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Obama Life: Read into it         

We know that God comes to us in sacraments and scripture, writes Colleen Mary Carpenter, but that favorite novel may be a window to the divine as well. 

A woman on the altar

With the deacon being one of the traditional "arms" of the bishop, the needs of the church call for some "right-hand women" to proclaim the good news, and there's nothing in Catholic tradition that should stand in the way, argues theologian Phyllis Zagano in this interview with the editors.  


Culture: Capitol gains
While overturning Roe v. Wade remains the brass ring for the pro-life movement, many activists are finding success by seeking limits on abortion one law and one state at a time, reports Scott Alessi.  blogs


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The Examined Life: Cardinal George apologizes for KKK remark 
It's good to see that Chicago's Cardinal Francis George has apologized for his remarks comparing the gay pride movement to the Ku Klux Klan.


The Examined Life: Vatican shocker! New cardinals reflect more of the same   
In another sign that we can expect little change (short of divine intervention) in the church, Pope Benedict XVI's 22 new cardinals (18 of whom will be eligible to vote in the next papal conclave) are dominated by Curial officials (10 of the 18 who can vote) and Europeans (12 eligible to vote). 


Margin Notes:  Dignity in death for those who die in prison
Recently in U.S. Catholic, we've discussed options for environmentally friendly funerals and green burials. Today, the New York Times casts a light on another lesser known type of burial: for inmates who die while in prison.


Catholic Tastes: The underlying faith behind Stephen Colbert's super PAC  
If you're a fan of late night TV host and comedian Stephen Colbert--or his more private Catholic alter ego of the same name--you're probably familiar with the ongoing storyline surrounding his very real Colbert Super PAC.


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