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SDG Reviews 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' (19020)

Peter Jackson and company get the Hobbit trilogy off to a spectacular but bumpy start.

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There is an early moment in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey that captures the evocative poetry of Tolkien’s songs — something that The Lord of the Rings films, for all their achievements, never did. By the time the credits roll, that moment feels like it belonged in a very different film.

It is the Dwarves’ solemn, haunting lay about their long-forgotten gold — only three or so verses, but you can well believe that, as they sang, the love of beautiful things made by hands and by cunning and by magic moved through Bilbo Baggins (well-cast Martin Freeman, credibly evoking a young Ian Holm) and woke something Tookish in him, as Tolkien describes in the first chapter of The Hobbit. (Perhaps...READ MORE

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Chilean Bishop: Mayan Doomsday Believers Should Donate to Church Before 'World's End' (2251)

People who really believe the end is nigh can name the Church as the beneficiary of their wills, the bishop quips.

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A Mayan calendar inscription found in Quiriguá, Guatemala.

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SANTIAGO, Chile — Bishop Bernardo Bastres Florence of Punta Arenas, Chile has an interesting suggestion for those convinced that the world will end Dec. 21, as predicted by the Mayan calendar.



According to local newspaper La Prensa Austral, the bishop said that those who believe the Mayan prophecy should donate their worldly goods to the Church.

“If there are many who believe the world will end on Dec. 21, as the Church, we have no problem with them naming us as the beneficiaries of their possessions in their wills,” he quipped in a Dec. 9 interview.  


Doomsday predictions about the end of the world, as prophesied by the Mayans, have circulated in recent years and grown in...READ MORE

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Are The Hobbit and Les Mis Catholic, Is Marian Devotion Dangerous, A Simple Stable and Much More! (2338)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Are The Hobbit and Les Mis Catholic? Follow the link by Tom Hoopes of the Catholic Vote website to read more.

Are The Hobbit and Les Mis Catholic by Tom Hoopes of the Catholic Vote websiteBig Pulpit

Is Marian Devotion Dangerous? – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

A Simple Stable - Amanda Castro, Ignitum Today

What Happens When Christians Put More Faith in Modernity than Faith? – Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report

Is Our Image and Likeness to God Different? St. Thomas Thinks So – Matins Musings

Peter as the “Another Man” in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Russian Greek-Catholic Ordination in Siberia – St. Elias Today

Another Requiem Vestment – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Alfred Hitchcock and the Jesuit – Donald R. McClarey, The...READ MORE

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In First Tweet, Pope Blesses His Million-Plus Followers (1413)

The Holy Father’s account, @pontifex, already has more than 1.2 million followers, with accounts in eight languages.

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Msgr. Paul Tighe with the tablet used to send the Pope's first tweet.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI made his debut on Twitter today, sending out a greeting and a blessing as his first tweet to his “followers.”

“Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart,” read his first tweet, which was sent around noon Rome time from the Paul VI audience hall.

The Pope sent his tweet on a mobile tablet device at the end of his Dec. 12 general audience.

His account, @pontifex, already has more than 1.2 million followers, with accounts in eight languages. The English-language feed alone has more than 852,000 followers.

He responded today to three questions submitted...READ MORE

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Advent Is a Time to Reflect on God’s Saving Work, Pope Says (758)

At his weekly general audience, the Holy Father continued his teaching on the history of salvation.

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VATICAN CITY — Christians should use the time of Advent to become more aware of how God continues to carry out his plan of salvation in the world, Pope Benedict XVI said Dec. 12.

“God has left his heaven and come down to earth for man, forged an alliance with him coming into the history of a people,” the Pope reflected Wednesday.

“He is the King who came down to this poor province that is the earth and gifted us with his visit, taking on human flesh and becoming man like us.”

In his general audience in Paul VI audience hall, Pope Benedict continued his teaching on the history of salvation, reminding the faithful that Advent presents the Church with an opportunity to reflect on God’s...READ MORE

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Marriage at Stake (5419)

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The Supreme Court recently granted review of two lower-court decisions that were hostile to the core male-female nature of marriage. The future of marriage in this country is at stake in these cases. And so, ultimately, are the rights of faithful Catholics to participate fully in public life.

One case (United States v. Windsor) involves the federal Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA was adopted by overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress — with votes from many supporters of homosexual rights, like then-Sen. Joe Biden — and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996. For purposes of provisions of federal law only (such as those governing health benefits for federal...READ MORE

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The Reawakening of the Catholic Church in France, Three Reasons Why Women Are Not Priests, and More! (1899)

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The Reawakening of the Church in France. Click on the link by Sandro Magister to read more.

The Reawakening of the Church in France – Sandro Magister, La Repubblica/www.chiesa

Three Reasons Why Women Will Never Be Ordained as Catholic Priests by David L. GrayBig Pulpit

Rules for Katholic Bloggers – Patrick Vandapool, PДTЯICK VДNDДPOOL.com

Historic Vestments from Viterbo, Italy – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Clothe the Naked – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

When Does the Pope Speak Infallibly? – Cathy Caridi JCL, Canon Law Made Easy

Quæritur: Can Girls Choose Male Saints’ Names at Confirmation? – Fr. Z’s Blog

Archbishop J. Michael Miller Makes the Case for Theology Departments – Matthew Archbold, The CNS Blog

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Conference Warned About ‘Mediocrity’ in American Christianity (2195)

Vatican official tells Ecclesia in America congress that many contemporary Christians ‘have buried their baptism under a cloak of consumerism and indifference.'

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Guzman Carriquiry

– Alan Holdren/CNA

VATICAN CITY — An official for the Vatican’s Latin America commission has warned against a “gray pragmatism and mediocrity” that he believes has infiltrated Christianity in America.

Guzman Carriquiry, secretary for the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, made his remarks on the first day of the international congress Ecclesia in America taking place this week at the Vatican’s Synod Hall.

During his speech, Carriquiry noted a growing tendency among Americans to live the faith with a lack of enthusiasm, as well as with lukewarmness and ignorance.

“How many Christians today have buried their baptism under a cloak of consumerism and indifference?” he asked.

“How many devotions...READ MORE

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