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August 29, 2014
Movie Review: "The Trip to Italy"
By Carl Kozlowski

It’s easy to forget that America isn’t the only country that produces film stars, and that the people we consider our top comedic or dramatic actors might be surpassed by completely different performers in other nations. A perfect case in point is Steve Coogan, a hugely popular comic actor and writer in England who had only nibbles of cult-level success in the US until he co-wrote and starred with Judi Dench in “Philomena” last year and that film both became a hit and earned him a...

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August 28, 2014
The ongoing problem of liturgical clericalism
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

Since I am considered something of an expert on the matter, I have occasionally been asked the question: What is the fundamental problem today with the Church’s liturgy? My answer is simple: clericalism.

By clericalism I do not mean the existence of a clerical order in the Church (I am after all a cleric myself). By clericalism, I mean an “ism,” a deformation of something good and necessary – in this case, of something essential to the life of the Church: the liturgical ministry...

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August 27, 2014
Bringing Up Baby
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

With the opening of another school year, the spotlight shines on the education of America’s children and young adults.  At the same time, the nation grieves in utter shock at the murder of James Foley who worked as a photojournalist for GlobalPost.  He died for being an American and for professing Christianity.

Whether educators teach in schools overtly Catholic or in public schools, they know that children are our most valued treasures.  Or, they should know. The gifts of children...

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August 26, 2014
The Ice Bucket Challenge’s ethical surprise
By Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

From Conan O’Brien to little kids inspired to help those in need, people across the country have taken up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in the past few weeks. The campaign has achieved astronomical success, raising $53.3 million for efforts to find a cure to Lou Gehrig’s disease. In the Archdiocese of Denver, the superintendent of Catholic schools has taken the challenge and nominated several principals for it, but with one crucial difference. (See photo in the Denver Catholic...

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August 25, 2014
Why I love my invisible friend
By Father Robert Barron

One of the favorite taunts of the New Atheists is that religious people believe in an “invisible friend.” They are implying, of course, that religion is little more than a pathetic exercise in wishful thinking, a reversion to childish patterns of projection and self-protection. It is well past time, they say, for believers to grow up, leave their cherished fantasies behind, and face the real world. In offering this characterization, the New Atheists are showing themselves to be...

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August 23, 2014
'When the Game Stands Tall' review
By Carl Kozlowski

There’s something about great sports movies that inspires viewers even when they don’t care about the sport in question. Many people find boxing brutal, for instance, but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t love the original “Rocky” and its noble blue-collar underdog Rocky Balboa.

The same holds true for the new football movie “When the Game Stands Tall,” which isn’t destined for greatness but which will definitely send some heartwarming chills and perhaps a...

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August 21, 2014
The Caregiver
By Russell Shaw

The 36-Hour Day (Grand Central Life & Style) is a handbook familiar to many caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. That seemingly mysterious title is no mystery to the caregivers. They know from plenty of experience that they would need not just the regular 24 hours but a solid day and a half to touch all the bases they’re called on to touch during a typical day.

If this makes caregiving sound like difficult work, that’s because it is. Yet many...

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August 20, 2014
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci: A Man for Others, a Universal Treasure
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

As the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1984, Dr. Anthony Fauci, an immunologist, is regularly invited on television for his expert information about infectious diseases.  Among the most visible and distinguished physicians in the world, he has spent his professional life in research, care of patients, and in public health policy.

The current national anxiety regards the deadly Ebola virus. Emotions run high. Dr. Fauci has been praised for his measured, rational...

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August 18, 2014
The Korean Martyrs, the Victory of Christ
By Courtney Grogan

On Aug. 17 Pope Francis stood at an altar in front of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the palace of a dynasty that ruled over the Korean peninsula for more than 500 years and was responsible for the torture and execution of an estimated 10,000 Catholics. In the face of such persecution, a public Mass would have been unimaginable in Korea just 150 years ago.

Yet today, God’s victory was made manifest as Jesus Christ, the true king of all nations, was exalted and worshipped in His Eucharistic...

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August 15, 2014
Movie review: 'Let's Be Cops'
By Carl Kozlowski

Nearly every red-blooded American boy dreams of being a cop when he grows up. Most wind up with other careers, but the relatively few brave souls who pursue that dream are generally regarded as society’s protectors against all manner of criminal behavior.

The new movie “Let’s Be Cops” features two men who are going nowhere in their lives, but who get the chance to pretend to be cops. But with only TV-fueled fantasies and no sense of responsibility driving them, the results are...

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