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SDG Reviews 'Argo': A Fake Movie Makes for a Real Thriller (7260)

How Hollywood the CIA Rescue 6 Americans From Iran

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Warner Bros. Pictures

CIA SECRETS. Ben Affleck stars in and directs a new thriller based on true events, which involve a sci-fi movie script.

– Warner Bros. Pictures

Argo is an absorbing, entertaining thriller that tells the true(ish) story of how Canadians, the CIA and Hollywood saved the day, working together to spirit six Americans out of Tehran during the dark days of the Iran hostage crisis. Crisply directed by Ben Affleck, it’s a well-made period piece with an excellent eye for detail — and a potent secret weapon.

The secret weapon is the improbable cover story created by the CIA to provide false identities for the Americans. Working with Hollywood insiders, the CIA set up a fake movie project: a schlocky post-Star Wars sci-fi spectacle with a Middle Eastern production vibe that might credibly bring a Canadian film crew to Tehran.

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Liturgical Doctors of the Church, Proof of Jesus' Wife Fake, How Women Win in Love, and More! (2332)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Doctors of the Church in the Liturgy. Click on the link by Gregory DiPippo to read more.

The Doctors of the Church in the Liturgy – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

Gospel of Jesus’ Wife: Forgery Confirmed? – Anna Williams, First Things/First Thoughts

How A Woman Can Win in Love – Mary C. Tillotson, Ignitum Today

Why Matthew Vines Is Wrong About the Bible and Homosexuality – Joshua Gonnerman, First Things/On The Square

Cardinal Heenan Exposed the Myths that Surround Vatican II and Pope John XXIII by Dylan Parry of the A Reluctant Sinner blog – Big ulpit

Teresa of Avila: Patron of Catholic Writers and Headache Sufferers! – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

The Catholicism of Joe Biden and Paul Ryan – Dave Hartline, The American Catholic

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Contraception, the Election and the New Evangelization (6295)

Oct. 7 issue column

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The coming election has shaped up to be a battle between those who think free contraceptives and keeping abortion legal should be our national priority and those who think jobs and reducing the national debt should be our national priority. (These were the self-identified themes at the summer conventions.)

How astonishing it is that Sandra Fluke should be a headliner at the Democratic National Convention, when her only claim to fame is her adolescent, narcissistic grousing that Catholic Georgetown University does not provide her, a law student almost certain to be wealthy, with free contraceptives.

How sad it is that two of the chief architects of the Health and Human Services mandate...READ MORE

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I Love My Chapel Veil, What Happened to Popular Devotions and Piety, The War On Women, and More! (2146)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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I Love My Chapel Veil. Click on the link by Katy Holland to read more.

I Love My Chapel Veil – Katy Holland, Fide Et Literis

What Happened to Popular Devotions and Piety? A Cardinal Opines – Fr. Z’s Blog

The War on Women by Marc Barnes of Bad Catholic – Big ulpit

Pope Benedict XVI: Being Tepid is the Greatest Danger for Christians – Cindy Wooden, Catholic Herald

Why Have A Guild? – Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma

Latin Mass Society Pilgrimage to Oxford, October 20th – John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

In the Footsteps of Saint Bridget, New Traditional Pilgrimage in Sweden – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Russia Defends Traditional Values – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

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Pope Opens Year of Faith, Calls for Return to Vatican II Documents (4953)

The Second Vatican Council 'did not formulate anything new in matters of faith, nor did it wish to replace what was ancient,' Benedict stated. Rather, it was concerned with seeing that 'the same faith might continue to be lived in the present day, that it might remain a living faith in a world of change.'

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI opened the Year of Faith in Rome with a call for a New Evangelization rooted in an authentic interpretation of the documents of the Second Vatican Council.

“I have often insisted on the need to return, as it were, to the ‘letter’ of the Council — that is, to its texts — also to draw from them its authentic spirit, and (it is) why I have repeated that the true legacy of Vatican II is to be found in them,” the Pope said Oct. 11 to approximately 30,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the opening Mass of the Year of Faith.

Speaking on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the Pope said that “reference to the...READ MORE

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Pope Accepts Resignation of Chilean Bishop Accused of Sexual Abuse (1406)

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VATICAN CITY — On Oct. 9, Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernandez of Iquique, Chile, who has been under investigation by the Vatican since April for alleged sexual abuse.

The Holy See's Press Office said the bishop resigned in conformity with a specific code in canon law, which allows for resignation “because of ill health or some other grave cause.”

The Apostolic Nunciature in Chile also announced that Archbishop Pablo Lizama Riquelme of Antofagasta has been named Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Iquique.

On Oct. 2, the Nunciature confirmed that the Vatican was investigating Bishop Ordenes.

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‘We’re Starting to Get Our Act Together’ (6716)

Ralph Martin discusses the next steps of the New Evangelization.

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– Renewal Ministries

One major criticism of the post-conciliar Church is that there was too much confusion after the Second Vatican Council, born both from misinterpretation and willful abuse. In an attempt to provide clarity in the areas where many Catholics continue to suffer from confusion, a new book has just been published: Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization.

The author is Ralph Martin, president of Renewal Ministries, an organization devoted to Catholic renewal and evangelization. Martin is also an associate professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the Archdiocese of Detroit, a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the...READ MORE

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How to Be Holier Wives and Moms, The Secret Borgia Jesuit, What Is Normal For Hollywood, and More! (2672)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Five Things to Be Holier Wives and Mothers. Click on the link by Elizabeth Hoxie to read more.

Five Things to Be Holier Wives and Mothers – Elizabeth Hoxie, Ignitum Today

The Borgia who Became a Jesuit in Secret, St. Francis Borgia – Spiritual Life, Catholic Herald

Showbiz Legend’s Abortion Confession is Normal for Hollywood by Kristen Walker of the LifeSiteNews website – Big ulpit

Two Sisters Tonsured as Rasophore Nuns – Christ the Bridegroom

Book Review: The Collected Letters of A. W. N. Pugin, Vol. 4 – Fr. Anthony Symondson SJ, New Liturgical Movement

How Arius the Heretic Died in a Bathroom Before Receiving Communion – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Vatican II’s Golden Anniversary – George Weigel, First Things/On The Square

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