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Cure for Culture Shock (2077)

Aug. 12 issue editorial

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The deadly shooting rampage during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises that left 12 dead and dozens wounded revived our fitful national debate about the impact films that feature human brutality have on the consciences of their audiences.

Prior to the spree, the suspected shooter, James Holmes, had dyed his hair red and called himself the Joker, in reference to the amoral, nihilistic criminal from The Dark Knight, the previous installment in the Batman saga.

In the pages of The Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan argued that the routine depictions of celluloid mayhem could foster violent thoughts and actions in the minds of disturbed individuals. And she charged that while...READ MORE

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Children’s Theater Group Acts for God’s Glory (793)

Taking the Stage for the New Evangelization: From Aug. 12 issue

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Theatrical production of Fatima.

– Courtesy of Stage

When Lee Hotovy first began directing backyard plays for a handful of neighborhood kids in Lincoln, Neb., she never imagined that the lawn chairs and humming cicadas would someday be replaced by cloth theater seats and a professional sound system.

After reading John Paul II’s “Letter to Artists” in 1999, however, the mother of six desired to combine her love for God with her passion for the arts on a larger scale.

Shortly thereafter, Hotovy created Student Theatre and Godly Evangelization (Stage4Kids.com), a theater group that now performs several productions per year, each involving 15-35 kids, ages 5 and up.

“Part of Stage is our faith in action,” Hotovy said. “Yes, the children...READ MORE

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Catholic Dating: 12 Safety Rules, The Examination of Conscience, You Only Have 2 Kids?, and More! (3649)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Catholic Dating: 12 Safety Rules. Click on the link by Andrew McDowell to read more.

Catholic Dating : 12 Safety Rules – Andrew McDowell, Catholic Collar and Tie

The Examination of Conscience & the Examen – Fr. Robert John Araujo SJ, Mirror of Justice

Wait, Do You Only Have Two Kids? by Lisa Cotter of the FOCUS blog – Big ulpit

Putting Together a Last-Minute Curriculum (Homeschooling) – Jennifer Fitz, Catholic Lane

Special: Romney Picks Paul Ryan, Catholic, for VP - Big ulpit

The Apologetics of Beauty: Jos. Pearce Interview – Bruno Moreno Ramos, Crisis Magazine/InfoCatolica

Pope Paul VI’s Playlist – Nic Davidson, Ignitum Today

A Catholic Mother on Blogs and Blogging – Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma

Keeping the Khachkars – Ansel Oommen, First...READ MORE

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Living the Faith Under Persecution (2200)

Saturday Book Pick: When Hitler Took Austria, by Kurt von Schuschnigg

08/11/2012 Comment

On March 11, 1938, as Austria prepared to vote on independence, an ultimatum from Adolf Hitler demanding the March 13 plebiscite be canceled was delivered to Chancellor Kurt von Schuschnigg. The next day, German troops poured into Austria. The Anschluss had begun, and it would last until the end of World War II.
Chancellor von Schuschnigg, a Catholic, paid dearly for his opposition to unification with Germany. He was arrested and imprisoned in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, along with his second wife.
That same day, Father Hugo Montjoie, prefect of the Jesuit boarding school Kollegium Kalksburg, informed 12-year-old Kurt von Schuschnigg that his father had been arrested.
“The...READ MORE

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Religious Sisters' Conference Plans to Continue Vatican Dialogue (1615)

Sister Pat Farrell told participants in the LCWR assembly that talks with the Vatican will go on so long as the group is not made to change its goals.

08/10/2012 Comments (11)
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– Lisa Johnston for CNA

Sister Pat Farrell told participants in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious assembly that talks with the Vatican will go on so long as the group is not made to change its goals.

“The officers will proceed with these discussions as long as possible,” she told the conference's annual assembly Aug. 10, “but will reconsider if LCWR is forced to compromise the integrity of its mission.”

Sister Pat's remarks were made in response to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith's April 18 report following a four-year study, which revealed “serious doctrinal problems” throughout the group.

“While acknowledging deep disappointment with the CDF report, the members proclaimed their...READ MORE

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Federal Court in Hawaii Upholds Traditional Marriage (2886)

As DOMA and Prop. 8 appeals move to Supreme Court, a federal judge rules against a challenge to Hawaii’s marriage laws.

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HONOLULU — As activists on both side of the marriage debate await word on whether the U.S. Supreme Court will hear appeals to rulings overturning the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8, a U.S. district court upheld traditional marriage in Hawaii on Aug. 8.

In Jackson v. Abercrombie, the federal judge rejected challenges to both Hawaii’s marriage law and a constitutional amendment that gives the state Legislature the power over marriage laws.

In language that echoed briefs filed in other key related cases, senior U.S. Judge Alan Kay issued a lengthy ruling that affirmed the state’s interest in upholding traditional marriage and backed the right of U.S. citizens, through...READ MORE

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Why Does the Bible Use Elder for Priests, Book Review: After Miscarriage, Undying Love, and More! (1226)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Why Does the New Testament use the Word Elder for Priests? Click on the link by Dr. Taylor Marshal to read more.

Why Does the New Testament use the Word Elder for Priests? – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Book Review: After Miscarriage – Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Catholic Lane

Undying Love (Pic) by Katie Sciba of The Catholic Wife blog – Big ulpit

Quinque Puncta . . . Five Points To Be Recited Before Mass or Communion – Fr. Z’s Blog

Pakistan: Christian Nurses Poisoned Because of Their Faith – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Eight Thoughts on Whether Gluttony Is a Sin – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Old Clichés about Preconciliar Catholic Writers – Adam Schwartz, Crisis Magazine

Does Marriage or Sex Create Babies? – Wendy Wright, Turtle Bay and Beyond

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Archbishop Lori: Obama Invite to Catholic Dinner Is Not Show of Support (5051)

Baltimore archbishop and others weigh in on invitation of the president to upcoming Alfred E. Smith Foundation dinner in New York.

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– Alfred E. Smith Foundation Facebook page

Baltimore Archbishop William Lori says an invitation to President Obama to speak at a New York fundraiser alongside Mitt Romney should not be misunderstood as a show of support for the president.

Obama's expected presence and remarks at the upcoming Alfred E. Smith Foundation dinner “do not constitute an endorsement,” the U.S. bishops' religious liberty chairman and Baltimore archbishop told Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review Online in an interview published Aug. 9.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the U.S. bishops' conference president, has been criticized by some pro-life groups for continuing an election-year custom of inviting both the Democratic and Republican candidates to...READ MORE

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