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SDG Reviews ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ (8228)

Harry stumbles in the home stretch.

11/18/2010 Comments (64)
Warner Bros.

THE BEGINNING OF THE END. Harry Potter's last tale begins.

– Warner Bros.

The seventh Harry Potter movie, based on the seventh and final book, is here at last, yet the saga is not over. Extending their biggest cash cow of the millennium into next year, Warner Bros. has split Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in two, with Part 2 coming next year, almost a full decade after the series started.

In principle, this would seem to mean that seventh book should get better justice than the preceding books, which had to make do with one movie apiece. It should mean fewer compromises and more story integrity, fewer gaps and more logical continuity. Since this is the beginning of the end, now would be a good time to catch up those who may have missed an installment or...READ MORE

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Archbishop Timothy Dolan Speaks (14586)

The new president of the U.S. bishops’ conference discusses the unexpected election result and the U.S. bishops’ conference’s mission.

11/16/2010 Comments (31)
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New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan addresses members of the media Nov. 16 at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall meeting in Baltimore.

– CNS photo

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was elected the new president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Tuesday, Nov. 16. The election of Archbishop Dolan broke from precedent that held that the vice president of the bishops’ conference, in this case Tucson Bishop Gerald Kicanas, would succeed the outgoing president, in this case Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, in a vote that would be more of a formality. Archbishop Dolan addressed questions from the media gathered there shortly after his election.

What would be your chief priorities as president of the conference, in the Church and society?

Candidly, I haven’t had time to think about it. Frankly, I was surprised by the election...READ MORE

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Getting to Know Archbishop Dolan and Archbishop Kurtz (8220)

Get the backstory on the new USCCB president and vice president.

11/16/2010 Comments (6)
REUTERS/Robert Sabo/Pool

Archbishop Timothy Dolan is handed the crozier during the Mass of Installation at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York April 15, 2009.

– REUTERS/Robert Sabo/Pool

New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan was elected president of the U.S. bishops’ conference at 10am this morning. The vote was 128-111 on the third ballot, a runoff in which he defeated Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., who served as USCCB vice president for the last three years.

Minutes later, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., was elected vice president of the conference on a third ballot in a runoff vote of 147 to 91 over Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver.

The Register’s archives are full of articles and interviews with Archbishop Dolan and Archbishop Kurtz. Here’s our selection to get to know the men who will lead the bishops’ conference for the next three...READ MORE

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Archbishop Dolan Elected Conference President (2043)

Our live feed of the latest from the annual meeting of the U.S. bishops' conference in Baltimore.

11/15/2010 Comment
CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York (l) and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., were voted the new president and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Nov. 16 at the their annual fall meeting in Baltimore.

– CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

Register senior writer Tim Drake is in Baltimore to cover the Fall General Assembly of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference.

Follow @timothydrake on Twitter and his Facebook page as he live-tweets the conference, which continues through Thursday, or check back here for the latest updates.

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Violent Video Games: A Court Divided (2779)

If free speech is unlimited, can the Bill of Rights become 'a suicide pact'? And where does the Church stand on violent video games?

11/15/2010 Comments (2)
REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Visitors play ''Blizzard Entertainment-Diablo'' at their exhibition stand at the Gamescom 2010 convention, Europe's largest video games trade fair, in Cologne August 19, 2010.

– REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments over whether or not to ban minors from buying or renting violent video games.

According to press reports, the reaction from the justices was mixed, with the reactions not holding to the normal dividing lines between them on most legal questions.

The case relates to a 2005 California law that outlaws selling excessively violent video games to minors. It was signed, as some ironically noted, by a former actor renowned for his violent films, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. After being struck down by lower courts the battle over the law has now reached the Supreme Court.

Questions from the bench ranged from why video games should be singled...READ MORE

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A Special Request from the Pope (5974)

A Register editorial on Pope Benedict XVI's call for a prayer vigil for all 'nascent human life.'

11/14/2010 Comments (10)
2004 CNS photo by Cathy Joyce, Catholic Herald

– 2004 CNS photo by Cathy Joyce, Catholic Herald

This editorial appears in the November 21 print edition, due to reach subscribers this week.

Advent calls to mind the centuries of expectation for the Messiah, but also focuses on the expectant Blessed Virgin Mary.

In its observance of the days leading up to Christmas, the Church implicitly recognizes that an unborn child is a human being, a person with the same dignity as anyone who has already been born. Christ once was an embryo, a fetus, an unborn child. He who died on the cross to save mankind is the same person who was conceived in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

As Christ is in our midst from the moment of the Annunciation, a woman who is pregnant for the first time is already...READ MORE

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Huckleberry Finn and Erroneous Religion (5427)

Why Huck ‘All right, then, I’ll GO to hell’ Finn would agree with Pope Benedict on one crucial point.

11/14/2010 Comment

Mark Twain

One thing every religion has to do is to form consciences. And no religion has been as good at that as Christianity, when it comes to promoting the values that underpin respect for human dignity.

One can recall the famous letter to Diognetus, written around the year 100 AD, which explained that while Christians were just like everyone else, there were big differences: “They [Christians] marry like all other men and they beget children; but they do not cast away their offspring. They have their meals in common, but not their wives.”

But one blot on this record is on ample and painful display in Mark Twain’s masterpiece, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Huck’s Hurting Conscience


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Bishop Kicanas Responds (19515)

Responding to yesterday's Register blog post, the USCCB vice-president emphatically denies receiving 'any allegation, report or concern' about future abuser Daniel McCormack.

11/12/2010 Comment
CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

In this file photo, Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., addresses the audience after receiving the Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Award from the Catholic Common Ground Initiative June 27, 2008, at The Catholic University of America in Washington.

– CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

Next Tuesday, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will elect their new president. As presiding vice president, Tucson Bishop Gerald Kicanas, is likely to be elected. In response to concerns raised by a variety of media reports, Bishop Kicanas responded to a series of email questions provided by Register senior writer Tim Drake.

The Chicago Sun-Times story, published Nov. 17, 2007 quotes you as saying the following: “It would have been grossly unfair not to have ordained him. There was a sense that his activity was part of the developmental process and that he had learned from the experience. I was more concerned about his drinking. We sent him to counseling for that. I don’t...READ MORE

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