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SDG Reviews 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' (7518)

The blockbuster franchise comes to an epic conclusion.

07/15/2011 Comments (63)
Warner Bros.

– Warner Bros.

Here at last, in the final chapter, the Harry Potter franchise rouses itself toward something approaching greatness. The decision to split J.K. Rowling’s final volume into two parts, which may have looked in advance like a crass bid to drag out the cash cow one last time, has been triumphantly vindicated.

The first half of Rowling’s seventh book was dominated by a camping trip from hell and Twilighty angst that made for a dreary, unmagical and — for less than fully initiated fans — downright confusing middle movie, the only film in the series I didn’t enjoy on some level. Now, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 restores balance to the Force: Though (surprisingly) the briefest...READ MORE

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Pro-Life Victory in NYC (3359)

Judge blocks law threatening crisis-pregnancy centers.

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– Shutterstock

NEW YORK (CNA/EWTN News) — A federal judge on July 13 temporarily barred New York City from enforcing a new law that would cripple crisis-pregnancy centers with heavy fines and possible closures for failing to cite medical limitations.

“Pro-life pregnancy centers, which freely offer real help and hope to women and their preborn children, shouldn’t be punished by political allies of those who make their money aborting babies,” said attorney Matt Bowman of the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal group.

Judge William Pauley III called the new law “offensive to free-speech principles” and halted its enactment while a lawsuit filed on behalf of two pregnancy-care centers and a maternity...READ MORE

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As Priests' Workloads Increase, So Does Need for Renewal (3240)

The importance of ongoing formation and retreats for clergy.

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Making sure all his work is covered at the three Minnesota parishes he pastors can be complicated, but Father Kevin Finnegan knows the importance of breaking away for a retreat or retreat day when he can.

“It’s more than just recouping, of course,” said Father Finnegan, who is pastor at Divine Mercy in Faribault, St. Michael in Kenyon and St. Patrick in Shieldsville. “It’s really having a time just to be quiet with God. To focus, to open my inner self, my soul, to know that God still loves me, to listen to God in quiet, to rest in his presence. … Sometimes we need to just rest.”

The availability of fewer priests means priests are doing more work, so it’s sometimes challenging for them to...READ MORE

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A Priest by Any Other Name?, After Same-Sex Marriage, Deacon Saint Ephrem, and much more! (2237)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/15/2011 Comment

After Same-Sex Marriage - Kathryn Jean Lopez, Catholic Vote

Iraqi Christians Still Under Attack - La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Are You Speaking God’s Word to a Brick Wall? - Sister Lisa Marie Doty F.D.C.C., Nunspeak

Hallelujah! Developmental Biology Textbook Corrected - Doctor Stacy Trasancos, Accepting Abundance

A Priest by Any Other Name? - Mollie Ziegler, Get Religion

The Music, And What Is Wrong With The Novus Ordo - Mundabor’s Blog

Saint Ephrem, Deacon - Catholic Lane

For the latest round-up on the best punditry in the Catholic blogosphere go to ThePulp.it.

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Robert Louis Stevenson on Gregorian Chant, The Running of the Saints, and much more! (2365)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/14/2011 Comment

Robert Louis Stevenson on Gregorian Chant - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Drug Trafficking: Mexican Bishops & Controversial Statements - Andrés Beltramo Álvarez, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

The Running of the Saints - California Catholic Daily

Are Priests Employed by the Church? - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

The Golden Calf of Scientism - Anthony S. Layne, The Impractical Catholic

Parents Furious as U.K. Government Gives Green Light to Explicit Sex Ed in Lessons - John Smeaton, S.P.U.C.

The Seven Brothers and Saint Felicitas - Catholic Lane

For the latest round-up on the best punditry in the Catholic blogosphere go to ThePulp.it.

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Preemie Teaches Pro-Life Lesson (5924)

Frieda Mangold set a record when she was born: She’s Europe’s most premature baby.

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Klinikum Fulda

– Klinikum Fulda

Here in the United States we didn’t hear much about one of the newest pro-life witnesses: 8-month-old Frieda Mangold.

Baby Frieda set a record. She’s Europe’s most premature baby, and according to reports, she ties the world record for smallest baby with a boy in Ottawa, Canada, who was born in 1987.

When she was born on Nov. 7, 2010, in Germany, Frieda was in the womb just 21 weeks and five days.

She weighed just over a pound (1.01 pounds, or 460 grams) and was 11 inches long. She spent the next few months in the neonatal unit of Klinikum Fulda Children’s Hospital in Fulda, Germany — a town St. Boniface knew well.

When she left the hospital, she weighed 7.71 pounds and stretched out...READ MORE

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China Watching in the Vatican (3230)

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– Shutterstock

Whatever its other accomplishments, Henry Kissinger’s new book, On China, ought to cause serious reconsideration of that now-familiar refrain: “China is the lead country of the future.”

Kissinger’s analysis of Chinese history has been criticized, as has his reticence about evils like the massacres at Tiananmen Square. But his conclusion — that China’s future depends on the resolution of the conflict between those of its leaders who want to maintain totalitarian political control at all costs and those who want to complete the country’s remarkable economic development with a genuine opening toward democratic governance — strikes me as a fair summary of the situation. And it should give no...READ MORE

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New Evidence Finds Jewish Support for Pope Pius XII (3259)

Researcher points to magazine articles from the 1930s and other examples as proof.

07/14/2011 Comments (4)

– Wikipedia

DENVER (CNA) — An expert on Pope Pius XII says new discoveries show that the Jewish community strongly supported the Holy Father for his stand against anti-Semitism and support for Jewish rights during World War II.

Researcher William Doino outlined evidence that he says makes it clear the late Pope “wanted to break down walls of anti-Jewish prejudice, not erect them.”

Doino shared his findings exclusively with CNA, pointing to magazine articles from the 1930s that feature Jewish-American veterans lauding Pius XII for his deep respect for the Jewish community and their customs.

In April of 1939, just one month after Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli was elected Pope, the U.S. Jewish Veteran...READ MORE

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