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May 28, 2014
Reflections on Catholic education
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

In the 1986 film, “Hannah’s Sisters,” Woody Allen, its producer and director, also plays the role of Mickey who bemoans his fragmented life.  He has had his fill of breakdown. Negation, no more! Thinking that the Catholic Church will bring meaning to his life, Mickey visits a priest who asks “Why do you want to become a Catholic?”  “It’s such a beautiful religion, it’s such a strong religion, and it’s so well structured,” replies Mickey in his Brooklyn twang....

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May 23, 2014
'Blended' movie review
By Carl Kozlowski

Over the past few decades, it has become an unfortunate reality that divorce rates have risen to new heights in the US, with one of the results being families that are forced to live together when the parents decide to remarry. While this doesn’t meet approval from the Catholic Church and many other denominations, people do deal with these situations, and the new movie “Blended” offers both laughs and some touching moments as it shows what can go wrong on the way to finally...

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Mark Ciardi is no stranger to challenges, having worked his way up to the major leagues, albeit for a brief stint back in 1987. This past weekend, he faced another one in a completely different career field when the movie he produced, “Million Dollar Arm,” had to open against the biggest monster movie of summer, “Godzilla.”

The movie opened decently with $10.5 million, but received an A in audience surveys, which should help it stick around a while on word of mouth. As noted in...

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May 21, 2014
One day, two celebrations
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

Next Monday, Americans celebrate Memorial Day, and the Church celebrates the feast of St. Philip Neri.   One event is secular, the other Catholic.  A word about each.

On Memorial Day, a civil holiday with no link to any religious sect or viewpoint, we Americans pause to remember our war heroes.  The day is marked by secular and patriotic rituals—displaying the America flag, and waving it, playing taps, gun salutes, parades, singing patriotic songs, and encomia offered by civil...

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May 20, 2014
The danger of soft atheism
By Father Robert Barron

A very instructive exchange between Gary Gutting, a philosophy professor at Notre Dame, and Philip Kitcher, a philosophy professor at Columbia, just appeared in the pages of The New York Times.  Kitcher describes himself as a proponent of “soft atheism,” which is to say an atheism distinct from the polemical variety espoused by Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens.  Unlike his harsher colleagues, Kitcher is willing to admit that religion can play an ethically useful role in a...

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May 19, 2014
Faith: key to mystery
By Alice von Hildebrand

Dedicated to Ed and Alice Ann Grayson

When aged eleven, I read Pascal’s Pensees for the first time, I was particularly struck by one sentence – among many others – in which this noble thinker declares man to be the most wonderful object in nature. God’s creation is indeed incredibly rich and mysterious, but why should Pascal claim that man is the most amazing of them all?  Life has taught me how right he was.

I shall make a modest effort to shed some light on this claim.
Genesis...

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May 16, 2014
Movie review: 'Million Dollar Arm'
By Carl Kozlowski

One thing is for certain when it comes to Hollywood’s movie releases most weekends: there’s usually a pretty clear contrast between the new movies. That’s certainly the case this weekend, with the competing debuts of the umpteenth version of a “Godzilla” monster movie, and the inspirational Disney-made sports film “Million Dollar Arm.”

You could watch the giant radioactive lizard-beast rampage across cities, causing wanton destruction everywhere – after all, it’s...

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May 15, 2014
A codicil to the whole 'black mass' brouhaha at Harvard
By Bishop Christopher Coyne

I don't know how many of you are familiar with the story regarding the proposed staging of a black mass by members of the Satanic temple on the Harvard University campus allegedly using a "consecrated" host.  The "reenactment" was to be sponsored by a student group affiliated with the Harvard Extension School as an "educational" experience. Even after a strong and vehement plea from Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston, the "mass" was going to be allowed to take place since...

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May 15, 2014
Our spontaneous Pope
By Russell Shaw

Spontaneity that reflects good-heartedness is a highly attractive trait, but the spontaneity of self-indulgence is reckless and often cruel. Spontaneity of either kind can cause confusion and dismay. Pope Francis’ spontaneity is clearly of the first sort—good-hearted, that is—but as with spontaneity of any kind, it can sometimes have confusing results.

Last month brought what may have been another instance of that when it was reported that the Pope had told an Argentine woman,...

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May 14, 2014
Save Our Children!
By Sr. Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J.

During the World War II era, it was not uncommon to hear in the movies: “life is cheap.”  Nothing much has changed with news of young women having been kidnapped in Nigeria by the extreme Islamist group, Boko Haram. The same atrocity has happened in Northern Uganda.  But, to first Nigeria.

Fear of Western Education and of Christianity


Recent reports emerging from Nigeria are nothing short of chilling. They tell of some 300 hundred girls who have been abducted en masse from a boarding...

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