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Catholics and the Question of Gun Ownership (5263)

With no definitive Church teaching on the matter, believers fall on both sides of the issue.

02/07/2013 Comments (29)

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WASHINGTON — Authentic Catholics oppose abortion in all instances and pray for world peace.

So when a maniac shoots up a school, some believe Catholics also should favor gun control, just as they support legislation to stop abortion.

“If I had my way, society would have no guns,” said Franciscan Father Joseph Nangle, associate pastor of Our Lady, Queen of Peace parish in Arlington, Va.

Father Nangle spoke with the Register after joining 63 other priests, bishops, nuns and Catholic theologians in signing a letter that urges “fellow Catholics in Congress” to support more restrictive gun laws.

“Pro-life citizens and elected officials have a responsibility to show greater moral...READ MORE

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World’s Bishops Make Progress in Abuse Response (848)

The Vatican’s clerical sexual abuse investigator says more than 75% of bishops’ conferences have developed guidelines for dealing with allegations.

02/07/2013 Comments (1)

Father Robert Oliver (l), CDF promoter of justice, and Jesuit Father Hans Zollner.


ROME — Father Robert Oliver, the Vatican’s new person responsible for investigating cases of clerical sex abuse, says that over three-quarters of the world’s conferences of bishops have developed guidelines for cases of alleged abuse.

At the same time, Father Oliver recalled that Pope Benedict XVI asked “all institutions, without exception...to comply with standards in the protection of children and young people.”

The project of requiring every bishops’ conference to create guidelines for responding to abuse allegations began with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issuing a circular letter to the world’s 112 episcopal conferences in May 2011.

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New Injunctions Granted Against HHS Mandate (3242)

Two federal appeals courts grant preliminary injunctions protecting the religious liberty of for-profit plaintiffs.

02/07/2013 Comments (3)

WASHINGTON — Two federal appeals courts have become the latest to grant preliminary injunctions protecting the religious liberty of for-profit plaintiffs from the demands of the federal contraception mandate.

“Freedom is not the government’s to give and take away when it pleases,” said Alliance Defending Freedom counsel Matt Bowman in response to one of the decisions.

“The court did the right thing in issuing its order, and we are confident that this unconstitutional mandate’s days are numbered,” he continued.

Alliance Defending Freedom is representing numerous plaintiffs in lawsuits challenging the controversial contraception mandate, which requires employers to offer health...READ MORE

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Reimbursment for Stay-At-Home Moms, Chapel Renovation in Tampa, Being Sisyphus, and Much More! (3464)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/07/2013 Comment

Reimbursement for Stay-At-Home Moms? Follow the link by Sr. Renée Mirkes of The Catholic World Report website to read more.

Reimbursement for Stay-At-Home Moms? by Sr. Renée Mirkes of The Catholic World Report websiteBig Pulpit

Chapel Renovation, Jesuit High School, Tampa, Florida – Matthew Alderman, New Liturgical Movement

Being Sisyphus – JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

Preparing for Lent: Nine Liturgical Gems from the Byzantine East – Saint Peter’s List

Imagine Hearing Music Like This Every Sunday – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

The Wealth of Nations Depends on the Health of Families – Patrick Fagan, Public Discourse

Book Review: Theology of the Body for Every Body – Robert Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

The Rich, Not States, are Called to Help Others - Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine


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Boy Scouts Postpone Decision About Homosexuals (6478)

The group’s national executive board defers the question of whether to lift the ban on open homosexuals to the Scouts’ national meeting in May.

02/06/2013 Comments (42)

IRVING, Texas — Following several weeks of speculation that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) would lift its ban on openly homosexual scouts and leaders, the organization on Wednesday announced the decision would be postponed until May.

The leadership of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting responded to the Feb. 6 announcement by urging Catholics who participate with the Scouts to continue to voice their opposition to such a policy change to their local Scout councils.

The national executive board of the Scouts, which has been meeting since Feb. 4 in Irving, Texas, issued a statement that read, in part:

“After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting...READ MORE

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Women Under Fire: New U.S. Battlefield Policy Faces Criticism (2093)

The recent decision allowing female soldiers in combat units ignores several serious problems, according to some informed observers.

02/06/2013 Comments (15)

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WASHINGTON — While many Americans appear to support a greater role for women in military combat, some Catholics worry that male soldiers’ instincts to protect women will cause serious problems for military operations.  

“If Catholic moral theology teaches that men must protect women and love them as Christ loved the Church, even to the point of death, then I cannot see any good coming from putting women into situations where, of necessity, they will be treated like men,” said defense analyst and military historian Stuart Koehl.

Koehl, a Melkite Greek Catholic layman, is a fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced...READ MORE

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Out of the Closet: Wearing Your Cassock, "Grand Inquisitor" Visits Houston, and Much More! (2634)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/06/2013 Comments (2)

Out of the Closet: Wearing Your Cassock. Follow the link by Fr. Joe of the Southern Fried Catholicism blog to read more.

Out of the Closet: Wearing Your Cassock by Fr. Joe of the Southern Fried Catholicism blogBig Pulpit

In U. S. Debut, Rome’s “Grand Inqusitor” On the Ordinariates – Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Bishop Sample and the Future of Catholic Music – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

What Teaches the Greatest Wisdom: Poetry, Prose or Beautiful Art & Music? – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Celebrating Lent with A Homemade Candle – Hannah M., Catholic Sistas

No Babies, No Future: The Latest Evidence – Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine

Same-Sex ‘Marriage’, Assisted Reproductive Technologies and the Family – Anna Williams, First Things/First Thoughts

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Pope Benedict on God's Loving Creation: 'It Is Good to Be Human' (2757)

During his Feb. 6, the Holy Father focused his attention on the second phrase of the Creed: God is the 'Creator of heaven and earth.'

02/06/2013 Comment

VATICAN CITY — Even with modern scientific advances, it is still right to speak of the beginning of life as “creation” because the world’s origin is rational and motivated by love, Pope Benedict XVI said.

In today’s “age of science and technology,” the Pope asked, does it make sense to still speak of creation as Scripture does?

The Bible, he responded, “is not intended as a manual of the natural sciences; it wants to help us understand the authentic and profound truth of things. … So the Scripture tells us that the origin of the world, our origin is not irrational or out of necessity, but reason and love and freedom.”

The Feb. 6 general audience was held in the Vatican’s Paul VI...READ MORE

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