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NW military mom reaches out

May 31, 2010 --

One Military Mother Reaches Out

ENUMCLAW, Wash.,  — Nobody understands the heart-stopping power of “I’ve been deployed to Iraq” like mothers and spouses of soldiers. Suddenly news reports of roadside bombs, scenes of gunfire, and casualty reports become personal. When Donna Mull’s son was deployed to Iraq, she immediately felt a call to support military families as they faced the fear and uncertainty. Anticipating that she wasn’t the only woman at church with a family member fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan, she tried to coordinate a prayer group. When that didn’t work out, Donna began writing prayer devotions, highlighting specific areas of need, and e-mailing them to family members and friends.

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Palau urges Hispanic clergy to come into mainstream

May 30, 2010 --

By Beaver Believer,
Portland writer

Oregon’s most notable evangelist, Luis Palau, spoke to 200 people at the Woodburn Mayor’s Prayer Breakfasts.  Paula urged better connection with the Hispanic clergy saying, “I think we need to bring in more Hispanic clergy and Hispanic businesspeople into the mainstream so they don’t feel alienated and that will help everybody with the peacefulness of the community.”.

Because Woodburn has such a large growing Hispanic community, many people have said it is a City of two different worlds.   With different cultures, and at times different languages, these worlds often remain separate.  Paula’s brief mention of this need to come together is something has been thought about but few public figures have actually spoken about in public.

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Family-Faith Film Review: Sex and the City 2

May 29, 2010 --

Family-Faith Film Review: Sex and the City 2
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting

Sex and the City 2—Romantic-comedy sequel, based on a long-running cable-TV series, recounting the further adventures of a New York-based columnist turned author (Sarah Jessica Parker), her husband (Chris Noth) and her three best friends (Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon) as they confront the challenges of married life, parenthood and career changes, pressures only temporarily relieved, for the quartet of pals, by a luxurious vacation in Abu Dhabi. Writer-director Michael Patrick King’s morally unmoored follow-up to his 2008 feature confuses promiscuity with feminist empowerment, caricatures Muslims and showcases an extended celebration of same-sex marriage. Graphic nonmarital sexual activity with nudity, benign view of casual sex and homosexual acts, adultery theme, constant sexual humor and references, some rough and crude language. O — morally offensive. (R) 2010.   Full Review

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Family-Faith Film Review: Prince of Persia

May 28, 2010 --

Family-Faith Film Review: Prince of Persia
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time—Plodding adaptation of the eponymous videogame series pits a heroic orphan (Jake Gyllenhaal) against his adopted royal uncle (Ben Kingsley) as he helps a princess (Gemma Arterton) safeguard a time-altering dagger that has the potential to destroy humankind. Hyperactive camerawork and frenetic special effects squash any authentically human elements that director Mike Newell might have brought to the loud, flashy proceedings, while the script’s presentation of religion involves an uneasy mix of pagan mythology and vague monotheism. Frequent, moderately intense violence, a number of frightening images, some sexual innuendo.  A-II — adults and adolescents.  (PG-13) 2010.  Full Review

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New film on religious persecution

Portland Archdiocese announces poverty grant winners


Archdiocese announces local CCHD grants
By Portland Archdiocese

The Archdiocese of Portland’s Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has announced grants for four local programs totaling $20,000. The grants are awarded to local community-based projects that seek to end the root causes of poverty.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development was founded by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1970. CCHD is supported by an annual collection taken in Catholic parishes. Last year Catholics in the Archdiocese of Portland contributed more than $103,000 to assist these efforts. Among the goals for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the two-fold mandate: to support self-sufficiency and self-determination among people who are disadvantaged; and to educate the privileged about poverty conditions.

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Straw Poll: Clergy sex abuse an undecided issue

May 27, 2010 --

This week The Oregonian did a front page series on the Boy Scout Abuse case.  You can read it here at Boy Scouts lagged in efforts to protect children from molesters .   When the European abuse cases were making headliens this Spring Oregon Faith Report offered up a chance for Oregonians to offer their opinion on how Oregon clergy abuse prevention programs are doing. The survey results show that the issue  are greatly unresolved which leaves clergy in a position to make progress or lose ground.

Question: Germany is facing a clergy sex abuse scandal. Oregon has had a similar experience which has led to policy and procedure changes across denominations. Do you feel that Oregon houses of worship have responded adequately since the abuse issue came to light?

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Did poor values sink Shrek 4?

May 26, 2010 --

By Beaver Believer
Oregon writer

The first headline movie headline flop of the year has been Shrek.  Ye sit made $70 Million and debuted at number #1, but it was far below projection.  It was also below the previous sequels.   That has qualified it enough as an unexpected low performer high budget film.  While the critics have few answers, I have one that deals with basic American family values.

I loved Shrek and Shrek 2.  Yet, I was surprisingly disgusted withg Shrek 3.   A pastor friend of mine actually took his boys out of the theater and apologized to them because the film was so bad.     Shrek 3 was an overdose of toilet , sexual and gender-bending humor absent any earned laughs.   Everyone I know who watched it said that seeing the elderly Merlin walk around in his mini-skirt was just downright creepy.    The whole movie was nothing more than the rounding up of all of our favorite fairy tale characters and then proceeding to insult and lampoon them all in various ways.     This is symbolic of many Hollywood films which create absolutely  nothing original but rather steal other works of creativity and then proceed to tear them down because artistic destruction is easier than actual creativity.

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Mother Teresa – Skyscraper Controversy


Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Day 9 of the protest campaign on behalf of Mother Teresa:
By Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
Photo: Túrelio on Wikimedia-Commson, CC-BY-SA

Today I am writing to the U.S. bishops in the West notifying them that Anthony Malkin, the owner of the Empire State Building, has decided not to overrule those who have chosen to deny a tribute to Mother Teresa: our request to have the towers shine blue and white, the colors of her congregation, on August 26th, the 100th anniversary of her birth (and the day the U.S. Postal Service is honoring her with a commemorative stamp), was denied without explanation. Yet the same persons who chose to stiff Mother Teresa decided to honor the Chinese Communist revolution last year, even though 77 million innocent men, women and children were murdered under Mao Zedong.

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Tigard bomb scare for Muslim family

May 25, 2010 --

Oregon Faith News Note: Bomb investigators were called to the home of a Tigard family over a possible bomb. The family is a Muslim family from Afghanistan. The KGW-TV video below tells more.

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