New on DVD: Edith Stein: The Seventh Chamber

10/08/2010 Comments (6)

Recently I wrote an essay on an unusual film about an unusual saint: Edith Stein: The Seventh Chamber, newly available on DVD from Ignatius Press. The project required me to watch the film a number of times—more often than I would usually watch a film before writing an essay—and the more I watched it, the more I came to admire and appreciate it.

Maia Morgenstern (the Blessed Virgin in The Passion of the Christ) plays Edith Stein from the day of her baptism to her martyrdom at Auschwitz. Although the film refers to her Jewish upbringing, loss of faith and atheism, pursuit of philosophy, and discovery of Teresa of Avila, whose writings led her to the Catholic Church, all of this is in the...READ MORE

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Poll: Female Reporters Should Not Be Allowed in NFL Locker Rooms

10/08/2010 Comments (18)

A few weeks ago, when I heard that reporter Ines Sainz complained of being harassed in the NY Jets’ locker room, my first reaction was: Why on earth was she in there??

Apparently, I am not the only female to think such “sexist” thoughts:

Female reporters should be barred from National Football League locker rooms, according to a majority of women surveyed in a Seton Hall University poll.

The telephone poll conducted this week among 1,026 randomly selected adults nationwide found 59 percent of 556 women and 47 percent of 470 men said female reporters should be banned from NFL locker rooms. Thirty-four percent of the respondents said all reporters should be banned. The poll has a margin of...READ MORE

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I'm glad Jesus blessed peacemakers

10/08/2010 Comments (93)

...because nobody else seems to.  Everytime some lunatic comes along to advocate violence, you can always find lots of people who will say, “Oh sure, *normally* violence is bad, but in our special case, things are so desperate that you’d have to be a fiend not to advocate violence.”  This was the standard tactic of the vandals and thugs who destroyed college campuses in the 60s in order to register their disapproval of the war in Vietnam and it is, rhetorically at least, increasingly becoming the tactic of some on the Crazy Right today.  Here, for instance, is Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle advocating what she calls “second amendment remedies” to current American politics in a...READ MORE

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Obamacare Forces Sale of Catholic Hospital

10/07/2010 Comments (52)

Mercy Hospital in Scranton, Pa. was first opened by the Sisters of Mercy in 1917. Now, as a result of the Health Care Reform Bill, the Catholic hospital is being forced to sell. According to WNEP 16, the facility, and all other Mercy locations in the area are up for sale. That includes: Mercy Hospital in Scranton, Mercy Tyler Hospital in Tunkhannock, and Mercy Special Care Hospital in Nanticoke.

“There is always sadness and mourning when you think of letting go of anything but the Sisters of Mercy are strongly supportive of this decision because we do understand the realities of health care and we do think it’s best for the community,” said Sister Marie Parker of Mercy Health Partners.


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Catholics Are Losing the Search Engine Wars

10/07/2010 Comments (34)

When the average person these days has a question, where is the first place they usually go? Google is the beginning of most every journey in life.

People have questions - lots of them (billions per day for This is where people, at least initially, look for answers. And they aren’t just searching for dinner recipes, jokes, foot fungus symptoms and movie times. They are quite often searching for the answers to life’s most profound questions.

The good news is that the Catholic Church has the answers they are looking for. The bad news is that search engines, like, don’t entirely know it yet. That’s our fault.

For instance, if I type “What do Christians...READ MORE

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News Briefs from the Vatican

10/07/2010 Comment

A full day of news today at the Vatican. Here’s a short summary:

• Pope Benedict XVI has today accepted the resignation of Cardinal Claudio Hummes, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, on grounds of age. He will be replaced by Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, Secretary of the same Congregation.

• Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes has stood down also on grounds of age as president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the Pope’s charitable and humanitarian institution. He will be replaced by Archbishop Robert Sarah, until now Secretary at the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples.

• Benedict XVI’s series of interviews with the German journalist Peter Seewald will be published on November...READ MORE

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Hey Stay at Home Moms, Get a Job!!

10/06/2010 Comments (207)

Hey stay at home Moms, cut it out. Get a job. You’re wrecking it for the rest of the women who are out in the real world. Either ditch the apron for the business suit or you’re betraying your sisters. And your sisters won’t be happy.

The New York Times asked Gloria Feldt, the former head of Planned Parenthood, about how women who “flee the work force” impact those who do not.

They make it harder for the rest of us to remedy the inequities that remain. We have to make young women aware of how their choices affect other women. It should be acceptable criticism to point out that, although everyone has the right to make their own life decisions, choosing to “opt out” reinforces stereotypes...READ MORE

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Must-Have Catholic Tunes

10/06/2010 Comments (25)

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I’ve been listening to a lot of Matt Maher lately. The catchy melodies and faith-filled truths are a great combination. They strike a chord with others too, since he won “Artist of the Year” at the United Catholic Music and Video Association’s Unity Awards 2010. (He also took top prize for “Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year” for “Alive Again” and “Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year” for his “Alive Again” album.)

Haven’t heard Maher before? Danielle Bean highlighted a video of his “Litany of the Saints” in a recent post.

(For Maher’s thoughts on songwriting, see this article of mine.)

Which Catholic musicians are your favorites? What Catholic music are you listening to?...READ MORE

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