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The Search for a Moral Consensus (2881)

Is Carl Anderson's proposal to transcend partisanship feasible and reasonable?

11/22/2010 Comments (5)
Image Books

– Image Books

Discussions of politics and morality often focus on divisions and conflicts more than what there is in common. This is a mistake, according to Carl Anderson, head of the Catholic fraternal organization Knights of Columbus.

In his recently published book, “Beyond A House Divided: The Moral Consensus Ignored By Washington, Wall Street and the Media,” Anderson doubts the usefulness of an analysis of America based on categories of right versus left, or red states versus blue states.

Over the last couple of years the Knights of Columbus have examined the opinions and values of the population through a series of polls. Topics covered included marriage and divorce, abortion, euthanasia, same-sex...READ MORE

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Marriage and the Law (3467)

In effort to protect marriage, Ave Maria Law teams up with Maggie Gallagher.

11/22/2010 Comments (4)

Maggie Gallagher is a veteran of the culture wars that have turned backers of marriage and family into frontline troops for Christian civilization.

In addition to writing such best-selling books as The Case for Marriage: Why Married People are Happier, Healthier, and Better-Off Financially, the scholar and syndicated columnist is chairman of the board of the National Organization for Marriage. She now also directs the Center for Research on Marriage, Religion and Public Policy, which opened in October at Ave Maria School of Law.

Gallagher spoke with Register correspondent Matthew Rarey.

How did the Center for Research on Marriage, Religion and Public Policy originate?

The center...READ MORE

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‘The Big Apple Abortion Conspiracy?’ (5496)

This proposed New York City law could be a model for national legislation. But will NARAL get its way?

11/19/2010 Comments (15)
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Is New York City trying to silence the cause for unborn life?

– REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Along with several others, I testified the other day at a hearing of the New York City Council in consideration of a bill that would regulate crisis-pregnancy centers.

Such centers, staffed by volunteers and people of good will, try to give women options other than abortion when facing unexpected pregnancies.

In a political payback of grand proportions and under the usual guise of care for women, the council is seeking to pass legislation based on a report done by NARAL Pro-Choice New York titled “The Lies, Manipulations, and Privacy Violations of Crisis Pregnancy Centers in New York City.” Key to the report is the claim that CPCs pose as medical facilities and mislead pregnant women...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ (8526)

Harry stumbles in the home stretch.

11/18/2010 Comments (64)
Warner Bros.

THE BEGINNING OF THE END. Harry Potter's last tale begins.

– Warner Bros.

The seventh Harry Potter movie, based on the seventh and final book, is here at last, yet the saga is not over. Extending their biggest cash cow of the millennium into next year, Warner Bros. has split Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in two, with Part 2 coming next year, almost a full decade after the series started.

In principle, this would seem to mean that seventh book should get better justice than the preceding books, which had to make do with one movie apiece. It should mean fewer compromises and more story integrity, fewer gaps and more logical continuity. Since this is the beginning of the end, now would be a good time to catch up those who may have missed an installment or...READ MORE

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Archbishop Timothy Dolan Speaks (14870)

The new president of the U.S. bishops’ conference discusses the unexpected election result and the U.S. bishops’ conference’s mission.

11/16/2010 Comments (31)
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New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan addresses members of the media Nov. 16 at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' annual fall meeting in Baltimore.

– CNS photo

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan was elected the new president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Tuesday, Nov. 16. The election of Archbishop Dolan broke from precedent that held that the vice president of the bishops’ conference, in this case Tucson Bishop Gerald Kicanas, would succeed the outgoing president, in this case Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, in a vote that would be more of a formality. Archbishop Dolan addressed questions from the media gathered there shortly after his election.

What would be your chief priorities as president of the conference, in the Church and society?

Candidly, I haven’t had time to think about it. Frankly, I was surprised by the election...READ MORE

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Getting to Know Archbishop Dolan and Archbishop Kurtz (8415)

Get the backstory on the new USCCB president and vice president.

11/16/2010 Comments (6)
REUTERS/Robert Sabo/Pool

Archbishop Timothy Dolan is handed the crozier during the Mass of Installation at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York April 15, 2009.

– REUTERS/Robert Sabo/Pool

New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan was elected president of the U.S. bishops’ conference at 10am this morning. The vote was 128-111 on the third ballot, a runoff in which he defeated Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., who served as USCCB vice president for the last three years.

Minutes later, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., was elected vice president of the conference on a third ballot in a runoff vote of 147 to 91 over Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver.

The Register’s archives are full of articles and interviews with Archbishop Dolan and Archbishop Kurtz. Here’s our selection to get to know the men who will lead the bishops’ conference for the next three...READ MORE

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Archbishop Dolan Elected Conference President (2146)

Our live feed of the latest from the annual meeting of the U.S. bishops' conference in Baltimore.

11/15/2010 Comment
CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York (l) and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., were voted the new president and vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Nov. 16 at the their annual fall meeting in Baltimore.

– CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

Register senior writer Tim Drake is in Baltimore to cover the Fall General Assembly of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference.

Follow @timothydrake on Twitter and his Facebook page as he live-tweets the conference, which continues through Thursday, or check back here for the latest updates.

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Violent Video Games: A Court Divided (2890)

If free speech is unlimited, can the Bill of Rights become 'a suicide pact'? And where does the Church stand on violent video games?

11/15/2010 Comments (2)
REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Visitors play ''Blizzard Entertainment-Diablo'' at their exhibition stand at the Gamescom 2010 convention, Europe's largest video games trade fair, in Cologne August 19, 2010.

– REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments over whether or not to ban minors from buying or renting violent video games.

According to press reports, the reaction from the justices was mixed, with the reactions not holding to the normal dividing lines between them on most legal questions.

The case relates to a 2005 California law that outlaws selling excessively violent video games to minors. It was signed, as some ironically noted, by a former actor renowned for his violent films, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. After being struck down by lower courts the battle over the law has now reached the Supreme Court.

Questions from the bench ranged from why video games should be singled...READ MORE

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