Sean Salai, S.J., is a special contributor to America.
Robin Wright as Mary Surratt in the movie "The Conspirator" (CNS photo/Roadside Attractions).
In All Things
Sean Salai, S.J.July 03, 2014
Like many Americans I enjoy a good historical film on the Fourth of July But as a Catholic I sometimes have a hard time finding a movie on Independence Day that tells America rsquo s story from a Catholic perspective Many of our beloved July 4 classics retell American history from the victors rsq
Faith Interviews
Sean Salai, S.J.July 03, 2014
"There is a future for individual gay people in the Catholic Church that doesn’t require repression, or self-hatred, or being totally alone."
Kathy DiFiore, on whom the movie "Gimme Shelter" is based, poses with stars of the movie James Earl Jones, Vanessa Hudgens and director-writer Ronald Krauss. (CNS photo/Roadside Attractions)
In All Things
Sean Salai, S.J.July 02, 2014
It rsquo s starting to feel like 2014 is the year of faith-based movies At the very least 2014 is the year Hollywood decided to court the Judeo-Christian film market for the first time in several years Although ldquo Son of God rdquo and ldquo Noah rdquo have received most of the box office an
Christopher Hitchens (Wikicommons)
In All Things
Sean Salai, S.J.July 01, 2014
I asked the middle-aged man across from me ldquo Who was the last good American president rdquo It was the year 2000 As a 19-year old college journalist studying history and political science I was eager to know my drinking partner rsquo s response to this question He had just finished railing
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kan., speaks at a rally for religious freedom June 29, 2012, at the state Capitol in Topeka. The Kansas Catholic Conference estimated the crowd at 4,000. (CNS/Lori Wood Habiger, The Leaven)
In All Things
Sean Salai, S.J.June 30, 2014

With the Hobby Lobby case over U S Catholic bishops are now holding their breaths to see if the ruling will prove a hollow victory or extend to lawsuits brought by religious non-profits Archbishop Joseph F Naumann of Kansas City Kan a member of the U S bishops Secretariat for Pro-

People hold signs during 2012 rally outside Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
In All Things
Sean Salai, S.J.June 30, 2014

We live in a fallen world Sometimes we Catholics trust our politicians to fix the miseries that surround us but we end up bitter and angry when they let us down Even in the United States where we celebrate the ideals of our political system on July 4 there are chinks in the armor of

A woman holds up a portrait of St. John Paul II after a Mass at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City April 27 to celebrate the canonizations of Sts. John Paul and John XXIII. (CNS photo/Henry Romero, Reuters)
In All Things
Sean Salai, S.J.June 27, 2014

We live in a technological age that poses new challenges to the preaching of Gospel values An American teenager spends perhaps one hour a week in church if at all and many more hours playing video games surfing the Internet using social media watching TV and listening to music on a phone

Priest of the Legionaries of Christ hears confession during ordination of 31 new Legionary priests. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Sean Salai, S.J.June 26, 2014
In recent years, U.S. Catholics have struggled to accept the harsh reality that some priests committed terrible acts even as they helped and worked alongside many good people.This struggle has been especially pronounced in the Legion of Christ, a congregation of priests that fell from the height of
Dempsey of U.S. attempts to score between Portugal's Alves and Costa during World Cup soccer match. (CNS photo/Jorge Silva, Reuters)
Arts & Culture In All Things
Sean Salai, S.J.June 24, 2014
As the World Cup continues to draw international attention, we might stop to ponder how God works for our good in all things, even sports.
Two houses in the Ninth Ward, built with the help of volunteers (Laurie Barr/Shutterstock.com)
Faith in Focus
Sean Salai, S.J.June 18, 2007
Thousands of young volunteers are a bright spot amidst the city's slow recovery.