For a Peak inside the New Rosary Book Go Here …

For a Peak inside the New Rosary Book

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Did Image of Mary in Florida Portend 9/11? See …

Did Image of Mary in Florida Portend 9/11?

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Catholic League Notes that Bruce Almighty Offfends…

Catholic League Notes that Bruce Almighty Offfends Movie Critics

From the CATHOLIC LEAGUE for Religious and Civil Rights:

Catholic League president William Donohue commented today on the way movie critics are reacting to “Bruce Almighty”:

“Louis Giovino, the Catholic League’s director of communications, came to work today expecting to see “Bruce Almighty”; the film has comedian Jim Carrey playing God. But then I noticed that so many movie critics were upset with the religious-laden ending to the flick. This made me very happy. Indeed, it made my day.

Go to the Catholic League site for the quotes from various movie critics.

Thanks to Kathryn Lively for Her Review! From C…

Thanks to Kathryn Lively for Her Review!

From Catholic and Christian Book Reviews:

Praying in the Presence of Our Lord with Fulton J. Sheen by Michael Dubruiel

OSV Press, 0879737158, $8.95

One might hear the name Fulton Sheen and think, assuming the person knows of Sheen, that his words and works are no longer relevant. True, the archbishop has been dead for over twenty years, and original episodes of his inspirational television show, Life is Worth Living, aired in the 1950s on a network that no longer exists, but one must consider also that the Bible is and always will be relevant. So it is with Sheen’s wisdom, as a young Army solider on a tour of duty in Turkey learned once when presented with a taped series of Sheen’s inspirational talks. Indeed, as this solder-turned-author Michael Dubruiel stresses, Sheen’s writings on faith are timeless, as was his devotion to Christ and to spreading his Good News.

Dubruiel offers in Praying in the Presence of the Lord with Fulton J. Sheen the opportunity to reacquaint the Sheen reader with some of the bishop’s more memorable reflections. For the Sheen beginner, Presence is a welcome primer of over thirty sermonettes on redemption and reperation, having a relationship with Christ, and imitating His holiness. Each is concluded with Dubruiel’s own reflections on Sheen’s writing, along with suggested meditations and prayers.

That Presence concludes with Sheen’s reflections on war and peace make this book especially valuable for the Christian reader. “In exiling God from our national life, our politics, oue economics, and our education, it was not His Heart we pierced – it was America we slew!” he writes of another war, yet these words are still applicable, and no doubt if Sheen live today he would encourage us to heed them.

Catholic University??? Upset with Cardinal’s Remar…

Catholic University??? Upset with Cardinal’s Remarks

From Cardinal’s speech upsets university –

“In many parts of the world, the family is under siege,” Cardinal Arinze said. “It is opposed by an anti-life mentality as is seen in contraception, abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. It is scorned and banalised by pornography, desecrated by fornication and adultery, mocked by homosexuality, sabotaged by irregular unions and cut in two by divorce.”

Theresa Sanders, a professor of theology at the university, protested by leaving the stage where Cardinal Arinze was speaking. Other students upset with the comments also left, according to emails on a subscription list used by many of the university’s gay and lesbian students.

Ed Ingebretsen, a professor of English at Georgetown and a priest in the American Catholic Church, said on Wednesday that Cardinal Arinze’s remarks were in line with Catholic doctrine, but nonetheless seemed out of place at the commencement ceremony.

“These things are exactly what he’s paid to say,” Professor Ingebretsen said. “[But] it’s a graduation; why he decided to do the pro-family thing no one seems to know.”

Professor Ingebretsen said he was compelled, as a writer, to post a short apology on the email subscription list “on behalf of Catholics” for Cardinal Arinze’s “insensitive remarks”, which he termed “un-Christian”.

Interesting Piece on the Pope and the Iraq War …

Interesting Piece on the Pope and the Iraq War

From the New York Times:

Revisiting the Pope’s Stance on Iraq

So the pope’s words did not fall into an absolute void. But they certainly did not provoke any vast crisis of conscience or even, apparently, a serious setback for the Republican White House’s much vaunted “Catholic strategy.” Those who imagine that the Holocaust could have actually been halted by a clarion call from Pope Pius XII should take note.

The general impression is that many American Catholics were quite content to have a pope widely viewed as a peacemaker — even as they were equally content to disagree with him.

This is not a measure of waning Catholic belief. No one was more ardent in buffering the American policy against Vatican criticism than Catholic neoconservatives whose admiration for the pope usually knows no bounds. They emphasized that the pope’s primary responsibility was to ensure that moral principles remained part of the public debate and that all peaceful remedies were given a fair chance.

On the other hand, they insisted, responsibility for making the factual estimates and prudent judgments needed to apply those principles always remained with laypeople and knowledgeable public authorities.

Vatican worries about the effects of the war were understandable, said George Weigel, the pope’s semiofficial biographer and consistent defender. But “reasonable people can have different views about the effects,” he said in an interview during the war.

Arguments like Mr. Weigel’s are familiar enough. But they had usually been found in the mouths of liberal Catholic thinkers, who were now enjoying the sight of neoconservatives suddenly discovering important qualifications in their usual enthusiasm for papal leadership.

Beyond the inconsistencies revealed by this internal Catholic clash between liberal and neoconservative intellectuals, is there anything more to say about the pope’s moral leadership in matters of war and peace, and its apparently limited effect?

Today is the Feast of the St. Rita of Cascia Th…

Today is the Feast of the St. Rita of Cascia

The National Catholic Register has a story that piqued my interest because I knew the story of St. Rita and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what the twist to their headline, “Raising Kids St. Rita’s Way” was going to be. Go to their site to read the article but for those of you who want to know the “rest of the story”, I’ve included the last few paragraphs that reveal the fate of St. Rita’s children–none of whom to my knowledge have been canonized (so there is a little bit of fudging going on here).

From the National Catholic Register

After St. Rita lost her family, of course, she entered the convent. After 40 years of praying there, “she received one rose that bloomed in the winter, that came to life out of time, out of the same cold ground that contained the bodies of her husband and children,” says Father DiGregorio. “She read it as a sign that God had brought out of the tragedy of their deaths their salvation through her prayers for them.”

“So what’s the real vocation of parents?” he asks. “Is it to want my children to grow us successful and comfortable? Or is it wanting my children to grow up to be saints, get to paradise and see God?”

For Catholic parents, St. Rita has the answer.

For a picture of St. Rita’s incorrupt body visit Catholic POV.