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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.

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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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June 26, 2014
Iraq: Where to go from here
By Russell Shaw

Starting in 2003, the United States has made two fundamental mistakes in Iraq, both with strong moral implications. At the risk of oversimplification, they can be summed up like this: the first mistake was going into Iraq, the second was getting out.

The first of these blunders was George Bush’s in launching an unjust and unnecessary war. The second was Barack Obama’s in pulling out before authentic stability had been restored in a country the U.S. had done so much to destabilize....

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June 26, 2014
What is True and Holy Love?
By Michele Fleming

Dear Michele,

My understanding about genuine loving relationships is that they are from the spirit of God, which is charity. I believe that the greatest obstacle for people in living out loving relationships is our human tendency to pursue the traces of original sin present in the human heart. In this way, I can easily see why people who are not Christian or Catholic pursue different forms of selfish love since they have not received the gifts of the Holy Spirit. But when I think about...

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June 25, 2014
Sacred Ground
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States is found throughout Upstate New York and northward to the St. Lawrence Seaway into Canada.  Two pilgrimage shrines are located in this region.

The bucolic hamlets of Auriesville, New York and Midland, Ontario celebrate the lives of the North American Martyrs, six French Jesuit priests and two assistants or donnés. There they ministered to the Iroquois confederacy of five nation-tribes. With the growing number of Indian converts,...

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