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Ave Maria Tabs Jim Towey (5311)

The newly named president of the Florida university worked closely with Mother Teresa and President George W. Bush.

02/14/2011 Comments (2)

Jim Towey is coming home.

The former head of the White House Office for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and president of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., has been named president and CEO of Ave Maria University in Naples, Fla.

Towey holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a Juris Doctor from Florida State University College of Law.

He starts July 1 and will succeed Nicholas Healy. Towey is also assuming the role of CEO, in the place of Ave Maria founder Tom Monaghan, who will continue as just the chancellor.

Towey, who once worked closely with Mother Teresa of Calcutta, spoke with Register senior writer Tim Drake from his office.

When and how did you...READ MORE

Filed under ave maria, ave maria university, ex corde ecclesiae, george w. bush, mother teresa, mother teresa of calcutta, national catholic register

Bishop Cordileone Fights to Save Marriage (8156)

After getting some ‘practice’ in California, Oakland’s shepherd maps out a national plan for Catholics in the public square.

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CNS photo/Tom Dermody, The Catholic Post

A shower of bubbles greets Jamie and Zac O'Brien as they leave St. Joseph's Church in Pekin, Ill., after their wedding Mass in July 2007.

– CNS photo/Tom Dermody, The Catholic Post

Bishop Salvatore Cordileone has been strongly involved in Californians’ efforts to preserve the definition of marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

Now, the bishop of Oakland, Calif., has become chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage, and he will be working to promote traditional marriage in the face of legislative efforts to legalize same-sex “marriage.”

“Marriage and the family are the essential coordinates for society,” he said when Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the bishops’ conference president, appointed him to the position Jan. 11. “How well we as a society protect and promote marriage and the family is the measure of how well we stand...READ MORE

Filed under bishop salvatore cordileone, marriage, prop. 8, usccb

Saving Babies Halfway Through Abortion (4866)

Chicago’s Pro-Life Action League and Resurrection Medical Center have joined forces to help mothers and their children.

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Resurrection Medical Center

Resurrection hospital's Bethlehem Project is symbolized by a statue of Our Lady on a donkey accompanied by St. Joseph in the hospital’s lobby. The program works to help women reverse their abortion procedures.

– Resurrection Medical Center

Even after a late-term abortion procedure has been started, there’s still time to save the baby. In Chicago, the Pro-Life Action League and Resurrection Medical Center are shining a light on this little-known reality — and saving babies.

The ray of hope became stronger last July. Action League staffers Corrina Gura and Urszula Mihai, as usual, went on a Friday to pray outside Family Planning Associates, Albany Medical-Surgical Center, which performs abortions into the third trimester. A distressed woman walked up to them and said she wanted to reverse the three-day abortion procedure that had already started.

The young woman had tried calling a number of health clinics to reverse the...READ MORE

Filed under abortion reversal, chicago, pro-life action league, resurrection medical center

First Things’ New Old Direction (6774)

Two years after the death of Father Richard John Neuhaus, new challenges face the magazine and its committed core readership.

02/11/2011 Comments (8)
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FIRST EDITOR. Father Richard John Neuhaus, the late editor of First Things, depicted in 2004.

– CNS file photo

NEW YORK — In a culture poised to consign print media to the dustbin of history, First Things still brings influential writers and loyal subscribers to its high-level conversation on “a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society.”

Two years ago, the death of its charismatic founder, Father Richard John Neuhaus, cast a pall over the magazine’s prospects. But after a rocky start — a controversial redesign, followed by the abrupt departure of the new editor, Joseph Bottum — First Things has begun to regain its equilibrium.

“We will stay focused on the primary reason we have subscribers: First Things offers intellectually, theologically and politically serious...READ MORE

Filed under catholic journalism, first things, institute on religion and public life, joseph bottum, r.r. reno, richard john neuhaus

Step Forward for Catholic-Orthodox Relations? (4835)

Ukrainian archbishop will play an important role.

