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Guidance for Assessing the Arts: The “Silence” Movie

January 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Discernment, Entertainment, Fr. Bartunek

Guidance for Assessing the Arts: The “Silence” Movie   There is a movie coming out of Martin Scorsese called, Silence. It was screened by The Vatican, I think. It is about how the Jesuits were evangelizing Japan, and all the socio-economic and cultural challenges, related to trade etc. occurring at that time. Since it is about Faith, do you have a resource that analyzes where the priests were in their spiritual... Read More

The Truth about Movies and Les Miserables

January 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Entertainment, Videos

I don't usually go to movies to be entertained; instead, I go to engage with truth, beauty, and goodness. I find that movies often allow the voice of God to break into my soul in a way that no other medium can. Movies to me are like living icons – windows to God and truth. As such, I have little regard or appreciation for the common kind of analysis that movie critics provide (with a few exceptions). For instance, I agree... Read More

Watching certain TV shows: Against our Catholic faith? III of III

March 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Entertainment, Fr. Bartunek

…Watching certain TV shows: Dear Father John, Is watching a show like the “Medium” against our Catholic faith? The show is from what I have heard is calling on spirits who have passed on from this life and supposedly can be reached through a medium. In our first and second posts in this three part series, we reflected on as humans how we love art and entertainment. What is the power and purpose of entertainment. How to... Read More

Watching certain TV shows: Against our Catholic faith? II of III

February 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Entertainment, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, Is watching a show like the “Medium” against our Catholic faith? The show is from what I have heard is calling on spirits who have passed on from this life and supposedly can be reached through a medium. In our first post in this three part series we reflected on how art and entertainment can touch our entire being. Both can be pleasing and attractive, but how much is really good for us? Avoiding Immorality We... Read More

Watching certain TV shows: Against our Catholic faith? I of III

February 13, 2012 by  
Filed under Discernment, Entertainment, Fr. Bartunek

Watching Certain TV Shows: Against our Catholic Faith? Part I of III Dear Father John, is watching a show like the “Medium” against our Catholic faith? The show is from what I have heard is calling on spirits who have passed on from this life and supposedly can be reached through a medium. We have to answer this question on two levels, general and specific. The general question is: How should we make decisions about the kind... Read More

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