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Women Under Fire: New U.S. Battlefield Policy Faces Criticism (2161)

The recent decision allowing female soldiers in combat units ignores several serious problems, according to some informed observers.

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WASHINGTON — While many Americans appear to support a greater role for women in military combat, some Catholics worry that male soldiers’ instincts to protect women will cause serious problems for military operations.  

“If Catholic moral theology teaches that men must protect women and love them as Christ loved the Church, even to the point of death, then I cannot see any good coming from putting women into situations where, of necessity, they will be treated like men,” said defense analyst and military historian Stuart Koehl.

Koehl, a Melkite Greek Catholic layman, is a fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced...READ MORE

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Out of the Closet: Wearing Your Cassock, "Grand Inquisitor" Visits Houston, and Much More! (2714)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Out of the Closet: Wearing Your Cassock. Follow the link by Fr. Joe of the Southern Fried Catholicism blog to read more.

Out of the Closet: Wearing Your Cassock by Fr. Joe of the Southern Fried Catholicism blogBig Pulpit

In U. S. Debut, Rome’s “Grand Inqusitor” On the Ordinariates – Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

Bishop Sample and the Future of Catholic Music – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

What Teaches the Greatest Wisdom: Poetry, Prose or Beautiful Art & Music? – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Celebrating Lent with A Homemade Candle – Hannah M., Catholic Sistas

No Babies, No Future: The Latest Evidence – Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine

Same-Sex ‘Marriage’, Assisted Reproductive Technologies and the Family – Anna Williams, First Things/First Thoughts

Always Be Catholic –...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict on God's Loving Creation: 'It Is Good to Be Human' (3183)

During his Feb. 6, the Holy Father focused his attention on the second phrase of the Creed: God is the 'Creator of heaven and earth.'

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VATICAN CITY — Even with modern scientific advances, it is still right to speak of the beginning of life as “creation” because the world’s origin is rational and motivated by love, Pope Benedict XVI said.

In today’s “age of science and technology,” the Pope asked, does it make sense to still speak of creation as Scripture does?

The Bible, he responded, “is not intended as a manual of the natural sciences; it wants to help us understand the authentic and profound truth of things. … So the Scripture tells us that the origin of the world, our origin is not irrational or out of necessity, but reason and love and freedom.”

The Feb. 6 general audience was held in the Vatican’s Paul VI...READ MORE

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Sanctifying Gifts and Charismatic Gifts (8849)

Connecting the Dots: Part one in a new Register series on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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Confirmation is ordered toward friendship with God and mission to the world.

Therefore, when you are confirmed, the Holy Spirit pours out on you two kinds of gifts — sanctifying and charismatic gifts — reflecting those twin purposes of God.

Sanctifying gifts are the gifts we get to keep. They make us into little Christs, creatures who participate in the life of the Blessed Trinity and share in the grace that makes us, in our own small ways, sons and daughters of God, filled with the Holy Spirit and conformed more and more to the life of Jesus.

Charismatic gifts are, in contrast, the gifts given to give away to others. They are given, not to build us up, but so that we might build up...READ MORE

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The Ed Koch I Knew (4321)

Opinion: Edward Irving Koch, the former mayor of New York and friend to Catholics, died Feb. 1 at the age of 88.

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Ed Koch (1924-2013)

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Twenty years ago, when I was named president of the Catholic League, it gave me an opportunity to return home. I had been away for 16 years.

One of the first persons I got to know was Ed Koch. The former mayor of New York City was now doing radio and TV, writing columns, giving speeches and practicing law. Ed and I met regularly on a local TV debate show, Street Talk New York. I was a guest, and he was one of the two hosts.

Ed was known as a liberal Democrat, although the label is deceiving. He was actually a truly independent thinker, a man who had some clearly conservative convictions. Most of all, he was honest.

And that quality, I believe, is why he was loved by liberals as well...READ MORE

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European Archbishops Warn of Increasingly Harsh Attacks on the Church (4168)

The head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says media criticisms are provoking ‘artificially generated anger’ that sometimes is suggestive of ‘a pogrom atmosphere.'

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Archbishop Gerhard Müller

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VATICAN CITY — Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has said members of the Western media appear “ridden” with attacks against the Catholic Church, where an “artificially generated anger” is growing that “occasionally reminds one of a pogrom atmosphere.”

In a Feb 2 interview with the German daily newspaper Die Welt that has caused quite a stir in that country, Archbishop Müller spoke of a “concerted campaign” to discredit the Church on the Internet and television that is resulting in open attacks against priests.

He also observed that those attacking the Church borrow arguments used by totalitarian ideologies — such as communism and...READ MORE

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States Block Insurance Abortion Coverage as Reality of HHS Mandate Grows (2575)

And more states will follow, says the staff counsel for Americans United for Life.

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Americans United for Life

Mary Harned

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WASHINGTON — A recent report indicates that numerous states are passing restrictions on insurance coverage of abortion under the health care reform law.

Mary Harned, staff counsel at Americans United for Life, said that state-level pro-life laws passed in recent legislative sessions have “been a great victory for the unborn and women across the country.”

“The fact that these types of laws are successful,” Harned said Feb. 5, “shows that many Americans do not want public funds paying for abortions, and they also do not want their own insurance premiums paying for abortion.”

Harned responded to a new report by the Guttmacher Institute, an organization committed to “reproductive...READ MORE

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Legal Scholar Deplores Media Confusion Over HHS Mandate (3185)

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Carrie Severino

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s latest proposals to revise the federal contraception mandate have been significantly misunderstood and misrepresented, said a legal scholar.

Carrie Severino, chief counsel at the Judicial Crisis Network and a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, said the media confusion is “not surprising,” given that the administration released the 80-page document on a Friday afternoon, leaving just a few hours for journalists to scour it and write a report.

“The explanation was far from clear,” she said, and its complexity has left many people unsure of the proposal's exact details.

However, Severino also believes that “some of the...READ MORE

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