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Sandra Fluke and Georgetown's Position of 'Neutrality' (5279)

President DeGioia clarifies university’s policy on contraception in letter, but won’t go public.

04/26/2012 Comments (23)
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WASHINGTON —[THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED FOLLOWING THE RELEASE OF A STATEMENT TODAY BY GEORGETOWN'S PRESIDENT JOHN  DEGIOIA ]

Sandra Fluke’s crusade to reverse the anti-contraception policies of Catholic universities has made life tough for Georgetown University’s president, John DeGioia, who has found himself besieged on all sides.

Over the past month, Fluke was invited to a public university forum to discuss her views, and DeGioia has received a petition with 750 names demanding that the university reverse its policy of denying contraception in the student health plan.

But he has also received a letter from more than 100 students and alumni requesting that he hold his ground and...READ MORE

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Academics Must Matter Now, Single by Vocation, Can Business Save Your Soul?, LCWR, and much more! (4064)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/26/2012 Comment

Academics Must Matter Now. Click on the link by Peter Atkinson to read more.

Academics Must Matter Now - Peter Atkinson, The Browning Version

Single by Vocation - Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

Can Business Save Your Soul? - Andreas Widmer, First Things/On the Square

Has Rome Overreacted to the L.C.R.W.? - DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Catholic Charity Rejects Government Funding to Maintain Religious Liberty - Ben Johnson, LifeSiteNews

2.0: The Spirit of the New Evangelization - Nathaniel Gotcher, Ignitum Today

Is It Right To Maintain Schools that are Catholic In Name Only? - Deacon Nick, Protect the Pope

Parenthood is Not Just a Private Project - Jennifer Roback Morse, MercatorNet

Gay "Marriage", Incest, and Polygamy - Joe Heschmeyer,...READ MORE

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Applying Our Enduring Truths to Our Defining Challenge (12954)

04/25/2012 Comments (115)

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

The Catholic Church offers a rich overview of its thought, summarized in the Compendium of Social Doctrine, to guide Catholics in bringing truth to society’s problems. In his introduction, Cardinal Renato Martino, then president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, wrote, “This area belongs in a particular way” to those lay faithful who are active “in the social sector.”

As a congressman and Catholic layman, I am persuaded that Catholic social truths are in accord with the “self-evident truths” our Founders bequeathed to us in the founding ideas of America: independence, limited government and the dignity and freedom of every human person. As chairman of the House Budget...READ MORE

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Of Rosa DeLauro and Other Disoriented Catholics (5649)

04/25/2012 Comments (26)

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn.

One does wonder, sometimes, just what goes on at Catholic News Service (CNS), an agency that wouldn’t exist were it not for the U.S. bishops and the bishops’ conference. This past April 16, CNS distributed a lengthy interview with Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., giving her a platform to blast the 2013 federal budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and to badger Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York (the president of the USCCB) to pay as much attention to “the poor, the hungry, the middle class, the people who are going to be eviscerated by the Ryan budget” as Cardinal Dolan and the bishops he leads are paying to the defense of religious freedom.

The congresswoman’s appeal was specifically...READ MORE

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Pope: Make Prayer a Priority (2905)

Without prayer as 'the breath of the soul and of life,' the Holy Father said, the faithful 'risk suffocating in the midst of a thousand everyday things.'

04/25/2012 Comments (1)
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On April 25, Pope Benedict XVI told more than 20,000 pilgrims that they must commit themselves to works of charity, without neglecting prayer as a source of spiritual life.

“Without daily prayer,” Pope Benedict said in his Wednesday morning general audience in St. Peter's Square, “our action is empty” and “loses its deep soul, resulting in a simple activism that eventually leaves (us) unsatisfied.”

As he continued his series of talks on prayer, the Pope reflected on the institution of the ministry of deacons in the Book of Acts. While the decision was taken to allow the apostles to focus on prayer and the Eucharist, the Pope said it also showed the spiritual value of the charitable...READ MORE

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The Ten Best Catholic Blog Titles, A Woman for Our Time: St. Elizabeth of Hungary, and much more! (3351)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/25/2012 Comment

The Ten Best Catholic Blog Titles. Click on the link provided by the The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma blog to read more.

The Ten Best Catholic Blog Titles - The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma

A Woman for Our Time: Saint Elizabeth of Hungary - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

Stranded on a Desert Island? Only Book I want is New Daily Missal - Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Medieval Abbot's Grave Uncovered - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Catholic Blogger Doctor Taylor Marshall Made Dean of Catholic College - Adam Wilson, The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Notes

All Creatures Subject to Pope: Eight Papal Quotes On Salvation - Carlos Urbina, Saint Peter's List

The 2012 Non-Evangelizing Guide Every Catholic Needs To Read - Martina, Catholic Sistas

Some thoughts on Our...READ MORE

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Why Modern Society Needs the Eucharist and Mary (2307)

Bishop William Skylstad addressed these topics to his fellow Northwest bishops, who are in Rome this week for their ad limina visit.

04/25/2012 Comments (3)
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Bishop William Skylstad, a former president of the U.S. bishops' conference, believes that the Eucharist is the solution for today's anxious and frenetic society.

“There’s a sort of unbridled restlessness which touches our lives and touches the life of the culture, constantly searching and sometimes searching in the wrong way. But Jesus today is the answer,” he said in a homily at the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome April 24. 

“Indeed, as St. Augustine commented some centuries later, ‘Our souls are restless, Lord, until they rest in thee’; for it is the Eucharist that gives us rest and peace and life, and for that we can be very grateful.”

The 78-year-old Bishop Skylstad headed...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Continue Interreligious Dialogue (1954)

New meetings and publications have taken place recently.

04/25/2012 Comments (10)

Cooperative efforts between the U.S. Catholic bishops and leaders of other faiths such as Hinduism and Islam have resulted in several dialogues and the publication of numerous documents in recent weeks.

“It is my hope that the guides on interreligious education will be of practical help to educators and the lay faithful,” said Auxiliary Bishop Barry Knestout of Washington, D.C.

He emphasized the importance of religious groups “speaking to their own students about the teachings and practices” of other faith communities.

Bishop Knestout co-chaired an April 11-12 meeting of Catholic and Muslim scholars preparing for final edits on educational documents about each other's beliefs.

At...READ MORE

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