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Deacon Bill Steltemeier, Faithful Servant (13120)

The late chairman of EWTN’s board of governors served as Mother Angelica’s right-hand man throughout the global Catholic network’s formative years.

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Deacon Bill Steltemeier (1929-2013)

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IRONDALE, Ala. — Deacon R. William Steltemeier Jr. died on Feb. 15 at age 83 after an extended illness. Familiar to Eternal Word Television Network’s international family of viewers, for three decades, he had been a faithful servant for Mother Angelica and the mission of EWTN.

He is survived by Ramona, his wife of 59 years. He was preceded in death by his son, Rudy Steltemeier III, and daughter-in-law, Debra Steltemeier.

Funeral arrangements are planned for next week. Vespers and the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed on Monday, Feb. 18, at 4:30pm Central time at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Ala., followed by public visitation. A prayer vigil and Rosary...READ MORE

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Poll: New Yorkers Opposed to Abortion Law Expansion (2355)

A new survey finds overwhelming opposition to key elements of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s legislation to strengthen legal abortion.

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N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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NEW YORK — As New York debates Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed bill to strengthen legal abortion, a new survey shows that 75% of locals oppose the bill's provision allowing non-doctors to perform abortions.

“Gov. Cuomo’s proposed changes in New York's abortion laws are clearly out of the political mainstream,” Greg Pfundstein, president of the New York City-based Chiaroscuro Foundation, said Feb. 13.

“While it is difficult to imagine having even less abortion regulation in New York, Gov. Cuomo's special-interest allies in the abortion lobby have come up with a few ideas, and they are all extremely unpopular.”

The Chiaroscuro Foundation commissioned the McLaughlin & Associates survey...READ MORE

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The First Misstep Among the Papabile, The Catholic Gentleman: Courtship and Much More! (4473)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The First Misstep Among the papabile. Follow the link by Phil Lawler of the Catholic Culture website to read more.

The First Misstep Among the papabile by Phil Lawler of the Catholic Culture website - Big Pulpit

The Catholic Gentleman: Courtship – Michael, Whiskey Catholic

You are Not Perishable, Live Accordingly – Julie Rodrigues, Catholic Stand

Lent: Official Catholic Rules for Fasting & Abstinence – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Fasting with St. Thomas – Abram Muenzberg, Ignitum Today

Eating Alligator on Friday’s During Lent – Mike Scaperlanda, Mirror of Justice

Competing Religions – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Brick by Brick in Wisconsin and an Opportunity for You to Help – Fr. Z’s Blog

Portable Altar Cards for the Dominican Rite – Fr. Augustine Thompson OP,...READ MORE

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Pentagon Panned for Offering Same-Sex Couples Spousal Benefits (1692)

The new policies make ‘a mockery of the Defense of Marriage Act that is still the law of this nation,’ according to the head of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.

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The Pentagon.

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WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense has drawn criticism over new policies providing same-sex partners some of the benefits normally reserved to military spouses.

The new policies make “a mockery of the Defense of Marriage Act that is still the law of this nation,” said Chaplain Ron Crews, a retired Army Reserve colonel and executive director of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.

Speaking to Catholic News Agency on Feb. 13, Crews decried these new policies, saying that they essentially ignore the intent of federal law by treating same-sex couples as spouses.

Crews pointed to the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for...READ MORE

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Pope: Media Spread Misinterpretations of Vatican II (3243)

These media misrepresentations ‘created many calamities, so many problems, so much misery,’ the Holy Father lamented in a Feb. 14 address.

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Second Vatican Council Fathers.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI said that many of the misinterpretations of the Second Vatican Council were caused by the media promoting its own version.

“The world interpreted the Council through the eyes of the media, instead of seeing the true Council of the fathers and their key vision of faith,” said Pope Benedict at Paul VI Hall Feb. 14.

“Fifty years later, the strength of the real Council has been revealed, and it is our task for the Year of Faith to bring the real Second Vatican Council to life,” he told the priests gathered to meet him.

Pope Benedict spoke with the priests of the Diocese of Rome in an unscripted speech on the Second Vatican Council, which he first...READ MORE

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Benedict Will Still Be There for Us (16203)

COMMENTARY: Pope Benedict had a profound effect on this former Presbyterian minister.

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Like most Catholics, I woke on the morning of Feb. 11, 2013, to a different sort of alarm.

Nothing in my past — indeed, very little in history — had prepared me for what I found in the news that day.

To many people, the Pope resigning seemed an impossibility, like a square circle.

But that wasn’t my particular problem. As a theologian, I knew it could be done. In fact, the conditions had been publicly rehearsed by no less an authority than Benedict XVI in interviews with the media.

A pope’s resignation was not my problem. My problem was with this Pope resigning.

He has been part of my life since early in my adulthood. I discovered Joseph Ratzinger’s work while I was still a...READ MORE

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Pope's Departure and John Bosco's Prophecy, Bishop's Letter on Sacred Music and More! (2726)

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Where Does Papa Bene’s Departure Put John Bosco’s Prophecy? Follow the link by Micah Murphy of the Truth & Charity blog to read more.

Where Does Papa Bene’s Departure Put John Bosco’s Prophecy? by Micah Murphy of the Truth & Charity blog - Big Pulpit

Bishop Sample’s Pastoral Letter on Sacred Music – Adam Bartlett, The Chant Café

The Nature of Mystery – John Morgan, Catholic Stand

A New Take on Modern Catholic History – George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

U. S. Attorney General: Banning Homeschooling Does Not Violate Rights – Michael Farris JD LLM, LifeSiteNews

The Path That Leads to Awesome - Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

What Happens to American Catholics if the H. H. S. Mandate is Enforced? – Carson Holloway, Crisis Magazine

Lincoln and the Will of God – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic


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Bridging the Gap: Search Continues for New U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See (4759)

Finding a candidate acceptable both to the Obama administration and to the Vatican is proving an uphill task.

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Miguel Diaz, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See from 2009-2012, presents his credentials to Pope Benedict XVI.

– U.S. Embassy to the Holy See/Facebook

VATICAN CITY — As the Obama administration continues to search for a new ambassador to the Holy See, it faces an uphill task to find a suitable candidate, especially among the ranks of potential Catholic appointees.

Ever since the previous ambassador, Miguel Diaz, announced he was leaving the post shortly before President Barack Obama’s re-election, many have been speculating about who will fill his shoes.

The Holy See sees the appointment as a crucial one — a test for the kind of relations the administration wishes to have with the Catholic Church in President Obama’s second term. “It’s a significant choice for us, as it shows the extent of their interest in this relationship,” a...READ MORE

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