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Canada Plans U.S.-Like Religious Freedom Office (2659)

Meanwhile, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom nearly loses its funding.

01/18/2012 Comments (6)
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COMMON CAUSE. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird participate during a joint press availability last August at the State Department in Washington, D.C. Both of their governments now have official efforts to monitor religious freedom issues around the world.

– Alex Wong/Getty Images News/Getty Images

OTTAWA — Muslim extremists firebomb Christian churches in northern Nigeria. Chinese communists imprison the faithful. Christians in Burma were attacked during the Christmas season.

In response to these and other threats to religious liberty around the world, Canada’s Conservative government is planning to open an Office of Religious Freedom this spring.

The office will be modeled after the U.S. Office of International Religious Freedom, and opponents are already recycling criticisms first used in 1998 when the U.S. created it as part of the State Department. To the evident confusion of many Canadians, the same legislation set up the quite separate U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom. The...READ MORE

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The Catholic Faith is Not a Noble Lie, Did Jesus Misquote, English Ordinariate Update, and more! (3215)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/18/2012 Comment

Did Jesus misquote 1 Samuel 21. Click on the link by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush to read more.

Justice, Fairness, and Taxation, Part 1 - David W. Cooney, Catholic Lane

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Out-Breed ‘Em - Peter Baklinski, LifeSiteNews.com

The Catholic Faith Is Not a Noble Lie - Thomas Storck, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Did Jesus misquote 1 Samuel 21 - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

This Is What A Man Looks Like - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Ordinariate in England Celebrates 1st Anniversary, Pics - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

A Long Anglican Road to Rome - Terry Mattingly, On Religion

Anglican Convert: My Life as a Married Catholic Priest - Fr. R. Scott Hurd, Washington Post

From the “Cool Catholic Stuff” File. . . - Brad Noel, Southern...READ MORE

Filed under anglicans, catholic blogosphere, catholic new media, medjugorje, our lady of walsingham ordinariate, rick santorum

Cross, Altar, and the Right Way of Praying, The Monk Burned in His Sleep by a Demon, and much more! (4141)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/18/2012 Comments (2)

Cross, Altar & the Right Way of Praying. Click on the link by Fr. Stefan Heid to learn more.

Cross, Altar & the Right Way of Praying - Fr. Stefan Heid, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Monk Who was Burned by a Demon in His Sleep - Catholic Herald

Art & Liturgy: The Splendor of Faith - H. Reed Armstrong, Crisis Magazine

Taming the Beast Within - Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

Living the Life - Jennifer Mazzara, Ignitum Today

The Traditional Latin Requiem, Not as Dark as Once Advertised - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

The Resourcement of Catholic Agrarianism - Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

The Inquisitions of History - Fr. Brian Van Hove SJ, Roma Locuta Est

Justice, Fairness, and Taxation: On Distributism - David Cooney, Catholic Lane

Catholics,...READ MORE

Filed under altar, art, catholic blogosphere, cross, distributism, liturgy, praying, rick santorum, syro-malabar catholics, traditional latin requiem

Alliance Defense Fund's Chief Convert (4837)

Alan Sears recalls when 'the Body of Christ was AWOL' on religious liberty and the ADF was born.

01/18/2012 Comment
Alliance Defense Fund

Alan Sears

– Alliance Defense Fund

Alan Sears is one Catholic convert who remains very attached to his Protestant heritage. Raised as a Baptist, Sears says the writings of Blessed John Paul II were a powerful influence leading to his conversion in the summer of 1988, shortly before his marriage to his wife, Paula, a cradle Catholic.

But he’s still intimately connected to his faith community of origin: Sears serves as president of the Alliance Defense Fund, the legal organization 35 evangelical and Protestant ministry leaders formed in 1994 to uphold America’s religious freedom.

Sears spoke with Register correspondent Tom McFeely about his organization’s ecumenical character and some of its accomplishments.

How did the...READ MORE

Filed under alan sears, alliance defense fund, catholic converts, lawyers, religious freedom

SDG's Best Films of 2011 (14784)

Sublime 'Of Gods and Men' Tops a Strong Year for Religion in Movies

01/17/2012 Comments (56)
Sony Pictures Classics

Of Gods and Men is the Register film critic's top pick for best 2011 movie.

– Sony Pictures Classics

2011 was a good year for film, and particularly for depictions of faith in film — but not in the Hollywood mainstream on either count.

This year, in one Hollywood film after another, religion was strikingly absent in tragic or crisis-filled times. George Clooney was widowed in The Descendants; Matt Damon widowed in both Contagion and We Bought a Zoo; Nicole Kidman bereaved of a child in Rabbit Hole (which had a limited opening in December 2010). All suffered bereavement with scarcely any acknowledgment of religion (except, in Kidman’s case, to reject it). Contagion, in particular, depicted all sorts of social consequences of a global pandemic except the role of faith in times of crisis....READ MORE

Filed under faith in film, movies, religion, top film lists

Vatican: News.va Site Is Popular (3263)

More than 10,000 people use the online site every day.

01/17/2012 Comment

The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications says it is very happy with new figures that show more than 10,000 people are using its online news site every day.

“I think that for an initiative that is only a few months old these results are really quite positive,” said Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the communications council, in a Jan. 13 interview with EWTN News. The site, www.news.va, went live in June 2011.

“For example, at Christmas, we were having over 16,000 visitors a day, and according to the research, 52% of those were new visitors to the site.”

Archbishop Celli also revealed that visitors to the page come from 180 different countries, with many...READ MORE

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How St. Alphonsus Liguori Converted a Muslim, Rules of Etiquette Originate in the Church, and more! (3402)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/17/2012 Comment

How Saint Alphonsus Liguori Converted a Muslim. Click on the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to learn more.

Does the Bible Condemn Repetitive Prayer? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Rules of Etiquette Originate in the Church - Giacomo Galeazzi, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

How Saint Alphonsus Liguori Converted a Muslim - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Golden Age of Islam, Not Really - Richard Butrick, Stonegate Institute

The Reception of Holy Communion - Fr. Simon Henry, StAR

Common Objections to Homeschooling: What About High School? - Melody Lyons, Catholic Lane

Don’t Judge Me! - Brent Stubbs, Ignitum Today

Gay “Marriage” Debunked: Men & Women have Complementary Natures- Susan Reibel Moore, MercatorNet

Doctor to Parents: Your Retarded Daughter Just Needs Killing - Mark Shea,...READ MORE

Filed under bible, catholic blogosphere, homeschooling, islam, repetitive prayer, revised new american bible, same-sex "marriage", st. alphonsus liguori

Religion With Dogma (2939)

01/17/2012 Comments (4)

The Council of Chalcedon reached the mature traditional formulation of Christ as both fully human and fully divine, having two natures ‘without confusion, change, division, or separation.’

Part 2 of a Register series: Jesus Christ Our Savior.

One of the tragedies of Catholic thought for the last 50 years or so has been the attempt to develop a religion without dogma. In this, many Catholic theologians belatedly followed a tendency inherent in Protestantism for several centuries, in which theology was not important and being nice was. One of the principal places where this tendency has been evident is in regard to Christ.

A great number of uncatechized Catholics have had a tendency to reduce Christ to a sentimental and rather humanistic ethics teacher. Many have rejected Christianity without even being able to give any credible account of what the Creed says about Christ....READ MORE

Filed under catholic church, catholic faith, council of chalcedon, jesus christ, religious dogma

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