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John Tucker Must Die

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Source: Catholic News Service

Lightweight comedy about a new girl at a high school (Brittany Snow) who, wanting to fit in, conspires with a spiteful trio of popular girls (Arielle Kebbel, Ashanti and Sophia Bush) to seek revenge against a girl-juggling jock (Jesse Metcalfe) after discovering that he'd been triple-timing them. Director Betty Thomas undermines the film's basically positive -- if muddled -- message about honesty and personal integrity by introducing sexually charged innuendo and situations into the get-even scheme, resulting in a movie that, though inappropriate for the obvious teen target, will be of little interest to older viewers. Some suggestive humor and sight gags, an uncritical view of premarital and teen sexual activity, and scattered crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.



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Leopold Mandic: Western Christians who are working for greater dialogue with Orthodox Christians may be reaping the fruits of Father Leopold’s prayers.
<p>A native of Croatia, Leopold joined the Capuchin Franciscans and was ordained several years later in spite of several health problems. He could not speak loudly enough to preach publicly. For many years he also suffered from severe arthritis, poor eyesight and a stomach ailment.
</p><p>Leopold taught patrology, the study of the Church Fathers, to the clerics of his province for several years, but he is best known for his work in the confessional, where he sometimes spent 13-15 hours a day. Several bishops sought out his spiritual advice.
</p><p>Leopold’s dream was to go to the Orthodox Christians and work for the reunion of Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy. His health never permitted it. Leopold often renewed his vow to go to the Eastern Christians; the cause of unity was constantly in his prayers.
</p><p>At a time when Pope Pius XII said that the greatest sin of our time is "to have lost all sense of sin," Leopold had a profound sense of sin and an even firmer sense of God’s grace awaiting human cooperation.
</p><p>Leopold, who lived most of his life in Padua, died on July 30, 1942, and was canonized in 1982.</p> American Catholic Blog Good parenthood is a blend of yes and no. Knowing when to say no and enforce it leads to more yeses. No doesn’t shrink a child’s world; it expands it.

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