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Lawsuit: HHS Mandate a ‘Conscious Political Strategy’ to Divide the Church (4562)

Filed by Catholic groups, the new complaint demands the federal court reject the Obama administration’s narrowing of religious liberty.

10/24/2013 Comments (7)
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President Barack Obama announces the HHS contraceptive mandate at the White House with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

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WASHINGTON  — Catholic organizations in Washington, D.C., and Thomas Aquinas College in California have filed a suit against the Obama administration, demanding a reprieve from the federal contraception mandate on religious-liberty grounds.

“The HHS [Health and Human Services] contraceptive mandate presents a challenge to a Catholic institution such as Thomas Aquinas College that seeks to uphold both the civil law and the teachings of the Church,” said Michael McLean, president of Thomas Aquinas College.

“The mandate puts those duties into direct conflict, requiring that we take action to protect the college’s Catholic identity and preserve its financial stability, as the penalties...READ MORE

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Bishop Bans ‘Blasphemous’ Rosary for Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ From Cathedral (8994)

The activist Rainbow Sash Movement had planned to pray for ‘marriage equality’ in the Springfield, Ill., cathedral until Bishop Thomas Paprocki’s forceful intervention.

10/24/2013 Comments (30)
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., rebuked a group that tried to organize a Rosary in the diocesan cathedral in support of a bill to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples, saying the prayer contradicts Christ's teachings.

“It is blasphemy to show disrespect or irreverence to God or to something holy,” Bishop Paprocki said.

His actions came in response to the activist group Rainbow Sash Movement’s announced plans to say a Rosary for “marriage equality” before an Oct. 22 evening Mass at Springfield's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

The group said it intended to show a “loud Catholic presence for marriage equality” in Illinois’ capital...READ MORE

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Vatican Plans to Take on Church of England and World Religions — in Cricket (3410)

The newly formed St. Peter’s Cricket Club also hopes to play Muslim, Hindu and Sikh teams, as well as those from other religions and cultures, to promote dialogue and virtue.

10/24/2013 Comments (3)
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The official emblem on the St. Peter's Cricket Club jacket

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VATICAN CITY — The Holy See has plans to finally beat the Church of England at its own game: not in a theological debate, but on the cricket field. The Vatican has a new cricket club that aims to encourage dialogue between cultures, as well as growing virtue among the athletes, both on and off the field.

“The idea was if we start a cricket club, cricket being so popular in the whole of the East, especially in the Indian subcontinent, we could start a dialogue through cricket,” said Father Theodore Mascarenas.

Father Mascarenas is a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture, overseeing the departments for Asia, Africa and Ushuaia (capital city of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina). He is...READ MORE

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Understanding 'Lead Us Not Into Temptation,' Overcoming Anxiety and More! (3526)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Most Depressing Picture of the Year. Follow the link by William M. Briggs of the Statistician to the Stars! blog to read more on grooming for Catholics.

Understanding “Lead Us Not Into Temptation” – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

The Christianity Section of Your Local Bookstore – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

A Dying Atom Bomb Victim’s Last Wish: Communion – Domenico Agasso Jr., Vatican Insider

The Most Depressing Picture of the Year by William M. Briggs of the Statistician to the Stars! blog – BigPulpit.com

How to Overcome Anxiety – Fr. Michael Najim, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Archbishop Longley, Retract Damaging Pronouncement on Anglicans and the Ordinariate - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

The Great Shea-Voris Grudge Match – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Men Who “Father” &...READ MORE

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Secretary Recalls Final Months of Benedict XVI’s Pontificate (14431)

Archbishop Georg Gänswein’s wide-ranging interview included ‘Vatileaks’ and the pope emeritus’ relationship with his successor.

10/23/2013 Comments (11)
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VATICAN CITY — In a revealing new interview, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein has recalled the final tumultuous months of Benedict XVI’s pontificate and shared his views on the new style of papacy under Pope Francis.

In the interview, published in the Italian daily Il Messaggero Oct. 22, the German archbishop said that working as prefect of the pontifical household, as well as continuing to assist Benedict XVI, is “quite a challenge, regardless of the amount of things to do.”

“I would seek the advice of my predecessor, except there isn’t one, because no one before me has ever had this double task,” he said. “But using common sense, I do my best.”

Archbishop Gänswein, 57, served as...READ MORE

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Obamacare Threatens to Hit Many Families’ Pocketbooks (6178)

Couples face a financial marriage penalty when it comes to subsidies, according to critics, and the law’s good intentions have made obtaining full-time work harder for many.

10/23/2013 Comments (22)
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WASHINGTON — As the new health-insurance law kicks in, so does the law of unintended consequences.

In the wake of the rollout, contend opponents of President Barack Obama’s health-care reforms, many will discover that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) not only has made their insurance options more expensive, but has also introduced financial uncertainty and disincentives to marrying and having families.

The rollout of the ACA, also called “Obamacare” by the law’s friends and foes alike, had a rocky start on Oct. 1, when the federal and state health-insurance exchanges opened for enrollment. Despite intense interest in the new online exchanges, relatively few people have actually...READ MORE

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Pope: Mary Models How to Follow Christ by the ‘Martyrdom’ of Her Heart (3404)

Pope Francis urged Christians to imitate Mary and ask her help in sharing Jesus with others.

10/23/2013 Comments (3)
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Pope Francis incenses the official statue of Our Lady of Fatima during Mass Oct. 13 in St. Peter's Square.

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VATICAN CITY — In his weekly general audience, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Church, reflecting on the importance of Mary as an example of how to respond to God’s plan with fidelity.

“She is also a model of union with Christ, be it in her daily duties, be it in the way of the cross, until she unites herself with him in the martyrdom of the heart,” said Pope Francis.

The Holy Father directed the words of his Oct. 23 general audience to the nearly 100,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square, including those from England, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, India, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, Guam, Canada and the United States. The Pope also greeted the...READ MORE

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Ave Maria: A Very Catholic Town; Life Begins at Conception: The Science Is Settled and Much More! (5327)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/23/2013 Comment

Ave Maria: A Very Catholic Town. Follow the link by Michael Durnan of Regina Magazine to read more.

Ave Maria: A Very Catholic Town by Michael Durnan of Regina Magazine – BigPulpit.com

Life Begins at Conception: The Science Is Settled - Deacon Michael Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

Tens of Thousands of Syrian Christians Flee or Are Displaced – Byz Pulpit

New Data on Why Women Have Abortions Is Both Illuminating and Ambiguous - Randall K. O’Bannon, Catholic Lane

The Sacrament of Matrimony is Out of This World - Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

Caravaggio: Conversion of Saul & Catholic Imagination – Tuscany Press

Getting On My Own Nerves - Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

The Hidden Meaning of Fra. Angelico’s ‘Annunciation’ – Karen Andrews, Aleteia

The Jonah Experience:...READ MORE

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