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July 14, 2014
Are Pope Francis’ achievements substantial or mere symbolism?
By Msgr. M. Francis Mannion

More than one commentator has suggested recently that Pope Francis is all symbolism and little substance. I disagree. (For one thing, I think symbolism is  substance.)

Here are six areas in which Pope Francis has made real differences which are unlikely to be overturned by a future Pope.

1. The end of the imperial papacy. “Conservative” theologians never tire of saying that the Church is not a democracy. That’s true. But neither is it a monarchy, not mind an empire. It is, as...

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July 11, 2014
Movie review: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'
By Carl Kozlowski

One of my earliest and most iconic memories from a movie is the ending of the original “Planet of the Apes,” when Charlton Heston discovered the head of the Statue of Liberty lying on a beach and suddenly realized that he was in fact on Earth and humanity had been destroyed and taken over by mutant apes. Watching it on TV at age eight, it shocked me to the core and has remained one of my all-time favorite movies.

There were four film sequels and a TV series after that in the 1970s...

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July 10, 2014
Secularist reactions to Hobby Lobby
By Russell Shaw

Considered either as an ideology or as a program of action, secularism is deeply coercive. Reactions to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate make that abundantly clear.

Secularists typically think of themselves as champions of liberation, empowerment, and freedom of choice. Take care, though: disagree on religious grounds with something these people espouse, and they’ll be after you with fire and sword, seeking to make you fall in line. So...

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July 09, 2014
The First Amendment and Religious Freedom
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has long championed universal access to health care.  Nonetheless, it continues to voice moral concerns about the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act because it forces opponents of abortion-related services to pay for them. The mandate, advertised as ‘preventative health’ for women is a misnomer. A few years ago, President Obama assured Cardinal Dolan that religious concerns would be protected in the crafting of the ACA.

According to...

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The civil war in Spain, 1936-9, confronted the Catholic world with a dilemma. To support Franco, pro-Catholic and anti-Communist, was, in alliance with Hitler and Mussolini, to support fascism and oppose the democratic rule of law. To support the elected government of the constitutional Republic was, in alliance with Stalin, to support Communism and the persecution of Catholicism. Under the circumstances, those who opposed the killing of priests and nuns could not fight side by side...

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July 02, 2014
Movie reviews: 'Earth To Echo' and 'Tammy'
By Carl Kozlowski

There are two major movies coming out this weekend in theatres, and both are surprises for unusual reasons. One, “Earth to Echo,” features a cast of literal unknowns and appears to be a knock-off of “E.T.”  and “The Goonies,” with a bit of “Super 8” thrown in at the climax.

The other one, “Tammy,” is the latest comedy from female force-of-nature Melissa McCarthy, and features her as a fat small-town loser who hits the road with her grandmother (played by Susan...

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July 02, 2014
'The House I Live In'
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

On this Friday and the extended weekend, Americans will proudly display the American flag outside homes and buildings to celebrate America’s independence.  We celebrate the wisdom of our Founding Fathers to establish a “house” that we would live in, one based entirely on a common idea of rights—of life, liberty, and the pursuit of freedom.  It was self-evident to them as it must be for us on this our nation’s birthday—our 238th.

Our Founding Fathers secured American...

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July 01, 2014
'The Fault in Our Stars' and the Sacred Heart of Jesus
By Father Robert Barron

John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars has proven to be wildly popular among young adults in the English speaking world, and the recently released film adaptation of the book has garnered both impressive reviews and a massive audience. A one-time divinity school student and Christian minister, Green is not reluctant to explore the “big” questions, though he doesn’t claim to provide anything like definitive answers. In this, he both reflects and helps to shape the inchoate,...

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June 27, 2014
Movie review: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'
By Carl Kozlowski

I’ll give credit to the “Transformers” movie series for one thing: never has a series of films been so stupid yet attempted to have such pretentious subtitles: “Revenge of the Fallen” was the first sequel, followed by “Dark of the Moon.”  In “Moon,” a battle royale between the good Autobots and humans united against the evil Decepticon Transformers pretty much obliterated Chicago and seemed to bring a conclusion to the series.

Sadly, that assumption was wrong, and now we...

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June 26, 2014
Megiddo: A New Archaeological Find and True Christian Identity
By Bishop Arthur Serratelli

One of the ancient world’s most important cities was Megiddo, dating from at least the 5th century B.C. Its location on a hill overlooking the Valley of Jezreel in modern day Israel gave it strategic importance in history. In former days, it controlled the passage between two military and trade routes. One connected Egypt to the lands of modern day Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria. The other connected Jerusalem to modern day Lebanon that opened the way by sea, in ancient times, to Italy...

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