CULTURE

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Tales of heroic, miraculous acts dulled by poor writing, editing

"The Miracle of Father Kapaun" by Roy Wenzl and Travis Heyling. Ignatius Press (San Francisco, 2013). 160 pp., $19.95. "Padre Pio: Glimpse into the Miraculous" by Pascal Cataneo. Pauline Books and Media (Boston, 2013). 170 pp., $12.95. Reviewed by Graham Yearley If courage was the only requirement to become a…

Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Not on prime-time TV

By Joseph McAleerNEW YORK (CNS) Variations on familiar themes characterize a number of the new offerings on network television this fall. It would appear that if a series has succeeded, then it must be imitated -- as if merely being derivative were itself a guarantee of success. Hence we have…

It's the best of shows, it's the worst of shows: the new TV season

By Joseph McAleerNEW YORK (CNS) There's both good news and bad for viewers with the advent of the fall television season. The upside mainly concerns hourlong dramas: Some networks have bucked the occult-happy trend of recent years that seemed to fill the small screen with dark tales of demons and…