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California Catholic Conference: Approval of assisted suicide is 'sad and disappointing'

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A California Senate committee vote Wednesday approving physician-assisted suicide in the state received a swift and disapproving response from the executive director of the California Catholic Conference.

The vote by the Senate Health Committee is "sad and disappointing," said CCC executive director Ned Dolejsi. Senate Bill 128, endorsed by the committee in a 6-2 vote, now goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee. If approved there, it will be debated by the full Senate. The Assembly will hold its own hearings on "right to die" legislation.

'White God' uses an unorthodox fable to discuss serious issues

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Taking his cue from a 1999 novella by South African writer J.M. Coetzee, The Lives of Animals, Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo's "White God" brings us a cautionary, surreal vision of a "once and future" Eastern European society where the superior few rule the others, and the others rise up in rebellion.

Coetzee explores the idea of animal rights in his book of essays. After reading Coetzee's novella, Mundruczo, who also co-wrote the script for "White God," wondered how stray dogs were treated in Budapest.

Caution on Barron's 'Heroic Priesthood'

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Someone sent me the link to Fr. Robert Barron's video on "Heroic Priesthood." As expected, it has high production values; intriguing lighting; a pounding, heavy-on-the-percussion, heroic soundtrack; and lots of slow motion to emphasize the drama. Not a bad recruiting tool, especially for those young men who might like basketball, because the sport is used as the only metaphor for priesthood throughout the piece. (Full disclosure: I love basketball. I made teams and mostly sat the pine for five years from CYO through 10th grade.

A prison wedding

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A couple of weeks ago, I attended a wedding in one of the Missouri prisons. The bride confided in me that she was a little sad, which I understood completely. We couldn't bring in flowers or a cake. We were one of nine bridal parties, and we had just 15 minutes for the entire ceremony and visit. Then she had to go home without him.

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