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Proposed Bill Aims to Thwart Hobby Lobby Decision (1947)

With backing from pro-abortion groups and the White House, 35 U.S. senators have introduced legislation to strip religious-freedom protections from businesses that object to the HHS mandate.

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Sen. Patty Murray (l) speaks at a Planned Parenthood rally in Seattle in February 2012. Murray, D-Wash., is a co-sponsor of the proposed Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act.

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WASHINGTON — Thirty-five U.S. senators have introduced legislation to strip religious-freedom protections from businesses with objections to mandatory insurance coverage for contraceptives and abortifacient drugs.

The senators are backed by both the White House and abortion-rights groups.

The bill summary objected that the Supreme Court allows some corporations to “get out of complying with the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive-coverage requirement if they have religious beliefs against birth control.”

The summary, from bill co-sponsor Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., claims that the bill would “stop employers from being able to impose their religious beliefs on their employees.”


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Church of England’s Impending Ordination of Women Bishops Poses Ecumenical Challenge (6733)

The Pope and the archbishop of Canterbury emphasized areas where their churches can work together when they met last month, but progress towards future unity appears blocked.

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Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury joins a crowd of hundreds of Church of England women priests on the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, prior to a special service on May 3 celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ordination of women.

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LONDON — In a sign of the current good relations between the Catholic Church and the Church of England, the meeting at the Vatican on June 16 between Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby was warm — but clouds still loom over the prospect of any unity between the two churches in the foreseeable future.

Pope Francis emphasized the ways in which Catholics and Anglicans can work together, highlighting “the effort to achieve greater social justice, to build an economic system that is at the service of man and promotes the common good. Among our tasks as witnesses to the love of Christ is that of giving a voice to the cry of the poor, so that they are not abandoned to the laws...READ MORE

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Papal Delegation to Investigate Paraguayan Diocese (12533)

Father Carlos Urrutigoity, an Argentine native who is the vicar general for the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, is described by the Diocese of Scranton, which suspended him in 2002, as 'a serious threat to young people.'

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Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello, archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, will lead the July 21-26 apostolic visitation to the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay.


CIUDAD DEL ESTE, Paraguay — Pope Francis will send an apostolic delegation to the Diocese of Ciudad del Este to investigate the vicar general, who has a history of sexual-abuse accusations.

Archbishop Eliseo Ariotti, apostolic nuncio to Paraguay, announced July 2 that the Pope will be sending an apostolic visitation to the diocese July 21-26 “to determine not only what has happened recently, but all there is to see in the house of Ciudad del Este.”

Cardinal Santos Abril y Castello, archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, will lead the investigation; he is to be assisted by Bishop Milton Troccoli Cebedio, an auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Montevideo.

Father Carlos Urrutigoity, an...READ MORE

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Annual Meeting in Rimini Sets Sights on Evangelizing at the ‘Peripheries’ (2104)

The Church movement Communion and Liberation has held this meeting every year since 1960.

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Rimini meeting launch held in Rome July 1.

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ROME — Italy’s upcoming “Meeting of Friendship Among People” organized by the ecclesiastical movement Communion and Liberation has set its sights on the “peripheries” spoken of by Pope Francis.

The event has taken place in the Italian city of Rimini every year since 1980 and often attracts international interest because of the prominence and quality of its participants.

The theme of the 2014 gathering is “Toward the peripheries of world and existence: Fate has not left man alone.” Scheduled for Aug. 24-30, it’s program — including 14 exhibitions and more than 100 conventions and shows — was presented at a press conference in Rome July 1.

Italian political figures will also be highly...READ MORE

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Archdiocese of St. Louis Settles ‘False’ Abuse Claim (2486)

Prosecutors declined to pursue charges against former priest Joseph Ross, who was laicized in 2002, because they believed they could not prove Jane Doe 92’s case.

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ST. LOUIS — The Archdiocese of St. Louis has agreed to a legal settlement with a woman the archdiocese says falsely accused a priest who is known to have committed sexual abuse.

“The archdiocese has vigorously defended this case because it believes Jane Doe 92’s claims and allegations are false,” the archdiocese said July 7, using a pseudonym for the accuser, who is now 22 years old.

The archdiocese has acknowledged that the accused priest, Joseph Ross, abused boys in the 1970s and 1980s.

“To be clear, the archdiocese is not defending Ross. He is a known abuser, which is illegal, wrong and shameful. The archdiocese does, however, have an obligation to defend itself against claims it...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Wary of White House’s Promised ENDA Executive Order (8220)

The order would prohibit companies and agencies that do business with the federal government from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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President Obama delivers remarks at a June 30 reception celebrating 'LGBT Pride Month' in the East Room of the White House.

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WASHINGTON — On June 16, the White House announced that President Obama planned to sign an executive order, which would prohibit companies and agencies that do business with the federal government from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Now, the nation’s Catholic bishops and officials from Church-affiliated institutions are waiting to review the substance of that executive order, which has not been signed and made public.

Depending on what exemptions are granted for religious organizations, the policy could affect agencies like Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services, as well as Catholic universities and hospitals that receive...READ MORE

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Why Chaste People Should Get Uncomfortable, Integrating Our Catholic Faith With Work and Much More! (4357)

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Follow Why Chaste People Should Get Uncomfortable by Arleen Spenceley of Ignitum Today link to read more.

Why Chaste People Should Get Uncomfortable by Arleen Spenceley of Ignitum Today - BigPulpit.com

Feminist Won’t Be Happy With Pope Francis’ Latest Interview – Fr. Z’s Blog

A Males Perspective on Learning NFP: The Wonder of Woman - Nicholas Senz, Catholic Stand

Six Practical Ideas for Integrating Our Catholic Faith with Work – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Do You Believe in the Talking Donkey? by Father Dwight Longenecker - BigPulpit.com

Is Peter “Cephas”? – Michael Barber PhD, The Sacred Page

Pope Francis on Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Beauty Is for the Poor, Too – Duncan G. Stroik, Crisis Magazine

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Immigration, Patriotism and the Common Good (7420)


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An opponent of allowing undocumented migrants to remain in the United States engages with a counter-protestor during a July 4 protest in Murrieta, Calif. Earlier, protesters turned away buses carrying about 140 immigrants who had been apprehended in Texas.

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Earlier this week, Fox News was kind enough to publish a commentary by me and my co-author, Jason Jones, where we wrote:

Today we face a moral and political crisis on our borders, where the well-being and even the lives of innocent children are endangered, along with the principles of national sovereignty and public order. Responses across the political spectrum have been at best bumbling, and at worst profoundly cynical.

We must be completely blunt about the real-world, often-selfish interests that underlie the public positions presented on this issue. In the spirit of St. Augustine, who candidly called pagan Roman rulers “a band of robbers” who had robed themselves in law, let me call...READ MORE

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