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Physician's Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment: Helpful or a New Threat? (54787)

Some ethicists see stronger danger at end of life with new form that patients can sign. 'A living will on steroids.'

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WASHINGTON — A patient in a nursing home or hospital is increasingly likely to be asked to sign a form with a benign-sounding name: Physician’s Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment.

A brightly colored document that is one page, printed on both sides, with boxes to be checked off regarding medical treatment — or the withholding of treatment — the Physician’s Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (Polst), in an instrument for dealing with end-of-life decisions if the patient is incapacitated.

Once signed, the Polst accompanies the patient to any new medical facility. Some critics say that it is difficult for a patient to make changes in the document.

The Polst was developed in the early...READ MORE

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Is Watching Football Immoral, Why You Don't Have to Use NFP, Coffee and Ritual, and much more! (3883)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/16/2012 Comment

Brain Damage & the NFL: Is Watching Football Immoral? Click on the link by Christian Tappe to read more.

Brain Damage & the NFL: Is Watching Football Immoral? - Christian Tappe, Crisis Magazine

Why You Don’t Have to Use Natural Family Planning - Colleen, Catholic Sistas

Coffee and Ritual - Ink and Quill, Ignitum Today

Catholic Blogosphere Link Roundup on the President Obama Same-Sex Marriage Fallout for Wednesday - The Pulpit

Respecting Dignity of the Worker Means Rewarding Better Work - Dominic Iocco, Solidarity with Salisbury

101 Books Gen Ys Must Read before they Die - Michael Cook, MercatorNet

Benedict XVI Raps Political Apathy - Giacomo Galeazzi, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

6 Types of Catholic Churches: The Basics - Jackson, Saint Peter's List

Why Philosophy Matters - Dr....READ MORE

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Legionary Priest Admits Fathering Child and Issues Apology (8029)

Father Thomas Williams is leaving public ministry for 1 year.

05/15/2012 Comments (24)

Father Thomas Williams, LC

– EWTN News

Father Thomas Williams, one of the most high-profile American members of the Legion of Christ, is leaving public ministry after admitting he fathered a child.

“A number of years ago I had a relationship with a woman and fathered her child. I am deeply sorry for this grave transgression and have tried to make amends,” Father Williams said in a May 15 statement.

“My superiors and I have decided it would be best for me to take a year without active public ministry to reflect on the wrong I have done and my commitments as a priest. I am truly sorry to everyone who is hurt by this revelation, and I ask for your prayers as I seek guidance on how to make up for my errors.”

He also...READ MORE

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Georgetown Defends Sebelius Invite as Church Leaders Lose Patience (7005)

President John DeGioia states that the invitation 'should not be viewed as an endorsement of her views,' but offered no plan to rescind it.

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Georgetown University's president, John DeGioia

– Georgetown University website

WASHINGTON — Georgetown University’s president sought to tamp down the firestorm ignited by the announcement that Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services, would appear at a university graduation event this month.

John DeGioia issued a statement yesterday that rejected suggestions that the honor constituted an “endorsement” of her controversial policies.

The May 14 statement served as a belated attempt to address criticism from Catholic groups, some faculty and, more recently, a handful of Church leaders who had waited almost two weeks for the university to either rescind the invitation or clarify its stance.

The following day, the Archdiocese of Washington...READ MORE

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Answering Objections to Catholic Teaching on Holy Orders, Explaining Pro Multis, and much more! (2256)

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Answering Objections to Catholic Teaching on Holy Orders. Click on the link by Dc. Mike Bickerstaff to read more.

Answering Objections to Catholic Teaching on Holy Orders - Dc. Mike Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

The “All” and the “Many” - Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Catholic World Report

The Catholic Response to President Obama on Same-Sex Marriage - The Pulpit

How do We Make the Extraordinary Form Mass Mainstream? - Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

A Different Priestly Scandal - Michael Novak, The Catholic Thing

The Scandal of What We Sing - Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

Archbishop Chaput: "Complacency Is the Enemy of Faith" - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

USCCB to Investigate Girls Scouts (US) - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

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'Catholic Standard' Calls Georgetown's Sebelius Invite 'Disappointing' (2116)

The Archdiocese of Washington's newspaper stated: 'When the vision guiding university choices does not clearly reflect the light of the Gospel and authentic Catholic teaching, there are, of course, disappointing results.'

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The Archdiocese of Washington’s newspaper has said that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ appearance as a featured speaker at a Georgetown University awards ceremony is a sign that the prestigious Jesuit school is not standing with the Catholic bishops in defense of religious freedom.

“One can only wonder how the selection of Secretary Sebelius for such a prominent role as a featured speaker can be reconciled with the stated Catholic mission and identity of Georgetown University,” the Catholic Standard editorialized May 10. “Secretary Sebelius' vision on what constitutes faith-based institutions presents the most direct challenge to religious freedom in recent history.”

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Bishop Morlino Criticizes Georgetown Invitation to HHS Secretary Sebelius (2425)

The bishop said those involved in Catholic education should be 'witnesses and not just teachers,' and he warned that Georgetown's actions are 'teaching the people by what we do the opposite of what we say.'

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Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wis., sharply criticized Georgetown University’s decision to invite Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to speak at a ceremony during commencement weekend.

The bishop said those involved in Catholic education should be “witnesses and not just teachers,” and he warned that Georgetown's actions are “teaching the people by what we do the opposite of what we say.”

He told Raymond Arroyo on EWTN's The World Over in a May 10 broadcast that if he were president of the school, he “would never have moved in a direction like that.”

Georgetown University, the nation’s first Catholic and Jesuit college, ignited controversy on May 4, when it announced...READ MORE

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Father Robert Barron Named Rector of Mundelein Seminary (10860)

05/15/2012 Comments (14)

On May 10, Father Robert Barron, director of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and creator of the Catholicism Project, was named rector-president of Mundelein Seminary/University of St. Mary of the Lake by Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago.

Father Barron received a master’s degree in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 1982 and a doctorate in sacred theology from the Institut Catholique in Paris in 1992.  He was ordained to the priesthood in 1986 and had been a professor of systematic theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary since 1992. Father Barron was visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame in 2002 and at the...READ MORE

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