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SDG Reviews 'The Muppets' (9130)

It's time to play the music: The Muppet magic is finally back in this refreshingly old-school family film.

11/22/2011 Comments (26)

The Muppets don’t rap or bust hip-hop moves. That in itself is almost revolutionary nowadays, when adorable family-franchise characters spitting bars seems practically de rigueur (e.g., Happy Feet Two, The Smurfs). True, Chris Cooper has a short rap scene, but a) he’s not a Muppet, and b) it’s funny because he’s an evil white businessman, not because he’s cuddly.

There is no crude humor or innuendo. No grating contemporary pop soundtrack. There are unabashedly retro original tunes, like the catchy Life’s a Happy Song and a very funny “dramatic” duet called Man or Muppet? There’s also an almost lump-in-throat-inducing reprise of the classic The Rainbow Connection. And, yes, there are pop...READ MORE

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Nun Serving Tribal Peoples Killed in India (2632)

Authorities suspect mafia associated with mining company that Sister Valsa John fought.

11/22/2011 Comments (4)

NEW DELHI — More than 500 Christians attended a prayer meeting on Nov. 18 at the gate of Sacred Heart Cathedral here to protest the murder of a Catholic nun.

The gathering, which included dozens of nuns, was led by Archbishop Vincent Concessao.

Sister Valsa John of the Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary, 53, was hacked to death Nov. 15 for her work to help impoverished tribal peoples against exploitation by the coal-mining industry in Jharkhand state in eastern India.

“Sister Valsa was no ordinary nun,” said Sister Mary Scaria, a fellow sister and secretary of the legal committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India. “We have lost a courageous and determined Sister who stood...READ MORE

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Why God Chose Mary, General Washington and the Lord, Moral Absolutes, and much more! (3284)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/22/2011 Comment

General Washington and the Lord of Hosts. Click on the link by Donald R. McClarey to learn more.

Why did God choose Mary? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

General Washington and the Lord of Hosts - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Can the Bishops Win This Battle? - Christopher Manion, Crisis Magazine

Misconceptions on New Vein of Comedy (not knowing biological dad) - Damian Adams, MercatorNet

Moral Absolutes and the Moral Life - Christopher O. Tollefsen, Public Discourse

Since He Clings to Me in Love, I Will Free Him - Nathaniel Gotcher, VirtuousPla.net

Cohabitation: Ten Facts - A. Patrick Schneider II, New Oxford Review

Dozens of Egyptian Coptic Christians Suffer Injuries in Attack - Catholic Online

Learning Justice from St. Roque Gonzalez - Brandon...READ MORE

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Pope Accepts Cardinal Law's Resignation (2974)

New archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major appointed.

11/21/2011 Comments (7)

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, former archbishop of Boston, and appointed Spanish Archbishop Santos Abril y Castelló as the new archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

Cardinal Law, who resigned as archbishop of Boston in 2002 in the wake of the sex-abuse scandal, turned 80 on Nov. 4.

A Vatican official explained to EWTN News on Nov. 21 that although the official retirement age for a post such as archpriest is 80, it is customary for cardinals to hold their positions for a longer period of time.

Cardinal Law’s predecessor, Cardinal Carlo Furno, remained in his post until he turned 82, and the former archpriest of the...READ MORE

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California Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex 'Marriage' Opponents (2818)

Plaintiffs have standing, courts says. Case can go forward and may well end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

11/21/2011 Comments (8)
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Supporters of Prop 8 demonstrated outside the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco last December.

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SACRAMENTO — Opponents of same-sex “marriage” in California gained a legal victory in their ongoing battle to uphold Proposition 8.

That’s the referendum passed by the state’s voters in 2008 that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

The California Supreme Court’s Nov. 17 decision that the plaintiffs in Perry v. Brown/Coleman v. Brown have legal standing to defend Prop. 8, ruled unconstitutional last year by a U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco, represents a significant step in an ongoing legal battle that many experts predict will ultimately reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The decision ensures that Prop. 8 will have a full defense all the way to the United...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Happy Feet Two' (4793)

Darkness falls on Antarctica: The dancing-penguin sequel is the grimmest animated film in years, a global-warming disaster movie rife with problematic themes.

11/21/2011 Comments (8)

Little ones are “tougher than we think,” a penguin remarks in Happy Feet Two, and you can tell director George Miller believes it. The animated sequel pulls few punches: It’s overshadowed by more darkness, menace, heartache and anxiety than any talking-animal picture I can think of since, well, Miller’s last family-film sequel, the execrable Babe: Pig in the City. Neither the classic Babe nor the original Happy Feet contained any hint of the darkness of the sequels. Apparently Miller’s strategy is to soften kids up first, then drop the bomb.

Not that Happy Feet Two is a horror show equivalent to the movie I like to call Babe: With a Vengeance, where the heartache was almost uninterrupted...READ MORE

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Slippery Slope in Canada? (2168)

Legal battle could open door to assisted suicide.

11/21/2011 Comments (1)
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VANCOUVER — A battle has begun in a Vancouver courtroom over the status of Canada’s law against assisted suicide.

The fight comes just a year and a half after the country’s parliamentarians voted down a bill to throw out the law by a 228-59 majority.

But Canadian judges, like their American peers, routinely defy legislators.

“I’m very concerned that a single judge, out of concern for the genuine suffering of a single patient, will throw out a law that is protecting hundreds of others from abuse and death,” said Will Johnston, a British Columbia physician who is chairman of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of British Columbia.

Opponents of the law include: the B.C. Civil Liberties...READ MORE

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President Obama vs. Catholic Conscience (4192)

Did the president mislead Catholics in his 2009 Notre Dame speech? Columnists analyze administrations efforts against conscience-protection laws and religious freedom. But pro-life Democrats predict that the federal government will create a broader religious exemption to federal mandates requiring contraception coverage in all new health-care plans.

11/21/2011 Comments (27)

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Obama administration critics say the president misled his religious supporters in a 2009 Notre Dame speech, in which he supported conscience protections and “common ground” on issues like abortion.

“Two and a half years after President Obama was given an honorary degree at America’s flagship Catholic university and delivered its commencement address, at least we have clarity,” wrote Kansas Catholic Conference’s director, Michael Schuttloffel, in a Nov. 13 column.

“Willful blindness regarding this administration’s true intentions is no longer possible,” wrote Schuttloffel, who highlighted conflict between the moderate tone of Obama’s University of Notre Dame commencement speech and his...READ MORE

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