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Nashville Dominican Sister Appointed to USCCB Education Post (12913)

New staffer will focus on evangelization, ‘Ex Corde Ecclesiae,’ Year of Faith.

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WASHINGTON — Sister John Mary Fleming, a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, Tenn., was named this week the executive director of the Secretariat of Catholic Education of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

The education office assists the bishops’ efforts to address a host of urgent matters, from the implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae to resolving parochial school-funding shortfalls.

Sister John Mary currently serves as the principal of St. Dominic School in Bolingbrook, Ill., one of the order’s 34 schools in 18 dioceses. Among the fastest-growing Catholic teaching orders in the nation, with 275 members, the Nashville Dominicans are noted for...READ MORE

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Should We Say Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit?, The Phony Science of Kinsey's Sex Study, and more! (1856)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/31/2012 Comment

Should We Say Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit? Click on the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to read more.

Should We Say Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Kinsey’s Secret: The Phony Science of the Sexual Revolution - Sue Ellin Browder, Crisis Magazine

A New Beautifully Designed Church in South Carolina - The Pulpit

On Using the Pulpit - Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

On Wanting To Eat Your Baby - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Live Action Shows U.S. The Real War on Women - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

How were Jesus and Mary able to Remain Perfect even during Great Anguish and Sadness? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

May I Have Mercy with a Side of Responsibility - Abigail C. Reimel, Ignitum Today

Bishop...READ MORE

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Chen Guangcheng: Basic Human Goodness Will Overcome Corruption, Suppression (2451)

In his first U.S. presentation, the dissident makes no mention of his work combating abuses of one-child policy, but outlines basic view of restoring rule of law in China.

05/31/2012 Comments (5)
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SPEAKING HIS MIND. Chen Guancheng arrives with his wife, Yuan Weijing before speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations May 31. This was Chen's first major public engagement since he escaped confinement and left China nearly two weeks ago.

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NEW YORK — Chen Guangcheng this morning gave his first presentation in the United States since his dramatic departure from China this month.

Chen, who ran into trouble with local authorities in his native Shandong Province after documenting abuses stemming from China’s one-child-per-couple restriction, answered questions from an audience at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

But nothing was mentioned during the hour-long meeting, either in the introduction or the long question-and-answer session, of his concern about forced abortions and sterilizations that are done in enforcement of China’s family-planning policies.

Rather, the focus of the meeting was on the lack of a...READ MORE

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Catholic Church Goes to Court: What Can We Expect? (2263)

OPINION

05/31/2012 Comments (3)

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On May 21 the Catholic Church in the United States went to court.

In an unprecedented spate of lawsuits filed throughout the country, the Archdioceses of New York and Washington, along with such leading Catholic institutions as Notre Dame and Catholic Charities, joined a host of Catholic institutions seeking to have judges rule that the Obama administration’s contraception, abortion and sterilization mandate violates religious liberty.

Among those institutions already in the fray were Belmont Abbey College, Franciscan University, EWTN and at least two Catholic businessmen.

There are altogether approximately two dozen lawsuits pending. Scores of Catholic institutions are...READ MORE

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Today's 'Greater Glory': We Need to Ask for the Strength to Be Cristeros (3908)

OPINION

05/31/2012 Comments (5)

Blessed Miguel Pro was executed in 1927 by the Mexican government for being a Catholic priest.

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The anti-Catholic persecutions in Mexico in the 1920s and 1930s are long forgotten, it seems.

The reality is hard to believe. Just a generation ago, not far from our borders, thousands of men, women and even children were imprisoned, exiled, tortured and murdered — all for the “crime” of believing in Jesus Christ and wanting to live by their faith in him.

So I welcome the new film For Greater Glory. It tells the dramatic story of this unknown war against religion and our Church’s heroic resistance. It’s a strong film with a timely message. It reminds us that our religious liberties are won by blood, and we can never take them for granted.

That such repression could happen in a...READ MORE

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18 Catholic Colleges vs. HHS (1321)

Alliance Defense Fund filed a formal comment with the Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of the Catholic schools, including Benedictine College, Christendom College, John Paul the Great Catholic University and Wyoming Catholic College.

05/31/2012 Comments (1)

Eighteen Catholic colleges, universities and educational programs nationwide have urged the Obama administration to respect the religious freedom of all who object to its contraception mandate.

The colleges argued that the promised accommodation to the mandate fails to resolve the underlying problems and instead “creates a religious caste system.”

On May 30, the Alliance Defense Fund filed a formal comment with the Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of several Catholic colleges and educational institutions, including Benedictine College, Christendom College, John Paul the Great Catholic University and Wyoming Catholic College and the Cardinal Newman Society.

The...READ MORE

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Sons of Cain, When the Catholic Faith was Outlawed, Subsidiarity and Catholic Schools, and more! (1520)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/31/2012 Comment

Sons of Cain: St. Michael, Knights of Longinus, & Bohemians. Click on the link by Dr. Stacy Trasancos to deliciously read more!

Sons of Cain: St. Michael, Knights of Longinus, & Bohemians - Stacy Trasancos, The American Catholic

When the Catholic Faith Was Outlawed - Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

Subsidiarity and Catholic Schools - Peter Youngblood, The Distributist Review

What Stops People from Being Catholic? - Devin Rose, The Pulpit

Who are the Doctors of the Church & Why Should I Care - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Widowhood: Dating for Eternity - Julie Rodrigues, Ignitum Today

Chartres Pilgrimage 2012: Official Photos - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Authority of the First Popes - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Taking Issue that Chaste Gays are Victim Souls -...READ MORE

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Chinese Gather in New York to Discuss 1-Child Policy; Chen Guangcheng to Speak (2854)

Beyond the abuses, the policy has transformed the Chinese family, speakers say.

05/31/2012 Comments (4)
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THEIR ONE AND ONLY. The Chinese family has been radically transformed because of China's one-child policy, speakers at a New York conference attested.

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NEW YORK — As Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng prepared to give his first speech in the United States, a group of Chinese expatriates gathered in New York City May 29 to discuss abuses in their homeland’s one-child-per-family policy.

Chen is the blind human-rights lawyer who had been under house arrest in his native Shandong Province for documenting abuses of the one-child policy. He escaped and took refuge in the American Embassy in Beijing in April and was subsequently allowed to go the United States to study at New York University. He is scheduled to speak at the Council on Foreign Relations in Manhattan this morning.

Like Chen, Women’s Rights in China , a New York-based...READ MORE

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