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House Investigates Politicization of Grant Process at HHS (2540)

GOP and USCCB Charges of anti-Catholic bias are refuted by director of the HHS anti-trafficking program.

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George Sheldon, acting assistant secretary for the agency’s Administration for Children and Families, testifies before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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WASHINGTON — Charges of anti-Catholic bias were leveled during a Dec. 1 congressional hearing that scrutinized the federal government’s decision to end its funding relationship with a Catholic agency that serves trafficking victims.

The three-hour hearing that examined charges of a politicized grant-review process at the Department of Health and Human Services featured heated rhetoric from GOP congressmen, who asserted that political interference had led the federal agency to reject a grant proposal from a top-rated Catholic agency. An HHS official defended the agency’s decision to award grants to two agencies that received lower scores in an independent review.

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Vatican Calls for Universal Access to Treatment for AIDS Victims and Moral Sex Ed (1723)

Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers said educating people in a 'truly correct and responsible' approach to sexuality is a must on World AIDS Day.

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VATICAN CITY(EWTN News/CNA)—To mark World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers appealed for universal access to life-saving treatment for all AIDS victims and urged others to show solidarity with them.

“Although the international community began to work against this infection over 20 years ago, unfortunately it is estimated that 1.8 million people still die every year because of HIV. These are people who could lead normal lives if they only had access to suitable pharmacological therapies, those known as antiretroviral therapies,” the council’s president, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, said Dec. 1.

The development of suitable treatments means that AIDS...READ MORE

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Becoming Small for the Nuns, Solitude and Friendship, Same-Sex Dorms Foster Friendships, and more! (2941)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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On Becoming Small & Losing it for the Nuns. Click on the link by Fr. Christensen to learn more.

On Becoming Small & Losing it for the Nuns - Fr. Christensen, White Around the Collar

Solitude and Political Friendship - Anthony Esolen, Public Discourse

Catholic University’s Same-Sex Dorms Foster Friendship, Respect - John Garvey, Washington Post

Can the Church Ban Capital Punishment? - Christopher A. Ferrara, Crisis Magazine

A Bitter Pill, Indeed - Misty, Catholic Sistas

Famous Detroit Assumption Grotto to be Closed - Diane M. Korzeniewski OCDS, Te Deum Laudamus!

Attacks to Religious Freedom & the Real Purpose of the Firstst Amendment - Msgr. Charles Pope, AOW

How many more Lives will be Sacrificed to Western Sexual Ideology? - Carolyn Moynihan, MercatorNet

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Gianna Center's Pro-Life Medicine Seeks to Expand Beyond New York (4407)

Women of faith flock to practice, finding more natural, ethical treatment.

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NEW YORK — There are thousands of doctors in New York City, so the addition of another physician to the rolls wouldn’t seem to matter much.

Yet when Dr. Anne Nolte merely announced that she was planning to set up practice in Manhattan two years ago, a whole network of New York women began rejoicing.

Nolte, who was known as Dr. Mielnik before her marriage last July, is a natural-family-planning physician who does not prescribe contraceptives or refer for abortions. In a city known for its diversity and appeal to every taste, hers is the only practice in a city of 8 million people focusing solely on the Creighton Natural Procreative Technology (NaPro). That’s the system, developed by Dr....READ MORE

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House Investigates HHS Decision to Deny Grants to Bishops' Anti-Trafficking Program (2447)

Congressional hearing started Dec. 1.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—The U.S. House of Representatives opened an investigative hearing on Dec. 1 into whether or not the Department of Health and Human Services was justified in denying grants to the U.S. bishops’ human-trafficking program.

George Sheldon, acting assistant secretary for the department’s Administration for Children and Families, testified that the department funded groups who “could best meet the needs of human-trafficking victims,” which did not include the U.S. bishops.

Sheldon said that the administration found all the organizations “equally” qualified and decided that the awards would go to the groups that would offer referrals for “family-planning services” and...READ MORE

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Does Psalm 69:8 Say Mary Had Children, An Exhortation to Clergy, Pro-Life Witness, and much more! (4310)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Does Psalm 69:8 Proves that Mary Had Other Children? Click on the link by Joe Heschmeyer to learn more.

Does Psalm 69:8 Proves that Mary Had Other Children? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

An Exhortation to the Clergy - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

The Most Controversial Decision: Challenging Pro-Life Witness - Chris. O. Tollefsen, Public Discourse

Messianic Prophecies: Psalm 21 - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Will Mel Gibson Baptize Chanukhah? - Peter Freeman, Crisis Magazine

On Joe Carter on Distributism - Donald P. Goldman III, The Distributist Review

Dignitatis Humanae Inst.: Promotes Natural Law in Europe - Edward Pentin, Catholic World Report

The Catholic Church and World AIDS Day - Christopher White, First Things/On the Square

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Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bishops Seek St. Peter's Intercession During Ad Limina Visit to Rome (2173)

Archbishop Charles Chaput: 'The Lord has given us these 10 days here in Rome in the season of Advent to be reflective, to raise in our hearts the spirit of Advent which is embodied in Mary, who pondered the things of the Lord in her heart.'

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—The bishops of Pennsylvania and New Jersey are praying to St. Peter as they begin their ad limina visit in Rome, asking for fidelity and courage.

The group began the first full day of their trip with early morning Mass at the tomb of St. Peter.

“The Lord has given us these 10 days here in Rome in the season of Advent to be reflective, to raise in our hearts the spirit of Advent which is embodied in Mary, who pondered the things of the Lord in her heart,” said Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia in his homily.

As well as the usual round of meetings with Vatican officials, Archbishop Chaput said that he and his fellow bishops are looking at their time in...READ MORE

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SNAP, Media Spotlight Role of Psychiatrist Who Evaluated Troubled KC Priest (3282)

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(Editor’s note): This is an update of a story that first appeared Dec. 1, 2011):

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Star newspaper and the Survivors’ Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) raised questions about whether the psychiatrist who evaluated Father Shawn Ratigan, a priest charged with possession of child pornography, could be impartial in his professional assessment because of his association with a Catholic lay organization, Opus Bono Sacerdotii.

The psychiatrist, Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, who denies the accusations, is an adjunct professor at the John Paul Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of American in Washington, D.C. He is also the...READ MORE

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