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Why ‘Star Trek’ — and Mr. Spock — Matters (5139)

Following the death of Leonard Nimoy, the Register’s film critic reflects on the significance of the franchise — and one of its defining characters.

03/02/2015 Comments (24)

I think my earliest memory of Star Trek is of an episode I watched at my grandparents’ house, a rerun of “Arena” — the original series episode pitting William Shatner’s Capt. James T. Kirk against a hissing, reptilian alien captain of a race called the Gorn.

To a young kid in the 1970s, the Gorn was terrifying in the way that the Sleestak on Land of the Lost were terrifying, slow and inhuman and incalculable behind a rigid, inexpressive mask. (A few years ago, I showed “Arena” to my kids, and there was much hooting and merriment at the first appearance of the Gorn, who looks much cheesier on our widescreen TV than I remember him on my grandparents’ console television. “Taste my foam rubber...READ MORE

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The Pope Who Became a Pilgrim: Benedict’s Resignation Remembered (1006)

Two years after stepping down, the pope emeritus’ presence remains tangible through his quiet and prayerful service to the Church.

03/02/2015 Comments (7)

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his final papal benediction at Castel Gandolfo on Feb. 28, 2013.

– ctv.va

VATICAN CITY — Two years after his historic resignation from the papacy, Benedict XVI’s presence continues to be felt by those around him as he keeps his promise to remain in quiet and prayerful service to the Church and the world.

“We always know that Pope Emeritus Benedict is present in the Vatican, with his prayers,” said Father Scott Borgman, English-language official for the Pontifical Academy for Life. This presence, he told CNA in a Feb. 10 email interview, “is a very reassuring affection, which we experience often.”

At 8pm on Feb. 28, 2013, Benedict XVI stepped down from the papal throne, less than three weeks after announcing his resignation to the world. 

Earlier that evening,...READ MORE

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PR Power Play: Bay Area Bigwig Sets His Sights on Archbishop Cordileone (3495)

Sam Singer, described as ‘one of the most powerful people in the San Francisco Bay Area,’ has been hired by ‘concerned parents’ who object to the archbishop’s efforts to strengthen the Catholic identity in archdiocesan schools.

03/02/2015 Comments (32)


SANFRANCISCO — Sam Singer’s public-relations firm spun a Chevron oil-refinery disaster in California and fought back a legal ruling in Ecuador that could have awarded billions of dollars to indigenous people for the company’s alleged pollution damage to the Amazon.

Now, he has been hired to attack San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. He even wants Pope Francis to do his work.

“Everyone is praying that the Pope will remove the San Francisco archbishop and these priests,” Singer said in a Google+ post on Feb. 18, Ash Wednesday.

“A revolution is brewing in S.F. Catholic Church against Archbishop Cordileone morality clauses,” he said in a Feb. 13 tweet referring to the controversy...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop salvatore cordileone, catholic faith, catholic faith in the united states, catholic identity, kevin jones, sam singer, san francisco

Let Us Be Transfigured by Following Christ, Pope Francis Says (1124)

In his March 1 Angelus address, the Holy Father said Christ’s glory is revealed because his ‘full adherence to the will of the Father makes his humanity transparent to the glory of God, who is Love.’

03/02/2015 Comments (1)


VATICAN CITY — The Transfiguration reveals the glory of Christ and demands a response of listening to and following Jesus, Pope Francis said in his Sunday Angelus address on March 1.

In the readings from the First Week of Lent, the faithful were shown Christ victorious in the desert, after enduring temptation from the devil, a reminder of the victory over sin offered to everyone through Christ. On the Second Sunday of Lent, Jesus revealed the destination of the journey of conversion, which is “participation in the glory of Christ.”

The Transfiguration takes place as Christ is on his way to Jerusalem to fulfill the prophecies through his death on the cross. Jesus takes Peter, James and...READ MORE

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Obama Administration Ties Funding for Care of Child Migrants to Abortion Services (5380)

Catholic leaders have joined with a coalition of faith-based agencies in objecting to a new HHS rule mandating provision of such services.

