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‘Duck Dynasty’ Suspension Sparks Backlash (9760)

A&E’s ‘hiatus’ of Phil Robertson for comments he made to GQ magazine about sin and homosexual behavior has fomented a backlash against the network.

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The Robertsons (left to right): Miss Kay, Phil, Willie, Si, Jase, and Korie.

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WASHINGTON — The recent suspension of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson over comments he made on homosexual behavior has prompted a storm of controversy and major boycott threats.  

Robertson and his family are the focal point for the A&E show Duck Dynasty, which follows the Louisiana clan’s home, business and recreational life as successful duck-call manufacturers.

The reality TV show attracts a weekly viewership of around 14 million people, according to the Nielsen Co.’s television ratings reports, and it has broken records for the most-watched nonfiction cable telecast in history. In addition, the family has been involved in a number of books, speaking events and merchandise...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ (8212)

Tom Hanks is Walt Disney and Emma Thompson is Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers in an entertainingly Disneyfied take on the making of the beloved family film.

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Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. That’s almost enough to sell the picture by itself, isn’t it? Who but Hanks can one imagine in the role?

Hanks isn’t the spitting image of Disney: His face is a bit broader, and Disney had a more prominent nose. Hanks is squintier, too, and tends to knit his brows, where Disney’s brows often levitated well above his eyes.

Yet Hanks’s genial, beloved public persona — the most trusted man in America, according to a rather head-scratching recent poll — may be the nearest analogy we have to Uncle Walt in his day. Disney was Mickey Mouse; Hanks was (and is) Pixar’s Woody.

At 57, Hanks is almost the right age to play Disney at 60, when he finally met Pamela L....READ MORE

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Computer System Could Help Deaf Catholics Make Confessions (2612)

The Holy See must still approve the system that allows priest and penitent to communicate via typed messages.

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PHOENIX —  A Phoenix priest has invented a computer system intended to help Catholics who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired to make their confessions.

Father Romuald Zantua, the system’s inventor, told CBCP News, the news service of the Philippine Catholic bishops, that his invention will help increase the practice of confessions, especially for deaf people, who have limited access to priests who know sign language.

The website for the system, called St. Damien’s Confession Box, says it is primarily aimed at the deaf and those with speech impediments who may not be able to communicate well to the priest hearing their confession.

“Most priests are also not trained or...READ MORE

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Vatican Official: Belgium’s Bid to Euthanize Children a ‘Perversion of Mercy’ (7824)

Msgr. Renzo Pegoraro, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for Life, deplores the majority Catholic country’s effort to extend its euthanasia law.

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Msgr. Renzo Pegoraro, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for Life

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VATICAN CITY — Belgium’s Senate voted on a bill Dec. 13 to approve legislation that extends its euthanasia law to children.

The bill seeks to allow children to ask for euthanasia if their illness is terminal, they are in great pain and there is no available treatment. They must also have their parents’ permission, and a psychologist must also attest to the patient’s maturity. According to The New York Times, in order to become law, this must be voted on by the Parliament’s lower house, called the Chamber of Representatives, which is expected to vote on the matter before elections in May.

Belgium legalized euthanasia in 2002.

Some say the bill is likely to be approved when it is...READ MORE

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‘Extreme’ Judicial Appointee Confirmed to Key Court Position (4193)

The confirmation of Judge Cornelia 'Nina' Pillard to the federal appellate court draws concern over her record on abortion and religious freedom.

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WASHINGTON — The confirmation of Cornelia “Nina” Pillard to the D.C. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has prompted concerns from critics worried about her “radical” views on abortion and religious freedom.

Ed Whelan, president of the Washington-based Ethics and Public Policy Center and former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, criticized Pillard’s “manifest extremism on abortion” and “extremism against religious liberty.”

Whelan offered reflections on Pillard’s confirmation in two Dec. 13 posts at “Bench Memos” for National Review Online.

He pointed to the fact “that three reputedly moderate Democrats voted against the Pillard’s nomination,” saying that this is a...READ MORE

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What Does the Future Hold for the Legion of Christ? (11768)

Exclusive interview with its acting general director, Father Sylvester Heereman.

12/19/2013 Comments (32)

Legionary Father Sylvester Heereman was born on Sept. 10, 1974, in Bad Neustadt an der Saale, Germany. He joined the novitiate of the Legion of Christ in Germany in 1994, made his first religious vows in 1996 and his perpetual profession in 1999.

He was territorial secretary of Italy from 2001 to 2003 and a member of the formation staff of the Center for Higher Studies in Rome while studying theology. Ordained a priest on Dec. 23, 2006, Father Heereman was named territorial director for Germany in 2007. Not yet 40 years old, he was appointed vicar general of the beleaguered congregation on Feb. 16, 2012, by Cardinal Velasio de Paolis.

Cardinal de Paolis was appointed apostolic...READ MORE

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The Legion of Christ Contemplates Its Future (5080)


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Is the Legion of Christ reformed? What would reform even look like? A historic meeting in Rome that begins Jan. 8 hopes to provide some of those answers.

They are a long time coming. It has been five years since members of the Legion of Christ, founded in 1941, began privately admitting that their late founder, Father Marcial Maciel, had not been the saintly man they made him out to be: He had fathered children and was “probably” guilty of abusing seminarians.

I was executive editor of the Register (as well as a member of the Legion's closely associated lay movement Regnum Christi) when the news broke. I stopped attending Regnum Christi meetings immediately...READ MORE

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Bishops of Mexico City to Celebrate Christmas Mass in Prisons (1761)

The Masses are meant to encourage Christian hope and joy among inmates, especially the youth.

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MEXICO CITY — Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City inaugurated a series of Masses starting on Dec.18 that will be celebrated during the Christmas season in various prisons in Mexico’s capital.

The apostolic nuncio to Mexico, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, will help celebrate some of the Masses, along with six auxiliary bishops of Mexico City.

According to the Archdiocese of Mexico City’s news service, Cardinal Rivera has been celebrating prison Masses during Christmas over the last 18 years.

This year includes a Dec. 18 Mass at a juvenile detention center.

Archbishop Pierre will celebrate Mass at the Femenil Tepepan Prison on Dec. 20 and will launch a new outreach to...READ MORE

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