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Children Belong at Mass Too!, the Church and Social Welfare, Confessed but Still Anxious, and More! (2655)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/11/2012 Comment

Children Belong at Mass, Too! Click on the link by Colleen to read more.

Children Belong at Mass, Too! – Colleen, Pray the Mass.org

Why Are Catholic Movies So Bad? by Brother Gabriel Torretta OP of the Dominicana website – Big ulpit

Quæritur: Scraped Car, Didn’t Leave Note, Went to Confession, Still Anxious – Fr. Z's Blog

The Role of the Church in Social Welfare – John R. P. Russell, Blog of the Dormition

Family Impact on Society by Deacon Antonio – Royce, Ignitum Today

Little Girl in White by Doris Fischer – Patti Maguire Armstrong

Peter’s Toes – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Contraception: How Free are We? – Matthew Heinrich, In and Out of the Ditch

The Success of the Catholic Church – Jake Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

The Value of...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Finding Nemo 3-D' (5699)

Pixar’s dazzling father-son fish story returns to the big screen in eye-popping 3-D.

09/10/2012 Comments (18)

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(Note: In view of this film’s wide exposure for nine years, this review is somewhat less spoiler-sensitive than most of my reviews. — SDG)

Andrew Stanton’s Finding Nemo is the best father-son story in all of Hollywood animation, and maybe animation generally. It’s also a stunningly gorgeous film that exploits the potential of computer animation like no film before it and few films after it.

I can imagine the Toy Story films or Monsters, Inc. or Shrek being made as traditional hand-drawn animated films — or as stop-motion, for that matter. They would lose something, but perhaps also gain something; and while they wouldn’t be the same, I can imagine the essence of the films surviving.


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Democratic Convention Redux: Party Leadership Vows to Defend the Middle Class and Contraception (2486)

09/10/2012 Comments (16)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Economic security for the middle class and access to free contraception as an essential part of women’s health care were major issues that dominated speeches and conversations at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

“Yes, our path is harder — but it leads to a better place,” said President Barack Obama in a Sept. 6 address as he accepted his party’s nomination for re-election.

Obama outlined an ambitious agenda for his second term, pledging to “create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years,” improve and expand access to education, expand clean-energy options, bolster national security and “reduce” the national deficit “without...READ MORE

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Sowing Dissent on Same-Sex 'Marriage' (11620)

Natural law and Church teaching on marriage are being undermined from without and within.

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In his book Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky taught revolutionaries to “cut their hair, put on suits and infiltrate the system from within.” To revolutionize the non-negotiable Catholic teaching against same-sex “marriage” and civil unions, activists are advancing the cause with organizations such as “Catholics for Equality” and “Catholics for Marriage Equality” — just as organizations such as “Catholics for Choice” have long promoted abortion, artificial contraception and sterilization.

One activist who opposes Catholic teaching on same-sex “marriage” infiltrated a marriage educational conference this summer and criticized it in his blog.

Carlos Maza applied for and won a scholarship...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Be Open to Voice of God, the Voice of Love (1539)

The Holy Father's Sept. 9 Angelus address.

09/10/2012 Comments (1)

Pope Benedict XVI says that the public ministry of Jesus Christ is encapsulated in one “small but very important” Aramaic word: Ephphatha.”

“‘Ephphatha – be opened,’ sums up Christ’s entire mission,” said the Pope in his midday Angelus address Sept. 9.

“He became man so that man, made inwardly deaf and dumb by sin, would become able to hear the voice of God, the voice of love speaking to his heart, and learn to speak in the language of love, to communicate with God and with others,” the Pope explained.

Speaking to several thousand pilgrims gathered at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, Pope Benedict dwelt upon the Sunday reading from the Gospel of Mark in which Jesus cures a...READ MORE

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Famous Star Now Catholic Conversion Story, Go Where Suffering Are, Marian Tech Resources, and More! (4960)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/10/2012 Comments (4)

Donna D’Errico: Interview of a Catholic and Explorer. Read the story by J. Q. Tomanek of the Ignitum Today website by clicking on the link by Big ☧ulpit.

Donna D’Errico: Interview of a Catholic and Explorer by J. Q. Tomanek of the Ignitum Today website - Big ulpit

“We Have to Go Where the Suffering and Dying Are” – Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

Marian Tech Resources to Help Know, Love & Share the Blessed Mother – Lisa Hendey, Catholic Lane

Jane Jacobs: Urban Distributist Matriarch – Susannah Black, The Distributist Review

The Church and the Market – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

On Loneliness – Colleen, Catholic Sistas

Why Life Matters – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Our Yawning Religious Divide – Anna Williams, First Things/First Thoughts

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: A Sign For Our Times – Fr....READ MORE

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'Michelangelo of the Capitol' Also Painted Religious Art (3073)

Sept. 9 issue feature: Constantino Brumidi Murals Are Being Restored in New York

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Joe Pronechen

Murals like this one of Mary are being restored in two New York City churches.

– Joe Pronechen

In July 11, 2012, painter Constantino Brumidi was honored in Washington, when House and Senate leaders awarded him the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously.

At the presentation, House Speaker John Boehner started his remarks by saying: "‘An answer to a prayer’ is how the curator for the architect of the Capitol has described Brumidi’s arrival in this city at the end of 1854. And rightly so."

Italian immigrant Brumidi arrived to decorate the interior of the Capitol. He did so with a flourish, creating colorful, detailed frescoes in the congressional space, from the Rotunda to the "Brumidi Corridors."

But part of the story of this artist — who is sometimes called the "Michelangelo of...READ MORE

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The Good News Should Be Lived (1801)

User's Guide to Sunday, Sept. 9.

09/09/2012 Comment

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Sunday, Sept. 9, is the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Liturgical Year B, Cycle II).


Isaiah 35:4-7; Psalm 146:7-10; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37

Our Take

Today’s Gospel is truly the “Good News.”

“Thus says the Lord,” says the first reading, “Say to those whose hearts are frightened: Be strong; fear not! Here is your God; he comes with vindication.”

It’s an irresistible idea. The God who created us and loves us sometimes seems so far away. But no longer: He’s coming!

“Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag,” Isaiah continues, with exhilarating imagery. “Streams will burst forth in the desert...READ MORE

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