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Film about St. Josemaria expected to open in St. Louis May 6 

Charlie Cox stars as St. Josemaria Escriva in “There Be Dragons.”

Director Roland Joffe's film, "There Be Dragons," about the early life of St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer, founder of Opus Dei, will open in St. Louis Friday, May 6. Its stay in theaters likely will depend on the turnout that opening week.

Several Catholics have been working with local chain Wehrenberg Theatres and other movie houses for the opening. Mary Beth Rolwes, a spokesperson for the film supporters, said it will open in five theaters.

Cardinal's book inspired by beatification of Pope John Paul II

WASHINGTON -- As a 37-year-old priest, then-Father Donald W. Wuerl witnessed the election of Pope John Paul II in 1978, as reportedly the only noncardinal allowed into that conclave.

He was priest-secretary to U.S. Cardinal John Wright, who was then in frail health, and he assisted the churchman at the conclave.

The priest at the conclave is now a cardinal and the archbishop of Washington. On May 1, he will be among the cardinals from throughout the world who will join Pope Benedict XVI in concelebrating the beatification Mass for Pope John Paul II.

Cardinal Wuerl explains bishops' teaching role on theological matters

WASHINGTON — Bishops have a responsibility to teach the Catholic faith and preserve it "as it has been received and passed on" and thus are bound to respond to the work of theologians if they perceive the faith is being portrayed in error, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Doctrine, said in a new resource for prelates.

While bishops welcome dialogue with any theologian over any particular work, they also must uphold the teaching magisterium of the church, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, the committee chairman.

Bishops' committee says professor's book misrepresents Catholic faith

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a detailed critique, the U.S. bishops' Committee on Doctrine has concluded that a 2007 book written by Fordham University theology professor Sister Elizabeth A. Johnson "contains misrepresentations, ambiguities and errors" related to the Catholic faith.

'Quest for the Living God' leaves some scratching heads about authentic Catholic teaching 

The next theologian to be censured by the Church will be announced at 6 p.m. June 24 at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel. That is when the Catholic Press Association will hold its annual awards banquet at which the First Place Book Award for Theology will announced. Winning the CPA book award in Theology has coincided so often with subsequent investigation by the U.S. bishops' Doctrine Committee or by the Vatican that another editor friend of mine once quipped, "CPA in the spring, CDF in the fall."

Uplifting film shows faith, perseverance

NEW YORK — The true story of a teenage girl who overcame a horrific shark attack to rise to the top of her sport is translated to the big screen in "Soul Surfer," an uplifting film about the power of faith and perseverance.

Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb) is a happy, ordinary 13-year-old living in Hawaii with her parents (Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid) and two brothers. The entire family surfs, but Bethany shows the most promise, winning competitions and gaining a sponsor.

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