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143 theologians call for women's ordination, end of mandatory celibacy

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More than 140 German, Austrian, and Swiss Catholic theologians have called for a fundamental reform of the Church of Rome that would end the celibacy of priests, it was reported Friday.

In their petition entitled, "The Church 2011: an indispensable renewal," which is accessible via the Internet site of the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, these 143 theologians, mostly teachers in German speaking universities, also call for the ordination of women, and for the Church's acceptance of homosexual partners. They also demand participation of the faithful in the nomination of bishops and an end to the "moral rigidity" of the Church.

President Obama's Prayer breakfast talk turned heads

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President Obama’s personal remarks on his faith life touched me as they did many others. He seemed to speak from the heart. Nevertheless, pundits quickly attempted to place his remarks into the framework of political strategy. Three general lines of reason were offered yesterday:


  1. He is playing the faith card: This is just the latest manifestation of "Barack Obama 2.0," says Ed Lasky at American Thinker. Having "barely attended any religious services in the last two years," Obama is now attempting a "public baptism" to attract the Christian vote in 2012. "Talk about religious hucksters..." "Another two steps in the Obama extreme makeover"

Liturgist says he has had enough

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The America magazine Web site has published a notable letter to the U.S. bishops written by Anthony Ruff, a Benedictine monk of Saint John’s Abbey and a professor of liturgy and Gregorian chant.

"With a heavy heart, I have recently made a difficult decision concerning the new English missal. I have decided to withdraw from all my upcoming speaking engagements on the Roman Missal in dioceses across the United States," Ruff wrote.

On this day: CSA

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On this day, 150 years ago, delegates from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas met in Montgomery, Alabama, to establish the Confederate States of America.

The sesquicentennial of the Civil War is a fitting time for Catholics to take a look back at the issue that tore our country apart. Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans is making the sacramental records of slaves and free persons of color available online. Will other dioceses and religious congregations follow his example?

Mentally disturbed need more care

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WASHINGTON – The Council on Mental Illness of the National Catholic Partnership on Disabilities said the recent tragedy in Tucson, Ariz., highlights the lack of adequate U.S. treatment of those with mental problems.

Jared Loughner has been charged in the Jan. 8 shooting spree that left six dead and 14 wounded, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the apparent primary target of the attack.

More School? Now, it's \"optional\"

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Color me stunned. It's not up there with Tunisia and Egypt, but there has been a small victory for democracy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Officials have suddenly scaled back on plans to institute an archdiocese-wide plan to expand the school year by twenty days -- with a coincident hike in tuition. The plan was announced last week by the superintendent of elementary schools, after zero consultation with pastors, principals, parents and teachers.

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