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SDG Reviews 'ParaNorman' (6182)

From the creators of Coraline comes another macabre stop-motion animated film — a morally problematic tale of ghosts, zombies and witches that isn’t without appeal, but definitely isn’t for the whole family.

08/16/2012 Comments (20)

Why does stop-motion animation work so well as a medium for the macabre, from The Nightmare Before Christmas to Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride to Coraline?

I think it’s partly because stop-motion trades on the creepiness potential of dolls. Dolls don’t have to be creepy, but they plunge us into the precritical world of childhood, reaching past the defenses of adult rationality, which opens the door to creepiness like nothing else.

There’s something dreamlike about dolls moving by themselves, a technique that evokes the earliest days of cinema; it seems to belong to another world, much like silent film. That’s why the Vatican film list honoree Nosferatu — a silent-era vampire movie with some...READ MORE

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Modest Wedding Dresses, Family Spiritual Growth, Can a Theologian Get Into Heaven?, and Much More! (3556)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Modest Wedding Dresses. Click on the link provided by St. Etheldreda’s Place blog

Modest Wedding Dresses – Etheldreda’s Place

Spiritual Growth Within a Catholic Family – Pat Gohn, Catholic Lane

Easier for Camel to Pass through Eye of Needle, than for a Theologian – Sancrucensis, Sancrucensis

Raising the Stakes: Why Bishops Don’t Proclaim The Truth by Anthony Esolen of Crisis Magazine – Big ulpit

Things Parents Should Strike From Their Vocabulary – Katrina Fernandez, Patheos/The Crescat

Balanced Parenting: Eyes on Heaven – Erin Franco, Truth & Charity

What Is the Best Way to Help the Poor? – Jimmy Akin, JimmyAkin.com

Catholic Relief Services or Abortion Relief Services? Will the Bishops Act? – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

The Birth of a Person – Elizabeth...READ MORE

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Paul Ryan’s Bishop Defends Him Amid Attacks on His Application of Church Teaching (24802)

Madison, Wis., Bishop Robert Morlino says he’s not endorsing Ryan, but upholds the candidate’s reputation as a serious Catholic committed to applying Church social doctrine.

08/15/2012 Comments (126)

Bishop Robert Morlino

– Diocese of Madison, Wis.

MADISON, Wis. — Earlier this year, when Georgetown University announced that Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the chairman of the House Budget Committee, would defend his budget in a public address, almost 90 faculty members at the Jesuit institution publicly denounced his interpretation of Church doctrine.

While the media generally presented the harsh judgment as a sign that Ryan’s budget proposals violated core beliefs of his Church, most news stories failed to examine why the subsequent appearance of Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, at a Georgetown graduation event did not provoke a comparable furor. Sebelius is widely viewed as the...READ MORE

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Modern Films and the Enamel of Our Souls, Are Lives and Acts of Unbelievers Sinful?, and Much More! (1768)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/15/2012 Comment

Modern Films & the Enamel of Our Souls. Click on the link by William Doino Jr. to read more.

Modern Films & the Enamel of Our Souls – William Doino Jr., First Things/On the Square

Are Lives & Acts of Unbelievers Entirely Sinful? – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Jail a New Church-State Option for Bishops? – Terry Mattingly, On Religion

Stripping Catholic Colleges of their Catholic Identity: Is It Right – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Politician-Saint, St. Stephen of Hungary – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Be the Bride - Amanda Mortus, Ignitum Today

Books on Europe & the Church, from a Catholic Perspective – Robert Asch, StAR/Ink Desk

Nancy Pelosi’s “Friends” In Very Low Places? by the Restore-DC-Catholicism blog – Big ulpit

On the Need...READ MORE

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Pope: Mary's Assumption Reflects Her Son's Glory and Christian Hope (2031)

The Holy Father celebrates the Aug. 15 solemnity, a holy day of obligation.

08/15/2012 Comments (23)
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Having been taken into heaven both spiritually and bodily, the Virgin Mary helps believers to grow in “Christian hope” during their earthly lives, Pope Benedict XVI taught on Assumption Day.

The Pope celebrated Mass at Castel Gandolfo’s parish church of St. Thomas of Villanova on the Aug. 15 solemnity. During his homily, he said Mary's intercession with God can “help us to live well and with hope the time that God gives to us” on earth.

In remarks reported by Vatican Radio, he noted that the virtue of Christian hope “is not just nostalgia for heaven,” but a “living and active desire for God here in the world.” That desire “makes us indefatigable pilgrims,” providing “the courage and...READ MORE

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Celebrate the Assumption at Mary’s Cathedral (2234)

Aug. 15 feature from our Aug. 12 issue: Grand Church Features Gothic Style

08/15/2012 Comment
Joe Pronechen

– Joe Pronechen

Although the Church has always believed Mary was assumed into heaven body and soul, the dogma of her assumption wasn’t officially proclaimed until 1950 by Pope Pius XII. Ever since, the Church celebrates the Assumption as a holy day of obligation on Aug. 15.

In his 2004 Assumption homily, Blessed John Paul II quoted from Lumen Gentium, saying, "Her assumption thus becomes for us ‘a sign of sure hope and consolation.’"

Decades before the official dogma, the mother church of the Diocese of Fall River, Mass., was already proclaiming this belief with its very name — the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption.

The cathedral has a unique connection to an earlier Pope and saint too, when...READ MORE

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Cardinal Dolan Defends Invitation to Obama for Al Smith Banquet (6615)

New York cardinal says the invitation affirms the importance of civility and dialogue, but acknowledges concerns that gesture could cause 'scandal.'

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Then-Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain, the nominees for president in 2008, joined Cardinal Edward Egan at the 2008 Alfred E. Smith Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

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WASHINGTON — Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York defended his decision to invite President Barack Obama to the annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner, but acknowledged, and even sympathized with, the concerns of his critics who said the president’s appearance at the Catholic fundraiser would be a cause for “scandal.”

“Some have told me the invitation is a scandal,” the cardinal said in a blog post on the website of the Archdiocese of New York. “That charge weighs on me, as it would on any person of faith, but especially a pastor, who longs to give good example, never bad. So I apologize if I have given such scandal. I suppose it’s a case of prudential judgment: Would I give more scandal by...READ MORE

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Claims that Pius XII Was Framed Gaining Support, Part 2 (4587)

Former Romanian spy chief discusses how the myth of 'Hitler's Pope' started with Stalin.

08/15/2012 Comments (1)

Yesterday, former head of the Romanian intelligence service Ion Mihai Pacepa discussed with the Register how the Soviets framed Pope Pius XII as an anti-Semitic Nazi sympathizer.

Efforts to muddy Pius’s reputation began in Moscow in a bid to discredit the Catholic Church in Ukraine very soon after World War II. During the Cold War, that campaign of disinformation became known as “Operation Seat 12.”

Pacepa, who defected to the United States in 1978, first made the claims in 2007. He asserts that Rolf’s Hochhuth’s 1963 play The Deputy was used by Soviet intelligence as part of this wider plot to frame Pius. Now, Pacepa is writing a book with on the Soviet plot, called...READ MORE

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