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Pope Confers First 'Ratzinger Prize' Awards (2288)

Benedict XVI discusses how faith and reason lead to love of God in speech for 'the Nobel Prize for Theology.'

07/01/2011 Comments (4)

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — Pope Benedict said on June 30 that although science has led to incredible advances in the modern age, it falls short in completely revealing the personhood of God. 

Although empirical reason “has led to great achievements, and no one would seriously wish to deny that it is just and necessary as a way to understand nature and the laws of nature,” the Pope said, “there is a limit to such a use of reason.”

“God is not an object of human experimentation. He is subject and shows himself only in the relationship between one person and another.”

Pope Benedict made his remarks at a June 30 Vatican award ceremony for the three winners of the first ever Ratzinger...READ MORE

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Maureen Dowd & Andrew Cuomo: Scribe & Patron Saint of 'Personal Conscience' (3991)

A Register news analysis

07/01/2011 Comments (26)

In recent weeks, Maureen Dowd of The New York Times’ has been taking pot shots at Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, who drew her ire by opposing the legalization of same-sex “marriage” in New York. Here’s just one example.

But the surprise passage of the bill last week appears to have softened Dowd’s predictably shrill tone. In her June 29 column, she joyfully embraced her kind of religious leader: Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Catholic-college graduate who — like Dowd — firmly rejects key moral precepts of his cradle faith.

After last week’s big political victory, Dowd’s column looks like a victory lap for two true believers who witnessed the fulfillment of their vision of a better world....READ MORE

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Veterans Fight for Their Religious Freedom (2003)

Those who fought for America sue Houston National Cemetery, which wants to curtail prayer and 'God bless' from funeral services.

07/01/2011 Comments (3)

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HOUSTON (CNA) — The Liberty Institute has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs after it continuously tried to prevent veterans from including prayers in funeral services at the Houston National Cemetery.

“We do know that this is unconstitutional; this violates their rights. We have brought a federal lawsuit, and we hope the government will do the right thing and correct this policy,” said Erin Leu, attorney for the Liberty Institute, in an interview with CNA on June 30.

She said the institute was optimistic that the Southern District Court of Texas will rule in the veterans’ favor and find that the private groups have a “constitutional right to reference God and...READ MORE

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How to Be a Christian Missionary (2276)

Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue joins other groups in issuing guidelines for Christlike evangelization.

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Leaders representing 90% of all Christians worldwide issued guidelines on acceptable missionary conduct based on the witness of Christ and the early Church.

“The example and teaching of Jesus Christ and of the early Church must be the guides for Christian mission,” church leaders wrote.

“Christian witness is always a sharing in his witness, which takes the form of proclamation of the Kingdom, service to neighbor and the total gift of self, even if that act of giving leads to the cross.”

The document “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World” was issued jointly on June 28 by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, the World Council of Churches and the World...READ MORE

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Catholic University of America Phases Out Coed Dorms (4950)

Research shows single-sex housing leads to more virtuous behavior.

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Crowd observes graduation ceremonies at The Catholic University of America beside the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in 2010.

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WASHINGTON — When The Catholic University of America’s fall session begins, living arrangements for freshman students will be different.

To reduce binge drinking and sexual activity, the university’s President, John Garvey, announced in June the university’s plans to re-implement single-sex residence halls.

“I spoke with the board of trustees about it when I was offered the job,” said Garvey. “I said I wanted to do something different because of our own experience of putting five children through college and knowing what was good for them. At a school like Catholic University of America, we’re concerned not only about forming their minds, but their character, and this was the kind of...READ MORE

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Human Sexuality & The Catholic Church, Mormons At Your Door, Cardinal Scola Interview, and more! (3669)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/01/2011 Comment

Mormons at Your Door?: What to Expect and Do.

Interview with the New Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Scola - Gerard O’Connell, La Stampa

Human Sexuality & The Catholic Church: The Conjugal Act as a Personal Act - Donald P. Asci, Ignatius Insight

Mormons at Your Door: What to Expect - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

A Dangerous Freedom - Rodney Howsare, First Things/On the Square

Gender Matters - Barbara Curtis, Arlington Catholic Herald

. . .gender confusion in boys: how to help. . .

Obama’s Obsession with Sexual Orientation - Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

What the Pope Fears - Doctor Robert Moynihan, Catholic Lane

Defense of Marriage in Minnesota - Father John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

God is Not a Subject...READ MORE

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Christians Are Staying in the Holy Land (4630)

Pontifical Mission director says number of faithful in the region has stabilized and may even be increasing.

06/30/2011 Comments (5)

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ROME (EWTN News) — After years of decline, Christian numbers in the Holy Land have stabilized and may even be on the way up, according to the Pontifical Mission’s director for Israel and Palestine.

“In recent years I think we have not witnessed any waves of emigration out of the Holy Land,” Sami El-Yousef told EWTN News while on a visit to Rome.

“Actually, we have heard of some Christian families who had emigrated in recent years to the U.S. and Europe for economic reasons that have now actually returned to the Holy Land,” he said.

The Pontifical Mission is the papal organization that supports Christians in a region that has often seen them face poverty, uncertainly and hostility from...READ MORE

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Federal Judge Restores Planned Parenthood Funding (2700)

But Indiana case is a partial victory for court’s recognition of human life beginning at conception.

06/30/2011 Comments (2)

Indianapolis — A federal judge has temporarily restored taxpayers’ dollars to Planned Parenthood Indiana (PPIN).But pro-life lawyers and organizations say they are confident the state government’s appeal with prevail, even if it has to go to the Supreme Court.

Planned Parenthood, meanwhile, applauded the decision of federal Judge Tanya Walton Pratt both because her temporary injunction restored a reported $ 1.6 million in annual funding that allowed it to keep open eight businesses in the state and also because the decision was an early indication PPIN could get Indiana’s law thrown out when it returns to court for a permanent injunction.

“This ruling means we can resume providing pap...READ MORE

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