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Life (and Moral Questions) at Stake in the Fast Lane (3837)

Review of Rush, Ron Howard’s fuel-injected auto-racing drama

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Chris Hemsworth (l) and Daniel Brühl star in 'Rush.'

– RushMovie.com

Ernest Hemingway is famously credited with saying, “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing and mountaineering. The rest are merely games.”

The common denominator they share: a thrill-seeking flirtation with death; the competing seduction of Eros (life instinct) and Thanatos (death) in Freudian psychology.

It is that romance with risk-taking that drives Rush, director Ron Howard’s fuel-injected auto-racing drama.

Inspired by true events, the film recounts the intense rivalry between famed Formula One (or F1) drivers — British playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) — during the 1976 Grand Prix circuit.


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Faith Shines Light on Truth and Reason, Archbishop Says in Year of Faith Lecture (6869)

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore discussed Pope Francis’ encyclical at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

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Archbishop William Lori


WASHINGTON — At a recent talk on Pope Francis’ encyclical Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore emphasized that faith is not opposed to reason, but, rather, is necessary for understanding truth.

“This encyclical letter … is a great gift — not only to the Church, but to all people of goodwill, to everybody seeking the truth,” Archbishop Lori said Sept. 17 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where he spoke as part of a lecture series on the Year of Faith.

“In a very skeptical world, it turns out that faith believes in reason. Faith believes in the capacity of reason for truth,” he reflected.

Archbishop Lori explained...READ MORE

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Letters, Prayer Vigils to Mark Year in Jail for Pastor in Iran (2157)

Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen who was helping Iranian orphans at the time of his arrest, was jailed for threatening national security.

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– beheardproject.com

WASHINGTON — Supporters of human rights and religious freedom around the globe are joining in prayer and a letter-writing campaign on the one-year anniversary of Iranian imprisonment for Christian pastor Saeed Abedini.

“My wife and children, as well as over a billion Christians in the world, seek God's justice and then your consideration of this matter,” Abedini — who is a U.S. citizen — wrote in a Sept. 15 letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who took office last month.

“Please take immediate action in this regard, and do not let me and a lot of people in my ward become the victims of the fire that extremists have made, those who have turned Iran into a vortex of crisis.”


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3 Lies that Built the Same-Sex Revolution, Homeschooling Under Fire at Home and Abroad and More! (4271)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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3 Lies that Built the Same-Sex Revolution. Follow the link by Michael Cook to read more.

3 Lies that Built the Same-Sex Revolution by Michael Cook – BigPulpit.com

Homeschooling: Under Fire at Home & Abroad – Anne Hendershott, The Catholic World Report

Don’t Plan a Perfect Wedding - Julie Rodrigues, Ignitum Today

What Sort of Music Befits Eternity? – Adam Wood, The Chant Café

Anxiety and the Simple Life – Byz Pulpit

Patience. . . The Need to Trust the Slow Work of God – Msgr. Charles Pope

Adele Brise and the Sign of the Cross - Edward Looney, Ignitum Today

Pope Gives to “Mooncake Fund” for Chinese Prisoners – Catherine Harmon, The CWR Blog

Pope Francis Single-Handedly Destroyed Catholicism - JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

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As Same-Sex Couples in the Military Win Benefits, the Church Issues Guidelines (3086)

Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services publishes pointers for Catholic chaplains and commanders.

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Archdiocese for the Military Services

Archbishop Timothy Broglio

– Archdiocese for the Military Services

WASHINGTON — In the wake of the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the Obama administration has moved swiftly to provide spousal benefits for servicemen and servicewomen in legal same-sex “marriages,” including housing subsidies, health-care coverage and separation pay.

The expanded benefits and the recent practice of some military chaplains presiding at the weddings of same-sex couples have raised questions about the right of Catholic chaplains and lay commanders to refuse to participate in programs and rituals or facilitate benefits that appear to challenge Church teaching on marriage and sexual ethics.

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Pope Francis Gives Major Interview to the Jesuits (16145)

The wide-ranging interview was simultaneously published in 16 Jesuit publications, including America magazine.

09/19/2013 Comments (68)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has given a very revealing and characteristically frank interview with Father Antonio Spadaro, the Jesuit editor of La Civiltà Cattolica.

The interview, originally given in Italian, was simultaneously published in 15 other Jesuit publications today, and it can be read here in America magazine.

One particularly interesting passage is when the Holy Father explains his perceived reticence to discuss issues such as abortion, contraception and the redefinition of marriage.

His answer is naturally more nuanced than his reply to a question on the issue on the press conference on the flight from Rio de Janeiro.

Pope Francis says:

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Philippine Church Helps During Rebel Attacks (3633)

The Archdiocese of Zamboanga is assisting thousands of residents displaced by a violent Muslim rebellion that has killed nearly 100 people.

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A 2-year-old boy is carried by his father Sept. 17 after a rescue mission by state security forces freed him from Muslim rebels in the southern Philippine city of Zamboanga.

– Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Amid the deadly urban fighting that has broken out between armed rebels and government police and military forces in the southern Philippines, the Catholic Church in Zamboanga City has struggled to shelter and feed thousands of displaced residents while calling for peace.

Nearly 100 people have been killed and hundreds more have been held hostage or used as human shields since a rebel Muslim group began hostilities in early September. Among the first hostages taken were a priest and a local police chief, who later were released.

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‘Smiling Priest’ Among Hundreds of Martyrs to be Beatified in Spain (6664)

Father Josep Pujol was remembered for giving away everything he had, even his own life, for the Gospel.

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In a manifestation of their hatred for the Catholic faith, Republican militiamen shoot at the statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at Cerro de los Ángeles, Spain, during the Spanish Civil War.

– Wikipedia

MADRID — Father Josep Guardiet Pujol, known as the “smiling priest,” will be among the 522 Spanish Civil War martyrs to be beatified in Tarragona, Spain, on Oct. 13.

A pastor of the Catalan parish of Sant Pere de Rubi, Father Pujol was martyred on Aug. 3, 1936, in the northern Spanish town of Sant Cugat del Valles.

“Josep Guardiet Pujol was an exemplary pastor throughout his life and at the time of his martyrdom as well,” Maria Pilar Adin, the postulator of the priest’s cause, told the Spanish bishops’ news agency SIC.

The priest “died forgiving those who killed him,” she said. He pleaded that his killers not shoot two other laymen from the town of Rubi, but they also died with him....READ MORE

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