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Five Ways to Watch the Hobbit like a Catholic – Kevin Cotter, Focus Blog

France Re-creates the Committee on Public Safety to Combat Catholic “Extremists” by Tristyn Bloom of the First Things websiteBig Pulpit

Seattle Archdiocese Policy on Same-Sex “Marriage” – Dr. Ed Peters, In the Light of the Law

Fr. Z Opines on the Seattle Archdiocese Policy on Same-Sex "Marriage" - Fr. Z's Blog

Don’t Succumb to the Secular Tidal Wave – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Hallowed House and the Secular World – Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report

The Christian World of The Hobbit – Deborah Arca, Patheos/Take & Read

A High Altar Restored in Poland – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Three New Ways to Give at Christmas This Year - Robert Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

Video: Scientists Show Consciousness of Man in Persistent Vegetative State – Peter Baklinski, LifeSiteNews

The “Munus Regendi” of the Priest and the Vocation of the Laity – Gaurav Shroff, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Ten Best Christmas Movies – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Bishop Morlino Bans Two Dominican Sisters from Teaching, Cites New Ageism – Carl E. Olson, The CWR Blog

How Seraphim of Sarov Led Me Back to St. Therese – Jason Liske, Ascending Mt. Carmel

Catholic Professor Slams U. S. Bishops for Opposing Intrinsic Evils – Over the Rhine and Into the Tiber

What Do We Render to Caesar? – Tim Shaughnessy, Truth and Charity Forum

Intimacy vs. Friendship – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

To See Clearly Close Your Eyes – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Patheos/Standing on my Head

In Praise of Weakness – Matthew Heinrich, In and Out of the Ditch

The Emerging Hispanic Catholic Vote – George J. Marlin, The Catholic Thing

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