. At the same time the hunger for life together can, and does, create some deep problems that are rarely talked about in the … Continue reading

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A Short Documentary: The ACT3 Conversation on Christian Unity

Last Monday (February 23) I reported to you about the ACT3 Network Conversation on Christian Unity that I conducted with Fr. Robert Barron on Monday, February 9, at St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, Illinois. One of the very best ways to … Continue reading

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National Workshop on Christian Unity 2015

Last year I mentioned speaking at a plenary session at the National Workshop on Christian Unity in New Mexico. This year the workshop is in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 22-25. I will be helping the leadership team establish a new … Continue reading

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ACT3 Network Video: An Introduction to Our Mission

Last fall (2014) a friend, who is a professional videographer with solid credentials, partnered with me to make a new video. Another friend gave ACT3 a generous gift to make this new “ACT3 Introduction” video. This has been on our … Continue reading

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A Response to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity from a Friend

Father John Crossin is a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and Director of the USCCB’s Office for Ecumenical Dialogue. He speaks with EWTN News Nightly on the significance of ecumenical outreach. Fr. Crossin is a man … Continue reading

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