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Franciscan University Drops Student Health Insurance Due to HHS Mandate (3220)

According to Catholic school's website, decision was made so as not to participate 'in a plan that requires us to violate the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacredness of human life.'

05/16/2012 Comments (9)
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– Franciscan Facebook

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio--Rather than compromise its Catholic values by complying with the federal contraception mandate, Franciscan University has decided to drop its student health insurance.

According to the school's website, Franciscan University of Steubenville chose to cut student health insurance altogether instead of participating “in a plan that requires us to violate the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacredness of human life.”

The small Catholic university in Ohio, whose well-known faculty includes Scott Hahn, who was just named to the endowed Father Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization, currently excludes contraception,...READ MORE

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Amendment Protects Religious Liberty of Military Members (2033)

The Fiscal Year 2013 defense-authorization bill says that the armed forces 'shall accommodate the conscience and sincerely held moral principles and religious beliefs' of its members regarding 'the appropriate and inappropriate expression of human sexuality.'

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– Courtesy of the Archdiocese for Military Services

In the wake of President Barack Obama's recent endorsement of same-sex “marriage,” the U.S. House Armed Services Committee adopted legislation to protect the religious liberty of members of the military, including chaplains.

A new amendment to the Fiscal Year 2013 defense-authorization bill says that the armed forces “shall accommodate the conscience and sincerely held moral principles and religious beliefs” of its members regarding “the appropriate and inappropriate expression of human sexuality.”

These beliefs or principles of conscience may not be used “as the basis of any adverse personnel action, discrimination or denial of promotion, schooling, training or assignment” against...READ MORE

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Physician's Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment: Helpful or a New Threat? (25092)

Some ethicists see stronger danger at end of life with new form that patients can sign. 'A living will on steroids.'

05/16/2012 Comments (21)
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– Ken Tannenbaum/Shutterstock.com

WASHINGTON — A patient in a nursing home or hospital is increasingly likely to be asked to sign a form with a benign-sounding name: Physician’s Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment.

A brightly colored document that is one page, printed on both sides, with boxes to be checked off regarding medical treatment — or the withholding of treatment — the Physician’s Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (Polst), in an instrument for dealing with end-of-life decisions if the patient is incapacitated.

Once signed, the Polst accompanies the patient to any new medical facility. Some critics say that it is difficult for a patient to make changes in the document.

The Polst was developed in the early...READ MORE

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Is Watching Football Immoral, Why You Don't Have to Use NFP, Coffee and Ritual, and much more! (3770)

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05/16/2012 Comment

Brain Damage & the NFL: Is Watching Football Immoral? Click on the link by Christian Tappe to read more.

Brain Damage & the NFL: Is Watching Football Immoral? - Christian Tappe, Crisis Magazine

Why You Don’t Have to Use Natural Family Planning - Colleen, Catholic Sistas

Coffee and Ritual - Ink and Quill, Ignitum Today

Catholic Blogosphere Link Roundup on the President Obama Same-Sex Marriage Fallout for Wednesday - The Pulpit

Respecting Dignity of the Worker Means Rewarding Better Work - Dominic Iocco, Solidarity with Salisbury

101 Books Gen Ys Must Read before they Die - Michael Cook, MercatorNet

Benedict XVI Raps Political Apathy - Giacomo Galeazzi, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

6 Types of Catholic Churches: The Basics - Jackson, Saint Peter's List

Why Philosophy Matters - Dr....READ MORE

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Legionary Priest Admits Fathering Child and Issues Apology (7652)

Father Thomas Williams is leaving public ministry for 1 year.

05/15/2012 Comments (24)

Father Thomas Williams, LC

– EWTN News

Father Thomas Williams, one of the most high-profile American members of the Legion of Christ, is leaving public ministry after admitting he fathered a child.

“A number of years ago I had a relationship with a woman and fathered her child. I am deeply sorry for this grave transgression and have tried to make amends,” Father Williams said in a May 15 statement.

“My superiors and I have decided it would be best for me to take a year without active public ministry to reflect on the wrong I have done and my commitments as a priest. I am truly sorry to everyone who is hurt by this revelation, and I ask for your prayers as I seek guidance on how to make up for my errors.”

He also...READ MORE

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Georgetown Defends Sebelius Invite as Church Leaders Lose Patience (6608)

President John DeGioia states that the invitation 'should not be viewed as an endorsement of her views,' but offered no plan to rescind it.

05/15/2012 Comments (66)
Georgetown University website

Georgetown University's president, John DeGioia

– Georgetown University website

WASHINGTON — Georgetown University’s president sought to tamp down the firestorm ignited by the announcement that Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services, would appear at a university graduation event this month.

John DeGioia issued a statement yesterday that rejected suggestions that the honor constituted an “endorsement” of her controversial policies.

The May 14 statement served as a belated attempt to address criticism from Catholic groups, some faculty and, more recently, a handful of Church leaders who had waited almost two weeks for the university to either rescind the invitation or clarify its stance.

The following day, the Archdiocese of Washington...READ MORE

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Answering Objections to Catholic Teaching on Holy Orders, Explaining Pro Multis, and much more! (2125)

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05/15/2012 Comment

Answering Objections to Catholic Teaching on Holy Orders. Click on the link by Dc. Mike Bickerstaff to read more.

Answering Objections to Catholic Teaching on Holy Orders - Dc. Mike Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

The “All” and the “Many” - Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Catholic World Report

The Catholic Response to President Obama on Same-Sex Marriage - The Pulpit

How do We Make the Extraordinary Form Mass Mainstream? - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

A Different Priestly Scandal - Michael Novak, The Catholic Thing

The Scandal of What We Sing - Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Archbishop Chaput: "Complacency Is the Enemy of Faith" - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

USCCB to Investigate Girls Scouts (US) - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

2 Contradictory Examples of How Gay...READ MORE

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'Catholic Standard' Calls Georgetown's Sebelius Invite 'Disappointing' (1803)

The Archdiocese of Washington's newspaper stated: 'When the vision guiding university choices does not clearly reflect the light of the Gospel and authentic Catholic teaching, there are, of course, disappointing results.'

05/15/2012 Comments (4)
Catholic Standard Facebook

– Catholic Standard Facebook

The Archdiocese of Washington’s newspaper has said that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ appearance as a featured speaker at a Georgetown University awards ceremony is a sign that the prestigious Jesuit school is not standing with the Catholic bishops in defense of religious freedom.

“One can only wonder how the selection of Secretary Sebelius for such a prominent role as a featured speaker can be reconciled with the stated Catholic mission and identity of Georgetown University,” the Catholic Standard editorialized May 10. “Secretary Sebelius' vision on what constitutes faith-based institutions presents the most direct challenge to religious freedom in recent history.”

In light of the...READ MORE

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