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Witnessing in a Post-Christian World, Musica Sacra for Our Time, The Greatness of the Lord and More! (1735)

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Carl Anderson Speaks on Challenge of Witnessing in a Post-Christian World. Click on the link by Carl E. Olson of The CWR Blog to read more.

Carl Anderson Speaks on Challenge of Witnessing in a Post-Christian World – Carl E. Olson, The CWR Blog

Musica Sacra for Our Time – Kevin McCormick, Catholic World Report

The Greatness of the Lord - Amanda Mortus, Ignitum Today

Obama Investigating Sergeant Who Said Bible Condemns Homosexuality by Kirsten Andersen of the LifeSiteNews websiteBig Pulpit

U. K.: After Catholic Blogosphere Uproar, Bishops Finally Defend Marriage – Matthaeus, Sub Umbra Alarum Suarum

Word of the Day: Brethren – Anthony Esolen, First Things/First Thoughts

Lions, Little Children and Tiber Swims – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Patheos/Standing on my Head

Aquinas on Prayer of Christ as Manifest in Prayers...READ MORE

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Seattle Archdiocese Says No Pot, Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ in Churches (3474)

Archbishop Sartain has released a ‘policy refresher’ in light of state ballot measures that recognized same-sex ‘marriage’ and legalized marijuana possession.

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SEATTLE — Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle has sent a “policy refresher” to Catholic parishes following the success of Nov. 6 ballot measures recognizing same-sex “marriage” and legalizing marijuana, reiterating that the drug is still barred on parish property and the Church cannot recognize or accommodate same-sex “marriages.”

The archbishop said Nov. 29 that the change in civil marriage law is “not in the best interest of children or society.”

He said he was “disappointed that so many voters failed to recognize marriage between a man and a woman as the natural institution for the permanent, faithful covenant of love for a couple, for bringing children into the world, and for...READ MORE

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Father James Schall’s ‘Final Gladness’ (6829)

With a nod to Belloc, the respected theologian retires with a parting lecture that focuses on friendship.

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Jesuit Father James Schall

– Georgetown University

WASHINGTON — Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall was filled to capacity. The images of morality, faith and patriotism, of art, science and the alma mater looked out at the crowded horseshoe balcony and down on the stage, with its podium and single chair.

In the first row in front of the stage, edged with roses, gladiolas and Canterbury bells, pink, purple and white, sat professors and priests, authors and political philosophers. They were almost the only representatives in the hall of the elderly and the middle-aged. The bulk of the rest of the 700 seats was taken up by undergraduates and youngsters still in their 20s.

The students had come to Gaston Hall on a Friday night to hear a...READ MORE

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Conscience Victory in Final Illinois Pharmacist Ruling (1581)

Religious-liberty advocates hail the end of a seven-year legal battle against provision of abortion drugs as a major triumph for conscience rights.

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WASHINGTON — Religious-liberty advocates are hailing the end of a seven-year legal battle over the required provision of abortion drugs in Illinois pharmacies as a major triumph for conscience rights.

“This decision is a great victory for religious freedom,” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which has represented the pharmacists in the case for several years.

“The government shouldn’t kick business owners out of the market just because it dislikes their religious beliefs,” he said in a statement.

“Over seven years of litigation, there was never a shred of proof that a religious objection at a pharmacy harmed anyone,” Rienzi explained. “These...READ MORE

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Ecclesia in America Congress Participants Leave Unified, Renewed (1119)

‘This conference, really seen through the lens of Our Lady of Guadalupe, has been a really beautiful experience,’ said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore.

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Ecclesia in America participants meet Dec. 10 in the Vatican's Synod Hall.

– Alan Holdren/CNA

ROME — On the final day of the “Ecclesia in America” international conference, several participants agreed that it was a wonderful experience that helped them spiritually and intellectually.

“This conference, really seen through the lens of Our Lady of Guadalupe, has been a really beautiful experience,” said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore in a Dec. 12 interview.

The congress was held Dec. 9-12 in Rome and discussed regional challenges and the New Evangelization, while also marking the 15th anniversary of John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation Ecclesia in America.

Archbishop Lori found it particularly edifying to be with bishops, religious and laity, all of whom are devoted “to...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' (19933)

Peter Jackson and company get the Hobbit trilogy off to a spectacular but bumpy start.

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Movie poster via MovieWeb.com

– Movie poster via MovieWeb.com

There is an early moment in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey that captures the evocative poetry of Tolkien’s songs — something that The Lord of the Rings films, for all their achievements, never did. By the time the credits roll, that moment feels like it belonged in a very different film.

It is the Dwarves’ solemn, haunting lay about their long-forgotten gold — only three or so verses, but you can well believe that, as they sang, the love of beautiful things made by hands and by cunning and by magic moved through Bilbo Baggins (well-cast Martin Freeman, credibly evoking a young Ian Holm) and woke something Tookish in him, as Tolkien describes in the first chapter of The Hobbit. (Perhaps...READ MORE

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Chilean Bishop: Mayan Doomsday Believers Should Donate to Church Before 'World's End' (2337)

People who really believe the end is nigh can name the Church as the beneficiary of their wills, the bishop quips.

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A Mayan calendar inscription found in Quiriguá, Guatemala.

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SANTIAGO, Chile — Bishop Bernardo Bastres Florence of Punta Arenas, Chile has an interesting suggestion for those convinced that the world will end Dec. 21, as predicted by the Mayan calendar.

According to local newspaper La Prensa Austral, the bishop said that those who believe the Mayan prophecy should donate their worldly goods to the Church.

“If there are many who believe the world will end on Dec. 21, as the Church, we have no problem with them naming us as the beneficiaries of their possessions in their wills,” he quipped in a Dec. 9 interview.  

Doomsday predictions about the end of the world, as prophesied by the Mayans, have circulated in recent years and grown in...READ MORE

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Are The Hobbit and Les Mis Catholic, Is Marian Devotion Dangerous, A Simple Stable and Much More! (2410)

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Are The Hobbit and Les Mis Catholic? Follow the link by Tom Hoopes of the Catholic Vote website to read more.

Are The Hobbit and Les Mis Catholic by Tom Hoopes of the Catholic Vote websiteBig Pulpit

Is Marian Devotion Dangerous? – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

A Simple Stable - Amanda Castro, Ignitum Today

What Happens When Christians Put More Faith in Modernity than Faith? – Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report

Is Our Image and Likeness to God Different? St. Thomas Thinks So – Matins Musings

Peter as the “Another Man” in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Russian Greek-Catholic Ordination in Siberia – St. Elias Today

Another Requiem Vestment – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Alfred Hitchcock and the Jesuit – Donald R. McClarey, The...READ MORE

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