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Pray for Our Nation (3114)

Novena to the Mother of God for the Nation

09/29/2012 Comment
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Catholics have always turned instinctively for help to the Mother of God in times of need. And so, in 2012, we turn to Our Lady for help. Many of the values that shaped our country from the beginning seem to be at risk. Pope Benedict XVI and the American bishops have noted the erosion of religious freedom in the United States, the first value guaranteed by the Constitution.

The "Novena to the Mother of God for the Nation" on pages C1-C4 will remind us of some of the central truths of the faith, in particular, the incarnation, passion, death and resurrection of the Lord and Mary’s unique role in our salvation. It will be, in a way, a catechism lesson that challenges us to a deeper...READ MORE

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Hope and Forgiveness for Post-Abortive Soldiers (2025)

Archdiocese for the Military Services sponsors its first healing retreat in Germany

09/28/2012 Comments (5)

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American military men and women took part in a transformative, three-day retreat for post-abortion healing and healing from miscarriage late last month at the hilltop Religious Retreat Center in Schoenstatt, Germany.

Organized by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and the post-abortive healing ministry Rachel’s Vineyard, the Aug. 24-26 retreat was the first of its kind for the military. It provided group discussions, private counseling and prayer as ways of coming to terms with complex and sometimes repressed emotions of anger, shame and guilt in a confidential setting.

The retreat was conducted by Bishop Richard Spencer, the Military Archdiocese’s episcopal vicar for...READ MORE

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Leap of Faith and Tiny Miracles, The Victims of Drones, How to Get the Man of Your Dreams, and More! (1266)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/28/2012 Comment

Indiana Jones, a Leap of Faith, and Tiny Miracles. Click on the link by Erin Franco to read more.

Indiana Jones, a Leap of Faith, and Tiny Miracles – Erin Franco, Humble Handmaid

The Many Victims of Drones – Anna Williams, First Things/First Thoughts

How to Get the Man of Your Dreams by Jonathan E. Doyle and Tamara Rajakariar of the MercatorNet website – Big ulpit

Walter Lambe: Magnificat – Jeffrey A. Tucker, Chant Café

Silly Meme: Libertarianism & “Same-Sex Marriage” – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Calender for Lesser Known Dominican Blesseds – Fr. Augustine Thompson OP, New Liturgical Movement

What the Church Needs to Do - Kayla Peterson, Ignitum Today

Restore the Three Hour Eucharistic Fast? – Kate Edwards, Australia Incognita

Papa Bene: Christian Politicians...READ MORE

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Pro-Lifers: Notre Dame Invite to Obama Is Acceptable (3754)

Unlike 2009, this time the Catholic university isn’t honoring the president.

09/28/2012 Comments (24)

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– Pro-Life Action League

WASHINGTON — Pro-life advocates said the University of Notre Dame's recent invitation to President Barack Obama to speak on campus is a chance to participate in public discourse, unlike the school’s welcoming of Obama as commencement speaker in 2009.

One is a scandal, and the other is entirely appropriate,” said Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League.

In a recent press release, Notre Dame explained that it has invited both Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to speak at the school during the campaign in order to “provide the campus community a firsthand impression of the contenders and their messages.”



It noted that the university was...READ MORE

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Religious Liberty Allows ‘Voice of Faith to Function as the Conscience of Society’ (2838)

Cardinal Donald Wuerl warns against the rising dominance of a ‘monolithic secular point of view’ and offers Dignitatis Humanae, the groundbreaking Vatican II document, as an antidote.

09/28/2012 Comments (5)

Cardinal Donald Wuerl

– CNA/Michelle Bauman

WASHINGTON — Amid attacks on religious liberty at home and abroad, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington presented Dignitatis Humanae, the Second Vatican Council’s “Declaration on Religious Freedom,” as an essential guide to a renewed defense of the “first freedom” and to religion’s culture-forming role in the public square.

As the Church prepares for the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, a Georgetown University conference, “Catholic Perspectives on Religious Freedom,” offered a forum for the cardinal and scholars to celebrate the groundbreaking document that formally affirmed the Church’s commitment to full respect for the rights of conscience and religious freedom.

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Top 10 Rejected Religious Orders, Voting and The Order of Truths, B16 on Redistribution, and More! (3717)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/28/2012 Comments (2)

Top Ten Rejected Religious Orders. Follow the link by The Larry D. of the Acts of the Apostasy blog.

Top Ten Rejected Religious Orders by The Larry D of the Acts of the Apostasy blog – Big ulpit

Catholic Voting and The Order of Truths– Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Pope Benedict on Redistribution – Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

Winning the Battle Against Temptation – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Photography, Light and Divinization – Sr. Theresa Noble, Pursued by Truth

Silence in Music: God’s Lesson in Listening – Kerri, Catholic Sistas

Lemmings, Unite! Be True to Yourself? – Anthony Esolen, Public Discourse

Wrinkled Love – Elizabeth Hillgrove, Ignitum Today

Church and Politics, The Italian Exception – Sandro Magister, La Repubblica/www.chiesa

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For This Employer, Faith Is No Hobby (4585)

Christian company challenges HHS mandate’s limitation of free exercise of religious liberty.

09/27/2012 Comments (4)

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The conscience wars have now expanded beyond Catholic hospitals and religiously affiliated colleges.

A couple of weeks ago, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a case challenging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services insurance mandate on behalf of Hobby Lobby, a family-run Christian business, and its owners. This case, which has not yet garnered the attention it deserves, represents a new dimension in the struggle to overturn the mandate.

Hobby Lobby, based in Oklahoma and founded in 1970, has hundreds of stores and thousands of employees throughout the country. It was founded by David Green and is still owned and operated by the Green family, which has made a...READ MORE

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Bishop Paprocki Warns of ‘Intrinsic Evils’ in Democratic Platform (7438)

He said that voting for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are ‘intrinsically evil and gravely sinful’ makes a voter ‘morally complicit’ and places the eternal salvation of his or her soul in ‘serious jeopardy.’

09/27/2012 Comments (119)

– Courtesy Diocese of Springfield, Ill.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Drawing particular attention to the Democratic Party platform’s support for “intrinsic evils” like abortion and same-sex “marriage,” Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., has said that Catholics need to “think and pray very carefully” about their votes in the upcoming election.

“My job is not to tell you for whom you should vote. But I do have a duty to speak out on moral issues,” Bishop Paprocki said in his Sept. 23 column for the Catholic Times diocesan paper. “I would be abdicating this duty if I remained silent out of fear of sounding ‘political’ and didn’t say anything about the morality of these issues.”

He said that voting for a candidate who promotes...READ MORE

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