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It’s fitting that the opening and closing scenes of “Hunger Games: Mockingjay” feature miserable people being held on lockdown in a mental ward, because that’s how anyone suckered into spending $12 to $15 on a ticket to the film is going to feel the entire time. A grim, depressing and thoroughly unexciting slog through two hours of time you will never get back, the third entry in the heretofore sterling series has lost all sense of what made the prior films so exciting.

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November 21, 2014
Revisiting the Argument from Desire
By Father Robert Barron

One of the classical demonstrations of God’s existence is the so-called argument from desire. It can be stated in a very succinct manner as follows. Every innate or natural desire corresponds to some objective state of affairs that fulfills it. Now we all have an innate or natural desire for ultimate fulfillment, ultimate joy, which nothing in this world can possibly satisfy. Therefore there must exist objectively a supernatural condition that grounds perfect fulfillment and happiness,...

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November 20, 2014
Exorcism and Christ’s Victory over the Devil
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

On September 21, 2014, 1,600 people gathered outside Oklahoma’s Civic Center Music Hall to protest the satanic ritual of a Black Mass that the city officials had permitted.  Inside, forty-two people attended the blasphemy.  A few months before, a similar event was cancelled at Harvard University in response to the great outcry from believers.  Recent times have witnessed an increased fascination with the devil.

Throughout the world, the decline in faith and the rise of interest in the...

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November 20, 2014
Christ the King celebrates the ultimate security of the world
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

The solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, brings the liturgical year to a dramatic conclusion. This Solemnity is of relatively recent origin. In fact, it was not declared a feast until 1925, during the reign of Pope Pius XI.  We might wonder why a Pope would go to the trouble of instituting such a Solemnity in the twentieth century--at a time when kings and monarchies were rapidly collapsing. We could ask: Is the solemnity of Christ the King not anachronistic?

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November 19, 2014
The Q&A for All Seasons
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (Jn 67-68) This was St. Peter’s burning question and answer.  

Peter’s Q&A has to be put on the back burner, comes a response. We are immersed in ninety-nine pressing issues. We resolve one, and others appear. When an unemployed family member is looking for work, when bills are piling up, when the one and only family car needs replacing, when an older relative needs home care—these worries, and those unnamed,...

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November 18, 2014
Subjectivism opens the door to relativism
By Alice von Hildebrand

The older I get, the more dissatisfied I am with the labels that historians of philosophy paste on thinkers’ back. Granted that it greatly facilitates their work, it can, however, be very misleading: a philosopher can be called an existentialist, and be put in the same category as another “existentialist” with whom he thoroughly disagrees on all essential questions.

To illustrate my point: the great French philosopher, Gabriel Marcel, was once asked: “Are you an...

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There’s something to be said about the innate human desire to be a champion that can make a story truly compelling. It can go across any arena, whether it’s trying to be a top movie star or an Olympic wrestling champion, and this weekend two new movies illustrate that fact in vastly different ways.

“Dumb and Dumber To” is the bigger release, hitting theaters everywhere with the return of Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels to the roles of Harry and Lloyd, two outright idiots whose...

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November 13, 2014
The crisis the synod ought to have talked about
By Russell Shaw

During the 10:30 Mass in my parish a couple of Sundays ago 32 boys and girls stood in front of the altar, faced the congregation, and formally affirmed their desire to be confirmed. It was part of the preparation for administering the sacrament next spring, and for many of us in that church it was a moving moment.

But the occasion was darkened for me by something I’d read just a few days earlier. If those 32 young people conform to the national averages, fewer than half of them will...

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November 13, 2014
The key to 'good' liturgy is good pastoral ministry
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

One of the mistakes made by clergy and pastoral ministers is thinking that all the keys to “good” liturgy are to be found within the liturgy itself. We think that if we improve liturgical presiding and homilizing, upgrade the music, have better-trained liturgical ministers, the liturgy will really be effective.

As a liturgist and sacramental theologian, I would be the last person to play down the importance of good priestly leadership and homilizing, better quality music and...

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November 12, 2014
God at the Ritz: A Tribute to Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Last week, the American Catholic Church lost one of its leading priest-theologians. Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete, a physicist, friend of liberals, skeptics, and atheists, and confidant of popes, died at the age of seventy-three from complications of Parkinson’s disease.  A short, rotund man with a towering mind and a deep bass voice, he became a regular guest of Charlie Rose, CNN, and National Public Radio.  This urbane priest made the faith attractive to his audiences beguiling them...

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