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Mennonite-Owned Wood Manufacturer Sues Over Contraception Mandate (2300)

‘Forcing Americans to surrender long-standing, deeply-held principles in order to own and run a business is not merely troubling but unnecessary and unconstitutional,’ the company’s president says.

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WASHINGTON — Three Mennonite Christians who own a wood manufacturing company in Pennsylvania have filed a lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate for threatening their right to religious freedom.

“Being told that we must provide a health plan that includes a provision that violates the Christian beliefs of our family and the Christian values that our company was founded on is deeply troubling,” said Anthony Hahn, president and CEO of Conestoga Wood Specialties Corporation.

“Forcing Americans to surrender long-standing, deeply-held principles in order to own and run a business is not merely troubling but unnecessary and unconstitutional,” he added.

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Virgin of Guadalupe the Best Evangelist, Supreme Knight Reflects (2105)

Carl Anderson says Mary’s ‘example and continued motherhood of all peoples is a sure path today for the New Evangelization.’

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ROME — Our Lady of Guadalupe is the model for evangelization, especially in America, according to Carl Anderson, head of the Knights of Columbus.

“She is the evangelist par excellence, in part because she enters the world ... from the beatific vision, a state of supreme closeness to God,” he said Dec. 10 at the “Ecclesia in America” conference in Rome.

“Her example and continued motherhood of all peoples is a sure path today for the New Evangelization.”

The international congress, held Dec. 9-12, commemorates Pope John Paul II’s post-synodal apostolic exhortation of the same name. It also focuses on the New Evangelization.

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Evangelizing Through Memes, Pray for Fr. Robert Araujo, Science Si! Scientism No! and Much More! (2084)

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Evangelizing Through Memes. Click on the link by Brand Vogt to read more.

Evangelizing Through Memes by Brandon VogtBig Pulpit

App Full of Saint Names for Expecting Parents – Joshua Mercer, Catholic Vote

Science Si! Scientism No! – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Pray for Father Araujo - Austin Ruse, First Things/First Thoughts

Distributism and the Local Organic Food Movement – Kevin Ford, The Distributist Review

Fatherhood Begins at Conception – J. C. Sanders, Ignitum Today

A Friend Asks, “Where is the Papacy in the Bible?” – PДTЯICK VДNDДPOOL.com

Olivier Messiaen and the Language of Love – Michael E. Lawrence, The Chant Café

On Philosophical Eros – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic Thing

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Wyoming Catholic College Dismisses Chaplain (8926)

Decision follows allegations of improper behavior with students.

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Father Stuart MacDonald

– Wyoming Catholic College

LANDER, Wyo. — Two months after beginning as chaplain for Wyoming Catholic College, Father Stuart MacDonald has been dismissed, following allegations of improper behavior — drinking and using inappropriate language — with students surfaced.

Father MacDonald, a priest of the Diocese of St. Catharines in Ontario, Canada, was fired from his position on Nov. 19.

“His dismissal is subsequent to an internal investigation by the college, which revealed Rev. MacDonald’s improper conduct and language with the college’s students and a pattern of behavior unacceptable as a Catholic college chaplain,” said the college’s press statement about the dismissal.

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Vatican Spokesman Calls China’s Suspension of Bishop ‘Serious’ (1040)

The Chinese government suspended Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, after he resigned his position in the government-controlled Catholic Patriotic Association.

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VATICAN CITY — The Chinese government has suspended a Catholic bishop who resigned from the government-run Catholic association, leading the Vatican’s spokesman to describe the Holy See as deeply concerned.

The controversy comes after the government-run Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church of China – which is not recognized by the Vatican — revoked auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin’s appointment as coadjutor bishop of Shanghai.

Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the Vatican’s position was “authoritatively expressed” in a recent article by Cardinal Fernando Filoni in Tripod, a quarterly published by the Diocese of Hong Kong’s Holy Spirit Study Centre.

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Supreme Court Set to Hear Prop. 8 and DOMA Cases (2382)

Both sides in the struggle over the legal definition of marriage are enthusiastic about their courtroom prospects, but the high court could steer clear of passing definitive judgment on the issue.

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WASHINGTON — Ending months of intense speculation, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed on Dec. 7 that it would take up two high-profile “marriage equality” cases, a move that could result in the legalization of same-sex “marriage” across the nation.

The court’s decision to address challenges to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex “marriage,” prompted enthusiasm and dueling predictions from experts on both sides of the issue.

John Eastman, chairman of National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and a law professor at Chapman University in California, said he was “very pleased that the court has taken up both the DOMA case and the Prop. 8...READ MORE

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The Five Best Christmas Movies, The Deadliest of the Deadlies, Wedding: Church or Garden and More! (2010)

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The Five Best Christmas Movies and the Gift of Grace and Renewal. Follow the link by Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson to read more.

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The Deadliest of the Deadlies, Today – Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing

Wedding. . .Church or Garden? – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

Will Hobbits Save the World? – Philip Kosloski, Into the West

Christmas Caroling Outside Abortion Clinics: A Pro-Life Tradition – John Jalsevac, LifeSiteNews

Byzantine Catholic Rapture? – J. Andrew, Prayer of St. Ephrem

Monogamy, Celibacy, and Fatherhood – Dr. Joel I. Barstad, Southern Byzantine

Book Review: Catholic Spiritual Practices – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Rorate Cæli Desuper – Kathleen Pluth, The Chant Café

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New Project Allows Members of Congress to Adopt Conscience Prisoners (1367)

‘We must shine a light on these prisoners of conscience until they are free,’ said Katrina Lantos Swett, who chairs the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

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WASHINGTON — A new initiative in the nation’s capital invites members of Congress to “adopt” international prisoners of conscience to advocate for their release and to highlight the importance of human rights and religious liberty.

“We must shine a light on these prisoners of conscience until they are free,” said Katrina Lantos Swett, who chairs the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

At a Dec. 6 press conference, she explained that the Defending Freedoms project will encourage legislators to “stand in solidarity” with conscience prisoners, work for reform in their countries and send a message to the world about the importance of fundamental human freedoms.

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