Few if any of the news stories on the death of popular film critic Roger Ebert have addressed his spiritual side. Turns out, his mother prayer he would be a Catholic priest and despite his self-description as a nonbeliever, he said in 2011 that my social conscience and my liberalism were founded on the teachings of Jesus."

This and more interesting details about the religious life of one of the nations most famous movie critics are in a Huffington Post blog by S. Brent Plate, visiting associate professor of religious studies at Hamilton College.