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SDG Reviews ‘The Amazing Spider‑Man 2’ (8406)

A superior sequel establishes its hero as a charismatic superstar who connects with people — but it can’t entirely overcome the flaws of its disappointing predecessor.

05/01/2014 Comments (18)

The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s biggest liability is that it follows The Amazing Spider-Man. This sequel is so much better than its predecessor that I’ve gone from being merely disappointed with the 2012 reboot to being downright angry about it.

From the new film’s gripping opening scene, a flashback involving Peter Parker’s parents, it’s not entirely clear that the earlier film will be a liability. The Amazing Spider-Man suggested a mystery around the death of Peter’s parents, and the revelations here offer a new angle on Spider-Man’s origins, along with some nifty set pieces.

Best of all, the new film delivers on the potential of one of the strongest moments in the 2012 film: a terrific...READ MORE

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Focus Welcomes Injunction Against Obamacare's Contraception Mandate (3144)

The vice president of the organization calls the court’s decision ‘the only constitutionally correct solution to this government-created problem.’

05/01/2014 Comments (1)

DENVER — The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Focus) has welcomed a federal court’s injunction against the HHS mandate that the student missionary organization says threatens the freedom of religious ministries.

“Affirming the freedom of Focus to operate as a Christian ministry is the only constitutionally correct solution to this government-created problem,” John Zimmer, vice president of training and formation for the organization, said April 29. “The court was absolutely right to block enforcement of the HHS mandate against Focus, and we are grateful for this decision.”

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado issued a preliminary injunction against the mandate...READ MORE

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Pope Creates Commission to Address Peruvian University's Catholic Identity (3752)

The could be the last chance for the former pontifical institution to adhere to guidelines the Holy See set in 2012.

05/01/2014 Comments (4)
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Cardinal Peter Erdo, relator general of the 2014 Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on pastoral challenges to the Family

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LIMA, Peru — The Apostolic Nunciature in Peru announced that Pope Francis has created a commission of cardinals to find a solution to the case of the former Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, which has clashed with the Vatican over the university’s Catholic identity.

“In the absence of the apostolic nuncio, it is my duty to inform you that the Holy Father has established a commission of cardinals whose mission will be to find a definitive consensual solution — within the framework of the apostolic constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae (On Catholic Universities) — to the question of the former Pontifical Catholic University of Peru,” the administrator of the nunciature, Father Jose Antonio...READ MORE

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Broad Coalition Pushes Back Against Surrogacy Legislation (3535)

As legislative sessions wind down in a number of states, a coalition of Catholics, bioethicists and feminists are uniting to resist the legal recognition and regulation of commercial surrogacy.

05/01/2014 Comments (6)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Opponents of commercial surrogacy in a number of states are preparing to withstand efforts to legalize the process before state legislative sessions end in the coming months.

Legislation to legally recognize and regulate surrogacy is active in the states of Louisiana, Minnesota and New York, as well as the District of Columbia. In two of those places, New York and D.C., surrogacy is currently prohibited, as it is in Michigan, where jail time and fines as high as $50,000 can be levied against offenders.

However, in most states, surrogacy, a practice the Catholic Church deems as “gravely immoral,” is unregulated.

“[The industry] has been kind of like the Wild West,” said...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: No Room for Envy, What Really Happened at Charlotte Catholic High School and More! (5942)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/01/2014 Comment

Follow Pope Francis: No Room for Envy and Gossip Among Christians link by Domenico Agasso Jr. of Vatican Insider to read more.

What Really Happened at Charlotte Catholic High School: The Scalp of Fr. Kauth by Austin Ruse - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis: No Room for Envy and Gossip Among Christians – Domenico Agasso Jr., Vatican Insider

Investing in Community – Brianna Heldt, Catholic Stand

St. John XXIII in His Own Words: The Defense of Catholic Truth – Peter Kwasniewski PhD, New Liturgical Movement

In Defense of the Family: The Destruction of Divorce – Matthew Tyson, Ignitum Today

St. John Paul II: Who Opposed His Canonization and Why? – Philippe Oswald, Aleteia

Science Fiction and Tolerance – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Come Out of the Wilderness and into the Garden – David Clayton, The Way of...READ MORE

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Midterm Elections Offer Another Opportunity for Formation (3905)

COMMENTARY: Catholics will once again grapple with ‘misguided appeals to conscience.’

04/30/2014 Comments (47)

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The approaching midterm elections offer another opportunity for Catholics in the United States to take up and read the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ document “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” (FCFC).

The document is the bishops’ effort to provide some formational material by which Catholics can choose their candidates and approach political issues in a manner in line with our faith. The current version dates back to 2007 and was left unchanged for the 2012 election, except for an added introductory note.

In that introductory note, the bishops “warn against misguided appeals to ‘conscience’ to ignore fundamental moral claims, to reduce Catholic moral concerns to one or...READ MORE

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Holy Spirit’s Gift of Understanding Helps Us View Things With Mind of God (2733)

The Holy Father continued his catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit at his April 30 audience.

04/30/2014 Comment

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis explained that the Holy Spirit’s gift of understanding allows Christians to obtain “intimacy with God” and helps them understand things “as God understands them.”

“When the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts and enlightens our minds, he makes us grow day by day in the understanding of what the Lord has said and accomplished,” the Pope said at his Wednesday audience on April 30.

“One can read the Gospel and understand something, but if we read the Gospel with this gift of the Holy Spirit, we can understand the depths of God’s words.”

The Pope said Christians must pray together: “Give us, Lord, the gift of understanding.”

Catholic theology traditionally...READ MORE

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2014 Fortnight for Freedom Will Focus on Service to Poor (2299)

The third annual June 21-July 4 initiative to encourage prayer and awareness of religious liberty will highlight Jesus’ call to serve those in need.

04/30/2014 Comments (2)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops have announced a third "Fortnight for Freedom" to encourage prayer and awareness of religious liberty, with a particular focus on how it enables service to the poor and vulnerable.

“This is a time when Catholics can unite themselves in prayer to the men and women throughout history who spread the Gospel and lived out Jesus’ call to serve the ‘least of these’ in even the direst of circumstances,” said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty.

Archbishop Lori noted that the June 21-July 4 initiative includes the Catholic feasts of saints like John Fisher, Thomas More, John the Baptist, Peter and...READ MORE

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