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SDG Reviews ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ (7195)

Disney goes back to the same oil well once too often, running the world of Cars franchise into the ground.

07/17/2014 Comments (27)

“It’s better than new!” a mechanically inclined character in Planes: Fire & Rescue says over and over, until it becomes the movie’s catchphrase.

Friends, it isn’t.

With this sequel to last summer’s spin-off from the franchise that descended from Pixar’s Cars, the World of Cars has left behind not only stock cars, the open road, specific real-world settings and Larry the Cable Guy, but racing itself. Practically nothing is left of John Lasseter’s original vision, except those blasted windshield eyeballs. In this melancholy year without Pixar, it’s worse than no reminder at all.

Like Planes last summer, Planes: Fire & Rescue is from DisneyToon Studios, which specializes in small-screen...READ MORE

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Popes Should Resign More Often; Pope Francis on War: No; Caesar's Thumb and Much More! (3494)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow the Popes Should Resign More Often by Marc Barnes of Bad Catholic link to read more.

Popes Should Resign More Often by Marc Barnes of Bad Catholic - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis on War: “No” – Father Dwight Longenecker, Aleteia

Caesar’s Thumb - Cynthia Millen, Catholic Stand

The Facebook Timeline and the Disintegration of Memory - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

The Illness of the Bended Walker – Nic Davidson, Ignitum Today

Marriage: A Catholic Understanding – Kerri Baunach, Catholic Sistas

Saint John Paul II’s Father Is a Role Model for All Men – Francis Phillips, The Catholic Herald

The Right and Wrong Way to Talk About Rape – Misty, Catholic Sistas

Hands Off Iraq – John Zmirak, Aleteia

Is Praise and Worship Music “More Than a Feeling? - Mr. C, The Chant Café

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U.S. Bishops: Senate Bill ‘Does Not Befit a Nation Committed to Religious Liberty’ (2211)

Although the bill failed to proceed today, more than 50 Senators supported the bill, which would have denied health-coverage conscience rights to employers.

07/16/2014 Comments (9)
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Cardinal Sean O'Malley (l) and Archbishop William Lori speak at a 2012 USCCB conference.

– Michelle Bauman/CNA

WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops have issued a strong rebuke of a Senate bill that would have denied conscience rights to employers in the field of health coverage.

“We are writing to state our strong opposition to the misnamed ‘Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014’ (S. 2578),” wrote Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston in a letter to all U.S. senators on Monday.

Archbishop Lori is the chairman of the bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, and Cardinal O’Malley is the chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

“In short, the bill does not befit a nation committed to religious liberty. Indeed, if it were...READ MORE

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South Korea, a Land of Dynamic Catholicism, Awaits Pope Francis (6090)

The Holy Father’s Aug. 14-18 trip will be the first papal visit since Pope John Paul’s in 1989.

07/16/2014 Comments (2)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ apostolic voyage to South Korea will be the first papal visit to Asia in just over a decade.

The Holy Father is making the Aug. 14-18 trip for two principal reasons: to attend the sixth Asian Youth Day and to beatify 124 Korean martyrs who were among 10,000 mostly lay Catholics killed in successive waves of persecution in 19th-century Confucian-dominated Korea.

But the visit, which has as its theme “Arise, Shine (Isaiah 60:1),” will also serve a number of other purposes that include encouraging the rapid growth in faith in the country and parts of the continent; giving hope to those suffering economic and other hardships; and promoting peace and...READ MORE

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Church of England’s Approval of Women Bishops ‘Obstacle’ to Christian Unity (2646)

Archbishop Longley commented on behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, following the July 14 decision.

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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (l) and Archbishop of York John Sentamu take questions at a July 14 press conference in York, England.

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LONDON — The Church of England’s decision Monday to ordain women as bishops is “a further obstacle” on the path to Christian unity, several Catholic leaders have said.

Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham, chairman of the dialogue and unity department of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said in a July 14 statement the Church’s goal of ecumenical dialogue is “full, visible ecclesial communion.””

“Such full ecclesial communion embraces full communion in the episcopal office,” Archbishop Longley said.

“The decision of the Church of England to admit women to the episcopate therefore sadly places a further obstacle on the path to this unity between us.”

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Concerns Over Girl Scouts Persist Following USCCB Investigation (29690)

The U.S. bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth released a report in April, examining the organization’s links to Planned Parenthood and other problematic groups.

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A Girl Scout, wearing her vest covered in badges, sells a box of cookies to a neighbor in Minneapolis.

– AP Photo/The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Scott Takushi

WASHINGTON — Tensions between Girl Scouts’ messaging and Catholic teaching have led to a national boycott of Girl Scout cookies, the ousting of Girl Scouts from parishes, and a significant drop in Catholic membership in the Girl Scouts.

Now a panel of U.S. bishops has released the results of a two-year investigation into Girl Scouts’ problematic messaging, ties to Planned Parenthood, and continued advocacy of so-called reproductive rights by the organization’s international affiliate, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Their findings indicate that the concerns continue to persist, regarding the problematic connections between the Girl Scouts and groups that...READ MORE

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Soccer Stars to Play Friendly Interreligious Match for Peace (2120)

The game scheduled for Sept. 1 is the ‘explicit wish’ of Pope Francis to promote peace and dialogue.

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Javier 'Pupi' Zanetti speaks to the press after a match between Argentina and the USA, June 8, 2008.

– Liana Kyle via Flickr

BUENOS AIRES — Retired soccer star Javier “Pupi” Zanetti, who was captain of the Argentine national team and of Inter Milan in Italy, will soon don his cleats again to take part in a friendly game between players of different religions to promote peace.

The Argentine soccer player will join Roberto Baggio of Italy and Zinedine Zidane of France for the first “Interreligious Match for Peace.” Lionel Messi, Francesco Totti, Gianluigi Buffon and Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho may also take part, according to L’Osservatore Romano.

Zanetti, who is Catholic, was chosen to organize the symbolic game with the collaboration of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences.

Zanetti said the game,...READ MORE

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North Carolina Lawmakers Stand by ‘Choose Life’ Plates (2790)

Alliance Defending Freedom has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review a censorship case related to the pro-life specialty plates.

07/16/2014 Comments (2)

Detail of North Carolina 'Choose Life' plate.


WASHINGTON — Several lawmakers in North Carolina have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review a censorship case related to pro-life specialty license plates in the state.

Alliance Defending Freedom filed the appeal on Friday on behalf of Thom Tillis, speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives, and Phil Berger, president pro tempore of the North Carolina Senate.

Specialty license plates expressing a pro-life message are available in 29 states.

“State governments have a right to advance messages consistent with their public policies,” said ADF senior counsel Casey Mattox in a recent statement.

“The Supreme Court has already affirmed that right. North Carolinians support...READ MORE

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