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The transition from summer movie season to fall is easily the worst stretch of the year for film fans, with Hollywood using the first week of September to scrape the dregs from the bottom of its creative barrel. Families have one glimmer of hope this weekend with “Dolphin Tale 2,” the sequel to the much-loved “Dolphin Tale,” and can be assured that it’s good clean fun for anyone.

But I’m going to try and draw attention to one more underappreciated effort, “God Help the...

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September 11, 2014
A tale of two churches
By Cardinal Francis George

Once upon a time there was a church founded on God’s entering into human history in order to give humanity a path to eternal life and happiness with him. The Savior that God sent, his only-begotten Son, did not write a book but founded a community, a church, upon the witness and ministry of twelve apostles. He sent this church the gift of the Holy Spirit, the spirit of love between Father and Son, the Spirit of the truth that God had revealed about himself and humanity by breaking...

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September 11, 2014
September 11 and the battle for our hearts
By Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

“You will know them by their fruits,” Jesus told the crowd listening to him on the mountain top. This week, as we remember those who died on Sept. 11, 2001, I want to examine the fruits born from the choice in our hearts between hatred and love, so that it’s clear what is at stake.

God did not intend for death to be a part of creation, but it entered the world with the disobedience of Adam and Eve. Soon thereafter, Cain killed his brother when God chose Abel’s sacrifice over...

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September 10, 2014
Variations on the Selfie
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

The rise of a therapeutic culture in America emphasizes self-importance, self-awareness, and self-expression—Me. If you want the social media to know who you are, the Internet will do nicely. Just take a Selfie.  What does it say?  “Look, here I am!” Trivial pursuit!

The Search for Self

There is a more certain way to solidify your identity, although this less-traveled road is steep; the climb asks for self-discipline. Nothing is more exhilarating or more fulfilling than to discover...

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September 09, 2014
The lamentable decision to suspend Sheen’s cause
By Father Roger J. Landry

My social-media accounts lit up two nights ago with the shocking news that the cause for the canonization of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen — the greatest evangelist in American Catholic history, whose television and radio programs, retreats, meditations and books have had a tremendous impact on multiple generations — had been suspended.

At first, I thought it had to be a joke, perhaps a satire from the folks at Eye of the Tiber. When I read the press release from the Diocese of...

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September 08, 2014
Don Alvaro
By Russell Shaw

As Pope John Paul II was leaving Opus Dei headquarters in Rome after paying his respects at the wake of Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, someone thanked him for coming. The Pope, a future saint, replied, “Si doveva. Si doveva”—I had to.

It was common knowledge that John Paul didn’t usually take time out for events like this. So why “I had to” in the case of Bishop del Portillo, the Prelate of Opus Dei? 

Friendship was one—the two men went back a long way—but also the fact that...

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September 05, 2014
'Magic in the Moonlight' movie review
By Carl Kozlowski

Woody Allen turns 79 this year, easily putting him in an age bracket where he could have long since retired. But unlike 84-year-old Clint Eastwood, whose last several films have grown increasingly tedious and uneven, Allen has been enjoying a remarkable career renaissance for the past decade since he finally decided to leave New York City behind and expand his artistic palette to include some of the world’s most glamorous locations, including Barcelona, Paris, London and Rome.

The...

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September 04, 2014
Atrocities in the Middle East: the killing of Christians
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

The jihadists’ video of the savage beheading of American freelance journalist James Foley on Aug. 19 has lifted the heavy pall of silence surrounding the brutalities of our day. With increasing horror, there is now being brought to light the systematic elimination of Christians taking place from North Africa to Syria and Iraq. In parts of the world where Christianity predates the rise of the Muslim faith by centuries, at least one million Christians have either been killed or have...

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September 04, 2014
What does it mean to say that Jesus 'descended into hell'?
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

When the third edition of the Roman Missal was put into use in the U.S. in Advent 2011, Catholics were given the option of occasionally reciting at Mass the Apostles’ Creed instead of the more familiar Nicene Creed.
In the Apostles’ Creed, it is said of Jesus that, after his death, “he descended into hell.” Since then, I have been asked many times by worshippers what this affirmation means. Surely, Jesus cannot have literally gone down to hell, the place of the Devil and the...

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September 03, 2014
'The Giver' and the fading memory of Christianity
By Father Robert Barron

Lois Lowry’s 1993 novel The Giver has garnered a very wide audience over the past two decades, since it has become a standard text in middle schools and high schools across the English-speaking world. With the enormous success of the Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games films, Hollywood has been busy adapting books written for the young adult audience. The most recent example is the movie version of The Giver, which was produced by Jeff Bridges and which stars Bridges and Meryl...

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