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Is entertainment our new American idol?

Christopher Polk GETTY IMAGES FOR NARAS Singer Justin Timberlake (L) and rapper Jay-Z perform onstage during the 55th Annual GRAMMY … Continued

Beyond faith in guns

Scott Olson GETTY IMAGES Students learn how to grip a pistol during an NRA Basic Pistol Course at Freddie Bear … Continued

Gun control in a fallen world

Allison Joyce GETTY IMAGES A Rosary’s cross is seen at a memorial for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary … Continued

Virtual vices show shift in American morality

The seven deadly sins have new partners in crime. Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride still attract a … Continued

The politicization of tragedy

AP Rain soaks parts of a memorial to the Newtown shooting victims in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn., … Continued

The idolatry of the gun

REUTERS A customer tests a Glock 20 10mm handgun at the Guns-R-Us gun shop in Phoenix on Dec. 20, 2012. … Continued

As bells toll, clergy push Congress on gun control

WASHINGTON — As bells tolled across the country on Friday (Dec. 21) in memory of lives lost in Newtown, Conn., … Continued

Graham: In a society that craves violence, why the shock and awe?

REUTERS Balloons hang from the Sandy Hook Elementary School sign in Sandy Hook, in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 15, 2012. … Continued

Sci-fi ‘Anomaly’ and the church of popular culture

Recently, writer Harry “Skip” Brittenham and artist Brian Haberlin released their epic science fiction multimedia project “Anomaly” to the delight … Continued

The story behind the Dalai Lama’s chair

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Lots of rock stars expect cushy perks at the venues where they perform. Requests can include special … Continued

We can learn from Wade Michael Page

Mario Tama GETTY IMAGES Supporters gather during a candlelight vigil in Union Square for victims of the Wisconsin Sikh temple … Continued

A new generation of Sikh Americans step up

GETTY IMAGES WHEATON, IL – AUGUST 06: Guests attend an interdenominational candlelight vigil at the Illinois Sikh Community Center August, … Continued

Catholic priest suggests Satan made James Holmes a killer

A Catholic priest has suggested that Satan may have driven accused killer James Holmes to open fire at a Colorado … Continued

Catholics walk the ground traveled by new Native American saint

MOHAWK VALLEY, New York — Twelve-year-old Jake Finkbonner leaned over and ran his hand through a pool of water from … Continued

‘The Hunger Games’ and movie morality

Young adult readers have propelled “The Hunger Games” trilogy of novels by Suzanne Collins into bestseller stardom. The new film, … Continued

Why do we love zombies?

John Minchillo AP Protesters from Occupy Wall Street march through New York’s financial district dressed as “corporate zombies” Monday, Oct. … Continued

Preaching hatred begets hatred

After Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, some have pointed the finger at inflammatory political rhetoric. Many singled out Sarah Palin’s … Continued

Tucson: time to wake up and tone down

By Sr. Mary Ann Walsh Spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops The violence in Tucson is one more … Continued

Selling atheism with billboards

Returning to Manhattan after Thanksgiving, I was greeted at the New Jersey entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel with a huge … Continued

Misplaced priorities?

Speaking to a meeting of Hasidic Jewish leaders on Sunday, New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said, “I don’t … Continued