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Pentagon Panned for Offering Same-Sex Couples Spousal Benefits (1628)

The new policies make ‘a mockery of the Defense of Marriage Act that is still the law of this nation,’ according to the head of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.

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WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense has drawn criticism over new policies providing same-sex partners some of the benefits normally reserved to military spouses.

The new policies make “a mockery of the Defense of Marriage Act that is still the law of this nation,” said Chaplain Ron Crews, a retired Army Reserve colonel and executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.

Speaking to Catholic News Agency on Feb. 13, Crews decried these new policies, saying that they essentially ignore the intent of federal law by treating same-sex couples as spouses.

Crews pointed to the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for...READ MORE

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Pope: Media Spread Misinterpretations of Vatican II (3020)

These media misrepresentations ‘created many calamities, so many problems, so much misery,’ the Holy Father lamented in a Feb. 14 address.

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Second Vatican Council Fathers.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI said that many of the misinterpretations of the Second Vatican Council were caused by the media promoting its own version.

“The world interpreted the Council through the eyes of the media, instead of seeing the true Council of the fathers and their key vision of faith,” said Pope Benedict at Paul VI Hall Feb. 14.

“Fifty years later, the strength of the real Council has been revealed, and it is our task for the Year of Faith to bring the real Second Vatican Council to life,” he told the priests gathered to meet him.

Pope Benedict spoke with the priests of the Diocese of Rome in an unscripted speech on the Second Vatican Council, which he first...READ MORE

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Benedict Will Still Be There for Us (15619)

COMMENTARY: Pope Benedict had a profound effect on this former Presbyterian minister.

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– Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Like most Catholics, I woke on the morning of Feb. 11, 2013, to a different sort of alarm.

Nothing in my past — indeed, very little in history — had prepared me for what I found in the news that day.

To many people, the Pope resigning seemed an impossibility, like a square circle.

But that wasn’t my particular problem. As a theologian, I knew it could be done. In fact, the conditions had been publicly rehearsed by no less an authority than Benedict XVI in interviews with the media.

A pope’s resignation was not my problem. My problem was with this Pope resigning.

He has been part of my life since early in my adulthood. I discovered Joseph Ratzinger’s work while I was still a...READ MORE

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Pope's Departure and John Bosco's Prophecy, Bishop's Letter on Sacred Music and More! (2669)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Where Does Papa Bene’s Departure Put John Bosco’s Prophecy? Follow the link by Micah Murphy of the Truth & Charity blog to read more.

Where Does Papa Bene’s Departure Put John Bosco’s Prophecy? by Micah Murphy of the Truth & Charity blog - Big Pulpit

Bishop Sample’s Pastoral Letter on Sacred Music – Adam Bartlett, The Chant Café

The Nature of Mystery – John Morgan, Catholic Stand

A New Take on Modern Catholic History – George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

U. S. Attorney General: Banning Homeschooling Does Not Violate Rights – Michael Farris JD LLM, LifeSiteNews

The Path That Leads to Awesome - Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

What Happens to American Catholics if the H. H. S. Mandate is Enforced? – Carson Holloway, Crisis Magazine

Lincoln and the Will of God – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic


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Bridging the Gap: Search Continues for New U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See (4621)

Finding a candidate acceptable both to the Obama administration and to the Vatican is proving an uphill task.

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Miguel Diaz, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See from 2009-2012, presents his credentials to Pope Benedict XVI.

– U.S. Embassy to the Holy See/Facebook

VATICAN CITY — As the Obama administration continues to search for a new ambassador to the Holy See, it faces an uphill task to find a suitable candidate, especially among the ranks of potential Catholic appointees.

Ever since the previous ambassador, Miguel Diaz, announced he was leaving the post shortly before President Barack Obama’s re-election, many have been speculating about who will fill his shoes.

The Holy See sees the appointment as a crucial one — a test for the kind of relations the administration wishes to have with the Catholic Church in President Obama’s second term. “It’s a significant choice for us, as it shows the extent of their interest in this relationship,” a...READ MORE

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During Last Mass, Pope Benedict Urges Return to God (1787)

Benedict XVI’s homily was his last as the head of the Church after he announced this week that he will be resigning on Feb. 28.

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Pope Benedict XVI distributes ashes during Ash Wednesday Mass.

– Stephen Driscoll/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI encouraged people across the globe to wholeheartedly return to God during his last public Mass today as pontiff of the Catholic Church.

“May the invitation to conversion, to ‘return to God with all our heart,’ resonate strongly in us, accepting his grace that makes us new men and women, with the surprising news that is (found in) participating in the very life of Jesus,” Pope Benedict said at St. Peter’s Basilica on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13. Mass was held at 5pm local time.

Benedict XVI’s homily was his last public homily as the head of the Church after he announced on Monday that he will be resigning on Feb. 28.

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U.S. House Votes to Help Churches Battered by Hurricane Sandy (2198)

Rep. Chris Smith co-authored the bill to make houses of worship eligible for FEMA grants.

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Fr. Richard Ahlemeyer

Repairs to the walls of St. Virgilius Catholic Church in Queens, N.Y.

– Fr. Richard Ahlemeyer

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted to allow federal assistance for houses of worship following Hurricane Sandy, as the federal relief agency is normally not permitted to help religious institutions.

“The House has decisively acted to correct this blatant unfairness. Today’s debate and vote is about those who are being unfairly left out and left behind,” the bill’s co-author, Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., said Feb. 13 on the House floor.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) coordinates government disaster response in the U.S.

“It’s about those who helped feed, comfort, clothe and shelter tens of thousands of victims now being told they are ineligible for a FEMA...READ MORE

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A Fast Break for Faith (1616)

Two female basketball stars give up their professional careers to become Catholic campus missionaries.

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Christina Wirth (left) and Jennifer Risper

– Ciprian Petcut, courtesy of FOCUS

DENVER — Best friends Jennifer Risper and Christina Wirth have given up professional basketball to become Catholic missionaries with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students' outreach to student athletes.

“It is always a wonderful consolation to see young people of such caliber decide to serve the Lord and to have a heart for reaching other athletes,” Thomas Wurtz, director of the Focus division Varsity Catholic, told Catholic News Agency Feb. 13.

The two women became professional athletes with the WNBA and in Europe after award-winning careers playing basketball for Vanderbilt University. Now, they will leave their professional basketball team in Romania to join Varsity...READ MORE

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