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Hollywood as a Precursor to Faith (4577)

The stories of Jane Wyman and Betty Hutton — and an entrance into the Church on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

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Jane Wyman (left) and Betty Hutton

– Register photo illustration by Melissa Hartog

Hollywood, amazingly, has served as a precursor to faith — as in the case of Jane Wyman and Betty Hutton, who were as different as night and day.

From childhood, Wyman was quiet and reserved.  After her parents divorced and her father died, she was adopted at age 4. In contrast, Betty Hutton was age 3 when she became an entertainer, already belting out songs, accompanied by a warm smile and energetic moves.

The two stars’ paths crossed in 1951 as Hutton’s star was fading and Wyman’s was rising.

At the time, Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer had written In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening expressly for Hutton. But Paramount Pictures used the Oscar-winning song in a different film,...READ MORE

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Pope: 'In Her Sinless Perfection, Mary Is a Great Sign of Hope' (3807)

Dec. 8's special feast day, a holy day of obligation, honors the patroness of the United States and the Church's mother.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—The Church’s nature and destiny are revealed in the Virgin Mary’s perfect holiness, Pope Benedict XVI taught on the Dec. 8 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

“In her sinless perfection, Mary is a great sign of hope for the Church and for the world, a sign of the marvels that God’s grace can accomplish in us, his human creatures,” the Pope said in his remarks at the midday Angelus in St. Peter’s Square.

Christ’s mother, he explained, received the fullest possible measure of the same grace given to believers through the sacraments of the Church.

“The expression ‘full of grace’ indicates the marvelous work of God, who wanted to give us back the life and...READ MORE

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Pope Appoints 2 Americans to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization (8727)

Americans Curtis Martin and Ralph Martin discuss their new appointments.

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DENVER (EWTN News/CNA)—Catholics must rediscover their religious identity and mission, according to two new American appointees to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization.

“In a certain sense, we don’t have an option,” said Curtis Martin, founder and president of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Focus). He was named as a consultant for the council on Dec. 7, along with Sacred Heart Major Seminary professor Ralph Martin.

“If we continue to do what we’ve been doing the last 40 years, we’re on a course for self-destruction,” Curtis Martin said. “The good news is that the Church has within herself the mechanisms for healing: first and foremost, through the grace of...READ MORE

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That's a Catholic College!, Jesus and His 'Brothers', Charlie Brown Christmas, and more! (3311)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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St. Jude and the “Brothers” of Jesus. Click on the link by Joe Heschmeyer to learn more.

Now That’s a Catholic College! - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

St. Jude and the “Brothers” of Jesus - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Former Swiss Guard Recounts Papal Lessons on Leadership - Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

The Miracle of A Charlie Brown Christmas - Barbara Curtis, Mommy Life

A 3D Animated Film on the Mass - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

Editorial: Priests Falsely Accused - Our Sunday Visitor

Free Will & Should I Give Up Alcohol Forever? - Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Review: iPhone “Advent App” from Magnificat - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Secularist Ireland - George Neumayr, Catholic World Report

Binary...READ MORE

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Archbishop Offers Window Into the Visitation of Women Religious (5959)

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Archbishop Joseph Tobin

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The apostolic visitation of U.S. women’s religious communities is close to completion. To obtain an early assessment of the study, Rome correspondent Edward Pentin spoke in mid-November with Archbishop Joseph Tobin, secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life — the Vatican department charged with overseeing the process.

Archbishop Tobin, a former superior general of the Redemptorists and a native of Detroit, discussed the challenges of conducting such a major visitation, some of the controversies surrounding the study, and what he hopes it will achieve.

Your Excellency, could you tell us more about the apostolic visitation and what...READ MORE

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Immaculate Conception Cathedral Draws Faithful to Mary and Christ (3328)

A year after Pope Pius IX declared the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, Bishop Thomas Connolly celebrated the first Mass in this cathedral honoring our Blessed Mother. Dec. 4 issue feature.

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Joseph Pronechen

– Joseph Pronechen

Dec. 8, 1854, was a banner day for the Church. On it, Pope Pius IX declared the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

Because of this major event for the universal Church, I couldn’t help but think that’s why Bishop Thomas Connolly, the second bishop of St. John, New Brunswick, decided to name the new cathedral he was building that very same year the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

The next year, on Christmas Day 1855, he celebrated the first Mass in this cathedral honoring our Blessed Mother as the Immaculate Conception.

On our recent visit, standing in front of the cathedral, my wife, Mary, and I could see why, back in 1871, when the offset main spire was completed and rose 230 feet...READ MORE

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Archbishop Dolan Discusses Church Teaching on the Dignity of Human Life (3654)

At the University of Notre Dame, the New York archbishop said, 'This doctrine of the dignity of the human person should be taught to our children along with the Sign of the Cross, for it is at the very essence of our Catholic faith.'

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (EWTN News/CNA)—New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan gave the inaugural lecture for Notre Dame’s Project on Human Dignity Dec. 6, citing the worth of each human life as a basic principle of Catholic faith.

“When we list Catholic doctrines, we usually mention the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Redemption, the Eucharist,” the president of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference noted. “I wonder why we never include the doctrine of the dignity of the human person?”

“It’s pivotal; it’s way up there; it’s normative,” he told listeners in the McKenna Auditorium at the Notre Dame Conference Center.

“This doctrine of the dignity of the human person should be taught to our children...READ MORE

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Can Clergy Preach Politics?, Are You Dating a Pharisee?, Jimmy Fallon on His Faith, and much more! (4401)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Are You Dating a Pharisee? Click on the link by Anthony Buono to see if you are.

How Free are Clergy to Discuss Politics from Pulpit? - Jim Graves, Our Sunday Visitor

Are You Dating a Pharisee? - Anthony Buono, 6 Stone Jars

Jimmy Fallon on His Catholicism - Angela Santana, San Antonio Catholic Beat

Five Male Celebrities I’m Boycotting & Why (In Their Own Words) - Kristen Walker, Live Action

Abortion & Euthanasia Acceptance are Historical Aberrations - Mark Pickup, Catholic Lane

Examining Hand-Holding at Mass - Anita Moore, V for Victory

Coercing Consciences - George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

Dominican Parish to Create Columbarium - Valerie Shmalz, Catholic San Francisco

A Generous King (John 1:19-28) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction


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