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Bishops Defend Legal Strategy as HHS Mandate Emerges as Election-Year Issue (4848)

In the wake of 43 Catholic groups filing legal challenges, media coverage targets internal tensions over strategy.

05/30/2012 Comments (17)

Oakland Bishop Salvatore Cordileone

– DIocese of Oakland, Calif.

WASHINGTON — Last September, the U.S. bishops struggled to raise awareness about an “interim final rule” for co-pay-free contraception, approved by the Obama administration in August 2011.

Now, in the wake of 43 Catholic groups filing 12 lawsuits across the nation on May 21, recent polling confirms that the controversial federal rule, approved Jan. 20, has emerged as an election issue. Public opposition has mounted against the controversial rule, while partisan forces and their media allies argue that Catholic leaders are “carrying water” for the GOP.

Last week, when Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., expressed alarm about the danger of politicizing the Church’s First...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'For Greater Glory' (20624)

¡Viva Cristo Rey! Epic film celebrates a historic Catholic struggle for religious freedom that resonates with our own times.

05/29/2012 Comments (57)
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Andy Garcia as the conflicted Cristero leader Gorostieta in For Greater Glory.

– ARC Entertainment

For Greater Glory tells a story of religious freedom and oppression that is far too little known, and that would be important and worthwhile at any time, but is strikingly apropos in our cultural moment.

The Cristero War or Cristiada of 1926 to 1929 was one of the largest insurgencies in Western history. Yet Americans in general, even Catholics and those of Mexican heritage, remain largely ignorant of this period of brutal suppression and desperate resistance, not to mention the long and contentious history of church-state antagonism in Mexico surrounding it.

For Greater Glory (Cristiada in Mexico) redresses this neglect. One of the most lavish and ambitious films ever produced in Mexico,...READ MORE

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The Hour of the Laity (2065)

June 3 issue editorial on laypeople's role in the HHS fight.

05/29/2012 Comment
St. Peter's List Facebook

– St. Peter's List Facebook

This October, the Church will mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. In that three-year period from 1962 to 1965, the bishops and their collaborators strove to bring the Church into the modern world so that the message of Christ could be heard more clearly and spread more effectively.

A better understanding of the role of the laity was high on the agenda. “The laity, by their very vocation, seek the Kingdom of God by engaging in temporal affairs and by ordering them according to the plan of God,” declared Lumen Gentium (Light of the Nations), Vatican II’s dogmatic constitution on the Church.

“They live in the ordinary circumstances of family and social...READ MORE

Filed under bishops, catholicism, fortnight for freedom, hhs mandate, laity, sts. thomas more and john fisher

Portland’s Bishop Malone Named to Diocese of Buffalo (753)

He succeeds the retired Bishop Edward Kmiec.

05/29/2012 Comments (2)

Bishop Richard Malone

– Diocese of Portland, Maine

VATICAN CITY — Bishop Richard Malone has been appointed as the new head of the Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y.

“I am most grateful to our Holy Father for his trust in appointing me bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo,” he said in a May 29 statement.

Although he is saddened to leave the faithful of his current diocese in Portland, Maine, Bishop Malone said he looks forward “with enthusiasm” to taking up his responsibility in Buffalo.

Bishop Malone was installed as the 11th Bishop of Portland in March 2004. Prior to his assignment in Maine, he was ordained in 2000 as an auxiliary bishop for the Boston archdiocese.

The new appointment comes after Bishop Edward Kmiec of Buffalo submitted his...READ MORE

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Joy Overcomes Denver's Archbishop-Designate (2656)

'I never dreamed I would return here,' Archbishop-designate Samuel Aquila says.

05/29/2012 Comments (8)

Archbishop-designate Samuel Aquila

– Diocese of Fargo

DENVER — As Archbishop-designate Samuel Aquila of Fargo, N.D. assumes his role as Denver’s new shepherd, the former Coloradan brings with him a love for the priesthood, a passion for pro-life advocacy and a heart for the youth.

“I never, ever dreamed that I would ever return here,” he said. “And now in the Father’s providential plan and in his love, I’m now the archbishop.”

“It’s amazing,” he said, overcome with emotion.

Archbishop-designate Aquila will be installed as head of the archdiocese on July 18 at Denver’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Filling a position left vacant for over eight months, Archbishop-designate Aquila was announced on May 29 as the Denver...READ MORE

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Pope Appoints Fargo Bishop to Lead Denver Archdiocese (2446)

Archbishop-designate Samuel Aquila will be installed July 18.

05/29/2012 Comments (2)

Bishop Samuel Aquila

– David Kerr/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Filling a post vacant for over eight months, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo, N.D., as the new Archbishop of Denver.

Archbishop-designate Aquila, 61, was announced May 29 as the Denver archdiocese’s new leader by nuncio Archbishop Carlo Vigano, the Pope’s representative to the United States.

Archbishop-designate Aquila succeeds Archbishop Charles Chaput, who led Denver-area Catholics for 14 years and was installed as head of the Philadelphia archdiocese in September 2011.

Bishop James Conley, the archdiocese's apostolic administrator, will introduce Archbishop-designate Aquila at a press conference at noon Eastern time. 

The new archbishop...READ MORE

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FDA-Approved Fetal Stem-Cell Treatment for Eye Disease Being Tested for Spinal Injuries (5199)

Company calls them ‘tissue-derived adult stem cells,’ but human fetuses are the source.

05/29/2012 Comments (12)
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– Wikipedia

Stem cells derived from human fetuses will be injected into the eyes of a dozen patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration, under a clinical trial approved early this year by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In mid-May, StemCells Inc. reported preliminary success in clinical safety trials with the same product on European patients with spinal injuries — the holy grail of potential stem-cell treatments. These trials are designed only to determine if the stem cells trigger tumors or immune reactions.

But the California-based, publicly traded firm isn’t touting the source of its designer stem cell, HuCNS-SC. On its website, it describes the product as “tissue-derived...READ MORE

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Head of Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Remembers Soldiers’ Sacrifices (4854)

Archbishop Timothy Broglio sees courageous Catholics as most faithful citizens.

05/28/2012 Comments (5)
Archdiocese for the Military Services USA

– Archdiocese for the Military Services USA

Religious faith is seen by some people as poisonous to good citizenship. One’s religious beliefs are expected to be kept private if they are not in conformity with the secularist mindset. Matters such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate are seen as demands to which any good citizen would acquiesce.

Archbishop Timothy Broglio could not disagree more.

Citing the examples of Servants of God Emil Kapaun and Vincent Capodanno, the Ohio native sees those who live their Catholic faith as most loyal citizens.

In 35 years of priesthood, Archbishop Broglio has witnessed the close connection between love of God and love of country. He has seen this most strikingly in...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop timothy broglio, archdiocese for the military services, bishops, chaplains, military, priests, religious liberty

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