03/02/2015 Comments (26)

Artwork drawn by a child in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Unaccompanied Alien Children's program.

– acf.hhs.gov

WASHINGTON — Faith-based agencies that receive federal funds to assist unaccompanied minors from other countries may soon be required to provide access to abortion-inducing “morning-after” pills and abortions for minors who may be pregnant due to sexual abuse.

Joined by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), a coalition of faith-based agencies have warned that an interim final rule published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement “falls short” of having adequate protections for organizations with moral objections to provide “all lawful pregnancy-related medical services,” which would include so-called emergency contraception and...READ MORE

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10 Things Every Catholic Should Know About Sola Scriptura, Which Religious Figure are You and More! (2683)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/02/2015 Comment

Click on 10 Things Every Catholic Should Know About Sola Scriptura by Father Dwight Longenecker of Standing on my Head via Patheos link to read more.

10 Things Every Catholic Should Know About Sola Scriptura by Father Dwight Longenecker of Standing on my Head via Patheos - BigPulpit.com

Cardinal Nichols ‘Hopes the Anglican Ordinariate Will Flourish' - Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald Magazine

Love Calls Us to Empathy – Megan Twomey, Ignitum Today

750th Anniversary of Dante; Cardinal Burke to Join Pilgrimage – John Burger, Aleteia∝

Quiz: Which Male Religious Founder Are You? via Epic Pew - BigPulpit.com

Why Natural Family Planning Is More Awesome Than You Think – Matthew Sewell, Mountain Catholic

In Search of Catholic Leaders – Father C. John McCloskey, The Catholic Thing

The Church Flowed from the Second Vatican Council? – Frank...READ MORE

Filed under altar boy, anglican ordinariate, bible, canada, cardinal burke, cardinal nichols, catholic, conversion, dante, empathy

The Catholic Gentleman: Last Rites, Pope Francis's Upcoming Encyclical, Oscar Romero and More! (1546)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/01/2015 Comment

Click on The Catholic Gentleman: Last Rites via Whiskey Catholic link to read more.

The Catholic Gentleman: Last Rites via Whiskey Catholic - BigPulpit.com

What Might Pope Francis’s Upcoming Encyclical Look Like? - William M. Briggs

Fear of the Lord Part 2: Love and Fear – J. C., Ignitum Today

The Story of Our Lady of Lourdes and France's Apparitions - Penny Silver, Aleteia∝

Saint Bernadette Teaches Us How to Embrace Suffering - Mary O’Regan, Catholic Herald Magazine

The Enduring Importance of Saints’ Days – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald Magazine

Oscar Romero and Hatred of the Faith – Sister Anne Flanagan, Pursued by Truth

Five New Ideas On How To Select Bishops – Sandro Magister, Chiesa via La Repubblica

More Controversy Over the New York City Saint Patrick's...READ MORE

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‘Baby Box’ Shows God’s Love (3108)

The Drop Box is a documentary offering a profound testament to the dignity of every human life

02/28/2015 Comments (3)

SAVING LIVES. Pastor Lee Jong-rak rescues many abandoned babies.

– TheDropBoxMovie.com

The Drop Box (TheDropBoxFilm.com, released March 3-5) is a documentary offering a profound testament to the dignity of every human life — even those lives society deems expendable. This well-made film shows sadness, deep love and profound joy. I have a feeling it will inspire more than one person and change more than a few hearts.

The story centers on Protestant pastor Lee Jong-rak, who, in 2009, built a baby “drop off” box because hundreds of babies every year where being abandoned on the streets of Seoul, South Korea. 

Before the box, some of those abandoned babies were left in front of Pastor Lee’s home, which also serves as his church, called Jusarang (“God’s Love”) Community. Lee and...READ MORE

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