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Komen's Quandary: a Planned Parenthood Rerun? (3295)

Funding issue is reminiscent of AT&T episode.

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RACE FOR SUPPORT. Apparent flip flops in regards to support of Planned Parenthood have some wondering whether pro-lifers will turn their backs on Komen.

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The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation’s off- and apparently on-again decision to fund Planned Parenthood mirrors a similar situation with AT&T more than two decades ago, with dissimilar results.

The communications giant had been funding Planned Parenthood for 25 years. The grants were described as being educational outreach for teens. But in 1990, AT&T, facing pressure and a boycott from pro-life groups, abruptly announced that it would cease donating to Planned Parenthood.

In a foreshadowing of what happened to the Komen Foundation last week, AT&T immediately found itself the target of a bitter campaign to force it to restore Planned Parenthood funding.

The leadership of Planned...READ MORE

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"Coming Out" To Rick Santorum, Confusing Catholic Terms Guide, Jesus of Egypt, and more! (2739)

The Best in Catholic Blog“Coming Out” To Rick Santorum. Click on the link by Richard Evans to learn more.

02/07/2012 Comment

“Coming Out” To Rick Santorum. Click on the link by Richard Evans to learn more.

“Coming Out” To Rick Santorum - Richard Evans, Catholic Boy Richard

Hosts, Host, & Sabaoth: A Guide to Confusing Catholic Terms - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Jesus of Egypt - Stephen Beale, Crisis Magazine

Mercy - Calah Alexander, Ignitum Today

Amelia Rivera, Disabled & Sanctity of Life - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput OFM Cap, Catholic Lane

Nigeria: Christians “Need to Get Out of this Hell” - Sante Altizio, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Obama Wrong on Jesus Endorsing Higher Taxes - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Komen as an Example of Liberal Tolerance for Diversity - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Gov. O’Malley’s and Other’s False Contrasts of...READ MORE

Filed under amelia rivera, barack obama, honduras, jesus, nigeria, religious liberty, rick santorum, sacred music, same-sex attraction, susan g. komen foundation

Pope Benedict Appoints New Salina, Kan., Bishop (2595)

Msgr. Edward John Weisenburger is presently the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

02/06/2012 Comment
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Pope Benedict XVI has named Oklahoma priest Msgr. Edward John Weisenburger as the new bishop of Salina, Kansas.

Bishop-elect Weisenburger, 51, will succeed former Salina Bishop Paul Coakely, who was named Archbishop of Oklahoma City on Dec. 16. The bishop-elect is presently the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and the rector of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral.

He served as an on-site chaplain for rescue workers at the site of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City after the April 19, 1995, bombing that killed 168 people.

He was born in Alton, Ill., on Dec. 23, 1960. His father was a military officer, and his mother was a homemaker. He spent two years of his...READ MORE

Filed under bishops, pope benedict xvi, salina, kansas

Mystery Behind Fidel Castros Excommunication, Heroic Minute, Distributist Agrarianism, and more! (2828)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Mystery of Fidel Castro’s Excommunication. Click on the link by Andrea Tornielli to learn more.

The Heroic Minute, Soon After Waking: The First Battle of the Day - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Unlock The Doors Before It Is Too Late - Michael Seagriff, Harvesting The Fruits Of Contemplation

The Mystery of Fidel Castro’s Excommunication - Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Community Supported Agriculture: A Distributist Agrarianism - Kevin Ford, The Distributist Review

Obama Mandate Awakens The Faithful From Their Slumber - Dave Hartline, The American Catholic

Black Catholics’ Survey Finds Strong Ties in Church - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Another Life to Remember - Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

Sign the Petition Against HHS Regulation - Richard...READ MORE

Filed under barack obama, beer, catholic blogosphere, distributist agrarianism, excommunication, fidel castro, heroic minute, religious freedom, religious liberty, vatican ii

Colleges Week 2012 (1902)

To celebrate Catholic colleges this month, the Register offers features on uniquely Catholic classes, a Catholic student's trip to Oxford, how networking is helping seniors and recent graduates of Catholic colleges find jobs, and why the New Evangelization is aiding new colleges in these tough economic times. Feb. 12 issue feature.

02/06/2012 Comment

To celebrate Catholic colleges this month, the Register offers features on uniquely Catholic classes, a Catholic student’s trip to Oxford, how networking is helping seniors and recent graduates of Catholic colleges find jobs, and why the New Evangelization is aiding new colleges in these tough economic times.

To see the complete Colleges Week section, click here.


Filed under catholic colleges, catholic education, catholic higher education

45 Years After Restoration, Permanent Diaconate Soldiers On (3883)

Ministry has grown exponentially since 1967. 'As long as we have poor to feed, we will need deacons,' says Chicago official.

02/06/2012 Comment
Diocese of Shreveport

A permanent deacon, at left, assists at a Mass in the Diocese of Shreveport, La.

– Diocese of Shreveport

The Church is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council this year — and the 45th anniversary of the restoration of the permanent diaconate in the Latin Church.

Pope Paul VI released an apostolic letter, Sacrum Diaconatus Ordinem in 1967, after a recommendation made by the bishops of the Council. The permanent diaconate has since had a major impact on the Church in dioceses around the world, as the number of deacons has steadily grown. Also, as time passes, Church leadership is able to reflect on the proper role of the deacon and help the laity come to a proper understanding of it.

The diaconate has its roots in the very early Church. The Book of Acts...READ MORE

Filed under deacons, permanent diaconate, priests, second vatican council

Blessing of Bella (3572)

Feb. 12 issue editorial on how the life of 3-year-old Isabella Maria Santorum has turned out to be a blessing for all of us.

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Reuters/Jason Cohn

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum reaches back to rub the forehead of his daughter Isabella Maria, who is held by his wife, Karen, at a rally to officially announce his candidacy for president of the United States on the steps of the courthouse in Somerset, Pa., June 6, 2011.

– Reuters/Jason Cohn

Rick Santorum may never get past the string of presidential primaries that are leading up to the Republican convention.

But with the former Pennsylvania senator’s profile now much higher than it has ever been, he has already attained a “bully pulpit” of sorts for the values that matter most to him and his Catholic family.

While we would never wish the burden of serious illness on any family, the life of 3-year-old Isabella Maria Santorum has turned out to be a blessing for all of us.

The Santorums already knew her life was precious and full of potential — even when they received the devastating news shortly after Bella’s birth that she had Trisomy 18, a syndrome that can cause heart defects,...READ MORE

Filed under children with disabilities, dignity of human life, faith, life, pro-life, rick santorum

Virginia Senate Passes Ultrasound Bill (1983)

Governor and state Catholic Conference support the bill.

02/06/2012 Comments (18)
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The Virginia Senate passed legislation on Feb. 1 requiring a woman seeking an abortion to first obtain an ultrasound image of her unborn child.

Bill sponsor Republican Sen. Jill Vogel said the legislation will help keep women informed about their health and will bring current laws “in line with current reproductive technology.”

“It is critical that a woman have the opportunity to have the ultrasound because the ultrasound can lead to information that would save your life or, at a minimum, have an impact on the outcome of the procedure,” she told the Northern Virginia Daily.

The legislation passed by a 21-18 vote, with two Democrats voting in favor and one Republican voting against. It...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, pro-life legislation, ultrasounds, virginia

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