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National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj

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Source: Catholic News Service

Sophomoric sequel to 2002's "Van Wilder" with American college student Taj Mahal Badalandabad (played again by Kal Penn) continuing his academic and partying pursuits at a prestigious English university where he inspires a group of campus outcasts (Glenn Barry, Anthony Cozens, Steve Rathman and Holly Davidson) to take on some snooty bluebloods in a fraternal competition. Director Mort Nathan offers a witless syllabus of raunchy frat-house humor that depicts college life as little more than an opportunity for sex and booze. Pervasive vulgar sexual humor, crass sight gags, partial frontal nudity, much crude language and an instance of profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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Hugh of Grenoble: Today’s saint could be a patron for those of us who feel so overwhelmed by all the problems in the world that we don’t know where to begin. 
<p>Hugh, who served as a bishop in France for 52 years, had his work cut out for him from the start. Corruption seemed to loom in every direction: the buying and selling of Church offices, violations of clerical celibacy, lay control of Church property, religious indifference and/or ignorance. After serving as bishop for two years, he’d had his fill. He tried disappearing to a monastery, but the pope called him back to continue the work of reform. </p><p>Ironically, Hugh was reasonably effective in the role of reformer—surely because of his devotion to the Church but also because of his strong character. In conflicts between Church and state he was an unflinching defender of the Church. He fearlessly supported the papacy. He was eloquent as a preacher. He restored his own cathedral, made civic improvements in the town and weathered a brief exile. </p><p>Hugh may be best known as patron and benefactor of St. Bruno, founder of the Carthusian Order. </p><p>Hugh died in 1132. He was canonized only two years later.</p> American Catholic Blog In our lives, Lord, you make wondrous things happen that deeply impress us; then as time passes, we forget. Father, deepen my faith in you and my trust in your love and care for me, so I may be strong when difficult times occur that will test my love and loyalty to you. I ask for this grace in Jesus's name, Amen.


 
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