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Promise of Priesthood, Cohabitation is Concubinage, How Did Puritans Turn Into Unitarians, and more! (3212)

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06/10/2011 Comment

Shigeki Chiba is a famous Japanese filmmaker who converted to Catholicism after volunteering with Mother Teresa in Calcutta.

The Promises of the Priesthood - Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, Rhode Island Catholic

Japan: Famous Movie Director Shigeki Chiba, Mother Teresa Converted Him - C. M. Paul, UCA News

Cohabitation: Marriage Lite or the New Concubinage? - Alan F. H. Wisdom, Salvo Magazine

Bishop Finn Initiates Sweeping Changes and Reviews - Jack Smith, The Catholic Key Blog

Bishops, Is It Right To Criticize? - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

How Did the Puritans Become Unitarians? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Ten Reasons Health Care Is Next Big Catholic Identity Fight - Tom Hoopes, Catholic Vote

James Francis Edward Stuart & the Settlement Act of 1701 A.D. - Stephanie A. Mann, Supremacy and...READ MORE

Filed under act of settlement, archbishop nienstedt, bishop finn, bishop tobin, catholic identity, cohabitation, concubinage, health care, marriage, mother teresa

What Notre Dame’s Trustee Resignation Means for the University (8526)

The controversy over the prestigious school’s pro-life identity continues.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — After critics conducted a month-long campaign that raised questions about the suitability of a new member of the board of trustees of the University of Notre Dame, Roxanne Martino abruptly resigned Wednesday.

Martino is a Notre Dame alumna and successful money manager who made sizable donations to pro-abortion political-action committees.

The university posted a terse notice announcing the resignation on its website: “Roxanne Martino has resigned from the University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees, effective immediately, in the wake of reports criticizing donations she has made to organizations that characterize themselves as pro-choice.”

Martino’s resignation ended...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, barack obama, emily's list, roxanne martino, university of notre dame

Minnesota's Marriage Matters (2836)

Archbishop Nienstedt offers reasons to back amendment defining the union as between a man and a woman.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNA) — Minnesota’s proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union of a man and a woman should be passed to help children flourish and to defend God’s plan for man and woman, Archbishop John Nienstedt of Minneapolis and St. Paul says.

“The Minnesota Catholic Conference, made up of the seven Catholic bishops from the state, support this amendment not for prejudicial or political reasons, but, rather, for reasons that are theological, biological and pastoral,” Nienstedt wrote in his June 9 column for The Catholic Spirit, the archdiocesan paper.

While Minnesota law already defines marriage as a union of a man and a woman, backers of the amendment say it is...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop john nienstedt, church teaching on marriage, marriage, marriage amendment, minnesota, traditional marriage

SDG Reviews 'The Tree of Life' (7402)

Tale of grace vs. nature asks important questions.

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Is Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life a pretentious mess or a profound masterpiece?

A deeply religious meditation on grace, nature and the mystery of suffering, or a philosophically confused, contradictory muddle of themes and images?

Here is a film that not only asks, with unusual insistence, why God allows suffering, but contemplates God’s own answer to that question in the Book of Job, amplified by the sweeping vistas of the natural world available to modern science, the Hubble telescope and Hollywood special effects: God did all this; who are we to think we can judge or question him? It also asks why a stern, bullying father hurts his children. Is God like that father?

The Tree of...READ MORE

Filed under brad pitt, jessica chastain, movies, religious movies, sdg reviews, terrence malick

Human Rights in Shades of Gray (3010)

Mexican constitutional reform raises troubling issues.

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A STEP FORWARD OR BACK? Mexican President Felipe Calderon signs ‘V’ for victory during an event where state and city leaders celebrate the city's newly named Heroic City of Juarez, the country’s most violent city.

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MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Felipe Calderón has promulgated historic amendments to the Mexican Constitution, requiring the country to abide by the human-rights standards set forth in international treaties.

Although the reform, which went into effect June 3, was hailed by senators, congressmen and the president himself as an important step forward, others point to troubling ambiguities that could lend themselves to the promotion of gender ideologies and manipulation of the law.

The text of the proposed constitutional amendment, prepared by a group of academics and non-governmental organization representatives, was unanimously approved by the senate on March 8 and earned the necessary...READ MORE

Filed under alliance defense fund, human rights in mexico, president felipe calderón

Money Matters, Who's Afraid of Metaphysics, Human Nature. . . Reality or Fantasy and much more! (2347)

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06/10/2011 Comment

Money matters, but not the way you think it does.

Money Matters (But Not the Way You Think) - Dawn Carpenter, Crisis Magazine

Who’s Afraid of Metaphysics? - Matthew O’Brien and Robert C. Koons, Public Discourse

Think “Charity” & Act “Love” = Praying Without Ceasing - Frank Weathers, Why I Am Catholic

Human Nature: Reality or Fantasy? - Dennis Buonafede, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Hiding from Truth: Denying What We Can’t Not Know - Doctor Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org

Book Review: If Protestantism Is True - Brent Stubbs, The Journey: Almost Not Catholic

Playing the Bully Card II: Maslow’s Hammer - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

Experts Debate Future of World Population - Brian Fraga, Our Sunday Visitor

The Beatitudes from...READ MORE

Filed under beatitudes, human nature, if protestantism is true, metaphysics, money, news aggregation, prayer, truth, world population

Archbishop Says Church Will Uphold Common Good (1927)

Peruvian people encouraged to unite.

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LIMA, Peru (CNA/EWTN News) — Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura and Tumbes, Peru, called on the country to come together “as one nation under one flag — the red and white,” after Peru’s June 5 elections.

The archbishop urged Peruvians not to give in “to the same old sins” of deception, revenge, insults and violence.
Ollanta Humala defeated Keiko Fujimori by a small margin of 51.4% to 48.6% after a ruthless campaign characterized by physical and verbal attacks between supporters of the opposing camps.

The archbishop’s words came in a message marking the 131st anniversary of the Battle of Arica, which took place June 7, 1880, during the War of the Pacific. He urged his fellow...READ MORE

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Why Rick Santorum Is Running for President (3783)

In Q-and-A on democracy, Lincoln, politics and religion, candidate says: 'Being religious, and my being consciously Catholic, is something to be proud of.'

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WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News) — Introduced by his wife Karen and joined on stage by his seven children, former Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum officially launched his campaign for president on June 6 at a rally held at the Somerset, Pa. County Courthouse.

“I believe now that Americans now are not looking for someone they can believe in,” Santorum said referring to President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign slogan, “Change You Can Believe In.”

Instead, Santorum said, today voters are “looking for a president who believes in them.”

Santorum added: “I’m ready to lead. I’m ready to do what has to be done for the next generation, with the courage to fight for freedom, with the courage to...READ MORE

Filed under 2012 election, america, faith in the public square, politics, pro-life, religion, republican, rick santorum, traditional marriage, u.s.

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