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For Greater Glory: How a Largely Unknown Story Became an Epic Film (8779)

Producer, director, actors discuss their roles in bringing the Cristero history to the big screen.

06/01/2012 Comments (24)
Hana Matsumoto photo, courtesy of ARC Entertainment

Andy Garcia as General Gorostieta (l) and Mauricio Kuri as Blessed Jose Sanchez del Rio in For Greater Glory.

– Hana Matsumoto photo, courtesy of ARC Entertainment

HOLLYWOOD — When the film For Greater Glory opens this weekend, it will tell the largely unknown story of religious persecution that occurred in our own hemisphere within the past century.

The Mexican-made movie tells the tale of the Cristero Rebellion, the Mexican peasant uprising against an oppressive government that took place between 1926 and 1929.

In his 1926 encyclical Iniquis Afflictisque, Pope Pius XI denounced the forces of “barbarism” that led to Mexican President Plutarco Calles’ persecution of Catholics and the Church.

The film opened in Mexico on April 20 with the title Cristiada. It opened in first place in gross for all admissions at the box office in Mexico. Producer...READ MORE

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Letters to the Editor (1398)

Register readers respond.

06/01/2012 Comment

Uplifting Story

Thank you so much for the article “Priest Ordained Early to Fulfill Father’s Wish” by Susan Klemond (Culture of Life, March 25).

What an uplifting story — from Father Richard Dyer’s conversion, and that of his father’s, to the celebration of the funeral Mass by the son for his father a week later. The positive response from Bishop Paul Loverde of Arlington, Va., to the then-seminarian’s request and the good bishop’s comments regarding his decision was icing on the cake, especially when the hierarchy is so readily and easily maligned.

We are unable to properly describe the heartwarming experience of reading such an article that we had upon its conclusion — a feeling...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ (8680)

The year’s second Snow White film is an epic action yarn that’s long on grit and short on fairy-tale magic.

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Early in Snow White and the Huntsman is an intriguing moment in which Snow White (Kristen Stewart), imprisoned since childhood by the evil Queen Ravenna (Oscar winner Charlize Theron), whispers the Our Father — every word.

A positive display of Christian spirituality in a fantasy or medieval film is so rare these days that its presence (and prominent placement) suggests a thoughtful choice. Typically in such films Christianity is either absent — as in Mirror Mirror, this year’s other big-screen Snow White tale — or odious, as in Red Riding Hood, with its repulsive monster-hunting cleric and pathetic village priest.

At best, religion may be a benign ceremonial presence officiating at...READ MORE

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Why Bad Christian Art is Anti-Christian, Catholic Blogging's Ten Commandements, and much more! (1607)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/01/2012 Comments (1)

Why Bad Christian Art is Anti-Christian. Click on the link by Kevin O'Brien to read more.

Why Bad Christian Art is Anti-Christian - Kevin O'Brien, StAR/Ink Desk

Blogging and the Ten Commandments - Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

Two Sisters: Two Views by George Weigel - The Pulpit

University of Notre Dame President Drops It - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Misunderstanding Subsidiarity - Peter Brown, The Catholic Thing

St. Catherine's Mount Sinai Enters the Digital Age - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

10 Tips for New Catholic Bloggers - Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

Go (Matthew 28:11-20) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Things I Learned After College - Bob Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

The First Blogging Vatican Ambassador: UK's Nigel...READ MORE

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Nashville Dominican Sister Appointed to USCCB Education Post (12484)

New staffer will focus on evangelization, ‘Ex Corde Ecclesiae,’ Year of Faith.

06/01/2012 Comments (16)

WASHINGTON — Sister John Mary Fleming, a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, Tenn., was named this week the executive director of the Secretariat of Catholic Education of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

The education office assists the bishops’ efforts to address a host of urgent matters, from the implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae to resolving parochial school-funding shortfalls.

Sister John Mary currently serves as the principal of St. Dominic School in Bolingbrook, Ill., one of the order’s 34 schools in 18 dioceses. Among the fastest-growing Catholic teaching orders in the nation, with 275 members, the Nashville Dominicans are noted for...READ MORE

Filed under bishops, education, evangelization, nashville dominicans, new evangelization, religious liberty, sister john mary fleming, usccb

Should We Say Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit?, The Phony Science of Kinsey's Sex Study, and more! (1828)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/31/2012 Comment

Should We Say Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit? Click on the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to read more.

Should We Say Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Kinsey’s Secret: The Phony Science of the Sexual Revolution - Sue Ellin Browder, Crisis Magazine

A New Beautifully Designed Church in South Carolina - The Pulpit

On Using the Pulpit - Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

On Wanting To Eat Your Baby - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Live Action Shows U.S. The Real War on Women - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

How were Jesus and Mary able to Remain Perfect even during Great Anguish and Sadness? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

May I Have Mercy with a Side of Responsibility - Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Bishop...READ MORE

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Chen Guangcheng: Basic Human Goodness Will Overcome Corruption, Suppression (2417)

In his first U.S. presentation, the dissident makes no mention of his work combating abuses of one-child policy, but outlines basic view of restoring rule of law in China.

05/31/2012 Comments (5)
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SPEAKING HIS MIND. Chen Guancheng arrives with his wife, Yuan Weijing before speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations May 31. This was Chen's first major public engagement since he escaped confinement and left China nearly two weeks ago.

– Mario Tama/Getty Images

NEW YORK — Chen Guangcheng this morning gave his first presentation in the United States since his dramatic departure from China this month.

Chen, who ran into trouble with local authorities in his native Shandong Province after documenting abuses stemming from China’s one-child-per-couple restriction, answered questions from an audience at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

But nothing was mentioned during the hour-long meeting, either in the introduction or the long question-and-answer session, of his concern about forced abortions and sterilizations that are done in enforcement of China’s family-planning policies.

Rather, the focus of the meeting was on the lack of a...READ MORE

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Catholic Church Goes to Court: What Can We Expect? (2221)

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05/31/2012 Comments (3)

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On May 21 the Catholic Church in the United States went to court.

In an unprecedented spate of lawsuits filed throughout the country, the Archdioceses of New York and Washington, along with such leading Catholic institutions as Notre Dame and Catholic Charities, joined a host of Catholic institutions seeking to have judges rule that the Obama administration’s contraception, abortion and sterilization mandate violates religious liberty.

Among those institutions already in the fray were Belmont Abbey College, Franciscan University, EWTN and at least two Catholic businessmen.

There are altogether approximately two dozen lawsuits pending. Scores of Catholic institutions are...READ MORE

Filed under hhs contraceptive mandate, notre dame, obamacare; patient protection and affordable care act; barack obama; health and human services; contraceptive mandate; u.s. supreme court; individual mandate; subsidiarity; paul ryan; grace-marie turn

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