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Case of German Home-School Family Cause for Celebration and Concern (9393)

American home-schooling groups are happy that the Romeike family avoided deportation, but worry the U.S. government’s handling of the situation sends a mixed message on home-schoolers’ rights.

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The Romeike family

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MORRISTOWN, Tenn. — Home-schooling families around the country celebrated earlier this month when a German home-school family on the verge of deportation received a last-minute reprieve to stay in this country.

But the case has sent disturbing signals to American home-schoolers about their own government’s willingness to stand up for the rights of parents who choose to teach their children at home.

The story of Uwe and Hannelore Romeike and their children captured the attention of U.S. home-schoolers in 2008, when the family arrived in America seeking asylum from the German government’s requirement that children be educated in established schools.

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Priest Lauds Catholic Class Offerings at Arizona’s Largest State School (3719)

North Dakota's University of Mary and Arizona State University's partnership is, according to Jesuit Father Robert Spitzer, 'an experiment in the logic of complementarity.'

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Arizona State University

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IRVINE, Calif. — Arizona State University’s partnership with a Catholic college providing theology courses to students won praise from Jesuit scholar Father Robert Spitzer as “an experiment in the logic of complementarity.”

“Theological studies enhance the entire liberal arts curriculum. They can’t help but do so,” Father Spitzer told CNA March 13. The Jesuit priest served as president of Washington’s Gonzaga University for more than 10 years. He now heads the Magis Center of Reason and Faith in Irvine, Calif., which explores religious faith’s relationship to physics and philosophy.

Father Spitzer said the partnership between Arizona State and North Dakota’s University of Mary breaks down...READ MORE

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Women’s Freedom Isn’t Reliant on Contraception, Scholar Says (4293)

Helen Alvare told a gathering at The Catholic University of America that contraception promotes an ideology rather than authentic feminism.

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– CNA/Courtesy Jess Hamilton

WASHINGTON — Contraception has been promoted by the U.S. government as a tool for the expansion of freedom, especially for women, but has actually has been shown not to promote this goal, according to a legal expert.

Instead, contraception has been promoted as a way to promote an ideology about people and relationships that has hurt, rather than helped, the people it claims to assist, said Helen Alvare.

“We really have been primed for quite a bit of time to think of contraception in the context of the question about feminism, about it empowering women,” Alvare, a professor of law at George Mason University, stated in a March 5 address at The Catholic University of America, in Washington....READ MORE

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Speaker Boehner Invites Pope to Address Congress (2167)

‘Pope Francis has inspired millions of Americans with his pastoral manner and servant leadership,’ the House speaker said March 13.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner has extended an open invitation to Pope Francis to address a joint meeting of Congress, praising the Pope’s advocacy for the vulnerable.

“Pope Francis has inspired millions of Americans with his pastoral manner and servant leadership, challenging all people to lead lives of mercy, forgiveness, solidarity and humble service,” Speaker Boehner said March 13.

“His tireless call for the protection of the most vulnerable among us — the ailing, the disadvantaged, the unemployed, the impoverished, the unborn — has awakened hearts on every continent.”

Speaker Boehner said such an address from the Pope would “honor our nation, in keeping with the...READ MORE

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Mayors Tell Irish Parades: No Catholic Values Need Apply (17316)

Both New York and Boston have sizeable Irish-Catholic populations, but the cities’ mayors have decided to join homosexual activists in boycotting the St. Patrick’s Day parades.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio attends the March 2 'St. Pat’s for All Parade,' an event organized by a homosexual-rights activist.

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NEW YORK — The mayors of New York and Boston are standing with a handful of homosexual activists in a boycott that organizers of those cities’ St. Patrick’s Day parades believe amounts to a public statement that means no Catholic values need apply.

In early February, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made a high-profile announcement that he would not be marching in New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world. De Blasio said he took issue with the parade organizers’ refusal to allow units to join the parade with “pro-gay” signage.
Soon after, the city council also followed de Blasio’s lead and announced its own boycott of this New York...READ MORE

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Waging Spiritual War During Lent, Making Sense of Suffering: A Call to Self-Giving Love and More! (4305)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Follow Waging Spiritual War During Lent link by Michael Lane of Catholic Stand to read more.

Waging Spiritual War During Lent – Michael Lane, Catholic Stand

Making Sense of Suffering: A Call to Self-Giving Love – Allison LeDoux, Truth and Charity Forum

Not A Game of Chance: What Marriage Is Really All About – Emma Smith, Ignitum Today

Spiritual Ammunition for Living a Catholic Life in Secular America – Patti Maguire Armstrong, CatholicMom.com

The Cross & the Chain of Love – Mary Kaufman, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Where The Catholics Are (Dating) – Beverly Stevens, Regina Magazine

Defining Down Science – Stacy Trasancos PhD

The Romance of the Gospel – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Building the Civilization of Love – Mark Gordon, Aleteia

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Papal Diplomacy and the ‘Francis Effect’ (3687)

Ambassadors concur that the Holy Father has already made a positive impact in just 12 months.

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Pope Francis leads a prayer vigil for peace in Syria in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 7, 2013.

– Lauren Cater/Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — One year into his pontificate, Pope Francis’ widespread popularity may have put him on the covers of Time and Rolling Stone, but his gifts are also bringing much greater and more significant benefits in terms of international relations, according to diplomats.

“I think the right word to use must be ‘impact,’” said Nigel Baker, Britain’s ambassador to the Holy See, when asked about Francis’ most significant achievement. “The Holy See has always been an international player; [and] Pope Francis has already, in his first year, shown this in action.”

Diplomats in Rome have been noticeably busier than in previous years, reporting back to their governments Pope Francis’ concerns...READ MORE

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Vatican: Pope Francis Is Spending Anniversary in Prayer (2124)

The Holy Father sent out a Twitter message asking only one thing for his anniversary: 'Pray for me.'

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VATICAN CITY — In light of Pope Francis’ first anniversary as Bishop of Rome, the Vatican has stated that the Holy Father is doing nothing special to celebrate other than to pray, as he is currently in the middle of his Lenten retreat.

“Today the Pope is not doing anything special or different from other days. He is praying,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told reporters in a March 13 statement.

Father Lombardi’s comment came in the wake of numerous phone calls and emails he had received from journalists inquiring about the Holy Father’s plans for the day of his anniversary.

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