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Language Politics, Collective Bargaining & Church Teaching, and the Church Should Face Up to Spousal Abandonment...

03/04/2011 Comment

Saint Leo the Great, A Doctor of the Church

Most Parents Discourage Religious Vocations, But Why? - Jennifer Fulwiler, National Catholic Register

Language Politics and Family Fun - Melinda Selmys, Sexual Authenticity

US: Collective Bargaining and Church Teaching - Rich Leonardi, Ten Reason

Shahbaz Bhatti Was a Hero of the Catholic Faith and a Martyr - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

Time for the Church to Face the Crisis of Spousal Abandonment - Hilary Towers Ph.D., Catholic News Agency

The Holy Eyes of Saint Dominic and Holy Purity for Men - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Cheerful Exorcist - Father Dwight Longenecker, InsideCatholic

Movie About Monks Massacred in Algeria Wins Best Film Award - EWTN News

What Does the...READ MORE

Filed under catholic faith, news aggregation

SDG Reviews 'The Adjustment Bureau' (8387)

Entertaining romantic thriller peeks behind cosmic curtain.

03/04/2011 Comments (23)

– Universal

Science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick’s later work was marked by Gnostic tendencies, and The Adjustment Bureau, loosely inspired by Dick’s 1954 short story “The Adjustment Team” could easily have been another Gnostic-colored Hollywood parable akin to The Matrix and The Truman Show. In these movies, the hero slowly awakens to the realization that the known world is a facade engineered by a malevolent false creator, and ultimately throws off his shackles, rebelling against the false authority and achieving freedom from the constraints of this world.

Instead, writer-director George Nolfi, a philosophy major who studied at Princeton and Oxford, uses Dick’s fantasy conceit of a team of...READ MORE

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New Missal is like Buried Treasure, Fathoming the Mercy of God, and Pink Smoke Over the Vatican...

03/04/2011 Comment

New Missal Translation Will Be Like Rediscovering Buried Treasure

New Missal Translation Will Be Like Rediscovering Buried Treasure - Bishop Peter Elliott, The Record (Australia)

BYU is a Model of Principle - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

Fathoming the Mercy of God - Doctor Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/In Depth Analysis

Bad Mass = Weak Faith - Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service

...Father John Zuhlsdorf comments here...

Here Comes Ash Wednesday. There Goes Your Media? - Steven D. Greydanus, CatholicExchange

Nun Run Anyone? - Joseph Pronechen, National Catholic Register

England: The Convocation of 1559 A.D. - Stephanie A. Mann, Supremacy and Survival

“Pink Smoke Over the Vatican” - California Catholic Daily

US: “The Boys of Jay Street”: Saint James...READ MORE

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St. Mary Magdalene Relic Comes to California (3554)

'Apostle of the Apostles' brings the faithful to prayer.

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CNS photo/Jose Luis Aguirre, Catholic Voice

Joyce Gould prays in front of the relic of St. Mary Magdalene Feb. 15 that visited Holy Rosary Church in Antioch, Calif. Seventh-graders from the parish school attended the service.

– CNS photo/Jose Luis Aguirre, Catholic Voice

ANTIOCH, Calif. (CNS) — “You’re in the presence of a saint,” Tim Hooke told his students who were seated quietly in the sanctuary at Most Holy Rosary Church as they waited their turn to take a close look at a relic of St. Mary Magdalene.

“And not just a saint,” he added, “but a friend of Jesus.”

The Holy Rosary seventh-graders then rose from their seats and filed toward the altar of the Antioch church to pick up a prayer card and, one by one, pause before the relic, a portion of St. Mary Magdalene’s tibia (shinbone).

It was Mary Magdalene who announced to the apostles that Jesus had risen from the dead.

Hooke, in his 13th year of teaching at the school from which he graduated, knew...READ MORE

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The Liturgy's Effect on the Same-Sex "Marriage" Debate and is it OK to be a Good Person and Not attend Mass...

03/03/2011 Comment

The Liturgy's Effect on the Same-Sex "Marriage" Debate

Liturgy’s Effect on Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Debate - Louie Verrecchio, Catholic News Agency

...Father Zuhlsdorf comments here...

Being Good or Going to Mass? - Father Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Don’t Rub Off Your Ashes, Urges Bishop - Anna Arco, Catholic Herald

Shahbaz Bhatti:  Martyr For the Faith - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Moral Threats Of College Life: What are We Doing To Protect Our Young? - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

If You’re Married and You’re on Facebook, Read This - Patrick Madrid

Oh my Gosh I Am Hardly Sorry for Having Upended Thee - Matthew Archbold, National Catholic Register

The Effectiveness of Natural Family Planning,...READ MORE

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Baby Claire Celebrates Her First Birthday (3906)

'You see the fingerprints of God all over that little girl.'

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Courtesy of the Stout family

– Courtesy of the Stout family

There aren’t many winners who hit the jackpot in Vegas. But last February, baby Claire beat the highest of odds stacked against her. This Feb. 24, she smiled and laughed all the way through her first birthday.

Her mother, Jamie Stout, couldn’t be happier. Neither could her big sister Vanessa nor her grandparents Jim and Cindy Stout, not to mention Pam Caylor and Marina Cortopassi of First Choice Pregnancy Services in Las Vegas.

“It’s amazing she’s having her birthday,” says an elated Caylor, the executive director of First Choice. “This could have had such a different meaning.”

Indeed. Finding herself in a desperate situation, Stout had started the first step of a three-day late-term...READ MORE

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Is Facebook evil, of Abortion and Fallen Soldiers, and Medjugorje unmasked...

03/03/2011 Comment

Is Facebook Evil?

Does a Fallen Soldier Deserve More Respect than an Abortionist? - Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

Medjugorje, Reality-Tele-Visions & the Cruel Absence of Pastoral Care - Louis Bélanger, Medjupedia

Is Facebook Evil? - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Is the Cuomo-Communion Case about Conduct, Law, or Lawyers? - Doctor Ed Peters, In the Light of the Law

Another Dissident “Faithful” Catholic Attacks the Church - Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Up from Literalism - John Zmirak, InsideCatholic

Catholic Pakistani Minister Killed for Protecting Christians - Anto Akarra, The Daily Register

Maryland: Birthplace of Tolerance for Catholics, a New Intolerance is Preached - Thomas...READ MORE

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Catholic Pakistani Minister Killed for Protecting Christians (3673)

Shahbaz Bhatti’s assassination evokes widespread condemnation.

03/02/2011 Comments (1)
CNS photo/Faisal Mahmood, Reuters

GUNNED DOWN. Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic and Pakistan's minorities minister, shows a cross that was burned during an attack on a church in central Punjab province during a news conference in Islamabad in 2005. Bhatti, who had called for changes in the country's controversial blasphemy law, was shot when gunmen opened fire on his vehicle in Islamabad March 2. He later died from massive gunshot wounds at a local hospital.

– CNS photo/Faisal Mahmood, Reuters

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Christians, government officials and secular groups have condemned the brutal assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, the young Catholic minister in charge of minority affairs in Pakistan’s federal cabinet.

Bhatti, 42, was shot by unidentified gunmen who pumped bullets into his car from automatic weapons as he was being driven from his residence to his office in Islamabad this morning.

Bhatti, bleeding profusely, was rushed to a nearby hospital by his driver in the same car. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

He had been facing public death threats from Muslim fundamentalists in recent weeks.

“Bhatti’s assassination underlines the issue of protection of religious...READ MORE

Filed under blasphemy law, islam, pakistan, persecution of christians, shahbaz bhatti

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