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Ready to Go 12 Rounds With Boxer (4209)

Carly Fiorina Wants to Make Pro-Life Stance ‘Less Scary’ for Other Female Candidates

06/21/2010 Comments (2)
Reuters

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina addresses the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

– Reuters

Carly Fiorina is one of several pro-life women who have had success in politics recently. Their advances could signal significant changes in Congress this year, a development that may be welcomed by pro-lifers as the Obama administration seems to become more entrenched in a pro-abortion and pro-human embryonic stem-cell research stance. Former chairwoman and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Fiorina will take on pro-abortion Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in the November election.

Fiorina, 55, is a board member of Freedom House, a non-governmental organization that supports the expansion of freedom in the world. She holds a bachelor’s in philosophy and medieval history from Stanford University and a...READ MORE

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Dads, Be Like St. Joseph (4387)

Father’s Day Feature

06/20/2010 Comments (1)
Shutterstock

– Shutterstock

This appears in the June 20 print edition.

On Father’s Day, who better to look to for some pointers and major virtues to imitate than the model of fathers: St. Joseph? Even though Joseph came from a royal line, Joseph faced the same difficult trials we all experience. It’s his response that makes him such a great example, says Rick Sarkisian, Ph.D., author of Not Your Average Joe (LifeWork Press, 2004).

“The first lesson St. Joseph teaches us is Obedience,” notes Sarkisian. “For Joseph, absolutely nothing was more important than doing God’s will. He was constantly listening to hear God’s voice and do what God wanted him to in the way God wanted it done.”

“Obedience is such an important...READ MORE

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Inside Look at the Priesthood (2481)

Weekend Book Pick

06/19/2010 Comment

For most lay Catholics, our only knowledge of the priesthood comes from observing our parish priests, week after week, as they offer Mass, hear our confessions, and preside at the occasional family baptism, wedding or funeral. If we’re at all active in our church, we may have the opportunity to get to know our priests a little better and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the inner workings of our parishes.

But it is a rare gift to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the inner workings of the priests themselves.
A Priest’s Life: The Calling, the Cost, the Joy offers just that: a peek into the heart and soul of not just one priest, but 30, from all walks of ministerial life. Each chapter is...READ MORE

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Year of the Pro-Life Woman? (4938)

Fiorina, Angle, Others Show Early Promise in Congressional Races

06/18/2010 Comments (2)
REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO and Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, and her husband, Frank, leave a polling station in Los Altos Hills, Calif., June 8, after casting her ballot in the California primary election.

– REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

WASHINGTON — Recent Senate primary victories for pro-life GOP women may signal a sea change that could boost anti-abortion efforts on Capitol Hill and across the country.

Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett Packard CEO, now will challenge Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer for the California Senate seat. Sharron Angle, a Tea Party activist and a former home-schooling mother, will fight for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Nevada seat.

Two more pro-life women, who await gubernatorial primaries in Colorado and New Hampshire, could further expand anti-abortion ranks in the party’s top tier — a dramatic shift from a status quo that includes no pro-life women in the Senate and only 13 in the...READ MORE

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Cutting Through (5003)

British ‘Catholic Voices’ Shares Church Teaching on TV and Radio

06/18/2010 Comments (1)
REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Demonstrators call for Pope Benedict XVI to resign during a protest outside of Westminster Cathedral in London March 28. A group of Catholic laypeople have mobilized to present authentic Catholic teaching in the media as Pope Benedict is expected to visit Britain in September.

– REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

LONDON — The Church and the mass media have not had an easy relationship in recent months. But a new initiative in Britain looks to change that.

With a papal visit coming in September, and no shortage of controversial material hitting the headlines, a group of lay Catholics came up with a radical new approach. “Catholic Voices” is an independent team of young Catholics who are prepared to go on TV or radio to tackle any issue that comes along.

The general picture for the Church as Britain awaits Pope Benedict XVI’s visit is not a good one. The mass media never mentions the Pope without referring to the child-abuse crisis. The Times newspaper, among others, has called for his resignation,...READ MORE

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Woody’s Final Roundup (11563)

Movie Review: Toy Story 3 Ends the Beloved Series in Grand Style

06/17/2010 Comments (19)
Pixar

TOP TOY. The third chapter of the Toy Story series gives Woody the chance to be a true-to-self hero.

– Pixar

“Reach for the sky.”

That’s how it all began, 15 years ago: A laconic, drawling challenge from an intrepid pull-string sheriff in a tense bedroom standoff with a tuberous one-eyed desperado. There was swagger and panache in this self-assured proclamation that a new power had entered the fray, that the rules of the game had changed.

From Day One, John Lasseter and Co. reached for the sky. Their heads were in the clouds from the get-go — from the first shot, in fact. Toy Story wasn’t just the first fully computer-animated feature-length film. It was practically a manifesto: The industry was on notice.

Coming in the early days of decline of the Disney renaissance formulas, Toy Story broke...READ MORE

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'Saint Sarah' Misses the Point (33842)

Newsweek Cover Story Is a Caricature of Christianity

06/17/2010 Comments (31)
CNS photo

Republican vice-presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin holds 6-month-old son Trig onstage after her address at the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

– CNS photo

You’d think she were one of the mysteries of our faith, all the writing that has gone into trying to grapple with the political career and attraction to and hatred for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

In the case of the recent Newsweek cover portraying Palin as “Saint Sarah” — in a backhanded canonization not quite the same as the Vatican approach — the quandary isn’t all that mysterious. The Newsweek story, written by a writer who fashions herself as an expert on religion, once again has the magazine betraying an ignorant caricature of Christianity in its newsroom.

Take, for instance: “Many Christian women loathe Palin, of course, and many men love her, but a certain kind of...READ MORE

Filed under barack obama, catholic, christian, politics, u.s. politics

From Academia to the Chancery (2389)

Bishop-Elect David O’Connell Speaks of Challenges in New Role

06/16/2010 Comments (1)
2008 CNS photo/Bob Roller

Pope Benedict XVI has named Vincentian Father David M. O'Connell, outgoing president of The Catholic University of America, coadjutor bishop of Trenton, N.J. The appointment was announced in Washington June 4 by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

– 2008 CNS photo/Bob Roller

Bishop-elect David O’Connell had plans to take a sabbatical after he handed off the reins as president of Catholic University of America to his successor, John Garvey, the former dean of Boston College Law School.

But his plans changed after the Vincentian priest was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to be the coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Trenton. The current bishop there, Bishop John Smith, turns 75 — the mandatory retirement age for bishops — on June 23.

Register correspondent Carlos Briceño interviewed Bishop-elect O’Connell, 55, shortly after the announcement. 


Where were you when you heard the news, and what was your reaction?

I was driving in a car to interview [a potential...READ MORE

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