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Family-Faith Film Review: Charlie St. Cloud

July 31, 2010 --

Family-Faith Film Review: Charlie St. Cloud
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting

Charlie St. Cloud—After losing his younger brother (Charlie Tahan) in a car accident for which he was indirectly responsible, a gifted sailboat racer (Zac Efron), racked by guilt and grief, becomes the caretaker of the cemetery where his sibling rests, on the edge of which, briefly each evening, he is mysteriously able to see and communicate with the lad. But his reclusiveness is challenged when a high school classmate and fellow sailor (Amanda Crew) returns to town and captures his heart. Though unusually spiritual and even explicitly religious, director Burr Steers’ melancholy parable, adapted from Ben Sherwood’s best-selling 2004 novel, “The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud,” never quite jells, despite Efron’s sensitive portrayal of his isolated, ethereal character, while the script romanticizes the premature consummation of the scarred youth’s potentially life-altering love. Nongraphic premarital sexual activity, a few instances of sexual humor, at least one use of profanity, a couple of crude terms and six crass remarks.  A-III — adults. (PG-13) 2010
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Family-Faith Film Review: Dinner For Schmucks

July 30, 2010 --

Family-Faith Film Review: Dinner For Schmucks
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting

—To score a promotion, a financial analyst (Paul Rudd) must bring a suitable guest to the titular meal organized by his boss (Bruce Greenwood) as a competition to see which corporate hotshot can produce the most amusing idiot as a target for secret ridicule, so his accidental meeting with a bizarrely naive and nerdy IRS agent (Steve Carell) seems like a godsend until his victim’s well-intentioned bumbling begins to ruin both his career and his relationship with his live-in girlfriend (Stephanie Szostak). Though its underlying message is one of sensitivity and respect, director Jay Roach’s comedy, adapted from Francis Veber’s 1998 French feature “Le Diner de Cons,” showcases numerous wayward riffs on topics like adultery, casual sex and venereal disease. Shadowy rear and partial nudity, cohabitation, much sexual and brief irreverent humor, a couple of uses of profanity, at least one use of the F-word, a half-dozen crude terms. L – limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (PG-13) 2010
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Pope names three Oregon priests Monsignors

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Pope Benedict XVI names three local priests Monsignors
By Portland Archdiocese,

Archbishop John G. Vlazny has announced that Pope Benedict XVI has named three local priests Monsignors. Those honored are: Reverend Monsignor Richard Paperini, Reverend Monsignor Richard Huneger, and Reverend Monsignor John Cihak. The Monsignors were named as Chaplains to His Holiness. Archbishop Vlazny will confer the papal honor on Monsignor Huneger on August 29th at St. John the Apostle Parish in Oregon City. Archbishop Vlazny will confer the honor on Monsignor Paperini at Mount Angel Seminary in the fall after the students return. Monsignor Cihak has received the honor at the Vatican.

Reverend Monsignor J. Richard Paperini was born in Portland in 1950. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1969, and then attended Portland State University and Mount Angel Seminary

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Religion straw poll: TV profanity, bullying, Census

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Please fill out our Summer religion poll here.

Sample questions..
– Ways to fight TV profanity
– Did the Census make you nervous?
– School bullying
& more

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Same sex marriage campaign has started

July 29, 2010 --

Oregon Faith Report News Note:

Basic Rights Oregon has started a TV ad campaign across Oregon. The ad (see video below) shows various same-sex and mixed couples giving personal testimonies about the meaning of marriage and marriage equality. The ads began July 19th and will run for several weeks. The Oregonian reports that the ads will run in the Coos, Clatsop and Washington counties, Jackson, Douglas and Lane County areas followed by a 50,000 brochure mailing.

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Christian TV Meets Provacative Documentary

July 28, 2010 --

By Dan Merchant
NW Filmmaker
Producer of Lord Save Us Movie

Sometimes it seems this Lord, Save Us journey I’ve been on has lasted a decade or two, in fact it’s been about 5 years and we reached yet another milestone this past week – our broadcast television premiere on the oldest Christian television network in the world, TBN. A couple of snap shots that illustrate for me the breadth of the journey with the Lord, Save Us From Your Followers book and movie: my Spring 2008 appearance on NBC’s “The Today Show” where I was interviewed by Matt Lauer and then sitting with Paul Crouch Jr. on the set of Praise The Lord.

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A faith response to Mel Gibson meltdown

July 27, 2010 --

By Randy Alcorn
Eternal Perspectives Ministries
Sandy, Oregon

With the recent allegations against actor Mel Gibson, there’s been a number of responses to his situation that cry out for an eternal perspective. (When Gibson released his movie The Passion of the Christ in 2004, I wrote a review of the movie for our quarterly newsletter, and a follow-up response based on some of the things I said in my first article about Gibson. In both articles, I wrote, “Pray for him, absolutely, selectively agree with and support him, yes, but don’t make him—or anyone else—Christianity’s poster boy or spokesperson…Every time Christians get mesmerized by and try to capitalize on fame and celebrity, it ends up hurting them, biting us and undermines rather than elevates our Lord.”)

Although these following principles about image and character are pulled from an article I wrote years ago about O.J. Simpson, they still prove just as true today as they did then.

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Oil spill & God: Video series

July 26, 2010 --

Below are two videos (Part 1 and Part2) from OdysseyNetworks which showcases the horror stories and faith struggles of the communities impacted by the BP oil gulf spill.

Part II video below:

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New TV filter bypasses profanity

July 25, 2010 --

New Profanity Filter Battles the F-Word in Living Rooms

ROGERS, Ark.,– Just one week after a federal appeals court opened the door for the F-word to be used freely on broadcast TV, an Arkansas company says they have a solution: Filter the words out on your own.  TVGuardian, LLC is just this week receiving shipment of the first of their new profanity filters — boxes that connect to TVs and automatically filter out foul language. “It’s now clear families can’t rely on broadcasters to provide profanity-free TV,” says TVGuardian, LLC President Britt Bennett. “Families have to take matters into their own hands to protect themselves from obscenity.”

A second new model is due to be released next month, one that works with high definition TV. Both new models are available on the company website, www.tvguardian.com.  

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Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon calls for immigration reform

July 23, 2010 --

By Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
Picture from a July 21st Rally, more here

The Board of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) joins its voice with churches and religious leaders across the country in the call for comprehensive and just reform of the immigration laws. Joining with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, National Association of Evangelicals, National Council of Churches, National Hispanic Leadership Conference and Church World Service, all of whom have called for similar reform, the EMO Board states, “Without such action at the federal level the recent passage of immigration legislation S.B. 1070 by the Arizona Legislature will act as a catalyst for other legislative bodies throughout the country to consider similar anti-immigrant laws. This will create a patchwork of immigration laws and regulations resulting in the further marginalization of immigrants throughout the country. It will also create a climate of fear and intolerance affecting citizens and non-citizens alike.

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