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Back to School (3659)

Non-Catholic Giving to Catholic Schools on the Increase

09/02/2010 Comments (5)
Chesterton Academy

Students at the Chesterton Academy in St. Louis Park, Minn., have a new reason to smile. A recent matching grant, initiated by a non-Catholic donor, raised almost $170,000.

– Chesterton Academy

NEW YORK —  When Catholic schools in Boston, New York and Minneapolis open again in September, they’ll have financial contributions at their disposal, many from a surprising source — non-Catholics. Who are the philanthropists, and why do they give?

Take retired hedge-fund advisor Robert Wilson, who made his millions as a growth-stock investor at his firm, Wilson Associates, and describes himself as an atheist. He took $15,000 in 1949 and turned it into $225 million by the time he retired in 1986 at the age of 60.

Then Wilson began giving it away.

Wilson says that he wants to donate 70% of his wealth before he dies. So far, he has given more than $550 million to charitable causes,...READ MORE

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Farewell to a Valiant Pro-Life Woman (3337)

Anne Higgins (1939-2010)

09/01/2010 Comments (2)
Courtesy of the Higgins family

Anne Higgins and her husband George meet Pope John Paul II.

– Courtesy of the Higgins family

A great pro-life heroine died in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12. Anne V. Higgins — “AVH” as she was known to the correspondence staffs of three U.S. presidents — gave her all for unborn babies’ right to life, despite her 30-year battle with various cancers. Higgins’ career is a model for any Catholic who enters public service.

Anne E. Volz was born in New York City to William and Elizabeth Volz. Her father, a firefighter, worked two jobs in post-war America to raise his family. She attended Catholic grade school at Holy Rosary and St. Helena High School in the Bronx.

At her funeral Mass at St. Stephen Martyr in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington on Aug. 18, Higgins’ surviving...READ MORE

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Will Democrats Support Abortion-Funding Ban? (3234)

08/31/2010 Comments (2)
CNS photo/Bob Roller

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., speaks during a 2009 news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston urged House members to support the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, H.R. 5939, introduced by Reps. Smith and Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., which would make permanent the ban on federal funding of elective abortions.

– CNS photo/Bob Roller

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently joined the push to enact the first statutory ban on the use of federal taxpayer funding for elective abortions.

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 5939) would bar federal funds from elective abortions under all federal programs — not just the components of the health-care overhaul. It would move beyond existing elective abortion-funding bans by establishing the measure as a law, rather than the current practice of attaching annual amendments or riders to more than 12 different federal department spending bills.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, sent...READ MORE

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How to Capitalize on the New Missal (6495)

Catechesis Efforts Ramp Up as New Mass Translation Heads to Pews

08/31/2010 Comments (11)

The cover to a parish guide on the English translation of the new edition of the Roman Missal. The guide is among the resources being made available by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops before the missal goes into use in late November next year.


WASHINGTON — After a decade of work, the greatest liturgical milestone for American Catholics since the 1970s is right around the corner: The Vatican has approved a new English translation of the Roman Missal, and the U.S. bishops have fixed the roll-out date in the nation’s parishes for the beginning of Advent 2011.

“The use of the third edition of the Roman Missal enters into use in the dioceses of the United States of America as of the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27, 2011. From that date forward, no other edition of the Roman Missal may be used in the dioceses of the United States of America,” stated Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic...READ MORE

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Psychology and the Call to the Priesthood (3936)

A Conversation with Dr. Paul Vitz

08/30/2010 Comments (5)
Institute for the Psychological Sciences

Paul Vitz.

– Institute for the Psychological Sciences

Paul Vitz is the senior scholar at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences and professor emeritus of psychology at New York University. He is also an adjunct professor at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Washington.

His interests include how the religious relates to psychology, and he has published Psychology as Religion: The Cult of Self-Worship, Faith of the Fatherless: the Psychology of Atheism and Sigmund Freud’s Christian Unconscious.

Vitz recently spoke in the Washington, D.C. area at a seminar about seminary formation. The seminar was organized by the Institute for the Psychological Sciences.

How much has psycho-spiritual formation changed?

Two things...READ MORE

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Why Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality Isn’t Bigoted (18058)

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 (12384)

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 (3497)

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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