First Topic – Kresta Comments
Second Topic – John Henry Cardinal Newman to be Beatified
Members of the Oratory in Birmingham are preparing to celebrate the imminent beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, after the announcement that Benedict XVI approved a miracle through his intercession. A press release distributed by the bishops' conference of England and Wales affirmed that the beatification of the theologian and Catholic convert is now certain. The miracle that was approved by the Pope as a step in the cause of canonization was the 2001 healing of Deacon Jack Sullivan of the Boston, Massachusetts, area. We talk with Fr. Nicholas Gregoris of the Priestly Society of John Henry Cardinal Newman.
Third Topic – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
“Right about now I assume you’re wondering why I’ve brought you here,” Albus Dumbledore says to Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. “Actually, sir,” Harry replies, “after all these years, I just sort of go with it.” Well, after all these years, you either do or you don’t, and The Half-Blood Prince is unlikely to change any minds in that respect. Potter fans, whether or not they’ve kept up with the books, will find that the latest film continues the trajectories of recent installments — it’s darker, more tragic and more romantic — while setting the stage for the final battle, now planned for two movies. Steven Greydanus has the review of the most recent film.