Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith

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Ah, “Youth” – the film that swept Cannes, and the most spiritual of the lot, is snubbed by Oscars.

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In our annual Oscar roundup, Commonweal film critic Richard Alleva explores the Oscar nominees and non-. His advice: see “Youth” or risk impoverishing your immortal soul. Listen and learn why he’s giving up movies for Lent and may skip most of this Sunday’s Oscar telecast.




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Black Deacon Blues: CT’s only African-American Catholic deacon lost his office but says the work goes on

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Deacon ArtDeacon Arthur Miller, who headed the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Black Catholic Ministries until it was eliminated last year (as was the Office of Hispanic Ministries), is still finding plenty of ways to inspire. An activist, author (of The Journey to Chatham, about his growing up in Chicago in the ’50s when he was a schoolmate of Emmet Till, whose murder helped spark the civil rights movement), and popular speaker, Deacon Art was recently arrested for blocking traffic as part of a Black Lives Matter Moral Monday protest in Hartford.