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SDG Reviews 'Warrior' (5533)

Rough-and-tumble sports movie touches on God, guilt, forgiveness and family.

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Warrior opens with a welter of Christian iconography and references: a Pittsburgh church adorned with Eastern-style three-bar crosses from which we see Paddy Conlon (Nick Nolte) emerge; a rosary dangling from his rearview mirror as he drives home to discover his estranged son Tommy (Tom Hardy) waiting on the stoop of his house; a Bible that Tommy contemplates on Paddy’s table.

“So you found God. That’s awesome,” Tommy says softly, meaning the opposite. “Mom kept calling out for him … but he wasn’t around. I guess Jesus was down at the mill, forgiving all the drunks, huh? Who knew?”

Jesus may have forgiven Paddy, but Paddy’s sons haven’t. His drinking and violence drove his wife away when...READ MORE

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Groundbreaking Series on Catholicism to Hit PBS (19117)

Father Robert Barron offers viewers an expansive look at the faith. (Father Barron will be interviewed on Register Radio today, Sept. 9.)

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Courtesy Father Barron

– Courtesy Father Barron

CHICAGO — Inspired by Kenneth Clark’s 1969 BBC television series Civilization, Father Robert Barron always dreamed of doing something similar to showcase the beauty of the Catholic Church.

More than two years and 12 trips to 16 different countries later, the result is an ambitious 10-part documentary series called Catholicism. Parts of the unprecedented documentary will start to air nationwide on PBS at the end of September through the fall. (Hear him talk about the series today, Sept. 9, at 2pm Eastern on “Register Radio.”)

“This is the most important media project in the history of the Catholic Church in America,” said papal biographer George Weigel. “Catholicism could well become one...READ MORE

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Flight 93 Victims Will Be Laid to Rest Sept. 12 (4775)

Pennsylvanians' works of mercy help Sept. 11 families.

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Flight 93 Memorial Facebook

– Flight 93 Memorial Facebook

SOMERSET, Pa. (CNA) — When the last remains from United Flight 93 are buried on Sept. 12, two parishioners of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Somerset, Pa., will finish the work of mercy they started 10 years before: helping family members bury the dead.

The last, unidentified remains of the flight’s passengers “have been stored together for the last 10 years in a location that’s under the coroner’s control,” said Somerset County Solicitor Daniel Rullo.

Those remains, Rullo said “will be interred on Sept. 12 in a ceremony that the coroner’s intending to hold. It’s essentially a funeral ceremony that will take place. There are three caskets of these remains that will be buried at the crash...READ MORE

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September 11 and Hollywood (2919)

How Movies Can Help Make Our Past Real — or Unreal

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“It was just like a movie.”

A cliché, yes, but as is often the case, that phrase became a cliché for a reason. The frequency with which those words were repeated in the weeks and months after Sept. 11, 2001, was a striking testament to the role movies have come to play in how we process and interpret reality.

A century ago, one might have heard remarks like “It was like a novel” or “It was like a play.” Imaginative scenarios have always been important to our efforts to understand and deal with the world we live in — particularly when reality outstrips our experiences. Children play house and grow up with fairy tales that speak to coming of age. Military and medical trainees prepare for...READ MORE

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Did Jesus Exist? How Best to Answer this Question, Even Demons Tremble, and much more! (2458)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Did Jesus Christ Really Exist? How Best to Answer this Question. Click on the link by Taylor Marshall to find out how.

Did Jesus Christ Really Exist? How Best to Answer this Question - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Even Demons Believe and Tremble - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

The Wheaton Underground (Catholic Church) - Not a Slave, Daughter of Glory

Big Labor Dumps Rerum Novarum - Kenneth Spence, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

Le Chiese delle Cittá: Neo-gothic Proper? - Nathanial Gotcher, VirtuousPla.net

Acting in Light of the Faith - Fr. Bevil Bramwell OMI, The Catholic Thing

Keystones of the Culture of Life: On Sins Against Reputation - Melanie Baker, HLI America

Catholics in the Combox: Rash Judgment - Diane M. Korzeniewski OCDS , Te Deum Laudamus!

The Catholic Priest Praised by...READ MORE

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Remembering 9/11 (2701)

New York’s Cardinal Egan recounts how Blessed John Paul II personally helped respond to the devastation.

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All this week, the Register is recalling the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Each day, we are featuring the recollections of an individual Catholic who was there or whose lives were impacted by the tragic events.

Cardinal Edward Egan had been archbishop of New York for about a year and three months when the attacks occurred. Though he’s a Chicago native and had served for many years as bishop of Bridgeport, Conn., Cardinal Egan has spent enough time in the Big Apple to be considered a New Yorker. He also served as auxiliary bishop of New York from 1985-1988, when he was vicar for education.

In addition, many of the victims of the attack on the World Trade Center had lived in...READ MORE

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Philadelphia Welcomes Archbishop Chaput (3670)

The City of Brotherly Love's Catholics celebrate their new shepherd, who said he will immediately address the archdiocese's 'serious challenges.'

09/08/2011 Comments (2)

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput

– CNA photo

PHILADELPHIA — The City of Brotherly Love greeted its new archbishop with a warm welcome at his installation Mass Sept. 8.

Archbishop Charles Chaput was installed today at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul before a celebratory congregation of 1,500 Church and civic dignitaries, priests, religious and well-wishers.

Tomorrow, he is expected to address both a clergy abuse crisis that prompted the suspension of 26 priests and an unexpected strike of teachers working in the archdioceses 17 high schools that enroll 16,502 students and opened with limited staffing on Sept. 7.

During the rite of installation at the cathedral, jubilant attendees were prepared to set those controversies aside,...READ MORE

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Happy Birthday Mary!, New Mission Territory, Crack Down on Churches, and much more! (2097)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/08/2011 Comments (1)

The Blessed Virgin Mary's Birthday by Elizabeth Hillgrove.

Happy Birthday Mary! - Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Blessed Virgin Mary’s Birthday - Elizabeth Hillgrove, VirtuousPla.net

Ark of Grace, Mary’s Immaculate Conception - Carlos Caso-Rosendi, Catholic Lane

Catholyc Chat Acronyms - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

Small Miracles - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Beauty and Sadness - Santiago Ramos, Catholic Vote

End Child Pornography: Enforce Adult Pornography Laws - Patrick A. Trueman, Public Discourse

New Mission Territory: Young Adult Catholics - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

UK to Enforce Same-Sex Ceremonies at Churches - William Oddie; More from Simon Caldwell, Catholic Herald

Science Came From Catholic Doctrine -...READ MORE

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