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CUA to Be Sued Over Single-Sex Dorms? (2880)

D.C. professor threatens to bring suit against The Catholic University of America over recent housing decision.

06/22/2011 Comments (4)
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WASHINGTON (CNA) — The Catholic University of America says its plan to house men and women separately will withstand any legal challenge from John Banzhaf, known for his lawsuits over fast food and women’s bathrooms.

In a June 21 statement provided to CNA, the university said it “has not received service of any legal proceedings from professor John Banzhaf regarding the university’s plan to phase in single-gender residence halls.”

Earlier this week, a Fox affiliate in the District of Columbia reported that Banzhaf had issued the school an “intent to sue” notice because of the plan. The university, however, says it is still waiting to “review any legal documents if and when they are...READ MORE

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Needed: Real Faith (2110)

Archbishop Chaput says Catholics need to boldly live Church teaching to counteract increasing societal moves to discount religion.

06/22/2011 Comment

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DENVER (CNA/EWTN News) — Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver warned Catholic social workers against the danger of Church institutions losing their religious identity amidst increasing hostility from the government and society.

“The more that Catholic universities or hospitals mute their religious identity, the more that Catholic social ministries weaken their religious character and the less useful to the Gospel they become,” he said June 21.

Archbishop Chaput delivered a dual message to Catholic social workers, urging them to not let their Christian identity wane and also stressing that the government has no right to impede the work of Catholic institutions.

At an address to the...READ MORE

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Belmont Abbey College Breaks Ground on Pregnancy Center (2869)

This will be the first campus-based pro-life residence of its kind.

06/22/2011 Comments (2)

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BELMONT, N.C. (EWTN News) — Belmont Abbey College held a ground-breaking ceremony on June 20 to begin the building of a pregnancy center that will meet the needs of college-age women.

“Statistics showed that the most abortion-vulnerable population was the college-age population,” said Jeannie Wray, executive director of Room at the Inn, a Catholic nonprofit organization that will run the center. “I am looking at this as the next step in building a culture of life.”

At the ceremony, Belmont Abbey College’s president, William Thierfelder, said he hopes the center will raise the consciousness of the students at Belmont, helping them better understand what it takes to value every human life. ...READ MORE

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New Translation Available!, The Garden in Our Souls, The Vocational Group, and much more! (2555)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/22/2011 Comment

Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina will be the first college in the nation with a maternity center.

Handmissal for the New, Corrected Translation Available! - Father John Zuhlsdorf

Peace in Oneself Makes a Peacemaker - Peter Kwasniewski, Cowboys-Philosophers-Poets

Beauty: The Garden in Our Souls - Carlos Caso-Rosendi, Catholic Lane

Belmont Abbey College Has Nation’s First College-Based Maternity Center - BACRoads

Trasimene and Relativism - The Mad Monarchist

The Vocational Group - Thomas Storck, The Distributist Review

A Good Start: Planned Parenthood Closes 6 Minnesota Centers, 8 in Indiana - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

. . .Fr. Zuhlsdorf: Planned Parenthood must close some centers, griping ensues. . .

Libertarian Social Justice: Trees Make A Forest - Lisa Graas...READ MORE

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Go-To Investigator on the Dallas Charter (7732)

Archbishop Chaput discusses his approach to combating sexual abuse.

06/21/2011 Comments (16)
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Priests aren’t being “thrown under the bus,” if the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” is followed correctly, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver affirmed.

During their spring general meeting last week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved minor changes to the charter, known popularly as the Dallas Charter, and related norms. The bishops, meeting in Seattle, resisted calls by some victims’ groups for a broader review of their framework for guarding against child sexual abuse by priests and other Church personnel.

Bishop Blase Cupich, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People, argued that the recent John Jay...READ MORE

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How to Appeal to the Catholic Voter (1819)

The impact and infuence of the faithful on America's elections.

06/21/2011 Comments (2)

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NEW ORLEANS (CNA) — While Gov. Haley Barbour has told the Southern Republican Leadership Conference that primary voters should not expect a “perfect candidate” or demand “purity,” commentator Deal Hudson says Republicans must have a “pro-life and pro-marriage” nominee to attract Catholic voters.

“It’s not a matter of demanding ‘purity’ from a candidate, but, rather, a matter of expecting principle and prudence. It’s a matter of principle because the Catholic Church teaches, and most Americans agree, that unborn life should be protected and that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Hudson said.

Selecting such a nominee is also a matter of “political prudence” because a nominee who is...READ MORE

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‘God’ Is Alive (in the Pledge of Allegiance) (2924)

Supreme Court turns down latest attempt to dereligionize American oath.

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WASHINGTON — God was put into the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954 at the urging of the Knights of Columbus. So when Michael Newdow sought Supreme Court standing to remove the Almighty, the Knights girded for legal battle — and won.

“We are very happy,” said Knights’ vice president Patrick Korten. “This is a victory for human rights.”

The Supreme Court decided June 13 simply not to consider an appeal by Newdow of a New Hampshire case he has argued in before the First Circuit Court of Appeals for parents objecting to their children being forced to witness classmates saying the pledge. The Knights decided to join in the case as a co-defendant.

Newdow, who first gained prominence when he won...READ MORE

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NBC Apologizes for Omitting 'Under God' From Pledge (2500)

Mishap happened during coverage leading up to the U.S. Open championship.

06/21/2011 Comments (3)
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Washington (EWTN News) — The TV network NBC apologized for omitting the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during its coverage leading up to the U.S. Open championship.

The June 19 program featured a group of children saying the pledge before the sports event at the Congressional Country Club, but the network edited out the words “under God” from the pledge twice.

Reacting to immediate criticism, NBC issued an on-air statement saying the intent was to include “a feature that captured the patriotism of our national championship.”

“Regrettably, a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance that was in that feature was edited out,” network officials said. “It was not done to upset...READ MORE

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