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SDG Reviews ‘Tomorrowland’ (5851)

The director of The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol delivers a muddled ode to faith in the future that celebrates hope and inspiration rather than delivering it.

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Is anything more dispiriting than a failed attempt at inspiration?

Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland opens with Spielbergian promise, full of mystery, awe and a childlike sense of adventure. At the 1964 World’s Fair, a self-possessed country boy named Frank Walker (played at age 12 by Thomas Robinson and later in life by George Clooney) shows off a homemade jet pack that he hopes will win him an inventor contest.

Alas, unlike young Buddy in Bird’s The Incredibles, whose rocket boots really worked, Frank’s jet pack isn’t quite ready for prime time. In any case, a hard-nosed judge (Hugh Laurie) is no more sympathetic to Frank than Mr. Incredible was to Buddy. How would his jet pack make the world a...READ MORE

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Aleppo’s Archbishop Calls in a Debt U.S. Christians Can Never Repay (3798)

In this interview, the Melkite archbishop of Aleppo recounts that Syria converted St. Paul and asks for Christian solidarity to keep the 2,000-year-old local Church’s presence alive with the Build to Stay movement.

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Melkite Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria

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WASHINGTON — Mount St. Sepulchre is an oasis of peace, a Franciscan monastery planted in the northeast corner of Washington. The sound of barrel bombs, hell cannons and heavy machine gun fire, with the confusion of smoke and screams from the wounded and dying, does not encroach upon the serenity here.

But these terrifying sounds of war and death pierce the heart of the monastery’s guest from Syria: the Melkite archbishop of Aleppo, Jean-Clement Jeanbart, who has traveled more than 5,700 miles with Aid to the Church in Need to collect a debt the Church in the West owes the 2,000-year-old Church in Syria. Its founders embraced the preaching of St. Peter on the first Pentecost, and they gave...READ MORE

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Pope to Parents: You Are Responsible for Educating Your Children (3211)

At May 20 audience, he stressed that educating and raising children in the human values that form the “backbone” of a healthy society is a responsibility that each family has.

05/20/2015 Comments (5)
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VATICAN CITY — In his general audience, Pope Francis spoke of the essential role parents play in educating their children, a role he said has been usurped by so-called experts who have taken the place of parents and rendered them fearful of disciplining their children.

“If family education regains its prominence, many things will change for the better. It’s time for fathers and mothers to return from their exile — they have exiled themselves from educating their children — and slowly reassume their educative role,” the Pope said May 20.

He gave harsh criticism to the “intellectual critics” that he said have “silenced” parents in order to defend younger generations from real or imagined...READ MORE

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‘Beauty in Evangelization’ (2993)

Sacra Liturgia USA 2015 conference in New York will attempt to revitalize authentic renewal.

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St. Catherine of Siena Church in New York, where liturgical celebrations for the Sacra Liturgia USA 2015 conference will take place.

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NEW YORK — Two cardinals, one archbishop and three bishops, along with numerous priests and lay scholars, will participate in the upcoming Sacra Liturgia USA 2015 conference. From June 1 to 4, speakers and attendees at the New York City event will attempt to build on 2013’s inaugural Sacra Liturgia conference in Italy and last year’s installment in France.

The conference, which is not meant to be merely academic, will feature liturgies (in both the ordinary and extraordinary form) and working lunches, in addition to a number of lectures. The liturgical celebrations, which include a Corpus Christi procession on the final day, will take place at the Church of St. Catherine of Siena on the...READ MORE

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St. Louis Archdiocese Embraces the ‘Dynamic Catholic’ Challenge (3052)

The first-of-its-kind, diocesan-wide evangelization plan is based on author Matthew Kelly’s writing and institute.

05/20/2015 Comments (18)
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ST. LOUIS — Prayer, study, generosity and evangelization are the four signs of the “dynamic Catholics” that every parish has the power to form, according to author and evangelist Matthew Kelly.

“Imagine if a whole diocese committed to a four-year plan to raise up its people in the four signs,” he writes.

Imagination is turning into reality, as the Archdiocese of St. Louis has become the first in the country to create an evangelization plan called “Dynamic Catholic, Alive!,” which is based on the program envisioned in Kelly’s Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, but kicks it up from a parish level to a diocesan level.

The concept behind Kelly’s book and the Dynamic Catholic Institute is the...READ MORE

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Death Penalty for the Boston Bomber: How Should Catholics Respond? (3118)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s sentence was a legitimate use of state authority, according to a moral theologian in the nation’s capital, even if Catholics may disagree with it.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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WASHINGTON — The death sentence for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a legitimate use of state authority, even if Catholics may disagree with it, said a moral theologian in the nation’s capital.

“We accept that the state has done its job, that this is the decision of the state, which the state is morally free to make, according to the Church’s teaching,” Dominican Father Thomas Petri, dean at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, told CNA.

“I think a Catholic response now is to pray for Tsarnaev, to pray that he repent: that he repent and come to the Lord.”

Catholics were among the most vocal proponents of sparing Tsarnaev the death penalty. The 21-year-old...READ MORE

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Converted by Love, Not Ideology: Archbishop Gomez Reflects on Dorothy Day (2461)

While it remains to be seen whether the Church will declare Day a saint — she is currently recognized as a servant of God — the archbishop of Los Angeles said that her life makes him want to be a saint.

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Dorothy Day, American journalist, social activist and Catholic convert, circa 1916.

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles told scholars at the Dorothy Day Conference at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind., that the social activist was not converted by ideology, but by love.

“It was not the teachings of the Church that convinced her to leave the past behind and change her life. She was changed by love; changed by the overpowering awareness of the reality of God’s love and mercy,” the archbishop said during his May 14 keynote address at the Dorothy Day Conference in Fort Wayne.

Archbishop Gomez said he admires the social activist for the example of holiness that she has left for today’s Catholics.

As a young woman in the early 20th century,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Are You Ready for Your Final Farewell? (1398)

The Holy Father’s May 19 homily focused on Jesus’ departure from his disciples and St. Paul’s farewell before going to Jerusalem.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis focused his Tuesday homily on many different “good-byes” that happen during life and asked whether attendees were ready for the final, most important farewell before going to the Father.

“Am I prepared to entrust to God all that I have? To entrust myself to God? To say that word which is the word of the Son entrusting himself to his Father?” the Pope asked May 19.

“I’m thinking of the great farewell, my great farewell, not when I must say, ‘See you then,’ ‘See you later,’ ‘Bye for now,’ but ‘Farewell.’”

Pope Francis spoke to those present in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse for his daily Mass. He took his inspiration from the day’s readings, where Jesus...READ MORE

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