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German Bishops’ Approval of ‘Plan B’ for Rape Victims Fuels U.S. Debate Over Drug (4280)

Church policy for prescribing the ‘morning-after pill' after rape requires a test to confirm ovulation has not begun.

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Emergency contraception pills

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PHILADELPHIA — On Feb. 21, the German Bishops' Conference announced that Catholic hospitals under their jurisdiction could prescribe the “morning-after pill” to rape victims, a policy shift that reflects the position of the U.S. bishops.

The German bishops stated that Church health-care facilities could provide the medication as long as it would have “a preventive and not an abortive effect. Medical and pharmaceutical methods which result in the death of an embryo still may not be used.”

The announcement came in the wake of a public outcry in Germany, after a rape victim was denied treatment at two Catholic hospitals in Cologne because emergency contraception could not be...READ MORE

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World Meeting of Families Coming to Philadelphia (2878)

Hundreds of thousands of people will gather in the city for the Vatican-sponsored event Sept. 22-27, 2015, and the next pope also is expected to attend.

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PHILADELPHIA — Just hours after the official announcement from the Vatican, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Monday morning that the city has been officially chosen to host the eighth World Meeting of Families in 2015.

This marks the first time the event, established by Blessed John Paul II in 1994, will be held in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world are expected to attend. The event was last hosted in 2012 by Milan, Italy, where more than 1 million people from 153 nations gathered for a Mass with Pope Benedict XVI.

The announcement represents positive news for an archdiocese that has been unsettled recently by sexual-abuse scandals and...READ MORE

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Controversy in Cologne: The German Bishops and the ‘Morning-After Pill’ (7911)


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In December 2012, two Catholic hospitals in Cologne, Germany, reportedly refused to provide a gynecological exam to a 25-year-old woman who said she had been sexually assaulted. German law requires hospitals that treat rape victims to make available emergency contraceptive (EC) medications (also called “morning-after pills”). Many people believe that these medications can cause abortions by preventing the implantation of a newly conceived embryo.

To avoid needing to administer the EC medication, the hospitals referred the woman elsewhere without ever seeing her. The London Telegraph broke the story in English on Jan. 18, with the polemical headline: “German rape victim ‘turned away by...READ MORE

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Teaching Science and Faith in Harmony (4220)

The Steno Learning Program in Faith and Science offers seminar for Catholic high-school science and religion teachers.

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Contrary to what the secular media and pop culture say, a competition or even a conflict between modern science and the Catholic faith doesn’t exist.

“In our culture, there is a great deal of misunderstanding about the relationship between faith and science,” said Chris Baglow, professor at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. “The Church has excellent guidance to give us on how to appreciate the harmony between them. She doesn’t replace one with the other. Instead, she brings them into dialogue.”

To demonstrate the harmony of the two disciplines to Catholic high-school science and religion faculty, Baglow developed the Steno Learning Program in Faith and Science.

Sponsored by the...READ MORE

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Protestant Scholar Lauds Benedict's Ecumenical Strides (2349)

Pope Benedict builds unity inside and outside the Church.

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Pasadena, Calif. — Pope Benedict has been a leader devoted to ecumenical efforts, according to a professor of Christian history and ecumenism at Fuller Theological Seminary, a Protestant school in Pasadena, Calif.

“I have appreciated his commitment to ecumenism,” said Cecil Robeck Jr., who is also a minister in the Assemblies of God, an ecclesial community in the Pentecostal tradition.

Robeck participated in the third interfaith gathering at Assisi with Pope Benedict in 2011 and corresponded with him when he was still prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

After the warmth of John Paul II’s pontificate, Robeck said there was some apprehension in the Protestant...READ MORE

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Pope Issues Conclave Motu Proprio (5159)

The papal document allows the College of Cardinals to move forward the date of the upcoming conclave.

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Journalists read the 'motu proprio' document in a press conference in the Holy See Press Room on Feb. 25 in Vatican City.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI issued a motu proprio today, allowing the College of Cardinals to bring forward the date of the upcoming conclave as long as all voting cardinals are present.

The document, presented this afternoon at a Vatican press conference by the vice camerlengo, Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, also introduces a series of modifications to the laws governing the interregnum period and the election of a new bishop of Rome.

The motu proprio (a papal document issued on the pope’s personal initiative) replaces certain numbered parts of the text in the governing apostolic constitution, Universi Dominici Gregis (On the Vacancy of the Apostolic See and the Election of the...READ MORE

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Pew Poll Finds Strong Approval for Pope Benedict (2846)

Most Catholics who were surveyed are in favor of keeping strong Catholic traditions.

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A woman displays her admiration for Pope Benedict Feb. 24 in St. Peter’s Square.

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WASHINGTON — As the Feb. 28 resignation of Pope Benedict XVI approaches, the vast majority of U.S. Catholics have a favorable view of the Pope, and the majority support traditional Catholic teaching as well.

According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, 74% of U.S. Catholics “express a favorable view of the Pope.”

This rating is similar to the March 2008 poll, when about three in four Catholics held a “very” or “mostly” favorable opinion of the Pope shortly before his visit to the United States.

Pope Benedict has been regarded favorably throughout his entire papacy, with approval ratings among U.S. Catholics ranging from 67%-83%.

Pope Benedict’s predecessor, Pope John...READ MORE

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Five Reasons to Kill Christian Music, Beauty is the Seal of Truth, Fat Body of Christ and Much More! (4233)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Five Reasons to Kill Christian Music. Follow the link by Marc Barnes of the Bad Catholic blog to read more of this most important liturgical musical topic of our time.

Five Reasons to Kill Christian Music by Marc Barnes of the Bad Catholic blog – Big Pulpit

Beauty is the Seal of Truth – Beauty in Education

Fat Body of Christ? – Burke Ingraffia, Ignitum Today

More than 100,000 Rally to Protect Marriage in Puerto Rico – Ben Johnson, LifeSiteNews

Giving Up the Power Struggle in Marriage – Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

G. K. Chesterton: It’s Not Gay and Not It's Not Marriage – Dale Ahlquist MA, Crisis Magazine

Dom Guéranger: A Prophet – Dom Mark Daniel Kirby, Vultus Christi

Same-Sex "Marriage": Our Agreements Solve Our Disagreement – Trent Horn, Catholic Answers

The Papacy of Pope Benedict XVI (recent roundup of the best links) - Big Pulpit


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