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Hollywood is full of booming gongs and clashing cymbals...

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Harvey Weinstein is a problem. But he's not THE problem. It goes far deeper. We all know that Harvey Weinstein is a symptom of a diseased culture. I enjoy going to the movies but I've noticed something disturbing in recent years. It's hit me a few times when I'm watching a movie that the people who made the film don't actually like people...

Benedict XVI's secretary denies rumors that he is close to death...

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Archbishop Georg Ganswein, the personal secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, has rejected reports that the former pontiff is nearing death. Rumors of Benedict XVI being close to death circulated on social media following a quote attributed to Ganswein, which reads, “Pope Benedict is like a candle that fades slowly. He is serene...

This pro-abortion fanatic presented a thought experiment ‘destroying’ pro-lifers. Here are 4 reasons he failed dramatically.....

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On Tuesday morning, a pro-abortion Twitter thread went viral. The thread posited a thought experiment the author claimed to be original, though it has existed in one form or another for over a decade (I first became aware of the thought experiment from Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel, who was arguing in favor of fetal stem cell research at the time)...

Department of Justice announces Settlement in HHS Mandate lawsuits...

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A week after issuing new religious-freedom guidelines to all administrative agencies in the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice has settled with more than 70 plaintiffs who had challenged the controversial HHS contraceptive mandate. The Oct. 13 agreement was reached between the government and the law firm Jones Day...

What would Jesus do about Artificial Intelligence? Become more human.....

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The bots were worried about me. There I was, mindlessly scrolling past Trump memes, soup recipes and baby pictures when my screen abruptly showed me a new page. In a concerned font, Facebook itself asked if I wanted some help. Would I like some resources on depression and suicide prevention? Would I like to try this hotline? No thanks...

In education, the end depends on the beginning...

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Incidentally, I haven’t read much of the Roman poet Manlius who “flourished” in the first century AD. But his famous line “Finisque ab origine pendet” from the fourth book of his Astronomicon appears to have been adopted by Phillips Exeter Academy as its motto. Phillips Exeter, founded in 1781, is now, I would say, a fairly prestigious Academy claiming everyone from Daniel Webster to Pierre S...

St. Paul was not ashamed of the Gospel. Are you?

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St. Paul writes this in today’s reading from the Letter to the Romans: “I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (Rom 1:16). “Gospel” here refers to the whole of the New Testament rather than merely the four Gospels. The gospel is the apostolic exhortation, the proclamation of the apostles of what Jesus taught and said and did for our salvation...

Churches attacked in Australian same-sex marriage vote...

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Churches in Australia have been daubed with anti-Christian graffiti amid an increasingly toxic debate about same-sex marriage. Last weekend Anglican and Baptist churches in Melbourne were defaced with the words “bash bigots” and “Crucify ‘no’ voters” – a reference to those who are voting “no” in a same-sex marriage plebiscite...

The 100 Years War between the Church and Communism...

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The past 100 years from 1917 to 2017 have been an encapsulation of the protoevangelium, when God told the serpent “I will put enmity between you and the woman.” This 100-years-war has signified a most pronounced phase in the enmity. It began in 1917 with both (what are the odds?) the revelation of Our Lady of Fatima and the Russian Revolution to atheistic Communism...

54 days of quotes about the Holy Rosary...

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Over the past 54 days here in the Diocese of Phoenix, we have been praying the 54-Day Rosary Novena in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Fatima. This past Friday night, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted consecrated the Diocese of Phoenix to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Saints Simon and Jude Cathedral. Many people I know have taken up the Holy Rosary and have prayed it devoutly these past weeks...

A prayer for Somalia, and for the pathetic killers who face eternal darkness...

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The pictures are almost unimaginable — even in the face of so many such images we’ve scrolled by, before. Somali people knee-deep in wreckage; little children carrying away human remains. At this writing, the death toll has just been raised to 300, with another 300 injured, and we are told both of those numbers may yet climb as more people or bodies are recovered following a truck-bomb enacted terror attack — the deadliest single attack in Somalia’s history...

Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood’s ‘open secrets’...

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You could say that the Harvey Weinstein case reveals the dark secret underbelly of Hollywood — but Hollywood’s low morality has never been secret or merely an underbelly. Weinstein’s case just gives people permission to start talking about it. When the New York Times reported on years of sexual harassment accusations against Harvey Weinstein...

German monastery Himmerod to close its doors 900 years after its founding by St. Bernard of Clairvaux...

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After almost 900 years since its founding by French Abbot Bernhard of Clairvaux in 1134, the Cistercian Himmerod Abbey in western Germany will soon close its doors for good. The decision was made by the Mehrerau Congregation, a worldwide association of Cistercian monasteries based near Salzburg, Austria. The abbey is a direct subordinate of the Holy See and not part of the Archdiocese of Salzburg...

Could Jesus learn things?

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Last time in this space we looked at Matthew’s account of Jesus’ encounter with the Canaanite Woman (Matthew 15:21-28). I noted that there is a common reading abroad these days, centering on the claim that, in one way or another, it is Jesus, not his disciples, who is the learner in this story. The “within the pale of orthodoxy” version of this is that Jesus learns from the Woman that she is capable of faith...

339 years after her death, St. Teresa of Ávila converted Edith Stein...

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Saint Teresa of Ávila, the 16th century Carmelite nun, mystic, reformer and doctor, was graced with spiritual insights into prayer, the soul and the ineffable love of God. With the blessing of Pope Pius IV, she departed her cloister at Avila, and together with Saint John of the Cross, set up a reformed Carmelite Order in Spain and Portugal...

The moral imagination of ‘Leave It to Beaver’...

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Russell Kirk defined the moral imagination as “an enduring source of inspiration that elevates us to first principles as it guides us upwards towards virtue and wisdom and redemption.” It is a quality which informs the great works of art, not excluding the more popular art forms of film and television. Since its premiere sixty years ago...

Of memory, metanoia and manslaughter...

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An essay by historian Andrew Bacevich scrolled up in my Facebook feed, and I saw that it had been posted by my friend Shawn Storer of Catholic Peace Fellowship. That was enough to make it a must-read sooner rather than later, so I opened it up. It was entitled “Autopilot Wars,” and it was Bacevich’s take on our nation’s numb embrace of perpetual armed conflict as a norm...

Our Lady of Lourdes and Harvey Weinstein...

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Brad Pitt appears to be the hero of the Hollywood story, having done what many were afraid to do: stand up to Harvey Weinstein. The scandal was a far cry from the peace and dignity of Lourdes, France, where I happened to be as the scandal details began to emerge. Here it’s hard to escape the natural and supernatural presence of something healing...

7 of the most stunning subway stations in the world...

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Beauty and subways don't always go hand-in-hand, especially for the millions of daily riders slogging their way to work or school every day across the world. But the underground isn't always drab, dingy and dreary, as evidenced by these seven stunning subway station designs.

It’s hard to believe that ‘The Princess Bride’ is now 30 years old...

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For its anniversary, it will have a return to the big screen, with show-times across the country in mid-October. After numerous failed attempts to secure a movie deal, William Goldman’s story—he wrote the screenplay as well as the original story—finally made the transition to film, in 1987, directed by Rob Reiner (This Is Spinal Tap...