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She Hate Me

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Source: Catholic News Service

Disjointed and didactic drama about a Harvard-educated vice president (Anthony Mackie) of a large pharmaceutical company on the verge of unveiling an AIDS vaccine who, after being fired and having his bank accounts frozen for blowing the whistle on his corporate higher-ups for Enron-like financial malfeasance, is persuaded by his entrepreneurial, lesbian ex-fiancee (Kerry Washington) to impregnate her and other maternally desperate lesbians at $10,000 a head. Working off a discursive script, director Spike Lee never really decides which story he wants to tell, cramming his potluck plot with a logjam of hot-button topics -- including white-collar crime, corporate greed, sexual politics, Watergate and racism -- while suggesting a radically unconventional redefining of family and sexual identity. Several explicit sexual encounters with nudity, same-sex kissing, a graphic suicide, strong sexual language and humor, as well as racial and ethnic stereotypes. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.



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Gerard of Lunel: Gerard, born into a noble family in southern France, showed an early inclination to piety—so much so that he received the habit of the Third Order of St. Francis at the age of five. When he was 18, Gerard and his brother, Effrenaud, hid themselves in a cave on the banks of a river and began two years of living as hermits. Both brothers then decided to go on a pilgrimage, in part to discourage the many visitors to the hermitage who had heard of their reputation for holiness. Making their way to Rome on foot, they spent two years there, visiting its many famous churches and shrines. 
<p>They intended to continue to Jerusalem, but Gerard collapsed on the way. While his brother went to seek help, he left Gerard in a simple cottage near Montesanto, Italy, but Gerard expired before his brother's return. </p><p>Many miracles are said to have taken place at Gerard's tomb, making it a favorite place of pilgrimage. People who were afflicted with headaches or subject to epilepsy experienced special relief through his intercession. The city of Montesanto has long venerated Blessed Gerard as its principal patron. He is sometimes known as Gery, Gerius or Roger of Lunel.</p> American Catholic Blog It is an astonishing truth that God made human beings in his image. An immortal, rational, free and loving God made beings who have immortal souls and who are rational, free, and made to love and to be loved. Human life is sacred because it specifically reflects the nature of the divine.

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