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Eden Foods Sues HHS, Prompting Media Attacks and Boycott (6906)

The Michigan-based natural and organic food company’s Catholic president angers some liberal critics by filing suit against the HHS mandate.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Not every “crunchy” producer of organic foods is a social liberal, and this “shocking” truth has prompted calls for a boycott of Eden Foods, which has been accused of advancing a stealth “right-wing” agenda.   

Last month, Eden Foods, which dubs itself “the oldest natural and organic food company in North America,” and its Catholic president/co-founder, Michael Potter, filed suit in a Michigan federal court against the Department of Health and Human Services.

The suit charges that the federal contraception and abortifacient mandate “forces employers and individuals to violate their religious beliefs” and “attacks and desecrates a foremost tenet of the Catholic...READ MORE

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Six-Figure Grant to ‘Catholics United’ Tried to Recruit Clergy (2495)

The San Francisco-based Energy Foundation gave the Catholics United Education Fund $116,000 to recruit Catholic clergy to support the Environmental Protection Agency.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The education fund of Catholics United, a Democrat-leaning group that has clashed with the U.S. bishops on several prominent issues, received a grant worth almost its entire 2011 budget to recruit Catholic clergy in key swing states to support the Environmental Protection Agency.

The San Francisco-based Energy Foundation gave a $116,000 grant to the Catholics United Education Fund in November 2011 “to recruit and engage Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Minnesota” in support of the EPA’s “regulatory authority.”

The Catholics United Education Fund’s 2011 tax forms show total revenue of $116,200 for the year.

James Salt, executive director of the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan Honored by Evangelicals for Leadership (2677)

Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview is recognizing Cardinal Dolan for his advocacy for religious freedom.

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Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, archbishop of New York.

NEW YORK CITY — Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York will receive the 2013 William Wilberforce Award this weekend from a group of Christians for his leadership in standing up for religious freedom.

“I resonate with Cardinal Dolan as much as any public religious leader in our country today,” Timothy George, chairman of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, which is bestowing the award, told Catholic News Agency April 16.

“Cardinal Dolan has just been tremendous; he’s one of the major leaders, not just of the Catholic Church in the United States today, but of all Christians, and really all people of goodwill.”

George, who is also a Baptist minister and dean of Beeson Divinity...READ MORE

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Vatican Approves Miracle to Make John Paul II a Saint, The Boston Bombing Hidden Victim and More! (3508)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Vatican Approves Miracle to Make John Paul II a Saint. Follow the link by Andrea Tornielli to read more.

Vatican Approves Miracle to Make John Paul II a Saint by Andrea Tornielli - Big Pulpit

The Boston Bombing’s Hidden Victim - Todd Aglialoro, Catholic Answers

Oh What A Tangled Web They Weave – Debi Vinnedge, Catholic Stand

A Pope Francis Sampler - John Thavis, Decoding the Vatican

Silence the Voices - Amanda Mortus, Ignitum Today

Really Old Medieval Cookbook Found - Thomas L. McDonald, God and the Machine

Galloping Historical Illiteracy – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Beautiful Adoramus Te - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Santa Maria Assunta, Torcello, Italy – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Thomistic Analysis of Your 11 Passions – Taylor Marshall...READ MORE

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Pope Urges Christians to Remember Final Judgment (3204)

The Holy Father dedicated his Wednesday audience address to a phrase from the Nicene Creed, continuing a Year of Faith series started by Benedict XVI.

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Pope Francis gives his blessing at the Wednesday general audience on April 24.

– Stephen Driscoll/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Christians should not be frightened of the Final Judgment, but should let it affect how they live, Pope Francis told the 100,000 pilgrims who filled St. Peter’s Square April 24 for his general audience.

“Human history begins with the creation of man and woman in the image and likeness of God and concludes with the final judgment of Christ. We often forget these two poles of history, and, above all, faith in the return of Christ and the Final Judgment is sometimes not so clear and strong in the hearts of Christians,” Pope Francis said.

The crowd that turned out for the Wednesday audience was one of the largest yet, with the attendance reportedly surpassing expectations...READ MORE

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Mother Bonzel Miracle Confirmed in Colorado Springs (3143)

Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel will be beatified in November, following Vatican investigation of a 1999 healing attributed to her intercession.

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Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel founded the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration in 1863 in Olpe, Germany.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Vatican knows a lot about 18-year-old Luke Burgie of Colorado Springs, Colo.

His life will play an important role in the pending beatification of Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel, founder of the Sisters of Mount St. Francis — a religious order that has established Catholic hospitals, schools, orphanages and nursing homes around the world.

On March 27, the Vatican confirmed that Burgie is alive and well because of a miracle requested through intercessory prayer to the late Mother Bonzel for an immediate cure of his severe and possibly life-threatening stomach condition.

Mother Bonzel founded the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration in 1863 in Olpe,...READ MORE

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Theologian: Same-Sex Civil Unions Discriminate Against Married Couples (3234)

Ethics professor cautions equating homosexual unions to marriage because the legal system starts to transform the nature of marriage as a social and legal institution.

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Father Martin Rhonheimer

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ROME — After a Vatican official stated that the Church could support same-sex civil unions as “private law solutions” for protecting people’s rights, a Swiss theologian is saying that if they are equated with marriage these unions discriminate against married heterosexual couples.

“Besides containing an erroneous moral message, it actually means to objectively discriminate against married people, who intentionally have engaged in a union ordered towards the task of the transmission of human life, accepting all the burdens and responsibilities of this task,” said Swiss theologian Father Martin Rhonheimer.

“Conferring legal equality to same-sex unions signifies to publicly establish, in...READ MORE

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Debate, Protests Mark Legalization of Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ in France (3144)

The new law allows same-sex couples to receive medical treatment for artificial procreation and adopt children.

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La Manif Pour Tous

Le Grande Armee gathered in the streets of Paris on March 24.

– La Manif Pour Tous

PARIS — After months of debate and massive protests, the National Assembly in France passed President Francois Hollande’s “marriage for all” bill into law on April 23.

With 331 votes in favor to the 225 votes against, the lower house approved Hollande’s draft law, which now legalizes same-sex “marriage,” allows same-sex couples to receive medical treatment for artificial procreation and adopt children.

This vote comes after months of protests, which saw unprecedented crowds taking to the streets on several occasions to condemn the bill.

Opponents say they have no plans to end the protests.

One group, La Manif Pour Tous (March for All), has organized many of the events and reported...READ MORE

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