02/10/2011 Comments (11)
CNS photo/Konstantin Chernichkin, Reuters

Cardinal Lubomyr Husar of Kiev-Halych, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, waves as he leaves a news conference in Kiev Feb. 10, the same day as Pope Benedict XVI accepted his resignation.

– CNS photo/Konstantin Chernichkin, Reuters

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The election of a new archbishop for a Church with 6.5 million Catholics could hold the key to determining if or when Pope Benedict XVI may meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow.

Vatican officials are watching the Ukrainian Catholic Church’s leadership with keen interest, but without the degree of anxiety for its ecumenical implications that would have been present even five years ago.

Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Cardinal Lubomyr Husar of Kiev-Halych, head of the Ukrainian Church, Feb. 10, about two weeks before his 78th birthday. The cardinal, who as major archbishop of the Eastern Catholic Church could have served for life, is almost...READ MORE

Filed under catholic-orthodox relations, pope benedict xvi, ukrainian catholic church

What to Do About Obamacare (4615)

Stand and Deliver or Repeal and Replace?

02/10/2011 Comments (24)


Less than one year after President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the largest health-care legislation passed in the last 45 years, the House of Representatives has voted to repeal the law (and is pledging to hold hearings into its many provisions), more than half of the states have filed lawsuits to have the PPACA overturned, a key provision of the law was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge on Jan. 31, and the majority of the public continues to voice opposition.

What should faithful Catholics be thinking and doing at this time?

I think Catholics should welcome this opportunity to review, and perhaps substantially revise, the PPACA...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, abortion funding, catholic medical association, health care, health care bill, health care reform, health care reform bill, health-care reform, president barack obama, pro-life

Egypt’s Catholics in Crisis (7273)

The head of Catholic Near East Welfare Association reports on the status of this miniscule community in the midst of a national uprising.

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CNS photo/Yannis Behrakis, Reuters

CHRISTIAN PRESENCE. A Christian supporter of pro-democracy actions in Egypt carries a crucifix amid the crowd in Tahrir Square in Cairo Feb. 9. Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators in the square continued to protest the rule of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak despite concessions announced by the government.

– CNS photo/Yannis Behrakis, Reuters

NEW YORK — For more than 85 years, the Church has channeled aid to its faithful in the Middle East, Northeast Africa, India and Eastern Europe through the Catholic Near East Welfare Association. In Egypt, where only a small percentage of the population is Catholic, CNEWA helps churches build community centers and clinics; educates priests and sisters; cares for orphaned or impoverished children, providing shelter, schooling, food and clothing; and supports outreach efforts for Sudanese refugees. Msgr. Robert Stern, secretary general of CNEWA for the past 25 years, spoke to the Register about the Egyptian uprising and its effect on Christians there.

How old is the Catholic community in...READ MORE

Filed under catholic near east welfare association, coptics, egypt, islam, msgr. robert stern

Lila Rose vs. Planned Parenthood (8567)

The Virginia attorney general may investigate clinic following Live Action exposé. One clinic stands by its employees who allegedly counseled shady abortions.

02/09/2011 Comments (16)
CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz

Pro-life advocate Patricia Bankeser of St. Joseph Parish in Kings Park, N.Y., holds a placard near the entrance to a Planned Parenthood center in Smithtown, N.Y., Jan. 19.

– CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz

NEW YORK — Employees at a federally funded Planned Parenthood abortion business appear to aid and abet a self-described child-sex trafficker, telling the man how to get away with and pay for abortions for sex slaves as young as 13.

The man is told to present himself as “guardian” of the girls, and he is assured that his secret will be safe with Planned Parenthood.

The shocking conversations appear on the latest undercover video shot during a sting operation by Live Action Films, which has carried out undercover investigations of Planned Parenthood for the past five years. Live Action was founded by Lila Rose while she was a student at UCLA.

The latest video, shot on Jan. 14, shows a Live...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, human trafficking, lila rose, live action films, planned parenthood, sexual abuse

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