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.

10/28/2013 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.

10/04/2013 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.”

Obama told CNBC that he...READ MORE

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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."

10/03/2013 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.

09/27/2013 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.

09/20/2013 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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U.S. Government Asks Supreme Court to Hear Hobby Lobby Appeal to HHS Mandate

If the high court grants the government's petition, a decision will be filed by June 2014

09/19/2013 Comments (4)

Today, the U.S. Government petitioned the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of the Hobby Lobby case.  With split decisions in Circuit Courts for several HHS legal challenges mounted by for profit businesses, the White House needs to obtain a definitive answer.  Will for-profit employers be required to provide co-pay free services, including abortion-inducing drugs, that violate their religious or moral beliefs?. 

The Becket Fund, which represents the Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby, a craft store chain, will likely be headed for another landmark case before the high court. Becket argued the Hosanna Tabor case, earning an unanimous 2012 decision in favor of religious freedom. The...READ MORE

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Catholics in the Military, Same-Sex 'Marriage' and 'Danger of Scandal'

In a Sept. 17 letter, Archbishop Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Services urges his flock to uphold Catholic teaching on human sexuality and marriage.

09/18/2013 Comments (37)

 In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn part of the Defense of Marriage Act that defined marriage as a union of one man and one woman, the Obama administration has moved swiftly to provide spousal benefits to service members in same-sex unions.  Military chaplains have been able to preside at the weddings of same-sex couples since 2011.

 On Feb. `17, Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Services released guidelines for all  military chaplains, lay people in Catholic ministry and Catholics in command positions. Here are key passages form the archbishop's letter, which began by cautioning military chaplains and the faithful to be mindful of the...READ MORE

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Eyewitness Account of Three Syrian Christians Killed by Extremists

Syria now a "land of martyrs."

09/13/2013 Comments (26)

Fides reported on an eyewitness account of three Christians killed following the incursion of jihadist fighters in the ancient Syrian Christian village of Maalula where Aramaic is sitll spoken.

The  survivor of the attack on a Christian home offered a horrific picture of the unfolding events in the village.

According to what the woman told Fides, the armed groups enter many homes of civilians on September 7, destroying and terrorizing people, damaging all the sacred images. In one house there were three Greek Catholic men Mikhael Taalab, his cousin Antoun Taalab, Sarkis el Zakhm, Mikhael’s grandson, and the woman A. , their relative, who says what happened. The Islamists warned...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.