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SDG Reviews 'John Carter' (9236)

Pixar veteran Andrew Stanton brings Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic pulp hero to the screen, with mixed success.

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Taylor Kitsch stars as John Carter.

Superficially, John Carter—or John Carter of Mars, as the end credits still give the title—plays like a derivative patchwork of sci-fi fantasy landmarks from Avatar to Star Wars and Star Trek. Fans of Smallville or Superman Returns will be reminded of young Clark Kent’s fantastic leaps before he learned to fly. Viewers with longer memories may think back to Dune or Planet of the Apes, while those with shorter ones may be reminded of Cowboys and Aliens or Prince of Persia.

The irony, of course, is that Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter stories, the first of which was published 100 years ago this year, are the predecessors, not the successors, of all those tales. Burroughs is better known as...READ MORE

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The Holy Coat of Trier, An Unwasted Life, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger on Baby Brother Bene, and much more! (2707)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Holy Coat of Trier. Click on the link by John Whitehead to learn more of Jesus' garments partitioned by his Roman guards.

The Holy Coat of Trier - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

An Unwasted Life - Deacon George J. Collins, New Oxford Review

Excerpt from Msgr. George Ratzinger’s Book, “My Brother, the Pope” - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Pope Benedict XVI and the Irrelevance of “Relevance” - Samuel Gregg, Crisis Magazine

President Obama’s Contraception Spin Machine - George Weigel

Is the Media Providing Balanced Coverage of the Philadelphia Clergy Abuse Cases - David F. Pierre Jr, Catholic World Report

Have Health Problems, Keep this List of Saints Nearby - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Vatican Orders Reopening of 13 Cleveland Churches - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia


Filed under catholic blogosphere, cleveland, holy coat of trier, martin luther, msgr. georg ratzinger, philadelphia, pope benedict xvi

Dubuque's Bishop Hanus Reminds His Fellow Bishops to Imitate St. Peter (2053)

Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas bishops are in Rome for their ad limina apostolurum (to the threshold of the apostles) visit.

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St. Peter

– Wikipedia

Bishops should imitate St. Peter as leaders of the Church by following the word of God instead of shifting popular opinion, said Archbishop Jerome Hanus of Dubuque, Iowa.

“According to Jesus’ words, a leader in the manner of Peter must be solid as a rock; he cannot be fickle; he cannot change with the winds of popularity; he must subject himself to God’s word,” the archbishop said at St. Peter’s tomb on March 7.

Archbishop Hanus is one of 21 bishops from Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas who are beginning their ad limina apostolurum (to the threshold of the apostles) visit in Rome.

The visit kicked off with an early morning Mass on March 7 in St. Peter’s Basilica. Over the next six...READ MORE

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Vatican Astronomer: Science Is 'Really One of Our Best Principles for Getting to Know God' (3151)

Faith and science are not at odds, Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno told a Denver audience.

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– Wikipedia

The astronomer for the Vatican Observatory, Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, says that his study of the universe through science has helped him better understand the person of Christ.

The Vatican Observatory was established in 1891 by Pope Leo XIII near St. Peter’s Basilica but was moved a few miles outside of Rome in 1935, when pollution made visibility difficult. The Vatican established a new division of the observatory in Tuscon, Ariz., in 1980 and built its own telescope in 1987.

Despite people often having the “crazy idea” that science and religion conflict, science is “really one of our best principles for getting to know God,” he told EWTN News.

Brother Consolmagno, who also serves...READ MORE

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Coming Soon: No More Catholic Hospitals and Free Abortion-Inducing Drugs (9574)

Another look at the HHS mandate's ramifications.

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The extinction of Catholic hospitals due to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate would result in a loss of almost $100 billion, warned one columnist and talk-show host.

In a March 1 column in The Fiscal Times, political analyst Edward Morrissey said that if the mandate succeeds in shutting down Catholic hospitals and health-care institutions, it will “create a disaster for the delivery of health care in the country and rapidly escalate the public costs of health care.”

“Thanks to the economic models of these hospitals, no one will rush to buy them,” he explained. “Over 120,000 beds would disappear from an already-stressed system.”

The U.S. bishops have remained united and...READ MORE

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Cleveland Indians' Player Thankful for Teammates, Miracle Baby and Years of Sobriety (7680)

Third baseman Jack Hannahan rediscovered 'blueprint for life' in the Catholic Church.

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Courtesy of the Cleveland Indians

– Courtesy of the Cleveland Indians

If you ask Jack Hannahan what he’s thankful for, be prepared to listen for a while.

Hannahan, 32, has plenty to appreciate, starting with the realization of his dream of playing in the major leagues. In 2001, he was named Big Ten Player of the Year at the University of Minnesota and was drafted in the third round by the Detroit Tigers. After many challenges and injuries in the minor leagues, Hannahan made his major-league debut with the Tigers on May 25, 2006.

This year he is with the Cleveland Indians, a generous group of players who made it possible for him to witness the arrival of his first son last August. Being out of town when his wife went into early labor was not a good enough...READ MORE

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Choosing the Light, Santorum (Home) Schools Opponents, This Astonishing Moment, and much more! (3403)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Choosing the Light. Click on the link by Carl E. Olson to read more.

Choosing the Light - Carl E. Olson, OSV Newsweekly

Santorum (Home) Schools Opponents - Mollie Ziegler, Get Religion

This Astonishing Moment - Fr. Martin Fox, Bonfire of the Vanities

10 Things Your Date Might Say That Show They’re Catholyc - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

The Moral Ordering of Power: 7 Political Quotes from God’s Rottweiler - Saint Peter’s List

Things To Ask Your D.R.E. - Amanda Castro, Ignitum Today

Bringing Our Loved Ones to Christ - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Proposed Indulgences for Parents - Clan Donaldson, Catholic Exchange

Lesbian Denied Communion at Mother’s Funeral is a Buddhist - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

Swedish Homeschooler Flees...READ MORE

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The Contraceptive Mandate and the Indignity of the Law (8861)

Health care reconsidered as Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments. Obamacare already taking root as government agencies furiously implement regulations.

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Grace-Marie Turner has been at the forefront of the health-care reform debate for years, as the founder of the Galen Institute, a Beltway-area public-policy institute dedicated to health-care policy. She has been an opponent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in no small part having taken Catholic social thought into consideration.

She has spoken at the Gregorian University in Rome and co-authored Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America.

Turner spoke with Kathryn Jean Lopez for the Register about why the Department of Health and Human Services’ coercive mandate is about the law itself — as the Supreme Court prepares to consider an attorneys general challenge to the law. The...READ MORE

Filed under obamacare; patient protection and affordable care act; barack obama; health and human services; contraceptive mandate; u.s. supreme court; individual mandate; subsidiarity; paul ryan; grace-marie turn

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