By Tom Quiner The man was a monster even Isis could appreciate, but for the fact that he was a Jew. King Herod the Great was the Roman client king of Judea at the time Christ was born. Jewish prophesy stated that a new king, a Messiah, would be born in Bethlehem, threatening the reign…

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The man was a monster even Isis could appreciate, but for the fact that he was a Jew.

King Herod the Great was the Roman client king of Judea at the time Christ was born. Jewish prophesy stated that a new king, a Messiah, would be born in Bethlehem, threatening the reign of Herod.

When Herod was told that the time had come, that his rival had been born, Herod sent his soldiers to Bethlehem to kill all boys under the age of two. This day, known as The Day of the Holy Innocents, is commemorated in the Catholic Church today…

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Here is an unusual description for a man: homosexual (his word) Roman Catholic film director, opera director, conservative politician who publicly supports the Church’s positions on issues related to homosexuality.

Whew!

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Good Christians have intensely personal relationships with Christ.
My evangelical Christian friends talk about the necessity of establishing this personal relationship, this friendship, with God’s only Son. Catholics pursue this relationship through the Church’s sacraments which are profoundly personal.
In other words, Christians see Christ a little bit differently, even though they are friends with the same Man-God. You can see the challenge filmmakers face when creating movies about the life of Christ …

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Jesus of Nazareth is my favorite movie for Lent. The icon on the right sidebar lists my favorite 13 movies for Lent. Many Quiner’s Diner readers have gone to that page. I hope you enjoy some of my selections.

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By Tom Quiner [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgODzUMscZ8] James Farentino died on Tuesday. The actor appeared in over a hundred roles in the movies, on television, and on stage. I liked the characters he played. He was always compelling to watch on screen. There is a single role, though, that stood above all of his other performances. That was…

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