“but it’s not all THAT bad.”

Monday, April 6, 2009 \PM\.\Mon\.

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Hattip to Dawn Eden.  Yesterday Notre Dame Professor of Philosophy Alfred J. Freddoso addressed a rally of NDResponse, a student group at Notre Dame opposed to the Obama invitation to be the commencement speaker on May 17, 2009.  Here is the text of his remarks:

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US Ambassadorship to Vatican Difficult for Obama to Fill

Monday, April 6, 2009 \PM\.\Mon\.

According to a Newsmax article from last Thursday, the Obama administration is having difficulty staffing the position of ambassador to the Vatican:

According to Massimo Franco, author of “Parallel Empires,” a recently published book on U.S.-Vatican relations, the Obama administration has put forward three candidates for consideration but each of them have been deemed insufficiently pro-life by the Vatican.

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The Ballad of the Goodly Fere

Monday, April 6, 2009 \AM\.\Mon\.

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Ezra Pound, fascist, anti-Semite, traitor and loon, was still a great poet.  I have always admired this poem, not because of the way Christ is portrayed, but the imagination behind it.  Christ and the apostles transformed into quasi Viking heroes of a medieval chronicle!   All very odd.  I am interested in opinions from our readers on the poem and on Pound as a poet.  Here is T.S. Eliot on Pound as a poet.

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Christianity and Mainstream Entertainment

Monday, April 6, 2009 \AM\.\Mon\.

Typically if one discusses the reflection of American culture in mainstream entertainment, there are very little positive things to be said—especially in Christian circles. But there is rarely a clear solution to the problem. Some discussions of the issues, in my experience, fail to reflect the gravity of the matter. I think it matters, more so than just casual condemnation in conversation. The entertainment center in America—Hollywood—matters because it is the global center of art and entertainment. Art is the way we humans respond to the cosmos. Every generation delivers something beautiful for future generations to brood over and take delight in. Storytelling is the way human beings learn. It is the way we define our values. It gives us heroes and noble dreams. Entertainment is the way we stretch beyond the limits of our day to day work to experience the depth of our human nature. Entertainment should lead us to laugh hard, to cry with empathy, and to feel exhilaration and wonder.

It is frightening to think that Christians are missing from this unbelievably influential and urgent landscape. Christians have something to offer that is direly missing from Hollywood. We bring hope, the mandate of concern for the world, and most importantly, the glory and creative energy of the Holy Spirit.

This is needed terribly in movies, television shows, videogames, and the Internet. We need not only to be donating to and praying for organizations such as ActOne, which has a Christian vision for entertainment, we need to encourage faith-filled artists and professionals to be writers, directors, actors, and so forth, in order to change the landscape and give our youth better idols to look up to. This is a moral imperative for all Christians.

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