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Georgetown Defends Sebelius Invite as Church Leaders Lose Patience (7081)

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! (2271)

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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

2 Contradictory Examples of How Gay...READ MORE

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'Catholic Standard' Calls Georgetown's Sebelius Invite 'Disappointing' (2183)

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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– Catholic Standard Facebook

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.”

In light of the...READ MORE

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Bishop Morlino Criticizes Georgetown Invitation to HHS Secretary Sebelius (2484)

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 (11213)

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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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Stallone & Pope Gregory IX Together at Last, The Morality and Ethics of Robot Armies, and more! (3511)

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Stallone & Pope Gregory IX, Together at Last. Click on the link by NCReg blogger Matthew Archbold to read more.

Stallone & Pope Gregory IX, Together at Last - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Robot Armies: The Morals & Principles of Future Warfare - Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

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

3 Arguments Atheists Aren’t Allowed To Use Anymore - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

The First Gay President - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Understanding the Economic Justice of Marriage - Richard Aleman, The Distributist Review

Gay Activist Attacks Pope Benedict - Thomas L. McDonald, God and the Machine

The Harvest is Plentiful But the Laborers Are Few - Paul Kokoski, Crisis Magazine

Recalling the Glories of the Faith -...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan: 'The Law of the Gift' and a Truly Catholic University (8259)

As the Georgetown controversy continues, the president of the U.S. bishops' conference argues that academic freedom is compatible with an authentic Catholic identity.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan with Catholic University president John Garvey

– The Catholic University of America

WASHINGTON — Amid ongoing debate over what constitutes a Catholic university, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York defended the countercultural witness of The Catholic University of America.

In a striking departure from graduation speeches designed to inspire and celebrate career goals, Cardinal Dolan focused a May 12 commencement address on core Catholic beliefs. He urged the graduates to follow “The Law of the Gift” handed down to the faithful through the self-sacrificial love of Jesus Christ.

The cardinal serves as the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. During a news cycle that marked President Barack Obama’s public endorsement of same-sex “marriage” and Kathleen...READ MORE

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Here Come the Graduates … and Speakers (2507)

May 20 issue preview of Commencement Days across the country at Catholic colleges and universities. See links to speeches within text from such notable speakers as Cardinal Timothy Dolan and George Weigel.

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Jeff Bruno

Cardinal Timothy Dolan spoke at Catholic University of America May 12.

– Jeff Bruno

For graduation ceremonies in May, many Catholic colleges and universities will bring what Blessed John Paul II would refer to as a “springtime” for Christianity in their choice of commencement speakers.

Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, has seen the number of controversial and blatantly scandalous speakers drop from 24 in 2006 to 14 last year.

“Certainly, the numbers are going down, which is very good,” Reilly said. He believes one reason is from a real assertive effort by the bishops to ban these honors, beginning with their 2004 directive “Catholics in Political Life.”

A sampling of 2012 commencement speakers shows that colleges faithful to the Church and...READ MORE

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