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New York City Cultural Event Will Explore Freedom’s Meaning (1408)

This month’s New York Encounter examines an idea that is both cherished and deeply divisive in American culture.

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An orchestral performance at the 2012 New York Encounter.

– Photo by Dino D'Agata, Courtesy of New York Encounter

NEW YORK — An organizer for the New York Encounter, a three-day cultural festival held in January, says this year’s theme of “Experiencing Freedom” is an idea both cherished and deeply divisive in American culture.

“What is it that defines this mysterious thing which we call freedom, which for us as believers is the ultimate reflection of the experience of God himself that’s been given to us as creatures?” reflected Maurizio Maniscalco, the event’s chairman.

“Freedom is the territory where not even God intervenes in our life,” which makes its experience a “pretty compelling thing,” he told Catholic News Agency in a Jan. 9 interview.

The New York Encounter will be held Jan. 18-20 in...READ MORE

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Unusual Catholic Names, 10 Photos of Pontifical Mass at St. James Cathedral-Basilica and More! (3316)

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Governor Jindal’s Contraception Contradiction (5482)

The Louisiana governor’s Wall Street Journal op-ed in favor of over-the-counter access to oral contraceptives generates strong criticism from Catholic officials and organizations.

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NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Dec. 13 editorial in The Wall Street Journal, where he called for contraceptives to be available for sale over the counter, prompted a wave of criticism from several Catholic officials and organizations.

Though describing himself in the editorial as “an unapologetic pro-life Republican,” Jindal, who is viewed as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, argued that “everyone who wants contraception should be able to purchase it.”

Democratic lawmakers and abortion-rights organizations have framed the religious-liberty objections of the nation’s Catholic bishops over the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate as an...READ MORE

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Survey Finds U.S. Majority Favors Abortion Restrictions (2226)

The Marist Institute for Public Opinion poll found that more than 8 in 10 Americans — 83% — favor significant restrictions on abortion.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A new survey shows that most Americans support strict regulations on abortion, with half of Americans saying that abortion should never be permitted or permitted only in rare cases.

“After four decades of legalized abortion in this country, Americans have had ample time to understand that abortion has terrible consequences,” said Carl Anderson, head of the Knights of Columbus, which commissioned the poll.

“They understand abortion’s true legacy — a child loses life, and parents lose a child. And after witnessing the effects of abortion for the past 40 years, Americans are not legally or morally comfortable with that legacy,” he said Jan. 9.

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Pope Calls the Incarnation God’s Gift to Mankind (1217)

In his Jan. 9 general audience, Pope Benedict XVI reflects on the 'Word made flesh.'

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict reflected on the mystery of the Incarnation during his general audience Jan. 9, calling it the “original gift of Christmas.”

“On that holy night, God becoming flesh, wanting to become a gift for man, gave himself for us; God has made his only begotten Son a gift for us, taking our humanity to give us his divinity,” the Pope said at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

“Here we find the model of our giving, because our relationships, especially the most important ones, are driven by the free gift of love,” he said.

Pope Benedict opened his remarks by dwelling on the term “Incarnation,” which developed through reflection on the words of John’s Gospel, “the Word...READ MORE

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Confusion About 'Equality' and 'Discrimination,' 2013 March for Life and More! (1350)

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Confusions About ‘Equality’ and ‘Discrimination’. Click on the link by George Weigel to read more.

Confusions About ‘Equality’ and ‘Discrimination’ – George Weigel, Denver Catholic Register

2013 U.S. March for Life Schedule of Events: Updated – LifeSiteNews

Modern Catholic Heretics: Tools of Satan by David L. Gray - Big Pulpit

Bishop Thomas J. Tobin Urges Rhode Island Lawmakers to Resist Redefining Marriage – Stephen Kokx, Catholic Vote

Have Bishops of England and Wales Forbidden the E. F. Mass at Seminary? – Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibe Domine

The Danger of Divinizing the French Fifth Republic – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

Quæritur: Participating in Wedding of Sister to a Married Man – Fr. Z’s Blog

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Gallaudet Employee Allowed Back After Maryland Marriage Controversy (1792)

Angela McCaskill was suspended for three months after signing a petition in favor of allowing voters to pass judgment on a same-sex ‘marriage’ law.

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WASHINGTON — A Maryland university employee has been reinstated after spending three months on administrative leave for signing a petition to allow locals to vote on same-sex “marriage” in the state.

“The work of the university’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is vital and must continue in an active and vibrant way,” said T. Alan Hurwitz, president of Gallaudet University, which serves the deaf and hard of hearing.

According to The Associated Press, Hurwitz explained in a brief Jan. 7 statement to the campus community that Angela McCaskill was being returned to the position of chief diversity officer.

“I personally look forward to working with Dr. McCaskill on the work of that...READ MORE

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California Monks Build New Chapel With Medieval Stones (2721)

After languishing in Golden Gate Park for more than 60 years, stones reclaimed from Spain’s Santa Maria de Ovila monastery come into service again at a contemporary Cistercian abbey.

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Cloister walk at New Clairvaux Abbey in Vina, Calif.

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VINA, Calif.— A California abbey has been home to Cistercian monks since 1955, and it now houses a new chapel built of stones taken from a medieval Cistercian monastery in Spain.

“These stones have come home. ... We had a donor event last year because the scaffolding finally came down, and you can see the glory of this vaulted stone chapter house,” the abbot, Father Paul Mark Schwan, told Catholic News Agency Jan. 7.

“We sang our Cistercian ‘Salve’ at the conclusion of this event. That was the first time since 1835 that these stones had heard the chanting of, as it were, ‘their’ Cistercian monks,” he added.

“It was a very touching moment, not just for our monks, but for the guests...READ MORE

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