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SDG Reviews 'Star Trek Into Darkness' (12381)

With rousing set pieces, a stronger story and a bit of moral heft, the new Enterprise crew plots an entertaining course to a familiar destination.

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Star Trek Into Darkness outdoes its predecessor in most respects, except creative ambition. J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek reboot bowled me over with its audacious, energetic reinterpretation of Gene Roddenberry’s universe, and it took me a while to fully digest what a mess the film is beneath its surface charm. Into Darkness combines the same charm with a stronger (though still flawed) story, a somewhat better villain and a level of thematic and moral awareness absent in the first film.

Its main drawback is this. Into Darkness is so wedded to specific elements of existing mythology, drawn both from the original TV series and the previous films, that it plays more like a freewheeling remake...READ MORE

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Youth's Unbelief Linked to Media, Home Life; Why the Vatican II Hymnal Is the Best and More! (2607)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Young People’s Unbelief Linked to Media, Home Life. Follow the link by Emily Stimpson to read more.

Young People’s Unbelief Linked to Media, Home Life by Emily Stimpson of O. S. V. Newsweekly - Big Pulpit

Why the Vatican II Hymnal is the Best Hymnal of All Time – Jeff Ostrowski, Corpus Christi Watershed

Its the Devil, Stupid; Continued - Val Bianco, Catholic Stand

Find Your Spiritual Idiolect – Connie Rossini, Catholic Spirituality Blogs Network

I. R. S. Scandal: Pro-lifers Were Targets – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Early Church: The Martyrs – Matthew Heinrich, In and Out of the Ditch

The Latest Articles on Kermit Gosnell from the Catholic Blogosphere - Big Pulpit

Who ‘Blocked’ Romero’s Cause? – Polycarpio

Towards a Masculine Spirituality – Tim...READ MORE

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Gallup Poll Confirms Strong Abortion Opposition (3611)

Of those polled, only 26% supported legalized abortion under 'any circumstances,' while 13% said it should be legal in 'most circumstances.'

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Protesters in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

WASHINGTON — A new Gallup poll released on May 10 shows that the majority of Americans oppose legal abortion in all or most circumstances, in keeping with trends over recent years.

Of those polled, 58% said abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. Only 26% supported legalized abortion under “any circumstances,” while 13% said it should be legal in “most circumstances.”

According to Gallup, these results “are similar to what Gallup has found for most of the past decade” and are in line with “nearly every Gallup measure of this question since 1975.”

Conducted May 2-7, the survey also indicated that the trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell “has not swayed public...READ MORE

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Minnesota Redefines Marriage Despite Religious-Freedom Warnings (2795)

The Minnesota Catholic Conference will ‘continue to work to rebuild a healthy culture of marriage and family life, as well as defend the rights of Minnesotans to live out their faith in everyday life and speak the truth in love.’ The state is the 12th to change its definition of marriage.

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National Organization for Marriage rally against same-sex 'marriage' July 28, 2010, in St. Paul, Minn.

– Fibonacci Blue via Flickr.com (CC BY 2.0)

ST. PAUL, Minn.— The state of Minnesota has redefined marriage to include same-sex couples, despite concerns over social well-being and religious liberty raised by Catholics and other faith leaders. 

A statement from the Minnesota Catholic Conference said that the bill’s passage, “though expected, is no less disappointing.”

“The full social and legal effects of marriage redefinition will begin to manifest themselves in the years ahead,” the conference cautioned.

“The Church, for its part, will continue to work to rebuild a healthy culture of marriage and family life, as well as defend the rights of Minnesotans to live out their faith in everyday life and speak the truth in love.”


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Pontificate of Pope Francis Consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima (3008)

Cardinal Jose Polycarpo celebrated the consecration at the Portuguese shrine dedicated to Our Lady, with thousands of the faithful present.

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LISBON, Portugal — At the Holy Father’s personal request, Cardinal José Polycarpo, the patriarch of Lisbon, Portugal, consecrated the pontificate of Pope Francis to Our Lady of Fatima on her feast day, May 13.

Addressing Our Lady of Fatima during the ceremony, Cardinal Polycarpo said, “Grant [Pope Francis] the gift of discernment to know how to identify the paths of renewal for the Church; grant him the courage to not falter in following the paths suggested by the Holy Spirit; protect him in the difficult hours of suffering, so that he may overcome, in charity, the trials that the renewal of the Church will bring him.”

In statements to Catholic News Agency, Vatican spokesman Father...READ MORE

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A Sign of Contradiction: At Lourdes, the Sick Are the Church’s ‘Treasure’ (6400)

Knights and dames of the Order of Malta served the sick and suffering on their 55th pilgrimage to the Marian shrine in southern France.

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Charlotte Kiesel

Knights and dames with malades at the shrine.

– Charlotte Kiesel

LOURDES, France — Charlotte Kiesel just completed her 27th pilgrimage to Lourdes — the Marian shrine in France where the Virgin Mary first appeared to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 and where the sick still flock to obtain a reprieve from chronic disease, a handicap or terminal cancer.

Desperation brought Kiesel to Lourdes for her first visit in 1987, after failing to locate a bone-marrow match for her daughter, Katie, a cancer patient.

Decades later, Katie is still healthy, and Kiesel, now a member of the Order of Malta, returns every year to serve in the baths at the grotto, where many miracles have been recorded since the Virgin first appeared to St. Bernadette.

Kiesel greets a...READ MORE

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Holy Spirit Leads to Truth Amid Relativism, Pope Counsels (2827)

Francis encourages the faithful to be open to the Holy Spirit and to the word of God.

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Pope Francis makes his way through St. Peter's Square in the popemobile during his May 8 general audience.

– Stephen Driscoll/CNA

VATICAN CITY — As he looked ahead to Pentecost, Pope Francis spoke about the Holy Spirit’s role in guiding Christians to know Jesus, who is the Truth, in an age of relativism.

“We live in an age rather skeptical of truth,” the Pope said on May 15, as he encouraged Christians to let themselves “be imbued with the light of the Holy Spirit, so that he introduces us to the truth of God.”

But “you cannot grab the truth as if it were an object; you encounter it. It is not a possession; [it] is an encounter with a person,” Pope Francis noted as he recalled Pontius Pilate posing the question “What is truth?” to Jesus.

The Holy Father made his remarks in the context of an ongoing series of...READ MORE

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Canadian Pro-Lifers Spotlight ‘Gendercide’ Issue (2588)

Some government members of Parliamant continue to buck the pro-abortion-rights stance of their party leader, Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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Canadian Member of Parliament Mark Warawa

– MarkWarawa.com

OTTAWA — Canadian Member of Parliament Mark Warawa finally got a chance to condemn sex-selective abortion in the House of Commons last week, appropriately enough, just as 12,000 pro-life activists gathered outside to mark the nation’s March for Life.

Warawa is one of a number of MPs, mostly members of the governing Conservative Party, who are openly resisting Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s efforts to keep abortion off the public — and Parliament — agenda.

The British Columbia pro-life MP gained national headlines two months ago by complaining to the Parliament speaker when his party’s whip and a parliamentary appeal committee refused to put his name on a daily list given to the...READ MORE

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