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Coffee, not Tea, please

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By now Internet and Facebook addicts have probably heard about the Coffee Party USA -- or should it be called a "movement"? It's a kind of progessive answer to the Tea Party movement.

Here's what they say about themselves:

We want a society in which democracy is treated as sacrosanct and ordinary citizens participate out of a sense of civic duty, civic pride, and a desire to contribute to society. The Coffee Party is a call to action. Our Founding Fathers and Mothers gave us an enduring gift — Democracy — and we must use it to meet the challenges that we face as a nation.

Check out how the Coffee Party Movement began. See video here.

80,521 have become Coffee Party USA fans on Facebook by March Fourth!!

Onward!

After 'Taliban Catholicism,' now 'Taliban Orthodoxy'?

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tWithout really trying, I’ve generated controversy in some quarters by coining the phrase “Taliban Catholicism” to describe a psychological tendency (as opposed, let the record be clear, to any actual person or group) in today’s church. I understand it as the equal-and-opposite extreme from what George Weigel has usefully described as “Catholicism Lite,” meaning a kind of supine assimilation to secularism.

t“Taliban Catholicism,” then, is an exaggerated allergy to anything that smacks of secularism, liberalization, or corruption by modernity – an angry form of the faith that knows only how to excoriate and condemn.

tOf course, Catholicism hardly enjoys a monopoly on the “Taliban” instinct, which is more akin to a potential distortion within any religious system. In some ways it may be especially virulent within ultra-traditional and nationalist strains of Orthodoxy, as a recent “Patriarchal and Synodal Encyclical” from Archbishop Bartholomew of Constantinople makes clear.

More Macial children come forward

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John Allen begins his analysis of the clergy sexual abuse scandal unfolding in Germany this way: "In James Joyce’s Ulysses, Stephen Dedalus famously describes history as 'a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.' "

I don't know the Spanish translation for "a nightmare from which I am trying to awake" but I bet the Legionaries of Christ in Mexico do: More abuse allegations against Maciel surface in Mexico

The Oscars 2010: Movies that Connect Us -- Part 3

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Sr. Rose Pacatte looks at Oscar nominated films for 2010 using the theme of "human connections" as lens through which to view them.

Best Motion Picture of the Year

Out of the ten films nominated, I think this may come down to "The Hurt Locker" or "Avatar." In the interest of full disclosure I admit that I have been a fan of "The Hurt Locker" since September 2008 when I was president of the Catholic Jury at the Venice Film Festival and we gave it the SIGNIS Award. It was the best film in competition at Venice that year. My vote goes to "The Hurt Locker," but anything can happen.

Cardinal O'Malley in Haiti

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Regular readers know that I am a huge fan of Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap, the Archbishop of Boston. What he has accomplished since he arrived in Boston is nothing short of spectacular: A Church that was in free fall is now back on its feet, donations are up, vocations are up, new ecclesial movements are active and engaged. He was vilified unfairly for his decision to preside at the funeral of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy but he stood his ground and showed a grieving family (and a grieving Commonwealth) why the Church is at her best at a funeral, showing the compassionate and merciful face of Christ to those who mourn.

ëVati-con' Featured on CNBC Documentary

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It was the story that had everything: a beautiful Hollywood actress whose star was on the rise, a debonair Italian entrepreneur who purported to do both well and good, a former president and his billionaire buddy, a would-be president of the other party and, not least, Vatican intrigue.

Remember Raffaelo Follieri? Tonight CNBC premiers its documentary, part of its “American Greed” series, on the New York-based “real estate developer” whose business plan included buying up aging US parishes and converting them into “socially responsible” properties – such as day care centers and housing for the aged.

The promo for the show (a short advertisement for CNBC is, unfortunately, at the frontend of the clip) can be found here.

Turns out the business was a scam. Follieri, who once lived in the Trump Towers and maintained a Park Avenue office opposite the Waldorf Astoria, now resides in Federal prison.

Oh, but what a scam!

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