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Look to the Real Superheroes (2921)


08/17/2012 Comments (4)

A few weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal ran a piece on Simone Martini’s Altarpiece of Blessed Agostino Novello. Art critic Peter Plagens describes the saint flying to save a falling child with “superhero alacrity.” It’s an apt sketch of the picture and a catchy phrase in itself — so catchy that WSJ editors seized on it for the article’s title, “Future Saint as Medieval Superhero.” Cheese, anyone?

It’s hard to blame them for trying to relate. Besides, the saint as wonder-worker, rescuer, guy who comes to tame a wild beast, recover a vanished valuable or expose a murderous butcher with Columbo-esque serendipity has always been a popular figure. In these stories, the saint does resemble...READ MORE

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The Case Against Teenage Dating, Staying Catholic in College, On Music and Priestly Life, and More! (3234)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/17/2012 Comment

The Case Against Teenage Dating. Click on the link by Misty to read more.

The Case Against Teenage Dating – Misty, Catholic Sistas

Keeping or Re-finding the Catholic Self in the College Years – Andrew McDowell, Catholic Collar and Tie

On Music and the Priestly Life – Fr. Gary Selin, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Traditionalist Group Granted Formal Status within the Church by Mark Greaves of the Catholic Herald newspaper – Big ulpit

Five Great Motets – George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

Saudis Attempt to Block Vatican Bid for .catholic Web Addresses – Fr Z’s Blog

Seven Point Checklist for Catholic Dads – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Spiritual Food for Our Troops! – Jann FritzHuspen, Catholic Lane

Courage, Conversion, and Natural...READ MORE

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Religious Freedom Amendment on the Ballot in Florida (5157)

Voters have opportunity to support faith-based organizations.

08/16/2012 Comments (12)
Florida House of Representatives

Juan Zapata

– Florida House of Representatives

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida voters will be asked this November to consider a religious-freedom amendment that seeks to protect faith-based social services while also tackling anti-religious bias. Launched on April 4, the Religious Freedom Act is being supported by the SayYesOn8 initiative and a broad range of organizations to protect social services offered by faith-based groups. Amendment 8 is one of two ballot initiatives being actively supported by the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Amendment 8 is intended to do three things: It would preserve partnerships between government and social-service organizations; it would ensure continued delivery of social services by...READ MORE

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FBI Investigates Shooting at Family Research Council Headquarters (2215)

The suspect has been charged with assault with intent to kill as well as federal firearms charges following Aug. 15 shooting of security guard.

08/16/2012 Comments (18)
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– FRC Facebook

A man suspected of shooting a security guard at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C., had his first court appearance Aug.16.

Tony Perkins, president of the pro-faith and family organization, said that authorities “are investigating this incident.”

The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Floyd Lee Corkins II of Herndon, Va., has been charged with assault with intent to kill as well as federal firearms charges.

Corkins allegedly entered the lobby of the Family Research Council’s headquarters, which is located in the Chinatown area of Washington, shortly before 11am on Aug. 15.

According to an FBI affidavit, the suspect made a statement to the effect of “I...READ MORE

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Evangelical Convert Renee Lin, Brief Catechesis on Mental Illness and Violence, and Much More! (1981)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/16/2012 Comment

Evangelical Convert: Renée Lin. Click on the link provided by the Why I’m Catholic blog.

Evangelical Convert: Renée Lin – Why I’m Catholic

A Brief Catechesis on Mental Illness and Violence – Jeff McLeod, Catholic Lane

The Church Should Make Life Harder for Catholics – Fr. Z’s Blog

Reporter Loses Job after Facebook Rant about Chick-fil-A by Mollie Ziegler of Get Religion blog – Big ulpit

Virgil and St. Benedict – Sancrucensis, Sancrucensis

Brazilian Women’s Volleyball Team Celebrates Gold with Prayer – CNA/EWTN News

Defending Marriage – Emily, Catholic Sistas

Sacred Images – Denis McNamara, Creative Minority Report

The Five Joys of Being Catholic – James Mathis, Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Holiness

Doubting Thomas (Jefferson) and the Founders’ Great...READ MORE

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Thousands Die Prematurely on U.K. 'Death Pathway' (4464)

Allegations of 'backdoor euthanasia' taint British public-health system.

08/16/2012 Comments (12)
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Thousands of elderly and ill patients are being drugged and dehydrated to death in the United Kingdom, dying prematurely on a public health-care “pathway” supposed to alleviate end-of-life suffering, British doctors have alleged.

Dr. Patrick Pullicino, a senior neurologist at East Kent Hospitals told the Register that the Liverpool Care Pathway, a program “developed to provide a comfortable death to those in their last hours and days is a pathway that hastens death.” And it is being used on some who are not in danger of imminent death.

The Liverpool Care Pathway was introduced in a Marie Curie hospice for the dying in Liverpool to lessen the “overmedicalization” of dying patients,...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'ParaNorman' (6638)

From the creators of Coraline comes another macabre stop-motion animated film — a morally problematic tale of ghosts, zombies and witches that isn’t without appeal, but definitely isn’t for the whole family.

08/16/2012 Comments (20)

Why does stop-motion animation work so well as a medium for the macabre, from The Nightmare Before Christmas to Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride to Coraline?

I think it’s partly because stop-motion trades on the creepiness potential of dolls. Dolls don’t have to be creepy, but they plunge us into the precritical world of childhood, reaching past the defenses of adult rationality, which opens the door to creepiness like nothing else.

There’s something dreamlike about dolls moving by themselves, a technique that evokes the earliest days of cinema; it seems to belong to another world, much like silent film. That’s why the Vatican film list honoree Nosferatu — a silent-era vampire movie with some...READ MORE

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Modest Wedding Dresses, Family Spiritual Growth, Can a Theologian Get Into Heaven?, and Much More! (3614)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/16/2012 Comment

Modest Wedding Dresses. Click on the link provided by St. Etheldreda’s Place blog

Modest Wedding Dresses – Etheldreda’s Place

Spiritual Growth Within a Catholic Family – Pat Gohn, Catholic Lane

Easier for Camel to Pass through Eye of Needle, than for a Theologian – Sancrucensis, Sancrucensis

Raising the Stakes: Why Bishops Don’t Proclaim The Truth by Anthony Esolen of Crisis Magazine – Big ulpit

Things Parents Should Strike From Their Vocabulary – Katrina Fernandez, Patheos/The Crescat

Balanced Parenting: Eyes on Heaven – Erin Franco, Truth & Charity

What Is the Best Way to Help the Poor? – Jimmy Akin, JimmyAkin.com

Catholic Relief Services or Abortion Relief Services? Will the Bishops Act? – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

The Birth of a Person – Elizabeth...READ MORE

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