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SDG's Best Films of 2011 (14788)

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

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Vatican: News.va Site Is Popular (3269)

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! (3413)

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 (2944)

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

Washington State Bishops Fight for Marriage and the Common Good (1876)

Their letter comes in response to legislation under consideration in the state that would grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

01/17/2012 Comments (17)
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OLYMPIA, Wash. (EWTN News/CNA)—Proposed same-sex “marriage” legislation in Washington state would add to “the forces already undermining family life today,” the state’s Catholic bishops warned.

In a January 2012 statement, the bishops stressed that the “stability of society depends on the stability of family life, in which a man and a woman conceive and nurture new life.”

They noted in their letter, titled “Marriage and the Common Good,” that the civil recognition of marriage as between one man and one woman has given “countless generations of children the incomparable benefit of a loving mother and father committed to one another in a lifelong union.”

On Jan. 13, 23 senators, including...READ MORE

Filed under bishops, church teaching, common good, marriage, same-sex 'marriage', washington state

Bishops Visit Holy Land in Wake of the 'Arab Spring' (2228)

A commitment of the Holy See is carried out on the ground.

01/17/2012 Comments (1)
Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal (l) and Bishop Gerald Kicanas (r) listen as Italian Archbishop Riccardo Fontana speaks at a press conference during the Holy Land Coordination.

– Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — The bishops who attended this year’s meeting of the “Holy Land Coordination” said the winds of political change sweeping the Middle East add new urgency to the resolution of the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Mandated by the Holy See, the Coordination has met every January in the Holy Land since 1998 to express their “solidarity with the local Christian community and share in the pastoral life of the local Church,” as noted in a final communiqué issued at the close of their visit. The participants — bishops from the United Kingdom, Europe and North America —  focus on prayer, pilgrimage and forging bonds with local Christians and the pastoral life of the local...READ MORE

Filed under arab spring, holy land coordination, islam, israel, palestine

Ethnic Cleansing of Christians in Pakistan, Struggling with Suffering, and much more. . . (2350)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/17/2012 Comment

Ethnic Cleansing of Christians in Pakistan. Click on the link by La Stampa/Vatican Insider to read more.

Ethnic Cleansing of Christians in Pakistan - La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Struggling with Suffering. . . Part II of II - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

England’s Other Saintly 19th Century Cardinal: John Edward Manning - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Baptist Convert: Katie Plato - Why I’m Catholic

God’s Will For You - Anna Williams, Ignitum Today

New Drug for Depression Likely Developed with Cells from Aborted Fetus - Rebecca Taylor, Catholic Lane

NPR Posts Bogus Headline To Attack Church - Dave Pierre, TheMediaReport.com

Is the Gay Movement Like the KKK? - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Exquisitely Inane Editorial - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Why the...READ MORE

Filed under bishop armando ochoa, blasphemy law, catholic blogosphere, fr. michael rodriguez, islam, john edward cardinal manning, ku klux klan, national public radio, new york times, pakistan

MLK's Philosophical and Theological Legacy, Retarded Baby Not Worthy of Transplant, and more. . (3850)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/16/2012 Comments (2)

MLK’s Philosophical & Theological Legacy. Click on the link by Justin Dyer & Kevin Stuart to learn more.

MLK’s Philosophical & Theological Legacy - Justin Dyer & Kevin Stuart, Public Discourse

Need to Learn Ecclesiastical Languages? There’s an App for That - Chris Owens, Benedictus Dominus

Transplant Rejected because Baby Amelia is “Retarded” - Crivera75, Wolf Hirschhorn

Chinese Priests & Bishops ‘Forgotten’ in Jail - Marco Tosatti, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

The Non-Electability of Rick Santorum - Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

A Mormon Minister’s Son’s Journey Home - Carlos Espinosa, Living The Faith On A High Wire

Must We Like Each Other Equally? - Sr. Lisa Marie Doty FDCC, Ignitum Today

The Wedding at Cana, Whose Wedding Was It? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Euro...READ MORE

Filed under albert holder, archbishop nienstedt, baby amelia, catholic blogosphere, communist china, eugenics, mentally retarded, msgr. cosma shi enxiang, msgr. giacomo su zhimin, rev. martin luther king

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