Catholic press continues mission to reach contemporary film audiences

The once influential Catholic film office had been able to get Hollywood studios to change content in movies it deemed morally offensive for decades, but that power was extinguished as the 1970s rolled into the 1980s.
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Church changes course to maintain moral guide on film in shifting culture

The movies in the middle of the 20th century began to mirror a society in the United States that was grappling with the sexual revolution and racial tensions, presenting challenges to the U.S. bishops' Catholic film office.
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These are the covers of directories of films rated in the 1950s by the National Legion of Decency. (CNS photo/Chaz Muth)

Catholicism influenced moviemaking from the early days of film

As the film industry grew in the early 20th century, Catholic Church leaders became concerned about some of the content that had become so readily available to their flock.
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Priestly martyrdom to uphold seal of confession not a new phenomenon

"St. John Nepomucene is a symbol of what all priests know and that is the seal of confession is absolute and the privilege between priest is penitent must be absolute," said Father Richard D. Baker
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CUA scholars expect bishops’ retreat will lead to spiritual renewal

A week of prayer and discernment on their role as church shepherds may be exactly what the U.S. bishops need when they gather in retreat Jan. 2-8 near Chicago, two Catholic University of America scholars said.
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As survivors find voice, church leaders wrestle with how to address issue

Pennsylvania survivors of clergy sex abuse spent the week after the release of the grand jury report finding their voice as bishops and priests in the state wrestled with how to address the growing scandal.
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The future for Gregorian chant appears to be bright

If the past is any indication of what the future may hold for Gregorian chant's place in Catholic life, prospects are good that it may once again become the principal music at Mass.
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Gregorian chant offers Catholics elevated liturgy tied to early church

Gregorian chant was standard in the Mass in the 1950s, but fell out of favor after the Second Vatican Council, when the traditional Latin Mass was changed to the dominant language of each country.
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Catholic Relief Services looks to change concept of world’s orphanages

Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services has released an emotion-filled video as a way of starting a conversation about the world's orphanages.
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Catholic mom sees her 11 children as greatest Mother’s Day gift

Mother’s Day will greet Amy Laddbush of Bowie with plentiful sounds as her husband and 11 children clamor to express their appreciation for her vital service to their big Catholic family.
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