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Federal Judges Shoot Down Notre Dame’s Appeal on Contraception Mandate (257)

Circuit Judge Richard Posner authored the main opinion in the 2-1 decision against the university, saying it failed to show it was entitled to a preliminary injunction.

05/22/2015 Comment

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A federal court has again denied the University of Notre Dame’s request for a preliminary injunction against federal mandates it says violate its religious freedom, though a trial can still go forward.

“We are reviewing the opinion and weighing our options,” the University of Notre Dame’s vice president for public affairs and communications said in a statement provided to CNA.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals denied the request for a preliminary injunction on May 19.

In February the same court also rejected the university’s request for an injunction, upholding the decision of a lower court.

In March, the U.S. Supreme Court nullified the decision and returned the...READ MORE

Filed under hhs mandate, kevin j. jones, university of notre dame

DC Court Tells Catholic Groups: Submit to HHS Mandate or Pay Massive Fines (1419)

The Archdiocese of Washington and Priests for Life suffered a legal setback at the D.C. Court of Appeals that puts their case on a path to the U.S. Supreme Court.

05/22/2015 Comment
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Seal of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

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WASHINGTON — A majority of judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals this week rejected a request from the Archdiocese of Washington and Priests for Life to have the full court review their challenge to the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate.

According to the archdiocese and Priests for Life, the mandate as it currently applies forces them to be complicit in the provision of contraceptive services, including abortifacient drugs that seriously violate their Catholic beliefs.

“We concluded that the regulation challenged in this case does not, as a matter of law or fact, give plaintiffs’ conduct the contraception-facilitating effect of which they complain,” stated the...READ MORE

Filed under affordable care act, archdiocese of washington, d.c., cardinal donald wuerl of washington, d.c., d.c. circuit court of appeals, d.c. council, father frank pavone, hhs mandate, peter jesserer smith, priests for life

Nebraska Bishops Praise State’s Move to Repeal Death Penalty (23)

Nebraska’s unicameral Legislature on May 20 voted 32-15 to pass LB 268. The legislation replaces the death penalty with life in prison without parole.

05/22/2015 Comment
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Bishop James Conley of Lincoln blesses prisoners at the Nebraska State Penitentiary during the recessional of a Mass said on March 31.

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LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska’s Catholic bishops on Wednesday praised the Nebraska Legislature’s veto-proof vote to end the death penalty, saying  capital punishment “cannot be justified” in the state at present.

The bishops said their support for the bill was based on Catholic teaching and their prudential judgment that the death penalty is now unjustifiable. Their support “also flows from our prayerful reflection on the words of Jesus Christ himself: ‘love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father’,” they said.

Nebraska’s unicameral Legislature on May 20 voted 32-15 to pass LB 268. The legislation replaces the death penalty with life...READ MORE

Filed under bishop james conley, capital punishment, death penalty, nebraska

NFL Soldier Stands Tall in the Catholic Church (954)

Pittsburgh Steelers’ Alejandro Villanueva relies on faith in military and pro sports.

05/22/2015 Comment
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Alejandro Villanueva

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When the annual NFL Draft took place April 30-May 2, many former and current professional players could look back and remember in which round they were chosen. Some players, however, were never drafted, but persevered and found their way onto the active roster of a team.

Alejandro Villanueva is hoping to be one of these men by building on his practice-squad experience with the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers. At 6 feet 9 inches tall, the 330-pound offensive lineman and tight end wants to be a part of the 2015 Steelers’ 53-man roster and plans to use his experience in the Army to make this happen.

Villanueva, whose father is a Spanish naval officer who worked for NATO, was born...READ MORE

Filed under catholic athletes, catholic faith, nfl draft, pittsburgh steelers, trent beattie

A Priest’s Powerful Impact on ‘The New York Times’ David Brooks (1112)

In an interview with Catholic News Agency, the bestselling author recounts how the example of Msgr. Ray East contributed to his latest book, The Road to Character.

05/21/2015 Comments (3)
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Columnist and author David Brooks

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DENVER — New York Times columnist, bestselling author and all-around pundit David Brooks has made headlines recently for his bold new book making the case for a societal return to morality.  

Perhaps lesser known, however, is some of the inspiration behind the work — a humble priest described by Brooks as an “insanely joyful” man who sparked a nagging, internal question: Why was this cleric so happy and fulfilled?

What followed was a meticulously researched and engaging book that poses a provocative thesis: We as a modern society are cultivating outwardly impressive but ultimately superficial “resume virtues” — not character. And it’s costing us dearly, the author says, both personally...READ MORE

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The Missionaries of Charity’s Corporal Works of Mercy in the Himalayas (877)

During the same week that reports circulated about Blessed Mother Teresa’s possible canonization, members of her congregation witnessed to her inspiration in earthquake-battered Nepal.

05/21/2015 Comment
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A Missionaries of Charity nun delivers earthquake relief aid on May 16 to residents in Khani Dhanda, Nepal.

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KHANI DHANDA, Nepal — As news came out of Rome on May 19 that the Holy See is considering canonizing Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta in September 2016, during the Year of Mercy, the good works performed by the congregation she founded provide tangible evidence that her legacy is alive and well.

This reporter on May 16 accompanied half a dozen religious sisters and eight religious brothers from the Missionaries of Charity on a trip to distribute relief materials to the populace in mountainous Nepal, which was rocked by a devastating earthquake on April 25.

Early in the morning, the team left Kathmandu for Khani Dhanda, with three truckloads of food and shelter materials.

“We had problem...READ MORE

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Is Islam a Religion of War or Peace? Both — and Muslims Must Decide Its Direction, Priest Says (2114)

Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir wrote May 15 that Islam must undergo a radical reform to the internal reading of its history.

05/21/2015 Comments (6)
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Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir

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ROME — Following last week’s online release of an audio message from the caliph of the Islamic State (ISIS), one specialist says the group’s understanding of Islam calls on all Muslims to re-evaluate Islamic history.

“The only solution is a radical reform to the internal reading of Islamic history,” Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir, the Egyptian-born acting rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute, wrote May 15 at AsiaNews.

A day prior, the Islamic State released a recording of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, saying, “There is no excuse for any Muslim not to migrate to the Islamic State. … Joining (its fight) is a duty on every Muslim. We are calling on you either to join or carry...READ MORE

Filed under father samir khalil samir, isis, islam, islamic state group, muslims

Is Economic Growth the Enemy of Saving the Environment? These Catholics Say No (947)

In an international forum on economic growth and environmental sustainability, Catholic leaders and experts in the field argued that, rather than being opposed, the two go hand in hand and can lead to greater prosperity.

05/21/2015 Comments (2)
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ROME — In an international forum on economic growth and environmental sustainability, Catholic leaders and experts in the field argued that, rather than being opposed, the two go hand in hand and can lead to greater prosperity.

“Protecting the environment need not compromise legitimate economic progress,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington said May 20.

“There is an increasingly clear harmony between efforts on behalf of the environment and those that promote integral — including economic — human development. This is the ‘human ecology’ to which our efforts must contribute,” he said.

Cardinal Wuerl made his comments alongside a panel of experts during a half-day May 20 conference on “The...READ MORE

Filed under cardinal donald wuerl, cardinal peter turkson, caritas in veritate, centesimus annus, ecology, elise harris, environment, pacem in terris, pope francis, populorum progressio

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