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Gavin Newsom

Did Gavin Newsom Murder His Mother?

Gavin Newsom, the current governor of California, is the kind of person who should be kept as far from the reins of power as possible. His life and career are marked by selfish ambition, adultery, lying, and even matricide. He’s the kind of man who cheats on his then-wife, Kimberly Guilfoyle—now the girlfriend of Donald [...]

I Want to Believe

A thoughtful exploration of Catholicism and the problem of evil -- in a sci-fi flick? Matthew Lickona looks at the unlikely X-Files.  There was nothing else playing. Well, almost nothing. We'd seen Dark Knight already -- my brother, my father, and I -- and the theater in my hometown, where we were gathered, wasn't carrying [...]

Vampire Love

  It's hard to write about Twilight without writing about the hysteria. But I'll leave the Googling to you, dear readers, and keep to what I actually saw: girls lined up, a couple hundred deep, at around 9:15 last Thursday night -- for the midnight show on Friday. Lots of Twilight T-shirts, a few reading [...]


  "Well, there goes my Catholic hipster cred," I said to The Wife the morning after seeing Fireproof, the new film from the Christian filmmaking team behind Facing the Giants. "Now I have to go on record saying I didn't hate a film where accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior plays an [...]


  I don't know if Bill Maher would call himself a comedian these days, but it's fair to say that his roots are in comedy. Religulous, his new film, features at least a couple clips from his stand-up days, including one from The Tonight Show back in the Carson era. A young Maher is riffing [...]

InsideCatholic Book Club: ‘Exiles’

What is "Catholic" fiction? Is it fiction written by a Catholic? Must it include Catholic characters and treat distinctly Catholic themes? Does it reflect a "Catholic sensibility"? Should the reader even bother with such questions? To try to sort through some of these issues, Amy Welborn, Matthew Lickona, Bishop Daniel Flores, and Joseph O'Brien spent [...]