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Why Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality Isn’t Bigoted (17085)

08/30/2010 Comments (256)
Courtesy Mount St. Mary’s University

TEACHING THE TRUTH. In light of the firing and rehiring of Kenneth Howell from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Msgr. Stuart Swetland (shown teaching at Mount St. Mary’s University), who hired Howell as the John Henry Newman Scholar in Residence when he was director of the St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the university, speaks about the challenges to presenting Church teaching.

– Courtesy Mount St. Mary’s University

Msgr. Stuart Swetland, the Most Reverend Harry J. Flynn Professor of Christian Ethics at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., served as director of the St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1997 to 2006. In 1998, he hired Kenneth Howell as the John Henry Newman Scholar in Residence. Msgr. Swetland and Howell taught courses on Catholicism at the university.

This June, Howell was informed that he would not be teaching Catholic courses this fall because the university disapproved of his teaching of the Catholic doctrine on homosexual sex.

In late July, the university decided that Howell could resume his teaching of Catholicism...READ MORE

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Slavery Stoppers: Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe (11170)

Arts & Letters: Two Great Works and an Ambiguous Catholic Record

08/29/2010 Comments (12)

Americans argue passionately about all kinds of things. But few of those cut through the static like race.

Of course, the news isn’t all bad. America elected its first black president and people can argue over and disagree with his policies without — usually — being labeled racists. Even so, it remains a touchy subject that doesn’t always bring out the best in people. Contributing positively to the discussion requires some understanding of the history that’s produced the raw feelings.

No institution had greater influence on race relations than slavery. We can’t understand race in America today without understanding slavery.

And that means knowing Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher...READ MORE

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Annulments and American Catholics (3377)

Weekend Book Pick: Annulment: 100 Questions and Answers

08/28/2010 Comments (3)

Pete Vere and Jacqui Rapp, both experienced canon lawyers, have managed to write a positive book on what most would think a negative subject: annulment.

But the word “annulment,” Vere and Rapp point out in Annulment: 100 Questions and Answers for Catholics, is a misnomer, for “the Church does not annul marriages; she declares them to be invalid.”

“A declaration of invalidity is a statement of fact issued by the Catholic Church,” they write. “After carefully examining a couple’s broken relationship, the Church states that a marriage, as the Church defines marriage, never truly existed between them. The relationship may have enjoyed some of the external trappings of marriage: There may have...READ MORE

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Court Blocks Obama’s Stem-Cell Funding Order (3264)

Feds Promise Appeal of Temporary Injunction

08/28/2010 Comments (5)

– Reuters

WASHINGTON — The federal government has vowed a quick appeal of a temporary court order that halts federal funding of human embryonic stem-cell research using new stem-cell lines.

The injunction, granted by Washington, D.C., federal Judge Royce Lamberth in response to an action launched by several pro-life groups and two Christian adult stem cell researchers, might even stop research using lines approved by President George W. Bush in 2001.

Judge Lamberth found on Aug. 23 that the National Institutes of Health’s approval of 75 human embryonic stem-cell lines for federal funding violated the Dickey-Wicker Amendment prohibiting federal research that is lethal to embryos.

The NIH action...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Flipped’ (4265)

Same Street, Different Worlds in Sensitive Coming-of-Age Family Film

08/27/2010 Comments (6)
Warner Bros.

THE WONDER YEARS. Flipped highlights Bryce and Juli's growing pains.

– Warner Bros.

Juli Baker and Bryce Loski live in different worlds. She lives on one side of the street, he on the other. Bryce, whose family is the picture of Eisenhower-era suburban respectability, learns from his father’s disdain that the Bakers aren’t; Juli is blissfully unaware either of the Loskis’ well-to-doness or of her own family’s hardships. They see each other every day from the time they are 7 without ever really seeing each other.

Then there’s the biggest social gap of all: He’s a boy and she’s a girl. That one they’re both intensely aware of, but it means something very different to each of them. Or perhaps it doesn’t, but it’s something that Juli is ready for and Bryce isn’t.

Already,...READ MORE

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Mel & Me (27349)

08/26/2010 Comments (29)

– Reuters

Breaking news: Mel Gibson is a sinner.

Evidently, because he made a movie about Jesus Christ, he was assumed not to be.

Never mind that God became man because we are otherwise hopeless sinners in need of divine assistance.

We, of course, live in a culture mesmerized by celebrity. There are myriad reasons for the fascination. Celebrities tend to be attractive. They tend to dress well, live in (many) grand homes, have beautiful things. If you’re anything like me, in other words, they’re what you’re not. They’re a bit exotic and curiosity is piqued by them and their publicly displayed drama, with all the expensive props.

But there’s more to it than just that. We’re not just watching...READ MORE

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Adopted Country (3372)

Non-Catholic India Goes Big on Mother Teresa Centenary

08/26/2010 Comments (2)

DELHI, India — Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s adopted country is celebrating the 100th anniversary of her birth in a big way.

“By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian,” Mother Teresa would say. “By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus.”

The country she left to serve as a missionary sister in 1929 will honor her birthday centenary today, even though the majority of the population is Hindu.

“This is a historic occasion, and we are making it a memorable day in the history of the nation,” Father Babu Joseph, spokesman for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India told the Register Aug. 23 after a...READ MORE

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‘Do ordinary things with extraordinary love’ (5132)

The Things That Made Mother Teresa Tick

08/26/2010 Comments (2)
CNS photo by Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo

Mother Teresa of Calcutta wrote on the back of this undated image, "The first child I picked up. He died a saintly boy."

– CNS photo by Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo

Father Brian Kolodiejchuk never expected to become a priest in Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity Fathers.

Now he is superior of the congregation — as well as postulator of the cause of canonization of Mother Teresa.

He first met her when his sister entered the Missionaries of Charity. Along the way, he had ample time and opportunity to get to know the “saint of the gutters.”

In this third and last part of Register news editor John Burger’s interview with him, Father Kolodiejchuk discusses what he discovered.

What led you to the Missionaries of Charity and how did you come to know Mother Teresa?

I was born in Winnipeg in Canada. I was raised in the Ukrainian Catholic Church. My...READ MORE

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