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SDG Reviews 'Turbo' (7684)

Visually inventive and basically harmless, DreamWorks’ latest leans a bit too heavily on Pixar’s playbook, but lacks what makes even minor Pixar efforts special.

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That snail is fast.

– DreamWorks

If Pixar’s Brave — with its Scots accents, medieval/fantasy setting and rebellious youth vs. authoritarian parent conflict — felt somewhat like a DreamWorks animated film, DreamWorks’ Turbo feels in some ways remarkably like a Pixar film. Specifically, it’s a lot like Ratatouille crossed with Cars, though you may also be reminded of Toy Story, A Bug’s Life and even Finding Nemo.

As in Ratatouille, the hero is a soulful critter — a garden snail rather than a country rat — living on the margins of human habitation in a large community of fellow critters, but longing for something the others can’t comprehend: something he sees on television. His hero, a human celebrity, assures him over the...READ MORE

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Catholic Company Temporarily Forced to Comply With HHS Mandate (3386)

Federal court denies a preliminary injunction to Mersino Management Co., forcing it to provide contraceptive coverage.

07/18/2013 Comments (18)

WASHINGTON — While its lawsuit continues through the court system, Mersino Management Co. will be forced to offer contraceptive coverage to its workers under the HHS mandate, despite its owners’ Catholic faith.

A July 11 decision of U.S. district court Judge Paul Boreman denied a preliminary injunction against the contraception mandate to the owners and shareholders of the business, Karen and Rodney Mersino.

They “have not demonstrated that they are likely to succeed on their claims, because it appears more likely to the court that Mersino Management, as a secular for-profit company, cannot ‘exercise’ religion and cannot act as the alter ego of its owners in challenging the...READ MORE

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Vatican: Change of Popes ‘Intensified’ World Youth Day (2009)

Some elements, including a papal pilgrimage to Brazil's national shrine of Aparecida, were added after the election of Pope Francis.

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Wikipedia/Agência Brasil

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida

– Wikipedia/Agência Brasil

VATICAN CITY — A Vatican spokesman said the change of popes that occurred between the announcement of World Youth Day to its fruition has caused some adaptations to the event for the new Holy Father.

“The trip had already been decided, but the program has also been adapted, we might indeed say intensified and enriched with further events, with the change of pontificate,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said at a July 17 press conference.

“You will recall that practically the same thing happened at the last change of pontificate,” he added.

Benedict XVI’s first trip was to Cologne in his native Germany for the World Youth Day decided by his predecessor, Blessed John Paul...READ MORE

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U.K. Bishops Regret ‘Gay Marriage’ Approval (4659)

Queen Elizabeth II approves Parliament’s redefinition of marriage, which the Catholic Bishops' Concerence of England and Wales calls ‘a profound social change.’

07/18/2013 Comments (25)

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II has approved the British Parliament’s “gay marriage” bill, in what the Catholic bishops of England and Wales called a “profound social change” that neglects the centrality of children and puts religious freedom at risk.

“Marriage has, over the centuries, been publicly recognized as a stable institution which establishes a legal framework for the committed relationship between a man and a woman and for the upbringing and care of their children,” read a July 17 statement from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. “It has, for this reason, rightly been recognized as unique and worthy of legal protection.”

The law would allow the contracting of...READ MORE

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Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Turns 25 (13608)

The group that broke away from the Society of St. Pius X celebrates fidelity to liturgical traditions and papal authority.

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Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter

Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Neb., the home base for the North American district of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

– Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter

On June 30, 1988, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the leader of the Society of St. Pius X, and his associate, Bishop Antonio de Castro Meyer, consecrated four bishops in defiance of the wishes of Pope John Paul II.

While Archbishop Lefebvre’s desire to preserve the traditional Latin Mass amidst the onslaught of liturgical abuses was shared by Father Josef Bisig, an SSPX priest at the time, there was sharp disagreement on the method of preservation. Father Bisig did not think acting against a papal command was the right way to bring this about.

Two days after the illicit consecrations, Father Bisig, a native of Switzerland, along with 11 other priests and about 20 seminarians, announced...READ MORE

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When Clowns Attack; Meek Pious and Brave as a Lion; Josquin: Not as Good as Byrd and Much More! (3396)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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When Clowns Attack. Follow the link by Father John Zuhlsdorf of the What Does The Prayer Really Say blog to read more.

When Clowns Attack by Father John Zuhlsdorf of the What Does The Prayer Really Say blog - BigPulpit.com

In Defense of Preserving Readings in Latin – Peter Kwasniewski, New Liturgical Movement

Meek, Pious and Brave as a Lion – Donald R. McClarey JD, Catholic Stand

Josquin: Not as Good as Byrd – Adam Wood, The Chant Café

On Friendship – Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s “Demeaning” DOMA Ruling – Dr. T. David Gordon, Catholic Lane

Could The Catholic and Orthodox Churches Be Reconciled Soon? – Byz Pulpit

Baptism and the Roman Mystery Cults – Jon Sorensen, Catholic Answers

Quæritur: What Is a Diocesan “Chancellor”? - Fr. Z’s Blog

The Story of Prejudice -...READ MORE

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Defending Marriage in the Trenches (3867)

Maggie Gallagher recalls key moments in the fight against the redefinition of marriage and urges perseverance.

07/17/2013 Comments (17)

Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage.

– maggiegallagher.com

The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 rulings on two landmark marriage cases dismayed many Catholic leaders and other Americans. The decisions, which struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and dismissed an appeal to a lower-court decision overturning California’s Proposition 8 voter initiative, surprised and disappointed Maggie Gallagher, the co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM).

An author of numerous books, papers and columns about the importance of building a marriage culture in the U.S., Gallagher became an “accidental” activist in the increasingly polarized debate on same-sex “marriage.” A commentator and debater, she has focused on a child’s...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Urges Ireland and Britain to Value Every Human Life (2462)

Papal Day of Life message was released shortly after the Irish Parliament’s lower house approved a bill liberalizing abortion access.

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Model of an unborn child displayed in a teacher's hand.

– dayforlife.org

VATICAN CITY — Ahead of Day for Life Sunday in Britain and Ireland, Pope Francis has sent a message to British and Irish Catholics encouraging them to promote the profound value of all human life in their societies.

“Calling to mind the teaching of St. Irenaeus, that the glory of God is seen in a living human being, the Holy Father encourages all of you to let the light of that glory shine so brightly that everyone may come to recognize the inestimable value of all human life,” he said in his July 17 message.

“Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live for ever and...READ MORE

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