Weekly roundup: Audra McDonald, Duck Dynasty, and Mark Wahlberg
The “days until Christmas” countdown is into single digits. With Christmas shopping and baking and candlestick-making, it can be a tall order to keep up with the news too. So we’re here to give you a hand. This is your weekly roundup.
There was a bit of controversy surrounding NBC’s live production of The Sound of Music LIVE!, which ran on December 6. Audra McDonald played Mother Abbess , and apparently some viewers thought it inappropriate to cast an African American as an Austrian abbess. But Shannon Dee Williams over at Religion Dispatches put the nay-sayers in their place, giving a history of black nuns in Europe as early as the 17th century .
In other entertainment news, Phil Robertson, star of popular reality series Duck Dynasty has been suspended indefinitely from the show due to remarks that he made in a recent interview with GQ magazine. There has been some conservative backlash against A&E for the suspension.
Marky Mark (also known as Mark Wahlberg) told Parade magazine that his Catholic faith is the most important thing in his life . In fact, on Sunday mornings he often goes to church TWICE!
Catholic University of America is in some hot water for accepting a large donation from Charles Koch . Dozens of Catholic leaders have been protesting the decision because the Koch brothers’ libertarian positions run counter to Catholic social teaching. David Gibson from Religion News Service asks whether free-market Catholics are keeping up with Pope Francis .
New Mexico became the 17th state to legalize same-sex marriage this week, when the New Mexico Supreme Court issued a ruling that a ban of same-sex marriage would be unconstitutional.
And now for the Papal rapid-fire roundup:
Pope Francis has been in the news a lot this year .
A lot a lot .
He’s requiring the Curia to hear confessions .
And outsourcing Vatican financial reform .
But he might get some pushback .
He supports breastfeeding! In public !
He named a new saint . (A fellow Jesuit!)
He’s not a Marxist (but he has some Marxist friends .)