In the wake of the movie mogul Harvey Weinstein sex scandal, Hollywood's dark and nasty underbelly is finally beginning to show. From down in the catacombs Michael Matt talks pop culture, pointing out how early Traditional Catholics were just as concerned about the rock 'n' roll and Hollywood-driven Sexual Revolution as they were the liturgical revolution of Vatican II. Pope Pius XI issued an encyclical warning against the motion picture industry way back in 1939. Were Catholics of the past just paranoid, or have post-Vatican II Catholics of today simply lost the ability to recognize evil when we see it? Now we have prominent cardinals in Rome eulogizing gender-benders such as David Bowie, while Neo-Catholics hope and pray that AC/I DC guitarist Malcolm Young is now "playing before the throne of God."
Cardinal Donald Wuerl
On All Saints Day of this year, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington DC, issued his pastoral letter, “The Challenge of Racism Today.” In a certain sense, His Eminence's letter could not have been released at a worse time. The day before the letter’s publication, Sayfullo Saipov, a Uzbec immigrant, plowed into bikers in New York City, gruesomely killing eight of them. Saipov, ironically, was a beneficiary of the Diversity Lottery Visa program, which dates from the George H.W. Bush era but was crafted by the late Senator Ted Kennedy.