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11/07/2012 Comments (82)
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“The world itself now bears witness to its approaching end by its fading powers. […] The peasant is failing and disappearing from the fields, the sailor at sea, the soldier in the camp, uprightness in the forum, justice in the court, concord in friendships, skill in the arts, discipline in morals.”

Someone might think these words were written today in response to a decline in American society witnessed by the attempt to so centralize the government that the freedom of the Church is threatened. Yet these words were written by St. Cyprian, an early Church Father, around the year 250.

At the time, the Christians thought that the world was coming to an end as they knew it. Yet St....READ MORE

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Montana Passes Parental-Notification Abortion Law (2054)

As votes rolled in Tuesday, 66% of state locals voted in favor.

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HELENA, Mont. — On Nov. 6, Montana passed a measure requiring abortion facilities to notify parents before performing the procedure on those under 16.

As votes rolled in Tuesday, 66% of state locals voted in favor and 33% voted against Referendum 120, which mandates that doctors notify a parent or legal guardian at least 48 hours beforehand.

Notice will not be required, however, if there is a medical emergency, if notice is waived by a youth in court in a sealed proceeding or if it is waived by the parent or guardian.

Physicians who perform an abortion in violation of this act or who coerce a minor to have an abortion will now be subject to criminal prosecution and civil liability.

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Maine Legalizes Same-Sex 'Marriage' (1857)

This is the first time a vote by the people has legalized the redefinition.

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WASHINGTON — Voters in the state of Maine approved a ballot measure Nov. 6 to redefine marriage to include homosexual couples, becoming the sixth state in the U.S. to do so and the first to do so by a vote of the people.

Previously, marriage had been put before the people 32 times, and voters had affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a woman in each case.

Question 1 on the Maine ballot proposed to legally recognize “gay marriage,” reversing a similar referendum in 2009 that was narrowly defeated.

With 45% of precincts reporting on the night of the Nov. 6 election, the measure held a 55%-46% lead, enough for analysts to project its passage.

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The Wuerl Report (2541)

At a gathering back home in Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl passes along experiences and insights drawn from his service as general relator of last month’s Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization.

11/06/2012 Comments (5)
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Cardinal Wuerl during an Oct. 8 press conference at the Synod of the New Evangelization in Rome.

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WASHINGTON — A hushed silence pervades the Catholic Information Center’s chapel at 6pm Monday evening on Nov. 5. The guests, if they speak at all, speak in whispers.

They’re waiting for Cardinal Donald Wuerl, lately returned from the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization in Rome, where he served as its general relator, guiding the discussions of the participating bishops.

Cardinal Wuerl is a commanding presence, despite his slight frame and quiet voice — or perhaps in part because of them. It was evident that not one in the audience wanted to miss a single word. For over an hour they sat, listening with rapt attention to the cardinal’s account of the synod.

 

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Catholics Across Nation Hold Election Day Prayer Events (1364)

Invoking God and conscience before voting.

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WASHINGTON — Throughout the United States, Catholics are gathering in prayer on Nov. 6 to ask for God’s blessing upon the country and its citizens as they cast their ballots.

In response to popular request, Ave Maria University in southwest Florida is hosting 24-hour adoration for both students and members of the local community on Election Day.

“We’re expecting a full house,” said Jesuit Father Robert McTeigue, director of campus ministry, adding that the students have a clear understanding of what is at stake in this election.

“They’re very much involved,” he said.

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Extraordinary Form at Franciscan, Catholic Teaching on the LI Medium, and Much More! (1429)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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E. F. Masses at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Click on the link by Shawn Tribe to read and view more pics.

E. F. Masses at Franciscan University of Steubenville – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Position of the Catholic Church on Theresa Caputo, Long Island Medium by Glenn Dallaire of the Mystics of the Church blog – Big Pulpit

An Alternative 50 Books to Read for the Year of Faith – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Minnesota Game Changer Due to Same-Sex Marriage Initiative? – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

20th-Century (and Later) Musical Treasures – Robert R. Reilly, Crisis Magazine

The Sistine Chapel: A Liturgical Classroom – Kathy Schiffer, Catholic Lane

Death, A Part of Life – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

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U.S. Bishops Launch Religious-Freedom Website (2629)

FirstAmericanFreedom.com encourages education, prayer and public action in support of religious liberty.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has created a new website dedicated to encouraging education, prayer and public action to protect religious freedom at home and abroad.

As our first American freedom, religious liberty is “a founding principle of our country, protected by the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights,” said the U.S. bishops on their new website.


“It's a fundamental human right, rooted in the dignity of every human person, people of any faith or no faith at all,” they added.



Launched just days before the Nov. 6 election, the new website, FirstAmericanFreedom.com, includes sections promoting education, prayer and action regarding the right to freedom...READ MORE

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New Romney Ad Reaches Out to Catholic Voters  (1756)

TV message targets the impact of President Obama's HHS mandate on Catholic schools, hospitals and charities.

11/06/2012 Comments (7)

WASHINGTON — The Romney campaign released a new television ad on Nov. 4 to appeal to Catholic voters, citing the Obama administration's controversial Health and Human Services' mandate.


“The Obama administration dictated that every Catholic school, hospital and charity must include services that many Catholics consider immoral,” the ad says.


The administration's Department of Health and Human Services' mandate requires that virtually all employers, even religious ones, provide employees with health insurance that covers contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, despite any moral or religious objections.


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