PBS Compares Catholic Identity on two Campuses: Georgetown v. Ave Maria

Friday, November 01, 2013 10:46 AM Comments (44)

Here's an interesting, balanced presentation of two universities that both call themselves "Catholic"--one in the "Jesuit tradition. This recent PBS show contrasts Georgetown's accomodation of LGBT pride events with Ave Maria's efforts to transmit Catholic teaching, in part, by preparing its students to respond to challenges posed by same-sex marriage.  Check it out here.

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HHS Secretary Sebelius Addresses Transparency on Abortion in State Exchanges

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 11:45 AM Comments (8)

[UPDATE 11/1: NPR confirmed today that state health exchanges do not provide informaiton about whether specific plans cover elective abortions. While PBR suggests that both pro-life and pro-choice Americans might want to know whether a prosepctive plan offers that coverage, it also notes that  abortion rights advocates have opposed a proposed bill requiring clear notification. The reason for their opposition? It might "stigmatize" particular plans.The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has also endorsed Congressman Smith's proposed legislation to require information about whehter a plan covers elective abortions.]

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Syria at the Abyss: Not Our Problem?

The Washington Post editorial board proposes that Obama threaten a U.S. military strike to force Assad to allow the flow of aid to starving and sick children.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 4:46 PM Comments (5)

The Washington Post editorial board has denounced the Obama administration's refusal to intervene in the Syrian civil war, noting recent media reports alleging that the Assad regime is withholding vital emergency relief from internallly displaced people. The editorial board notes Secretary of State Kerry's public denunciation of Assad's

"systematic denial of medical assistance, food supplies and other humanitarian aid to huge proportions of the population.” The regime’s tactics, he said, “threaten to take a humanitarian disaster into the abyss.” They are “intolerable,” and “the world must act quickly.”

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Georgetown Law v. the Catholic Church?

A new class at Georgetown's law school offers students the chance to work with an abortion rights advocacy group that opposes legal challenges to the HHS mandate.

Monday, October 28, 2013 7:36 PM Comments (10)

If you think Georgetown Law School is a place where crusading students--Catholic or not-- learn how to fight for human dignity, or for constitutional liberties, like the free exercise of religion, think again.

The pontifically-erected university offers a class entitled, 
"Regulatory Advocacy: Women and the Affordable Care Act."  The "practicum" part of the course offers students an opportunity to 

work with the National Women's Law Center to develop projects that will assist in the organization's regulatory advocacy efforts. Students will have the opportunity to participate in strategy meetings and conference calls with the partner organization and other coalition members.

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Obama Enthusiastic About the Francis Factor

Washington is taking notice of Pope Francis, but the political implications are still murky.

Friday, October 04, 2013 1:20 PM Comments (74)

President Obama praised Pope Francis during an Oct. 2 televised interview, and said he was "hugely impressed" with the Argentinian pontiff's tone and message.

Politico reported that Obama did not single out statements made by the pope during his recent blockbuster interview. That said, the brief news story provided relevant context for the president's remarks that might help explain the praise 

The pope has made recent comments arguing that the Catholic Church should focus on more than just a few hot-button social issues. In an interview last month, he said he “cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptives.”

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No Sunday Mass at Some Military Bases If Government Shutdown Continues

Archdiocese for Military Service's general counsel warns that priests who are under government contract to provide such services, but are not active-duty military chaplains, will not be "permitted to work – not even to volunteer during the shutdown."

Thursday, October 03, 2013 1:06 PM Comments (40)

UPDATE: Secretary of Defense Hagel stated that most DOD workers will return for work. The Times report did not mention contract priests.

 

The government shutdown has affected a broad swathe of government services, as reported here in the Washington Post. But who would have thought that the standoff on Capitol Hill could disrupt Sunday masses and baptisms  on military bases?

John Schlageter, the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA,  warned -- in a statement to the Register -- that if the shutdown continues over the weekend  many military bases will not have Sunday mass or other scheduled sacraments. . 

The nub of the problem is that the shortage of...READ MORE

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Don Jon's Glimpse of "Pornified Love": When "Sex Is No Longer Sexy"

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a church-going Catholic who routinely confesses his porn addiction, but can't stop it.

Friday, September 27, 2013 11:46 AM Comments (9)

Don Jon, a new film that explores pornography's thrall in 21st Century America, is not for "sensitive" viewers, warns Mary Rose Somarriba  in an article in Verily that weaves scenes from the film with the latest information on  the Social Costs of Porngraphy.

For Gordon-Levitt’s first written and directed feature film, Don Jon (which sensitive viewers should know is filled with porn clips) raises a good question: Does our culture have an unhealthy relationship with porn? Has it diminished our view of women, relationships, and sex in general?

Don Jon is a bold contribution to a recent trend in entertainment, giving audiences a real—and grim—snapshot of 21st-century...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan: The Pope Is Shaking Things Up

Traditional Catholics need not fear the pope's approach, said Dolan, the Holy Father is not changing the essentials.

Friday, September 20, 2013 12:55 PM Comments (14)

This morning, in the wake of the furor over Pope Francis' remarks in an interview with America magazine, Cardinal Dolan went on the morning talk shows and confirmed that the Holy Father was calling for a new approach to evangelization that would shake up the church.

On the Today Show here, Cardinal Dolan said,

I'm listening to him. He's asking for a fresh strategy. 

On CBS here Cardinal Dolan said that the Pope is bringing the Church back to the essentials, but not altering the fundamentals of the faith, Asked about the anxiety of "traditional" Catholics who fear the Holy Father is sowing confusion or discouraging people in the trenches on issues like abortion or marriage, the...READ MORE

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Joan Frawley Desmond, is the Register’s senior editor. She is an award-winning journalist widely published in Catholic, ecumenical and secular media. A graduate of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family, she lives with her family in Menlo Park, Ca, in the San Francisco Archdiocese.