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A First for Ireland (1731)

Catholic men’s conference comes at a time when the Emerald Isle struggles over revelations of sex-abuse cover-up and an ongoing financial crisis.

12/14/2010 Comments (1)

REVIVAL. Many people in Ireland, including the organizers of the first Catholic men's conference there, refuse to believe that the Church is in ruins and has no future.

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DUBLIN — A turnout of 250 or so men of all ages was considered a good start for Ireland’s first Catholic men’s conference, held Nov. 21 in Dublin.

There is a common popular misconception here that prayer is only for women and that attendance patterns at many churches prove it. This conference has turned that idea on its head.

“In the midst of all the situations that have taken place in the past two years in Ireland, one of the key elements in the heart of the Church has been How do we reach men?” Tim Nicholls, one of the organizers, said. “At the moment, men are bleeding out of the Church. So, we’re making a small start to begin to turn the tide.”

Ireland recently saw the faith of many...READ MORE

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Treading the ‘Dawn’: Bringing Book to Film (6007)

Movie’s filmmaker, C.S. Lewis’ stepson and a Narnia scholar discuss the new theater release and classic tale.

12/13/2010 Comments (17)

A few weeks ago, I reviewed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 from the perspective of someone who hadn’t read the book and found the film confusing. A few days ago I reviewed The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader as a lover of the book who not only grew up with it but has read it aloud countless times to my children.

Despite my very different experiences of these two films and my very different relationships with their source material, my guiding principle in both cases is the same:

The filmmakers’ job is to make a good film that can be judged on its own. The book may be a useful point of comparison, but is not the standard by which the film is judged....READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ (10308)

The Narnia saga sails on.

12/10/2010 Comments (21)

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Is it possible that the makers of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader have made the best film in the series to date while charting a course even further from the book? I think it is. Perhaps it’s even because the film diverges from the book to the extent that it does that I’m able to regard the film more for what it is than for what it isn’t.

Not that incoming director Michael Apted (replacing Andrew Adamson) and his screenwriters have jettisoned the book. There is still a magical painting that transports Edmund, Lucy and their record stinker cousin, Eustace Clarence Scrubb, into the Narnian world. There is still a ship called the Dawn Treader commanded by their friend King Caspian of Narnia,...READ MORE

Filed under family films, movies, narnia, sdg reviews, walden media

Vatican, PLO Talks Resume (2206)

Parties discuss Holy See's peaceful presence in the Palestinians' territories.

12/09/2010 Comments (1)
CNS photo/Debbie Hill

Christian leaders pray in front of the Israeli separation wall near Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem, West Bank.

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The Vatican and the Palestine Liberation Organization have resumed diplomatic talks and agreed to establish a working group dedicated to drafting a comprehensive agreement between the two parties.

The talks are aimed at establishing “a comprehensive international agreement regulating and promoting the presence and activities of the Catholic Church in the Palestinian territories, so strengthening the special relations between the Holy See and the PLO,” said a joint statement released by the Vatican Dec. 9.

The statement was issued at the end of initial talks, which were held Dec. 7 “in a cordial atmosphere” at the headquarters of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank town of...READ MORE

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‘Good Day in Court’ (3257)

Prop. 8 has been reargued in San Francisco. Is it on its way to becoming the Roe v. Wade of marriage?

12/09/2010 Comment
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Two judges of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco listen to oral arguments during a hearing on California's Proposition 8 Dec. 6. Proposition 8, which defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman, was approved by California voters in 2008 but this August was ruled unconstitutional by a lower court.

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SAN FRANCISCO — A case that could become the Roe v. Wade of marriage marched steadily along its course this week toward the U.S. Supreme Court.

In Monday’s televised proceedings before the U.S. 9th District Court of Appeals in San Francisco, marriage defense lawyers fought valiantly in their attempt to save the 2008 ballot-box initiative that defined marriage in California as the union between one man and one woman.

Challenged in court by two same-sex couples, the initiative known as Prop. 8 was struck down in August by Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker. 

Walker held that the time when “the genders” were seen as having distinct roles in marriage “has passed.”

Theodore Olson and...READ MORE

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Bishop Ricken: Why I Approved the Apparition (16097)

The bishop of Green Bay talks to the Register about today’s historic approval of the authenticity of the 1859 apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Adele Brise.

12/08/2010 Comments (123)
Courtesy of the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help

Bishop David Ricken speaks today at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help during Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

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The Catholic Church in the United States has extra reason to celebrate on this particular December 8 feast of the Immaculate Conception.

After a special morning Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at Champion, Wis., Bishop David Ricken concluded two years of investigation by officially approving the authenticity of the Marian apparitions that took place on this site in 1859.

As Bishop of Green Bay, his official decree and proclamation makes Our Lady of Good Help the very first and the only site in the United States of an approved apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Citing in his decree the continuous streams of faithful who have come to the shrine for over 150 years to pray...READ MORE

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Late-Term Abortion Chess Match (3401)

Chased out of Nebraska, abortionist LeRoy Carhart wants to open up shop elsewhere. But pro-life organizations are watching closely and hope to block his next move.

12/08/2010 Comments (1)

File photo shows Dr. Leroy Carhart departing the Supreme Court in Washington, June 28, 2000, after the court struck down a law making it a crime to perform partial-birth abortions. Carhart, who was victorious in that case, now wants to open abortion businesses around the country.

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OMAHA, Neb. — Late-term abortionist Dr. LeRoy Carhart has been forced by Nebraska’s tough new anti-fetal pain law to expand his practice to three less restrictive states.

But in a kind of reverse-domino effect, pro-life activists in Indiana and Iowa are already working with supportive legislators to enact l¬aws as tough as Nebraska’s Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Both state and national pro-abortion groups remain tight-lipped on the expansion. Six such groups contacted repeatedly over several days would not comment on Carhart’s announced move.

Iowa Right to Life’s executive director, Jennifer Bowen, thinks the pro-abortion groups do not see Carhart as their best advocate in...READ MORE

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Meet the Catholics in Congress (23055)

Here’s our snapshot of the spectrum of pro-life votes and views of Catholics on Capitol Hill, newly updated for the 112th Congress.

12/07/2010 Comments (52)
CNS photo/Larry Downing, Reuters

FRESHMAN FACES. New House of Representatives members of the 112th Congress pose on the House steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — Catholics make up about 28% of the members of Congress, compared to 30% when the 111th Congress began. But both figures are higher than the percentage of Catholics in the U.S. population, 24%.

Following is a list of the members of the 112th Congress who refer to themselves as Catholics.

The percentage next to them is their pro-life rating since 1997, as compiled by National Right to Life. Information prior to 1997 was unavailable at press time. They are listed from the highest pro-life rating to the lowest.

*Denotes incoming congressman

**Denotes that they previously served, left Congress for a time, and won election and will be part of the 112th Congress that convenes in...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, abstinence education, adoption, adult stem-cell research, bioethics, catholic, catholic faith, catholic politicians, embryonic stem-cell research, euthanasia

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