By Dr. Donald DeMarco, Catholic Exchange - The Barna Group was founded in 1984 by George Barna, a media research specialist who holds graduate degrees in urban planning and political science. It is an evangelical polling firm based in Ventura, California. For the first seven years of its existence, it provided research services which proved to be very successful for the Disney Channel. Other clients included the American Broadcasting Company, VISA, and the US military.
By Dr. Alex Chediak, Ph.D., The Stream - In the 1999 film The Matrix, Neo learns that he’s living in an elaborate computer program. He seizes an opportunity to join others in rebelling against The Machine, setting us off on an epic adventure... The action flick was a big hit. It’s not hard to see why. Like Star Wars or Lord of the Rings, it’s a larger-than-life story, with universal, quasi-religious implications. Viewers are drawn into Neo’s quest against the evil powers that would keep humanity ignorant and enslaved.
Dr. Maike Hickson, LifeSiteNews - In light of the recent and controversial words by Pope Francis endorsing civil unions for same-sex couples, Cardinal Gerhard Müller explained in a new interview today in Italy the nature of the papacy and the limits of its authority. He insisted that the Pope has to serve God and His teaching, adding that there are moments where Catholics “have to criticize many ideas and actions of individual Popes.”
By Jules Gomes, Church Militant - A gay couple favored by a phone call from Pope Francis and featured in the documentary Francesco are not only "married" but also hired a lesbian surrogate to have three children, Church Militant has learned... Andrea Rubera and Dario De Gregorio, who are credited with convincing the pope that "homosexuals have the right to have a family," were "married" in Canada in 2009 and had three children in Canada through lesbian surrogate mother Kerilyn.