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The Men Behind the Magis Institute (4489)

Catholic entrepreneur puts his faith first in schools and think tanks.

11/09/2010 Comments (1)

Tim Busch not only founded Catholic schools and a think tank. He and his wife, Steph, also started a winery, Trinitas Cellars, in Napa Valley. He presented their Zinfandel, named RatZINger in honor of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, to Pope Benedict XVI.

IRVINE, Calif. — CNN’s Larry King recently welcomed noted physicist Stephen Hawking on the air to discuss his new book, The Grand Design, in which Hawking opines that the universe did not need God to create it or establish its laws. There to challenge Hawking was Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer of the Magis Institute.

Magis is an apostolate founded and funded by Catholic businessman Tim Busch. It’s headquartered in his offices in Irvine, Calif.

When you sit down and talk with Tim Busch, two things are readily apparent: He’s a Catholic and an entrepreneur — in that order. In a professional career that has spanned more than 30 years, Busch has launched or been a part of many successful...READ MORE

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Faith in the Northwest (6735)

Bishop Sartain set to take the reins in Seattle.

11/08/2010 Comments (14)
CNS photo/Mike Penney

– CNS photo/Mike Penney

Editor’s note: This article has been updated.

Bishop J. Peter Sartain of Joliet, Ill., will be installed as archbishop of Seattle on Dec. 1, succeeding Archbishop Alex Brunett.

The youngest of five children, James Peter Sartain was born to Catherine and Pete Sartain in 1952. Their Memphis, Tenn., home was dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and was the site for the family’s regular recitation of the Rosary. Interaction with priests and religious sisters was a normal part of his youth, which enabled the young Sartain to be open to his priestly calling. His response to that call was gradual and was solidified in college.

Archbishop-elect Sartain, 58, has degrees from St. Meinrad College...READ MORE

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1 Catholic Speaker Gives Way to Another (7616)

Eight out of 10 Americans favor restrictions that would limit abortion. Here comes a speaker who believes that Washington is ‘defying the will of the American people’ on abortion.

11/05/2010 Comments (20)
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U.S. House Republican Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio.

– CNS photo

The first woman speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who has identified herself as “an ardent practicing Catholic,” will soon be the first former woman speaker of the House.

This after being instrumental in the passage of the “biggest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade,” as Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee described the president’s signature health-care legislation when it passed the House in March.

The Democrats’ relegation to minority status coincides with an uptick of Catholics voting Republican during the midterm elections Tuesday — 53% according to CNN exit polls. Among Democrats defeated were some other key players in the...READ MORE

Filed under catholic faith, catholic vote, catholic voters, catholicism, prayer, pro-life, u.s., u.s. congress, u.s. politics, vote

Humility on the Hill (3210)

Washington responded to the outcome of the midterm elections with a sense of purpose rather than celebration.

11/05/2010 Comments (3)
REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

ON A MISSION. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., remarks on sweeping gains in mid-term elections at the Heritage Foundation in Washington Nov. 4.

– REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

“We are humbled.”

So Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced in a morning-after press conference on Capitol Hill, talking about the midterm election results, in the most appropriate way.

His statement pretty well covered the election. For Democrats, who lost their majority in the House of Representatives, as well as at least six seats in the Senate, but also for Republicans, who didn’t win them all and couldn’t help but remember their majority after the Republican Revolution of 1994, the first Republican majority in the House since 1952. They were voted out of the majority in the House in November 2006.

McConnell had his own reasons to be humbled. The Republican...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Megamind’ (4317)

It’s villains to the rescue again in DreamWorks Animations’ latest successful spoof.

11/05/2010 Comments (12)

Megamind (Will Ferrell) and Tina Fey’s spunky gal reporter named Roxanne Ritchi.

– DreamWorks

Megamind is a satiric take on the Superman mythos, seen through the eyes of a supervillain who’s part Lex Luthor, part Brainiac. Instead of a rocket ship bearing an infant survivor from a doomed planet to Earth, there are two ships from two planets. Fate deals the infant survivors very different hands: One is a superpowered golden boy who grows up privileged and smugly superior; the other grows up on the fringes of society, an outcast with one asset: his superbrain. It seems the two are destined to battle each other forever, or are they?

The Superman mythos is dominated by the initials L.L. (Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Lightning Lad, etc.). Megamind turns to the next letter in the...READ MORE

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A New Seminary in Cuba (2981)

President Raul Castro showed up at momentous opening ceremonies.

11/04/2010 Comments (4)
CNS photo/Desmond Boylan, Reuters

A statue of Christ is seen outside the new national Catholic seminary on the outskirts of Havana Nov. 3. Cuban President Raul Castro joined Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami and other Catholic leaders to open the seminary, the first Catholic construction on the island in more than a half century.

– CNS photo/Desmond Boylan, Reuters

HAVANA — What better sign of a dynamic Church than the need for a new seminary? 

This week in Cuba, the San Carlos and San Ambrosio National Seminary opened about 30 miles outside Havana. It’s the first new religious construction in Cuba in more than 50 years — since Fidel Castro seized power in 1959. It replaces an 18th-century edifice, which will be converted into a Catholic cultural center.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, leading a delegation from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to the opening ceremonies Nov. 3-6, called it “a very significant event.” President Raul Castro attended a civic ceremony Nov. 3 inaugurating the seminary. There was also a blessing of the chapel...READ MORE

Filed under cardinal jaime ortega, cuba, havana, raul castro

ACLU Tries to Force Abortions on Catholic Hospitals (7346)

HHS is considering its request. But can it hold up in court?

11/03/2010 Comments (21)
2007 CNS photo/Don Blake, The Dialog

Franciscan Sister Camillus McGoldrick talks to a patient in the emergency room at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Del., in this file photo.

– 2007 CNS photo/Don Blake, The Dialog

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services is considering a request from the American Civil Liberties Union that it compel Catholic hospitals to provide emergency abortions.

But the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has vowed not only to provide free legal defense for any hospital the HHS takes action against, but to sue the feds to stop them.

“We have acknowledged receipt of letters from the ACLU and an organization holding the opposite view, but have taken no other action,” said Ellen Griffith, spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “All we can say is that the matter is before us for consideration.”

But Becket Fund director of litigation Eric...READ MORE

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How to Pray for the Holy Souls (6068)

Susan Tassone speaks about the best ways to help the souls in purgatory.

11/02/2010 Comments (64)


Every Nov. 2, the Church remembers the faithful departed in a special way on All Souls’ Day and dedicates the whole month to the holy souls in purgatory. After that, we sometimes forget that the Church urges us to pray for them all year.

Susan Tassone’s one-woman mission and ministry is to help everyone know the whys and the how-tos of helping those in purgatory. Little wonder she’s affectionately called the “purgatory lady.”

That nickname came during her appearances on EWTN’s “The Abundant Life” with co-hosts Johnnette Benkovic and Holy Cross Father Edmund Sylvia.

“Nobody has done more than Susan has over the years,” says Father Sylvia, citing interviews with her going back to the earliest of...READ MORE

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