Well, another Halloween is in the bag, so I suppose it’s time to take a short break from things that go bump in the night. That’s one of the reasons why for Aleteia this week, I decided to take in The Peanuts Movie. Turns out the only horrifying thing about this latest outing with Charlie Brown and the gang is that Hollywood doesn’t make more movies like this.
But enough of that nice stuff, let’s get back to the terror. We’ve already mentioned Nick Alexander’s list of horror movies for Halloween. Well, Simcha Fisher put together one herself featuring 12+ Scary Movies Her Kids Loved. That’s a whole lot of spooky stories to take in but don’t worry, if you decide to watch ten or twenty of them, Sister Rose makes a good case for considering horror movies Catholic.
Even so, I know some of you out there don’t care too much for fright flicks. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. On the sci-fi front, a Star Trek inspired Jimmy Akin ponders the concept of time windows and wonders aloud, “Is God showing us a fictional past?” Meanwhile, over at Non-Modern, Jason Dietz lays out his list of best and worst episodes from the Sixth and Seventh Doctors. And for those who prefer fantasy, over at GeekSpeaker they’re discussing alignment, clerics, and D&D’s significant overlaps with Catholicism.
And finally, for what it’s worth, a preview of the first cut from that album featuring some of Pope Francis’ words accompanied by musical arrangements has been released. It sounds pretty much how I thought it would. Let’s be honest, though. When they first revealed this spoken word project was in the works, didn’t we all, for just a brief moment, find ourselves filled with dread (and maybe just a bit of hope) that the final result would turn out to be something like this…