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Sebelius Speaks at Georgetown Despite Protests (5999)

HHS secretary refers to JFK speech on religion and politics, as she encourages students to embrace public service.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius answers a question during a briefing to release Social Security and Medicare trustees reports at the Treasury Department April 23.

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WASHINGTON — Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services, spoke today at a graduation event at Georgetown Public Policy Institute, despite protests from Catholic groups, some Georgetown University faculty and alumni, and the Archdiocese of Washington, which issued a statement earlier this week that rejected the university’s attempt to downplay her appearance.

“Today, there are serious debates under way about the direction of our country — debates about the size and role of government, about America’s role as a global economic and military leader, about the moral and economic imperative of providing health care to all our citizens,” Secretary Sebelius told the...READ MORE

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Italian Catholic Website Setting Internet Records, Ascension Thursday Sunday, and Much More! (2221)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Italian Catholic Website Setting Internet Viewership Records. Click on the link by Sandro Magister to read more.

Italian Catholic Website Setting Internet Viewership Records - Sandro Magister, www.chiesa

Ascension Thursday Sunday - Fr. Z's Blog

Tolerance Looks Like Rainbows & Smells Like Burning Churches – The Pulpit

Why I Don’t Care - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Did Jesus Have Brothers and Sisters? - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Is Christ Literally Sitting on God's Right Hand? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

God Doesn't Care What You Wear to Church, But Neighbors Do - Fr. Dam. Ference, The Word on Fire Blog

Cardinal Dolan on Catholic Identity & Traditional Marriage - Matthew Archbold, The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Notes

Does John 6:63 Refute the Real...READ MORE

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How Catholic Is Your Child’s School? (7912)

Catholic Education Foundation develops tool to help administrators, pastors and parents determine the 'Catholic' identity of their school.

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How Catholic is your child’s school?

There’s a new tool available to help parents answer that question.

The Catholic Identity Assessment program has been developed by the Rochester, N.Y.-based Catholic Education Foundation. Father Peter Stravinskas, executive director of the foundation, said that a school’s Catholic identity is not as assured as it was in an earlier time, when much of the faculty was composed of priests and religious. Father Stravinskas said that a number of individual schools and the Archdiocese of Denver and the Diocese of Gaylord in Michigan have adopted the Catholic Identity Assessment for all diocesan schools.

Charles Taylor, superintendent of Catholic schools...READ MORE

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The Baggage Adult Children of Divorce Carry (20004)

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For those engaged in America’s culture wars, it is clear that the welfare of children is the battle ground of choice. We are barely out of the gate with civil unions and same-sex “marriages,” and we have been told, in defense of these new institutions — and with the help of Hollywood — that The Kids Are All Right. And if it be true that “by their fruits ye shall know them,” then, if the kids are all right, so must be their parents.

But as we hurtle along in our social experiments, allaying our fears that children may not be getting the best deal in the new domestic arrangements, let’s pause for a moment and pay heed to the many children who, as adults, have come forward to say something...READ MORE

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NFP and PR, The Sistine Chapel as You have Never Seen It, New Apps for Mary in Prayer, and More! (2658)

The Best in Catholic Blogging!

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NFP and PR. Click on the link by Emily Zanottti to read more.

NFP and PR - Emily Zanotti, Ignitum Today

The Sistine Chapel as You have Never Seen It - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Tech Talk: New Apps for Mary in Prayer - Sarah Reinhard, Catholic Lane

Tolerance Looks Like Rainbows & Smells Like Burning Churches – The Pulpit

St. John of Avila: A Most Dynamic Priesthood - Br. John Paoletti, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

From Faust to a Poor Wayfaring Stranger, A Music Review - Robert R. Reilly, Crisis Magazine

Distributism and Externalities - Donald P. Goldman III, The Distributist Review

Why Can't the Catholic Church Ordain Women? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

1972: Jesuit Revealed Spirit of Vatican II Atrocities, Exiled for It...READ MORE

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Installed at Baltimore’s Cathedral, Archbishop Lori Draws Line in Sand for Courageous Faith (4586)

‘We must be loyal Americans by being bold and courageous Catholics,’ he states, as the U.S. bishops formally rejected Obama’s proposed ‘accommodation’ to the HHS mandate.

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Archbishop William Lori moments before his installation Mass on May 16 in Baltimore.

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BALTIMORE — During an installation replete with striking pageantry, sounding trumpets and an enthusiastic crowd of 2,000, Archbishop William Lori passionately defended the cause of religious freedom as a defining issue for the American people and the Catholic faithful.

“We do not seek to defend religious liberty for partisan purposes, as some have suggested; we do this because we are lovers of a human dignity that was fashioned and imparted not by the government, but by the Creator,” Archbishop Lori said in a May 16 homily designed to bring the campaign from Capitol Hill to the parishes of Baltimore.

Addressing the congregation from the pulpit at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in...READ MORE

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A Tough Week for Anti-Christian Entertainment, Franciscan University Drops Health Plan, and more! (2748)

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05/17/2012 Comment

A Tough Week for Anti-Christian Entertainment. Click on the link by Matthew Archbold to read more.

A Tough Week for Anti-Christian Entertainment - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Franciscan University of Steubenville Drops Student Health Plan over Mandate - Matthew Archbold, The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Notes

Why are Catholic Priests Blessing Same-Sex Unions in New York? - The Pulpit

The French Elections at the Cost of Subsidiarity is Disturbing - Matt Salisbury, Solidarity with Salisbury

Do Good Works Merit the Soul in Mortal Sin & Other Questions on Indulgences - Saint Peter's List

Please: Prosecute Abusers, But Also False Accusers - Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture/On the News

Robert George: Same-Sex Marriage Ushering in Legal Trainwreck - Susan...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: St. Paul Teaches Us to Pray With the Holy Spirit's Help (1188)

Heavenly aid helps us pray, the Holy Father said May 16.

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Pope Benedict XVI says Christians should avail themselves to the Holy Spirit in prayer, particularly when they cannot find the words or inspiration to pray. 

“St. Paul teaches us that in our prayer we must open ourselves to the presence and action of the Holy Spirit, who prays in us with inexpressible groanings, to bring us to adhere to God with our whole heart and with all our being,” the Pope said May 16.

“The Spirit of Christ becomes the strength of our ‘weak’ prayer, the light of our ‘dimmed’ prayer, the focus of our ‘dry’ prayer, giving us true inner freedom, teaching us to live by facing our trials, in the certainty we are not alone.”

Continuing his weekly catechesis on...READ MORE

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