Was Shakespeare a secret Catholic?

CNA/EWTN News — April 23 marked the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the playwright, poet and actor widely considered to be the most influential literary figure in the English language. Yet, there’s one mystery which continues to elude scholars to even this day: What exactly was Shakespeare’s relationship with the Catholic Church? […]

Book: Intense book challenges status quo on churches’ approach to racism

“Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Sees Racism” by Drew G.I. Hart. (Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, 2016). 205 pp., $16.99. White Christians, and particularly white, male Christians, who like to be challenged about how they live the Gospel will find that challenge in “Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Sees Racism.” […]

Book: Collection explores ‘playing ball’ from Catholic viewpoints

“Youth Sport and Spirituality: Catholic Perspectives,” edited by Patrick Kelly, SJ. University of Notre Dame Press (Notre Dame, Indiana, 2015). 308 pp., $37. In an age when an increasing number of Americans find themselves on ball fields on Sunday mornings either watching or participating in the ritual of sports, rather than in the pews, Jesuit […]

Movie: ‘The Boss’

NEW YORK (CNS) — “The Boss” (Universal) is obviously intended as a comedy vehicle for its star and co-writer, Melissa McCarthy. Presumably, audiences were meant to be tickled by McCarthy’s brash humor and charmed by insights into her character’s vulnerable side. Unfortunately, whether she’s blithely exposing her rear end to other members of the cast […]