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Academy Crowns 'The King's Speech' (4918)

Morally uplifting drama tops 2011 Academy Awards.

02/28/2011 Comments (5)
Weinstein Co.

– Weinstein Co.

The royal historical drama The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth as England’s Prince Albert, later King George VI, was the biggest winner at the 83rd Academy Awards, winning four of its 12 nominations in an evening with few surprises and a poorly staged ceremony whose primary virtue was its comparative shortness.

Although one of the co-hosts made an early joke about 2010 being “a great year for lesbians” — primarily a reference to the same-sex “marriage” comedy-drama The Kids Are All Right — the Academy voters made it a great evening for marriage, honoring a popular film that, on the one hand, emphasizes the scandal caused by Albert’s egocentric brother Edward’s insistence on marrying...READ MORE

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Benedict, Basil for Modern Times (2902)

Saturday Book Pick: Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis

02/26/2011 Comments (4)


Working for Reform and Renewal

By Gregory Erlandson and Matthew Bunson

Our Sunday Visitor, 2010

208 pages, $12.95

To order: osv.com

(800) 348-2440

In Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis, Gregory Erlandson, publisher of Our Sunday Visitor, and Matthew Bunson, editor of The Catholic Almanac, examine this grievous old sin that has lacerated the Catholic Church and has been the subject of much media attention in America and Europe.

As the authors remind us, St. Basil of Caesarea (d. 379) spoke out on this issue, in terms as harsh as any modern critic.

“He wrote that any priest or monk found guilty of sexually molesting young boys should not...READ MORE

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Unions and the Church (9364)

What’s changing in the way the Church deals with organized labor?

02/25/2011 Comments (106)
CNS photo/Darren Hauck, Reuters

Protesters crowd the state Capitol building in Madison, Wis., Feb. 18 as members of the state government discuss a bill proposed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker that would restrict union rights of public employees. Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki issued a statement Feb. 16 that came down squarely in favor of workers' rights, saying hard times do not justify the governor's proposal.

– CNS photo/Darren Hauck, Reuters

MADISON, Wis. — Union protests in the Midwest have prompted a muted response from local Catholic bishops, signaling that the once close bonds of Church and labor leaders have loosened in recent decades. But it also indicates that a new generation of bishops approach hot-button economic issues in a more nuanced way.

Last week, as throngs of public employees converged on the Madison statehouse to protest legislative efforts to curb their right to collective bargaining and cut benefits in Wisconsin, Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee issued a carefully worded statement that acknowledged the rights of workers, but included a pointed caveat: “It does not follow from this that every claim...READ MORE

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Leading People to the Light (8708)

Sharon Lee Giganti got wrapped up in the New Age movement. Seeing the damage she did led her back to the Catholic faith of her childhood.

02/24/2011 Comments (22)
Courtesy of Sharon Lee Giganti

– Courtesy of Sharon Lee Giganti

SAN DIEGO — A decade ago, Sharon Lee Giganti was “on the fence” between her New Age beliefs and Christianity. She had not only been a New Age follower, but a teacher and counselor, so her roots in New Age were deep.

Then she received the horrifying news that her 31-year-old brother had murdered his 4-month-old son. According to the prosecutors, who would later secure a conviction and life sentence for her brother, he had suffocated the child to get back at his teenage girlfriend for rejecting his marriage proposal. According to Giganti, he had long been an abuser of drugs and alcohol and murdered the child in a “deluded” state.

The event devastated the family and was especially painful to...READ MORE

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Obama Rescinds Bush-Era Conscience Regs (5540)

The new set of rules raises fears that doctors and pharmacists will face more pressure to violate their principles.

02/23/2011 Comments (4)
CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters

Last Friday, the Obama administration dismantled key provisions of a Bush-era rule providing conscience protections for health-care professionals. He is shown speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington Feb. 3.

– CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last Friday, the Obama administration dismantled key provisions of a Bush-era rule providing conscience protections for health-care professionals, raising fears that pro-life physicians and pharmacists will face increasing pressure to violate their moral principles.

The long-awaited retreat from the fortified conscience protections introduced in the final days of the Bush administration was characterized in most media reports as striking a balance between the conscience rights of health-care professionals and the evolving needs of patients. A Department of Health and Human Services statement confirmed that “health-care providers cannot be compelled to perform or assist...READ MORE

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Conscience Tug-of-War in Washington (5875)

State Pharmacy Board: ‘The original ruling stands.’

02/22/2011 Comments (3)
2009 REUTERS photo/Lucas Jackson

ENDANGERED? A pharmacist looks through shelving to fill a prescription while working at a pharmacy in New York. The Washington State Pharmacy Board is requiring all pharmacists to fill all legal prescriptions, including Plan B, the so-called emergency contraceptive that is also an abortifacient.

– 2009 REUTERS photo/Lucas Jackson

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Pharmacy Board has decided not to amend a controversial ruling on pharmacists’ ability to refuse to fill prescriptions.

The board, which reports directly to Gov. Christine Gregoire, had issued a regulation requiring all pharmacists to fill all legal prescriptions, including Plan B, the so-called emergency contraceptive that is also an abortifacient. On July 7, 2010, the board suggested it might consider allowing pharmacists to refer patients to nearby pharmacies rather than fill objectionable prescriptions.

The board’s reconsideration was prompted by the possibility of an expensive three-year legal battle over the issue of conscience rights,...READ MORE

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Solutions for Strengthening Marriage in America (4144)

Aquinas College and Ruth Institute plan conference, featuring Janet Smith, Jennifer Roback Morse and Bradford Wilcox, to strengthen marriage in a hostile world.

02/21/2011 Comments (4)

NASHVILLE — Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., and the Ruth Institute, a San Marcos, Calif.-based institute promoting marriage, have teamed up to host a conference to answer the challenges marriage faces today.

Called “Love and Life in the Divine Plan and in Real Life,” the two-day conference Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26, takes its inspiration from the U.S. Bishops’ 2009 pastoral letter Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.

In order to prepare and equip people to defend the truth about marriage, the conference will focus on the four threats to marriage identified in the bishops’ pastoral letter: contraception, divorce, cohabitation and same-sex unions. The conference will also...READ MORE

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Bernard Nathanson Dead at 84 (41432)

‘I am one of those who helped usher in this barbaric age.’ After putting thousands of unborn children to death, he became one of the great leaders of the pro-life movement.

02/21/2011 Comments (126)

REPENTED. Dr. Bernard Nathanson in an undated photo.

– Wikipedia

NEW YORK — Dr. Bernard N. Nathanson, an obstetrician who oversaw the performance of about 75,000 abortions before becoming a leading pro-life advocate and a convert to the Catholic faith, died at his home in New York Feb. 21 after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 84.

After performing his last abortion in 1979 and declaring himself to be pro-life, Nathanson produced the 1985 film The Silent Scream, which shows sonogram images of a child in the womb shrinking from an abortionist’s instruments, and the documentary film Eclipse of Reason, which displays and explains various abortion procedures in graphic detail. Both films had a significant impact on the abortion debate, solidified his...READ MORE

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