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Military Chaplains Get 'Religious Exemption,' but Does It Do the Job? (2938)

Critics assert that the language in the 2012 military-spending bill won’t protect clergy.

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U.S. Army Chaplain CPT. Loren Aderhold prays over a wounded American soldier at the military hospital on March 22, 2010 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

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WASHINGTON — Before the end of the year, President Obama is expected to sign a defense-spending bill that provides a religious exemption for military chaplains who refuse to officiate at same-sex “marriages.”

But critics argue that the additional protection is inadequate.

Passed by Congress last week, the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1540) included a provision stating: “A military chaplain who, as a matter of conscience or moral principle, does not wish to perform a marriage may not be required to do so.”

Republicans failed to secure the House’s proposed language, designed to provide a more robust exemption for an estimated 3,000 chaplains and block any backdoor...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Share Their Christmas Messages (2153)

Shepherds remind their flocks of the true meaning of the Nativity of Our Lord.

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Bishops and archbishops across the United States have shared Christmas greetings and messages with their flocks.

The messages they bring can touch the hearts of the faithful in any diocese. Here is a sampling from shepherds around the country.

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Oakland, Calif., Diocese said in his Christmas message, “In preaching the timeless story of the birth of Christ each year at this time, we preachers are always faced with the question lingering in the minds of at least some people: ‘So what difference, practically speaking, in my everyday life, does all this make anyway?’ The devout would immediately answer, ‘All the difference in the...READ MORE

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Sola Scriptura or Learning Karate from a Book, What Entrepreneurs Learn from JP2, and much more! (2452)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Sola Scriptura v. Tradition, or: Learning Karate from a Book. Click on the link by Devin Rose to learn more.

Sola Scriptura v. Tradition, or: Learning Karate from a Book - Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

Carrying Baby Jesus into Christmas Mass - Elizabeth Hillgrove, Ignitum Today

What Entrepreneurs Should Learn from Blessed John Paul II - Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

Making Christmas Letters That Bit More Special - Mac McLernon, Mulier Fortis

The Fullness of Time - Patrick Vandapool

My Favorite 15 Books of 2011 - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Every Artist Should Buy this Book: Techniques of Icon & Wall Painting - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Give Liturgy of the Hours a Try in 2012 - Daria Sockey, OSV Newsweekly

Festivals of Light - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic


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Hispanic American Bishops Write Letter to 'Undocumented Immigrants' (3764)

'Instead of receiving our thanks' for hard work, 'you are often treated as criminals,' say writers, including L.A. Archbishop Gomez.

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Mexican migrant workers load boxes of organic cilantro during the fall harvest at a farm in Wellington, Colo., in October.

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The Catholic Church in the United States stands with undocumented immigrants, declares a letter written by 33 of the nation’s Hispanic bishops.

The letter, released on Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, says the Church sees the suffering face of Jesus in the tribulations of immigrants.

Addressing themselves to those “who lack proper authorization to live and work in our country,” the bishops declare their solidarity with immigrants, promising them that they are not alone or forgotten.

“Many of you perform the most difficult jobs and receive miserable salaries and no health insurance or Social Security. Despite your contributions to the well-being of our country, instead of...READ MORE

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To Be Human To Be Catholic, Catholic Connection to Hannukkah, Official Hobbit Trailer, and more! (3535)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Hobbit Official Trailer. Click on the link by Donald R. McClarey to view a rendition of a J.R.R. Tolkein classic.

To Be Human, Be Catholic - Nathan Kennedy, Ignitum Today

The Catholic Connection to Hanukkah - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Hobbit Official Trailer - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

A Psalm for the Sibyl - Matthew Alderman, Dappled Things

The Promise of Peace (Luke 2:1-14) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Saving Western Civ with St. Peter Canisius - Omar F. A. Gutierrez, Regnum Novum

The Virgin Birth of Christ: What the Church Really Teaches - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Daniel’s Literal 70 Weeks: From St Zacharias till the Presentation - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Europe’s Crisis: Unification without a Unifying Spirit -...READ MORE

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Was Mary a Temple Virgin, Distributism, Subsidiarity, Just Plain Christmas, and much more! (5078)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/21/2011 Comment

Did Jewish Temple Virgins Exist & was Mary a Temple Virgin? Click on the link by Taylor Marshall to learn more.

Did Jewish Temple Virgins Exist & was Mary a Temple Virgin? - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

How Mary Built the Temple that King David Couldn’t - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Practical Distributism: Subsidiarity and Social Security - David Cooney, Catholic Lane

Catholics Should Be Distributists - The Catholic Knight

Economics and the Real World - Thomas Storck, The Distributist Review

The Cross from the Creche - Sr. Lisa Marie Doty FDCC, Ignitum Today

Just Plain Christmas Please! - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Obedience and Our Bishops - Jerry Boyd, Philothea on Phire

Book Review: “In Defense of Sanity” - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Bad Poetry, Bland Theology:...READ MORE

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Siblings Harmonize in Song (2564)

Fannin Eleven Sing on NBC and Shine as Catholic Witness

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They have been compared to the Von Trapp family of Sound of Music fame, as well as the Partridge and Osmond families.

They’re the Fannin family — known as the Fannin Eleven — from Hortonville, Wis.

This past fall they were in the national spotlight as contestants on NBC’s prime-time program The Sing-Off.

“We all grew up surrounded by music,” said 27-year-old Jacob, who serves as the family’s unofficial spokesman. “Cantoring at Mass has been a family thing that has been passed down the line.”

All would include six boys and five girls.

Jacob said that their mother, Kate, has always played the piano at their two parishes, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Greenville, Wis., and Most...READ MORE

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Latin Makes a Comeback (13293)

From language immersion classes to interest in the origins of the new Mass translation, a ‘dead language’ reveals new strength.

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While Patrick Owens, a Latin instructor at Wyoming Catholic College, climbed to the summit of East Temple Peak last fall with a group of his students, not a word of English was spoken. The hike was sponsored as part of the college’s Latin-immersion program.

Standing near the summit, Owens recalled, “It suddenly hit me that we were surveying the grandeur of God and speaking Latin.” 

This emphasis on Latin at the six-year-old Wyoming Catholic, where students read and discuss classical and Christian authors entirely in Latin, appears to be one indication of an emerging trend: an upswing of interest in Latin among Catholics. But it is far from being the only sign. 

For the first time an...READ MORE

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