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Canadian Defender (4493)

Saturday Book Pick: Radio talk show host Michael Coren stands up for his adopted faith.

09/24/2011 Comments (3)

Michael Coren is a Canadian author and electronic journalist who delights in rocking the cultural boat, something which is, admittedly, very easy to do in Canada, where not rocking the boat is itself a cherished value.

Perhaps only in Canada, for example, would his statement of the obvious, that AIDS in North America is a disease of male homosexuals, be cited to illustrate his provocativeness.

Equally in your face is his latest book, Why Catholics Are Right.

Without apology, without qualification — and virtually without stopping to take a breath — Coren blasts blitzkrieg-like through the long, tiresome, and, apparently, mounting list of grievances against the Church.

It is thoroughly...READ MORE

Filed under apologetics, catholic faith, crusades, holocaust, inquisition, michael coren, persecution of christians, pius xii

SDG Reviews 'Moneyball' (4003)

Brad Pitt gives a powerhouse performance in a terrific baseball movie that both fans and non-fans can enjoy.

09/23/2011 Comments (3)
Columbia Pictures

Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill star in Moneyball.

– Columbia Pictures

Moneyball is an ugly name for such an exhilarating film. Indeed, it seems a misnomer, though the filmmakers were more or less stuck with it, since Michael Lewis’ explosive 2003 book of the same name, on which the film is based, made such an impact on the baseball world that the word has passed into sports jargon.

Lewis (who also wrote The Blind Side) apparently used the word to describe how an iconoclastic approach to player statistics allowed Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane to defy the market economics that give deep-pocket teams like the Yankees and Red Sox an intractable advantage over underfunded teams like the Oakland Athletics. Wouldn’t “moneyball” be a better term for...READ MORE

Filed under aaron sorkin, brad pitt, movies, sdg reviews, sports

A Familys Strength, The Poverty Debate, Padre Pio, Mary Sees Us, Centesimus Annus, and much more! (2754)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/23/2011 Comment

Padre Pio's Response to Persecution from within the Church. Click on the link by Dianne M. Korzeniewski to learn more about this most wonderful saint.

The Family’s Not-So-Secret Strength - Carolyn Moynihan, Crisis Magazine

Refocusing the Poverty Debate - Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

The Continuity of Centesimus Annus - Richard Aleman, The Distributist Review

Padre Pio’s Response to Persecution from within the Church - Dianne M. Korzeniewski OCDS, Te Deum Laudamus!

Bishop, Priest, & Deacon. . . What do these Words Mean? - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Padre Pio on Hell - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Mary Sees Us - Catholic Spiritual Direction

Dolphin Tale’s Positive Portrayal of Homeschoolers - Peggy Bowes, Integrated Catholic Life™

A Few Topical Thoughts on Capital Punishment - DarwinCatholic, The American...READ MORE

Filed under capital punishment, catholic blogosphere, centesimus annus, family, hell, mary, padre pio, poverty, secular society, st. pio of pietrelcina

Neuroscience, Locke, Metaphysics, Dignity in Diapers, The Restoration, and much more! (1870)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/23/2011 Comment

Living Catholic in Kerala (India). Click on the link by Dr. Jeff Mirus to learn more.

Can Neuroscience Disprove Free Will? - The Deeps of Time

Locke, Metaphysics, and the Challenge of America - Greg Forster, Public Discourse

He Had a Great Career - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Dignity in Diapers - Sarah Babbs, VirtuousPla.net

The Restoration - Dr. Piers Hugill, The Distributist Review

What Being a Cradle Catholic Means To Me & What it Doesn’t Mean - Marissa K. Nichols, Theology of Laundry

Why We Build Beautiful Churches: For the Sanctifying Work of God - Greg Haas, Gulf Coast Catholic

Ten Outward Signs of a Traditionalist Catholic - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Living Catholic in Kerala (India) - Dr. Jeff Mirus, CatholicCulture.org/On the Culture


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Pope Benedict Returns to Germany (3253)

An exuberant welcome from his fellow countrymen dispels any controversy sown by the mainstream media. As usual, the Holy Father gets right down to business in his opening remarks.

09/23/2011 Comments (4)

WELCOME HOME. Pope Benedict XVI leads a Catholic Mass for 70,000 visitors at Olympiastadion on Sept. 22 in Berlin. Pope Benedict, who is German, was in Berlin for the first part of a four-day visit to Germany.

– Henning Schacht - Pool/Getty Images

BERLIN — As the papal plane touched down Sept. 22, slightly ahead of schedule on a sunny and breezy autumn morning in Berlin, the atmosphere was a palpable mix of trepidation and eager anticipation.

The Pope’s first state visit to his increasingly secular homeland, the “country of the Reformation,” drew a good deal of controversy in the months preceding it. Would this nation, which has long struggled to understand the Catholic faith, welcome him with warmth and respect?

As if to show how much the Christian faith is being sidelined by the German people, one national newspaper listed the backgrounds of the key dignitaries welcoming him to Berlin: a divorced and remarried Catholic...READ MORE

Filed under apostolic trip, faith, germany, politics, pope benedict xvi

Michigan Legislature Passes Partial-Birth Abortion Ban (2732)

Catholic Conference head: 'Their vote ... in support of justice for the unborn deserves applause.'

09/23/2011 Comment

– Wikipedia

LANSING, Mich. (EWTN News)—Paul Long, head of the Michigan Catholic Conference, is praising the Michigan Legislature for passing a bill to ban partial-birth abortion. He called the measure “the most commonsense policy a civilized society could enact.”

“There is no place in our state for those who seek to terminate the life of an unborn child partially delivered from his or her mother,” Long said on Sept. 21. “Today Michigan should stand proud in following the lead of dozens of other states and the federal government by prohibiting this most heinous and gruesome practice.”

One bill passed the Senate by a vote of 29-8, while the House passed its version by 75-33. The bills would allow...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, michigan, partial-birth abortion ban, pro-life legislation

Help the Poor and Jobless, The Kings Good Speaker, Angelic Warfare, and much more! (2486)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/22/2011 Comment

The King’s Good Speaker. Click on the link by Andrew Haines to learn more.

Hearing from a Pulpit Near You: Help the Poor & Jobless - John Norton, Our Sunday Visitor

The King’s Good Speaker - Andrew Haines, First Things/On the Square

Angelic Warfare & Muscular Catholicism - Rich Leonardi, Ten Reasons

B16 Wants a “Truly” Catholic Church, Not “More” - Jean-Marie Guénois, La Stampa

Cardinal Piacenza on Celibacy - Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

First Tonsure, Minor Orders, & Eye Infections - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Sunday Mass at Beijing’s North Church - Anthony E. Clark PhD, Ignatius Insight

The Five Faces of Christ - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

By Grace Alone: An Introduction to Catholic Theology - Brad Birzer, Catholic Vote


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Bishops Tell President Obama to Stop Anti-Defense of Marriage Act Efforts (2657)

Archbishop Dolan: 'I urge yet again that your administration end its campaign against DOMA, the institution of marriage it protects, and religious freedom.'

09/22/2011 Comments (10)

WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News)—Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference, urged President Obama and his administration to end their attack on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the religious freedom of those who support it.

Archbishop Dolan warned in his Sept. 20 letter that by continuing its current course of action, the administration would “precipitate a national conflict between church and state of enormous proportions and to the detriment of both institutions.”

In an accompanying analysis, the bishops’ conference said it is concerned that if the administration continued its fight to redefine marriage, Catholic individuals and institutions would face...READ MORE

Filed under doma, obama administration, religious freedom, traditional marriage, u.s. bishops

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