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Cardinal Dolan: 'The Law of the Gift' and a Truly Catholic University (7394)

As the Georgetown controversy continues, the president of the U.S. bishops' conference argues that academic freedom is compatible with an authentic Catholic identity.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan with Catholic University president John Garvey

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WASHINGTON — Amid ongoing debate over what constitutes a Catholic university, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York defended the countercultural witness of The Catholic University of America.

In a striking departure from graduation speeches designed to inspire and celebrate career goals, Cardinal Dolan focused a May 12 commencement address on core Catholic beliefs. He urged the graduates to follow “The Law of the Gift” handed down to the faithful through the self-sacrificial love of Jesus Christ.

The cardinal serves as the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. During a news cycle that marked President Barack Obama’s public endorsement of same-sex “marriage” and Kathleen...READ MORE

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Here Come the Graduates … and Speakers (2356)

May 20 issue preview of Commencement Days across the country at Catholic colleges and universities. See links to speeches within text from such notable speakers as Cardinal Timothy Dolan and George Weigel.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan spoke at Catholic University of America May 12.

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For graduation ceremonies in May, many Catholic colleges and universities will bring what Blessed John Paul II would refer to as a “springtime” for Christianity in their choice of commencement speakers.

Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, has seen the number of controversial and blatantly scandalous speakers drop from 24 in 2006 to 14 last year.

“Certainly, the numbers are going down, which is very good,” Reilly said. He believes one reason is from a real assertive effort by the bishops to ban these honors, beginning with their 2004 directive “Catholics in Political Life.”

A sampling of 2012 commencement speakers shows that colleges faithful to the Church and...READ MORE

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Vatican Investigates Legion of Christ Priests (1869)

Seven allegations of sexual abuse, with most of the allegations concerning decades-old incidents, under review.

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ROME -- Legion of Christ priests are under Vatican investigation for seven allegations of sexual abuse, with most of the allegations concerning decades-old incidents.

“The Legion of Christ is firmly committed to receive and examine all accusations presented, reaching out to possible victims and always safeguarding the rights of all those involved,” the Legion said May 11. “We invite everyone to pray for these brothers of ours and especially for the victims.”

In several countries the major superiors of the Legion of Christ have received allegations of “gravely immoral acts” and other serious offenses committed by priests.

An internal investigation ruled that seven accusations of...READ MORE

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Great Pics of the New Swiss Guard, Super Mario & Medeival Manuscripts, and much more! (2497)

The Best In Catholic Blogging

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Great Pics of the New Swiss Guard. Click on the link by La Stampa/Vatican Insider to view these awesome pictures.

Great Pics of the New Swiss Guard - La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Super Mario & Medieval Manuscripts - Thomas L. McDonald, God & the Machine

Community: Why We Homeschool - David Walbert, Crisis Magazine

The Inseparable Link Between Holiness & Worship - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The Character Imprinted on the Soul - Saint Peter's List

The Prayers of Fatima & the Devotion of 5 First Saturdays - Dc. Mike Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

Parish Book of Chant - Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

Monday's Best Punditry, Analysis, & News in the Catholic Blogosphere - Pulpit

Why Christianity Is More Sensible Than Whatever You’re Doing Right Now - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic...READ MORE

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Rome’s First March for Life Exceeds All Expectations (4025)

15,000 people turn out on a Sunday morning to mark the 5 million unborn already killed since Italy's abortion law.

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Rome's mayor, Gianni Alemanno (third from right), flanked by his delegate for equal opportunities, Lavinia Mennuni, and members of Italy's Scout Movement.

– Edward Pentin photo

VATICAN CITY — Rome’s inaugural March for Life May 13 “exceeded all expectations,” according to the event’s organizers.

An estimated 15,000 people — made up of laity, clergy and religious from all over the world, representatives of other religions, Italian politicians and Church officials — took part.

The marchers began arriving at the Colosseum around 8am, waving flags and banners under brilliant spring sunshine on May 13. Fittingly, the event fell on the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, as well as Mother’s Day in many countries.

But the generally festive and peaceful atmosphere didn’t detract from the uncompromising message the marchers wished to convey. Written on the banners were...READ MORE

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At Birthplace of Italian Renaissance, the Pope Called Catholics to Renew Modern Culture (1585)

On May 13, the Holy Father also spoke about St. Francis' example and the invitation to live God's love according to the Gospel reading.

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Pope Benedict XVI went to the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance to call upon every Catholic to once again play a full part in renewing today’s culture.

“Be ferment in society; be present as Christians; be active and coherent,” said the Pope during morning Mass in the town of Arezzo in the region of Tuscany May 13.

“The whole Church is sent out into the world to preach the Gospel and salvation. But it is always God’s initiative; he calls us to different ministries, so that each one plays his proper role for the common good.”

Pope Benedict was making a one-day visit to the Tuscan towns of Arezzo, La Verna and Sansepolcro. In Arezzo, he offered Mass in a local park before a...READ MORE

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What Is a 'Catholic' University? (3666)

May 20 issue editorial

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In his apostolic constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae, Blessed John Paul II expressed his great love and respect for the unique and increasingly critical mission of Catholic universities.

Their “privileged task,” he stated, is “to unite existentially by intellectual effort two orders of reality that too frequently tend to be placed in opposition as though they were antithetical: the search for truth and the certainty of already knowing the fount of truth.”

The Holy Father re-energized the Church’s vision of Catholic higher education by outlining general principles and canonical requirements for securing and evaluating the religious identity of universities and colleges that call themselves...READ MORE

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Lifesavers (2066)

St. Gerard’s Center for Life pro-life profile from May 6 issue.

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Co-founder and director Theresa Krankowski with some little blessings.

– Courtesy of St. Gerard's

St. Gerard’s Center for Life in Hartford, Conn., makes every day Mother’s Day. The Catholic pregnancy-resource center has a very strong connection to the Blessed Mother.

St. Gerard’s was founded on March 25, 2004 — “symbolically incorporated on the feast of the Annunciation,” says co-founder and director Theresa Krankowski.

Back then, Krankowski, who has a doctorate in education, was part of the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants along with Father Stephen Imabratto, then a seminarian and later founder of Project Defending Life. They prayed regularly in front of Hartford’s abortion facility. They saw the dire need to provide support for women choosing life, and so they opened St....READ MORE

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