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Roland Joffé Talks About 'There Be Dragons,' Opus Dei and St. Josemaria Escrivá (12675)

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Roland Joffé, director of The Mission and There Be Dragons, calls himself an agnostic, but he seems to be a remarkably God-haunted one.

At a recent press event in Spain, the British writer-director reflected on what drew him to There Be Dragons — a film set during the Spanish Civil War that has predictably elicited media controversy for its positive treatment of St. Josemaria Escrivá, played by Charlie Cox, and Opus Dei, the personal prelature he founded. There Be Dragons recently opened in Spain; the film comes to the United States in May.

“I have no idea whether there’s a God or not, and it seemed to be a fascinating thing to think about,” Joffé explained to a roomful of sometimes...READ MORE

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Lenten Movie, the Soccer Saint, Bishop Aquila, Contemplation, Bishop Fulton Sheen, and much more… (3465)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Bishop Tobin on Decline of Catholicism, Archbishop Wenski, National Atheist Day, and much more… (3240)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Rhode Island.

The Sky is Falling! Really? - Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, Rhode Island Catholic/Without a Doubt

A Thorp in Wenski’s Side: Defending the Archbishop of Miami - Eric Giunta, RenewAmerica

National Atheist Day - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Gender Silliness and the Intersexed - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

Varia: Coon’s Sanctions, Ferraro’s Funeral, and Father Corapi’s Case - Doctor Ed Peters, In the Light of the Law

Fake Julia? Social & Cultural Traditionalism and Not-Quite-Boomer Generation - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

Faculty Profile: David Hughes - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

The Future of (Catholic) Law Schools & Catholic Legal Theory - Father Robert...READ MORE

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City Where Arabs Predominate Limits Christian Preaching (7969)

A high-profile clash between the city of Dearborn, Mich., and an evangelical group with outreach to Muslims is raising questions about the propriety of proselytism and whether American towns are accepting sharia law.

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2009 CNS photo/Daniel Sone

MESSENGER. Evangelist Lazaro Lopez shouts to Muslims to accept Jesus Christ as their lord and savior as they wait for their buses to arrive in Washington Sept. 25, 2009. Nearly 3,000 Muslims from around the United States gathered outside the U.S. Capitol for "jummah," a congregational prayer held on Fridays. A similar encounter in Michigan has led to a lawsuit against the city of Dearborn for its restrictions against an evangelical group.

– 2009 CNS photo/Daniel Sone

DEARBORN, Mich. — First, the Catholic-run Thomas More Law Center won acquittals for four evangelical Protestant missionaries jailed for disturbing the peace at an Arab festival in Dearborn, Mich., last year.

Now, the center has sued the city of Dearborn, its mayor, chief of police and 17 police officers, along with the American Arab Chamber of Commerce on the missionaries’ behalf.

“We’re all Catholics at the center,” said Thomas More’s chief trial counsel, Robert Muise. “But most of our clients are Protestants, because they tend to be more aggressive in asserting their First Amendment rights.”

That’s for sure. At times, as many as 40 evangelical missionaries have descended on Dearborn,...READ MORE

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Natural Law in the American Tradition, Church Autonomy and Criminal Law, and much more… (2906)

The Best of Catholic Blogging

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His Eminence Angelo Cardinal Scola, Patriarch of Venice.

Psalm Six Part Four: The Ointment of Tears - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

For Your Lenten Friday Night at The Movies III - Frank Weathers, Why I Am Catholic

Faculty Profile: Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

The Natural Law in the American Tradition - Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, Fordham Law Review

Children Shielded from Fairy Tales, But Exposed to Debauching Sex Education? - Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Is It Ever Justifiable to Lie? - Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture/On the News

Church Autonomy and Criminal Law - Marc DeGirolami, Mirror of Justice

The Patriarch of Venice is in the Running for the Diocese of Milan - Tancred, The Eponymous Flower


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SOLT and Father John Corapi (58157)

Superior offers a look into the society's relationship with the charismatic priest.

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Father John Corapi, SOLT

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The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity is in the spotlight, following the allegations of misconduct against one of its members, Father John Corapi. The Register spoke with Father Gerard Sheehan, regional priest servant, based in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas, to learn more about the charism of the order and its rules for members.

What are the distinctive elements of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Blessed Trinity?

The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Holy Trinity (SOLT) is a society of apostolic life. We were founded in 1958, and now have 160 priests working in 20 countries. We are a society of apostolic life of diocesan right. [A society of “diocesan right”...READ MORE

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Assessing the Father Corapi Case (80113)

What is known, and what isn’t.

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Father John Corapi, SOLT

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Father John Corapi of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), among the nation’s most popular Catholic evangelists, was placed on “administrative leave” following allegations of misconduct leveled against him by a former employee.

Announced on the priest’s personal website, the news shocked Catholics who have been inspired by his robust articulation of Church teaching, and his powerful personal conversion story.

He stated, “On Ash Wednesday I learned that a former employee sent a three-page letter to several bishops accusing me of everything from drug addiction to multiple sexual exploits with her and several other adult women.” 

As Internet pundits reacted to the...READ MORE

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Marian Messenger (19629)

A scary encounter with the New Age and an unknown Marian apparition led apologist to use his talents for the Church

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GARDEN GROVE, Calif. — Four hundred years ago, in 1611, the Bishop of Quito, Ecuador, approved an apparition of the Blessed Mother in his diocese known as “Our Lady of Good Success.” The visionary was Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres, who saw Mary at her Conceptionist Royal Convent in Quito in 1594. The Blessed Mother made prophecies about events that would happen in the Church in both Quito and worldwide, many of which are understood to have already come true. She predicted great upheaval in the Church that would occur in the late 19th and 20th centuries, but assured Mother Mariana that, in the end, there would be a restoration (hence the title “good success” or buen suceso, best understood...READ MORE

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