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FBI Investigates Shooting at Family Research Council Headquarters (2365)

The suspect has been charged with assault with intent to kill as well as federal firearms charges following Aug. 15 shooting of security guard.

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– FRC Facebook

A man suspected of shooting a security guard at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C., had his first court appearance Aug.16.

Tony Perkins, president of the pro-faith and family organization, said that authorities “are investigating this incident.”

The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Floyd Lee Corkins II of Herndon, Va., has been charged with assault with intent to kill as well as federal firearms charges.

Corkins allegedly entered the lobby of the Family Research Council’s headquarters, which is located in the Chinatown area of Washington, shortly before 11am on Aug. 15.

According to an FBI affidavit, the suspect made a statement to the effect of “I...READ MORE

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Evangelical Convert Renee Lin, Brief Catechesis on Mental Illness and Violence, and Much More! (2062)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/16/2012 Comment

Evangelical Convert: Renée Lin. Click on the link provided by the Why I’m Catholic blog.

Evangelical Convert: Renée Lin – Why I’m Catholic

A Brief Catechesis on Mental Illness and Violence – Jeff McLeod, Catholic Lane

The Church Should Make Life Harder for Catholics – Fr. Z’s Blog

Reporter Loses Job after Facebook Rant about Chick-fil-A by Mollie Ziegler of Get Religion blog – Big ulpit

Virgil and St. Benedict – Sancrucensis, Sancrucensis

Brazilian Women’s Volleyball Team Celebrates Gold with Prayer – CNA/EWTN News

Defending Marriage – Emily, Catholic Sistas

Sacred Images – Denis McNamara, Creative Minority Report

The Five Joys of Being Catholic – James Mathis, Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Holiness

Doubting Thomas (Jefferson) and the Founders’ Great...READ MORE

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Thousands Die Prematurely on U.K. 'Death Pathway' (4738)

Allegations of 'backdoor euthanasia' taint British public-health system.

08/16/2012 Comments (12)
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– Lisa S./Shutterstock.com

Thousands of elderly and ill patients are being drugged and dehydrated to death in the United Kingdom, dying prematurely on a public health-care “pathway” supposed to alleviate end-of-life suffering, British doctors have alleged.

Dr. Patrick Pullicino, a senior neurologist at East Kent Hospitals told the Register that the Liverpool Care Pathway, a program “developed to provide a comfortable death to those in their last hours and days is a pathway that hastens death.” And it is being used on some who are not in danger of imminent death.

The Liverpool Care Pathway was introduced in a Marie Curie hospice for the dying in Liverpool to lessen the “overmedicalization” of dying patients,...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'ParaNorman' (7141)

From the creators of Coraline comes another macabre stop-motion animated film — a morally problematic tale of ghosts, zombies and witches that isn’t without appeal, but definitely isn’t for the whole family.

08/16/2012 Comments (20)

Why does stop-motion animation work so well as a medium for the macabre, from The Nightmare Before Christmas to Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride to Coraline?

I think it’s partly because stop-motion trades on the creepiness potential of dolls. Dolls don’t have to be creepy, but they plunge us into the precritical world of childhood, reaching past the defenses of adult rationality, which opens the door to creepiness like nothing else.

There’s something dreamlike about dolls moving by themselves, a technique that evokes the earliest days of cinema; it seems to belong to another world, much like silent film. That’s why the Vatican film list honoree Nosferatu — a silent-era vampire movie with some...READ MORE

Filed under animation, family films, horror, movies, sdg reviews, zombies

Modest Wedding Dresses, Family Spiritual Growth, Can a Theologian Get Into Heaven?, and Much More! (3700)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/16/2012 Comment

Modest Wedding Dresses. Click on the link provided by St. Etheldreda’s Place blog

Modest Wedding Dresses – Etheldreda’s Place

Spiritual Growth Within a Catholic Family – Pat Gohn, Catholic Lane

Easier for Camel to Pass through Eye of Needle, than for a Theologian – Sancrucensis, Sancrucensis

Raising the Stakes: Why Bishops Don’t Proclaim The Truth by Anthony Esolen of Crisis Magazine – Big ulpit

Things Parents Should Strike From Their Vocabulary – Katrina Fernandez, Patheos/The Crescat

Balanced Parenting: Eyes on Heaven – Erin Franco, Truth & Charity

What Is the Best Way to Help the Poor? – Jimmy Akin, JimmyAkin.com

Catholic Relief Services or Abortion Relief Services? Will the Bishops Act? – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

The Birth of a Person – Elizabeth...READ MORE

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Paul Ryan’s Bishop Defends Him Amid Attacks on His Application of Church Teaching (29101)

Madison, Wis., Bishop Robert Morlino says he’s not endorsing Ryan, but upholds the candidate’s reputation as a serious Catholic committed to applying Church social doctrine.

08/15/2012 Comments (126)

Bishop Robert Morlino

– Diocese of Madison, Wis.

MADISON, Wis. — Earlier this year, when Georgetown University announced that Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the chairman of the House Budget Committee, would defend his budget in a public address, almost 90 faculty members at the Jesuit institution publicly denounced his interpretation of Church doctrine.

While the media generally presented the harsh judgment as a sign that Ryan’s budget proposals violated core beliefs of his Church, most news stories failed to examine why the subsequent appearance of Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, at a Georgetown graduation event did not provoke a comparable furor. Sebelius is widely viewed as the...READ MORE

Filed under catholic faith, catholic politicians, catholic social teaching, hhs mandate, paul ryan, president barack obama, presidential election 2012, religious freedom, solidarity, subsidiarity

Modern Films and the Enamel of Our Souls, Are Lives and Acts of Unbelievers Sinful?, and Much More! (1862)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/15/2012 Comment

Modern Films & the Enamel of Our Souls. Click on the link by William Doino Jr. to read more.

Modern Films & the Enamel of Our Souls – William Doino Jr., First Things/On the Square

Are Lives & Acts of Unbelievers Entirely Sinful? – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Jail a New Church-State Option for Bishops? – Terry Mattingly, On Religion

Stripping Catholic Colleges of their Catholic Identity: Is It Right – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Politician-Saint, St. Stephen of Hungary – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Be the Bride - Amanda Mortus, Ignitum Today

Books on Europe & the Church, from a Catholic Perspective – Robert Asch, StAR/Ink Desk

Nancy Pelosi’s “Friends” In Very Low Places? by the Restore-DC-Catholicism blog – Big ulpit

On the Need...READ MORE

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Pope: Mary's Assumption Reflects Her Son's Glory and Christian Hope (2359)

The Holy Father celebrates the Aug. 15 solemnity, a holy day of obligation.

08/15/2012 Comments (23)
Wikipedia

– Wikipedia

Having been taken into heaven both spiritually and bodily, the Virgin Mary helps believers to grow in “Christian hope” during their earthly lives, Pope Benedict XVI taught on Assumption Day.

The Pope celebrated Mass at Castel Gandolfo’s parish church of St. Thomas of Villanova on the Aug. 15 solemnity. During his homily, he said Mary's intercession with God can “help us to live well and with hope the time that God gives to us” on earth.

In remarks reported by Vatican Radio, he noted that the virtue of Christian hope “is not just nostalgia for heaven,” but a “living and active desire for God here in the world.” That desire “makes us indefatigable pilgrims,” providing “the courage and...READ MORE

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