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Humility on the Hill (3530)

Washington responded to the outcome of the midterm elections with a sense of purpose rather than celebration.

11/05/2010 Comments (3)
REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

ON A MISSION. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., remarks on sweeping gains in mid-term elections at the Heritage Foundation in Washington Nov. 4.

– REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

“We are humbled.”

So Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced in a morning-after press conference on Capitol Hill, talking about the midterm election results, in the most appropriate way.

His statement pretty well covered the election. For Democrats, who lost their majority in the House of Representatives, as well as at least six seats in the Senate, but also for Republicans, who didn’t win them all and couldn’t help but remember their majority after the Republican Revolution of 1994, the first Republican majority in the House since 1952. They were voted out of the majority in the House in November 2006.

McConnell had his own reasons to be humbled. The Republican...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Megamind’ (4718)

It’s villains to the rescue again in DreamWorks Animations’ latest successful spoof.

11/05/2010 Comments (12)
DreamWorks

Megamind (Will Ferrell) and Tina Fey’s spunky gal reporter named Roxanne Ritchi.

– DreamWorks

Megamind is a satiric take on the Superman mythos, seen through the eyes of a supervillain who’s part Lex Luthor, part Brainiac. Instead of a rocket ship bearing an infant survivor from a doomed planet to Earth, there are two ships from two planets. Fate deals the infant survivors very different hands: One is a superpowered golden boy who grows up privileged and smugly superior; the other grows up on the fringes of society, an outcast with one asset: his superbrain. It seems the two are destined to battle each other forever, or are they?

The Superman mythos is dominated by the initials L.L. (Lex Luthor, Lois Lane, Lana Lang, Lightning Lad, etc.). Megamind turns to the next letter in the...READ MORE

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A New Seminary in Cuba (3492)

President Raul Castro showed up at momentous opening ceremonies.

11/04/2010 Comments (4)
CNS photo/Desmond Boylan, Reuters

A statue of Christ is seen outside the new national Catholic seminary on the outskirts of Havana Nov. 3. Cuban President Raul Castro joined Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami and other Catholic leaders to open the seminary, the first Catholic construction on the island in more than a half century.

– CNS photo/Desmond Boylan, Reuters

HAVANA — What better sign of a dynamic Church than the need for a new seminary? 

This week in Cuba, the San Carlos and San Ambrosio National Seminary opened about 30 miles outside Havana. It’s the first new religious construction in Cuba in more than 50 years — since Fidel Castro seized power in 1959. It replaces an 18th-century edifice, which will be converted into a Catholic cultural center.

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami, leading a delegation from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to the opening ceremonies Nov. 3-6, called it “a very significant event.” President Raul Castro attended a civic ceremony Nov. 3 inaugurating the seminary. There was also a blessing of the chapel...READ MORE

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ACLU Tries to Force Abortions on Catholic Hospitals (7823)

HHS is considering its request. But can it hold up in court?

11/03/2010 Comments (21)
2007 CNS photo/Don Blake, The Dialog

Franciscan Sister Camillus McGoldrick talks to a patient in the emergency room at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, Del., in this file photo.

– 2007 CNS photo/Don Blake, The Dialog

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services is considering a request from the American Civil Liberties Union that it compel Catholic hospitals to provide emergency abortions.

But the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has vowed not only to provide free legal defense for any hospital the HHS takes action against, but to sue the feds to stop them.

“We have acknowledged receipt of letters from the ACLU and an organization holding the opposite view, but have taken no other action,” said Ellen Griffith, spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “All we can say is that the matter is before us for consideration.”

But Becket Fund director of litigation Eric...READ MORE

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How to Pray for the Holy Souls (6330)

Susan Tassone speaks about the best ways to help the souls in purgatory.

11/02/2010 Comments (64)
OSV

– OSV

Every Nov. 2, the Church remembers the faithful departed in a special way on All Souls’ Day and dedicates the whole month to the holy souls in purgatory. After that, we sometimes forget that the Church urges us to pray for them all year.

Susan Tassone’s one-woman mission and ministry is to help everyone know the whys and the how-tos of helping those in purgatory. Little wonder she’s affectionately called the “purgatory lady.”

That nickname came during her appearances on EWTN’s “The Abundant Life” with co-hosts Johnnette Benkovic and Holy Cross Father Edmund Sylvia.

“Nobody has done more than Susan has over the years,” says Father Sylvia, citing interviews with her going back to the earliest of...READ MORE

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Generation Y: The Pro-Life Generation (8220)

Pro-life is becoming mainstream. Are we at a tipping point?

11/02/2010 Comments (10)
CNS photo/Peter Lockley

YOUNG PEOPLE FOR LIFE. March for Life participants make their way up Constitution Avenue to the Supreme Court building in Washington Jan. 22.

– CNS photo/Peter Lockley

America’s pro-life future is looking brighter thanks to Generation Y, the Millennials, those 60 million people born between the late ’70s and the late ’90s.

“Our generation is the pro-life generation,” said Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students for Life of America (SFLA) in Arlington, Va., adding that she hopes that her generation is the one that will overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that struck down anti-abortion state laws in the United States.

Opinion polls show a shift in the views of this generation from earlier generations, as well as that our country has become more pro-life than “pro-choice.”

Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus,...READ MORE

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The 'Glue That Holds America Together': Religion (3496)

A fascinating look into the complex future of religion in America.

11/01/2010 Comments (1)
Simon and Schuster

– Simon and Schuster

The United States stands out among Western nations for its high level of religiosity and also for the great variety of churches and faiths. Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell examine the state of religion in the U.S. in their recently published book American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us (Simon and Schuster).

Looking over the recent past, the authors identify three major shifts in religious practice. The first was the cultural and sexual revolution of the ‘60s that saw a notable drop in church attendance. This was followed by a reaction by religion, especially among the evangelical churches. Finally, a growing number of young people are renouncing any religion at all in the...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, american grace, bible, catholic, catholic church, david campbell, education, homosexuality, italy, marriage

Get Out the Vote (2363)

National pro-life leader stresses importance of Election Day.

10/30/2010 Comments (3)
2008 CNS photo/Jim Westa

– 2008 CNS photo/Jim Westa

In just a few days, the pro-life people of our country will have their first concrete opportunity to begin to take back the ground lost in the 2008 election.

Consider the setbacks to life that have taken place since President Obama moved into the Oval Office. The Mexico City Policy was reversed, again allowing for U.S. financing of international programs that fund abortion; the Food and Drug Administration, over the strenuous objection of many in the medical field, approved Ella, an emergency contraceptive that Catholic bishops and others recognize as an abortifacient; federal funding has been restored to embryonic stem-cell research, which kills human life; a health-care law was passed...READ MORE

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