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Profiles in Courage: Military Chaplains (4410)

Catholic chaplains have served the spiritual needs of the men and women in uniform since 1917.

09/29/2011 Comments (16)
Courtesy of the Archdiocese for Military Services

A chaplain assists a soldier in Afghanistan.

– Courtesy of the Archdiocese for Military Services

WASHINGTON — The Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA reported a sharp jump this year in the number of seminarians interested in serving as military chaplains. As the 2011-2012 academic year begins, there are 31 military-affiliated seminarians nationwide, up from three just three years ago.

The seminarians are participating in the Chaplain Candidacy Program for one of the branches of the armed forces and must be co-sponsored by a diocesan bishop. Once ordained, the priest must serve three years in a civilian parish and return to his diocese of sponsorship when he retires from active military service.

Conventual Father Kerry Abbott, director of vocations for the archdiocese,...READ MORE

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Congress Investigates Planned Parenthood (2900)

House committee requests documentation of billing practices, use of federal funds and reporting on criminal conduct.

09/29/2011 Comments (7)

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce has launched an investigation into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates to determine whether the organization is violating regulations on taxpayer funding or failing to report criminal activity.

“The committee has questions about the policies in place and actions undertaken by PPFA and its affiliates relating to its use of federal funding and its compliance with federal restrictions on the funding of abortion,” said Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, in a Sept. 15 letter to Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards.

The committee...READ MORE

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Everything About Funerals, Sociology, Virtue of Life, Scalia on Natural Law, and much more! (3997)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/29/2011 Comments (3)

What Every Catholic Needs to Know about Funerals. Click on the link by Brian Fraga to learn more.

What Every Catholic Needs to Know about Funerals - Brian Fraga, Our Sunday Visitor

Sociology and the Life of Virtue - Aaron Urbanczyk, The Catholic Thing

Does Council of Nicea Reject Women’s Ordination to Diaconate? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Scalia on Natural Law - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

“Enough of the Unnecessary Recourse to the Death Penalty” - Lorenzo Albacete, Ilsussidiario

160 Catholic Scholars Call for End to Death Penalty in America - Cardinal Newman Society/Campus Notes

A More Visible Witness - Trista Garttner, VirtuousPla.net

Christianophobes: Herod’s Modern Offspring - The Ordinary Catholic, Peter’s Barque

Breaking the Spell of Planned...READ MORE

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Baby Joseph Died Peacefully at Home (3156)

The 20-month-old who suffered from a severe and fatal neurological disorder called Leigh syndrome touched many lives during his short life.

09/28/2011 Comments (6)
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Baby Joseph and his parents

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ONTARIO, Canada (EWTN News/CNA)—Joseph Maraachli, the terminally ill 20-month-old known affectionately as “Baby Joesph,” died peacefully at home with his family in Windsor, Ontario, on Sept. 28.

“It seemed like a relaxing breath, like he was okay. It didn’t seem like he struggled,” Joseph’s mother Sana Maraachli told Canada’s CBC News.

Baby Joseph, who suffered from a severe and fatal neurological disorder called Leigh syndrome, was considered to be in a vegetative state by Canadian doctors, who recommended that he have his feeding and breathing tubes removed.

A private funeral service was scheduled for Sept. 28. Baby Joseph was to be buried beside his sister Zina, who passed away from...READ MORE

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Pope’s Message to Germans Strikes Chord in U.S. (4291)

News Analysis: The U.S. is not much different from a secularized Germany that doubts the value of Christianity.

09/28/2011 Comments (2)

Pope Benedict XVI gives a historic speech at the Bundestag Sept. 22 in Berlin. This was the first occasion ever that a pope has addressed the Bundestag in person.

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WASHINGTON — Though crafted for his secularized countrymen, the muscular defense of Catholicism and natural-law principles that defined Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Germany resonates with American Catholics.

During his four-day state visit, Pope Benedict took every opportunity to openly engage a skeptical culture that questions the very existence of objective truth, repudiates Germany’s Christian heritage as irreparably tainted, and discourages the faithful from advancing the mission of the Church.

The acceptance of secularism and an attendant hostility toward religious authority must be re-examined, he warned, before the nation loses its way, courting a reprise of the neo-pagan ideology...READ MORE

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Pastoral Response to Homosexuality, Origin of Monasticism, St. Wenceslas, and much more! (3571)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/28/2011 Comment

St. Wenceslas, Martyr. Click on the link by Mary Kochan to learn more about this royal saint.

Congress to Investigate Planned Parenthood Abortion Business - Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com

Investigating Federal Funding, Non-Reporting of Sex Trafficking - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

The Pastoral Response to Homosexuality - Melinda Selmys, First Things/On the Square

Fr. Ray Blake Under Fire - Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

The Gospel & the Origin of Christian Monasticism - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

The Tyburn Tree Bears Abundant Fruit - Simon Caldwell, Catholic Herald

St. Wenceslas, Martyr - Mary Kochan, Catholic Lane

The Crown of St. Wenceslas - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

Time for USCCB to Stop Private Negotiations &...READ MORE

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Pope Recalls Successful Trip to Germany (1917)

Benedict XVI 'was happy to see that the faith in my German homeland has a young face, that it is alive and has a future.'

09/28/2011 Comment

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI said he “was happy to see that the faith in my German homeland has a young face, that it is alive and has a future.” The Pope made his comments at his weekly Wednesday audience held in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square.

“This apostolic trip to Germany provided me with an opportunity to meet the faithful of my own homeland, to confirm them in faith, hope and love, to share with them the joy of being Catholic,” said the Pope Sept. 28.

“But my message was also addressed to the German people as a whole, inviting them to look to the future with trust. It is certain that ‘where God is, there is a future.’”

Pope Benedict’s four-day visit, which concluded...READ MORE

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Bishops Speak Out Against HHS Mandate and Urge Faithful to Do Likewise As Deadline Looms (8162)

Update: Bishop Conley writes column in opposition. Comments deadline is Sept. 30.

09/28/2011 Comments (31)

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New HHS rules mandating contraception and sterilization insurance coverage could cause the ‘persecution’ of Catholic institutions, Auxiliary Bishop James Conley of Denver has said. However, Catholics should imitate the Christian leadership of Vietnamese Bishop Nguyen Van Thuan, who used his unjust imprisonment to witness to the Gospel.

“In opposing unjust laws, we can positively articulate the truth we have been given. In the weeks and months to come, we can witness to the Catholic belief that sexual relations are a beautiful and integral part of marriage, and that contraceptives rob them of their true and full meaning,” he said in his latest Denver Catholic Register column.

If a new...READ MORE

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