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Californians Already Fighting Back (4114)

Activists Mobilizing; Prop. 8 Ruling Appealed

08/05/2010 Comments (21)

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SAN FRANCISCO— With a stroke of his pen, a federal judge has overturned 7 million California votes that upheld marriage as being between one man and one woman. 

The exclusion of homosexuals from marriage “exists as an artifact of a time when the genders were seen as having distinct roles in society and in marriage,” wrote Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker. “That time has passed.” 

With that judgment, he single-handedly overturned Proposition 8, an amendment to the state Constitution approved in 2008 by 52% of the state’s voters.

Walker held that Prop. 8 violated same-sex couples’ right to equal protection under the U.S. Constitution. Further, he ruled that Prop. 8 “fails to...READ MORE

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An American Martyr for Kenya (4466)

Father John Kaiser's Witness for Human Rights and an African Constitutional Vote

08/05/2010 Comments (4)
CNS photo/Thomas Mukoya, Reuters

WHAT KIND OF FUTURE? Students wait for food at the Stara School and rescue center in Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, last August.

– CNS photo/Thomas Mukoya, Reuters

I write this column with mixed emotions. With the vote yesterday on a new constitution that would decriminalize child-killing and enshrine bigotry, the beautiful and faith-filled people of Kenya face yet another deadly blow from their government and ours. My first emotion is one of dread.

My cousin, Father John Kaiser, was assassinated by the Kenyan government in 2000 for supporting the rights of Kenya’s marginalized poor. He loved the Kenyan people and was martyred while trying to protect them and advocate on their behalf in the face of a violent, corrupt and greedy government. This impending pro-abortion constitution would have grieved him greatly.

Until now, Kenya’s laws, despite the...READ MORE

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The Strange Inner World of Anne Rice (17931)

Vampire Novelist Leaves the Church

08/04/2010 Comments (45)
2005 CNS photo by Sue Tebbe

Author Anne Rice.

– 2005 CNS photo by Sue Tebbe

Last week, Anne Rice, the author of the bestselling “Vampire Chronicles” series, and — of more relevance to believing Christians — two novels about the early years of Jesus Christ, announced she had “quit being a Christian.”

Most of Rice’s longtime fans, drawn to vampire tales that explored gender-bending romantic relationships and the immortal creatures’ existential woes, mostly expressed a sense of relief.

But newcomers to the Rice oeuvre, moved by Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt and Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana may well be mystified by her seemingly abrupt change of heart. How can an author offer an inspiring fictional rendering of the Incarnation, only to shrug it off and go on...READ MORE

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An Avalanche of Cuba Headlines … and a Slow Fuse at Home (2525)

Part 3 of 3

08/04/2010 Comments (1)
CNS photo/Enrique De La Osa, Reuters

A woman buys food at a market in Havana, Cuba, Aug. 3.

– CNS photo/Enrique De La Osa, Reuters

HAVANA — This summer, it seems like every few days there’s a Cuba-related headline in the news.

Revolutionary leader and longtime president Fidel Castro is releasing a book about his youth.

His brother, President Raul Castro, is releasing political prisoners to Spain, an agreement brokered by Havana Cardinal Jaime Ortega.

He’s also cutting down the size of government, laying off up to a million workers and encouraging them to go into business for themselves.

Raul is also scrapping subsidized food programs, canceling free worker cafeterias and letting barbers and beauticians take over their own shops. All these moves limit the total control exerted by the regime over the dysfunctional...READ MORE

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A Grace Before Dying (4824)

Review: Redemptive Themes in Offbeat, Well-Acted Get Low

08/03/2010 Comments (7)
Sony Pictures

CHARACTER STUDY. Robert Duvall and Bill Murray star in Get Low.

– Sony Pictures

Funerals are not for the dead, but for the living. The idea that this or that arrangement is what the deceased “would have wanted” may be consoling, but the consolation is ours, not theirs. Even if we console ourselves in view of our own eventual death by preplanning our funeral down to the last detail, the whole business of working out and documenting our wishes and preferences remains our endeavor just so long as we remain among the living. Once the funeral is actually upon us, it no longer belongs to us, but to our survivors. They may or may not follow our wishes, but whether they do or don’t, they do it for themselves, not us.

Get Low is about a man who aims to see his funeral plans...READ MORE

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Theology (of the Body) 101 (22304)

National Congress Focuses on Pope John Paul II’s Teaching

08/03/2010 Comments (50)

– http://tobcongress.com/

Editor’s note: This story has been updated.

PHILADELPHIA — Nearly 30 years after Pope John Paul II began explaining his theology of the body during a series of 129 papal audiences, his teaching continues to inspire passionate feelings, and even divisions, within the Church. 

Evidence of this passion could be found at the first National Theology of the Body Congress the last week of July; 450 priests, religious, theologians, catechists and laypeople flocked to the small town of Blue Bell, Pa., to discuss and debate every aspect of John Paul’s teachings on human sexuality and the sacramental nature of the human body.

The conference was organized by the Theology of the Body Institute, a...READ MORE

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Cuba: The Castros’ Ambiguous Relationship With the Catholic Church (5727)

Part 2 of 3

08/03/2010 Comments (9)
Victor Gaetan

Signs of the revolution, including this image of Che Guevara, still dominate in Cuba, a place where faithful Catholics have held on for the past 50 years.

– Victor Gaetan

HAVANA — For a brutal revolutionary who has had no problem ordering executions on a whim, Fidel Castro seems to have a soft spot in his heart for that “opiate of the masses,” organized religion, especially Catholicism.

Undoubtedly, his willingness — even occasional eagerness — to fraternize with priests on the political left and his pious attitude while in the presence of Pope John Paul II can be traced to his childhood and youth: Castro’s mother was a Rosary-reciting, prayerful Catholic, and he attended Catholic primary school and high schools, including the prestigious Jesuit preparatory school Belen College in Havana.

Never mind that he closed these schools when he took power; Fidel...READ MORE

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The Bob Sheppard I Knew (3129)

‘Voice of the Yankees’ Was Also a Voice for God

08/02/2010 Comment
CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic

Bob Sheppard, announcer for the New York Yankees from 1951-2007, died July 11 at age 99 at his home in Baldwin, N.Y. Referred to as the 'voice of God' for his distinct style, Sheppard, a Catholic, served as a lector at St. Christopher Church in Baldwin and taught speech at his alma mater, St. John's University. He is seen delivering a speech in 2005.

– CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic

The recent death of Bob Sheppard at 99, longtime public address announcer for the New York Yankees and the New York Giants, caught the attention of everyone I know in the New York area and even many people who live far from Yankee Stadium. Despite the subsequent death of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and later former Yankees manager Ralph Houk, the loss of Bob Sheppard was keenly felt. Even friends of mine in other cities who don’t follow baseball took note of the passing of the “Voice of Yankee Stadium.” A friend of mine didn’t know the name at first, but when I told him, he replied: “If you played a tape of his voice, I’d have known it was the announcer at Yankee Stadium.”


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