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The Art of Mental Prayer, Dignity or Deception, An Undemocratic Future? and Much More! (1729)

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A “Sharing between Friends”: The Art of Mental Prayer. Click on the link by Dr. Jeffrey Morrow to read more.

A “Sharing between Friends”: The Art of Mental Prayer – Dr. Jeffrey Morrow, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Archbishop Closes “Gay Masses” by David Mills of the First Things websiteBig Pulpit

Dignity or Deception? – Allison LeDoux, Truth and Charity Forum

Russian Catholic Ordinations – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Religious Freedom: It’s Still Important - Chris Ricketts, Ignitum Today

Five Ways to Escape Apathy-ville – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Start of Christian Worship (Matthew 2:7-12) - Fr. John Bartunek, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

African Archbishop: Same-Sex Marriage Serious Crime Against Humanity – Peter Baklinski, LifeSiteNews

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Contraception Mandate Kicks In for Wave of Employers (4061)

The battle over religious freedom intensifies as the controversial federal contraception mandate goes into effect for many for-profit employers.

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WASHINGTON — The battle over religious freedom is intensifying as the controversial federal contraception mandate goes into effect for many for-profit employers at the start of the new year.

“We shouldn’t have to give up our First Amendment rights to make a living,” said Maureen Ferguson, senior policy adviser for The Catholic Association, which seeks to bring a faithful Catholic voice to the public square.

Ferguson told Catholic News Agency on Jan. 3 that employers who did not win a court order blocking the mandate are now “placed in a horrible position, choosing between their livelihood and their faith.”

On Jan. 1, 2013, new employee health-insurance plans began for many companies...READ MORE

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U.K. Anglican Ordinariate Given ‘Beautiful’ London Parish (3770)

Previously, the parish has hosted biweekly ‘Soho Masses’ for the attendance of ‘gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered’ Catholics.

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LONDON — The Archdiocese of Westminster has designated the historic Our Lady of the Assumption parish in London to a group of former Anglicans who have joined the Church and are known as an ordinariate.

“I hope that the use of this beautiful church ... will enable Catholics in the ordinariate to prosper and to offer to others the particular gifts of the ordinariate,” Archbishop Vincent Nichols announced Jan. 2.

For six years, the parish has hosted biweekly “Soho Masses” that are organized for the attendance of "gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered" Catholics in London. The group responsible for the Masses is now meant to “focus their effort on the provision of pastoral care” for...READ MORE

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White House Petitioned to Label Catholic Church a ‘Hate Group’ (5418)

According to a Family Research Council representative, the petition reveals an ‘underlying agenda’ to ‘stigmatize any disapproval of homosexuality at all and essentially to silence us.’

01/04/2013 Comments (25)

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WASHINGTON — An online petition asking the White House to designate the Catholic Church as a “hate group” for its views on marriage is drawing criticism for generating unjust animosity.

The petition reveals an “underlying agenda,” which is not simply to prevent violent crimes, but to “stigmatize any disapproval of homosexuality at all and essentially to silence us,” said Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council in Washington.

He explained to Catholic News Agency on Jan. 3 that applying the “hate group” label to organizations that are morally opposed to redefining marriage is simply “name-calling designed to cut us out of the public debate.”

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After Newtown Shooting, Bishops Call for Cultural Changes (3371)

Disturbing trends of violence in society require policy examinations and cultural changes, said three committee leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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NEWTOWN, Conn. — Disturbing trends of violence in society should prompt both policy examinations and cultural changes, said committee leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“It is time for our nation to renew a culture of life in our society,” said Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City and Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind.

The bishops, who respectively lead the U.S. bishops' Committees on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Communications and Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, released a Dec. 21 statement responding to a recent mass shooting.

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That's Not a Bishop, This Is a Bishop! The Goodness and Humanity of God and Much More! (2328)

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That’s not a Bishop, This Is A Bishop! Follow the link by Joe of the Southern Fired Catholicism blog to read more.

That’s not a Bishop, This Is A Bishop! by Joe of the Southern Fired Catholicism blog - Big Pulpit

“The Goodness and Humanity of God” – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Crisis Magazine

Cardinal Koch on a Liturgical “Reform of the Reform” – Michael J. Miller, The CWR Blog

“Gay marriage”, Courts and the Executive Power – James S. Cole, MercatorNet

Thousands to Join Hobby Lobby Appreciation Day Over Mandate Fight – Steven Ertelt, Life News

Hobby Lobby: Crafting Religious Freedom – BirgitJ, Catholic Sistas

Time and Prayer - Kaitlin Davis, Ignitum Today

Can a Pope Ever Resign? – Cathy Caridi JCL, Canon Law Made Easy

Spiritual Direction On the Rise - Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual...READ MORE

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Looking Into the Mystique of Notre Dame Football (11262)

Excellence transcends the football field for the famous Fighting Irish, and this commitment to quality incorporates a strong component of Catholic faith.

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A statue of the Blessed Mother stands atop the golden dome of the Main Building.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame is second to none when it comes to rich football tradition.

This is made clear by glancing at the records of just three of the school’s coaches, the legendary Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy and Ara Parseghian. They have a combined 287 wins, 40 losses and 18 ties at Notre Dame (an .857 winning percentage), along with nine national championships.

And it will add another title in 2013, if this year’s unbeaten Fighting Irish squad can overcome the powerhouse University of Alabama team in the Jan. 7 BCS Championship Game in Miami.

Notre Dame’s excellence doesn’t end on the football field, however. In fact, its football team’s athletic...READ MORE

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Venezuelan Cardinal Urges Calm Amid Chavez’s Health Concerns (1493)

According to the Spanish newspaper ABC, the Venezuelan president is in an induced coma and could be disconnected from artificial life support ‘at any moment.’


01/03/2013 Comment

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

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CARACAS, Venezuela — A Venezuelan cardinal has called on locals to remain calm despite the uncertainty surrounding the health of President Hugo Chavez, who is hospitalized in Cuba after undergoing surgery for cancer. 



According to the Spanish newspaper ABC, Chavez is in an induced coma and could be disconnected from artificial life support “at any moment.”



The newspaper reported that Chavez’s cancer has spread to his entire body and that his vital signs are being kept stable by the life support.

“Plans had been made to disconnect him soon from the artificial assistance that is prolonging the life of the Venezuelan president,” ABC reported.  



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