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Domino’s Founder Sues Over Contraception Mandate (896)

Tom Monaghan’s lawsuit describes the mandate as 'an unprecedented despoiling of religious rights' that both 'attacks and desecrates a foremost tenet of the Catholic Church.'

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WASHINGTON — Tom Monaghan, the founder and former owner of Domino’s Pizza, is suing the federal government over a controversial mandate that requires him to violate his Catholic faith in his business decisions.

The lawsuit described the contraception mandate as “an unprecedented despoiling of religious rights” that both “attacks and desecrates a foremost tenet of the Catholic Church.”

It pointed to Thomas Jefferson’s statement: “No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.”

Filed Dec. 14 by Thomas More Law Center, the lawsuit challenges a federal mandate requiring...READ MORE

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Longtime Michigan Roadside Nativity Resurrected (913)

A 67-year-old tradition of placing a Nativity scene on a public median has been re-established after a four-year legal battle involving the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

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The roadside Nativity display in Warren, Mich.

– Thomas More Law Center

WARREN, Mich. — A 67-year-old tradition of placing a Nativity scene on a public median in Warren, Mich., has been re-established after a four-year legal battle.

“John Satawa was persistent enough to follow through,” Catholic News Agency was told Dec. 17 by Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas More Law Center, which represented Satawa, the crèche’s caretaker.

Satawa is “an individual citizen who was not going to disappear silently into the night, but was going to fight the decision of the road commission to maintain this tradition that had been going on since 1945,” Thompson said.

The crèche was erected again Dec. 15 by Satawa, his family and friends and local Boy Scouts after...READ MORE

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‘The Lord Is With Us in Our Most Tragic Moments’ (1704)

Archbishop William Lori, the former bishop of Bridgeport, Conn., reflects on the Newtown tragedy.

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Archbishop William Lori

– Catholic News Agency

Before being called to lead the Baltimore Archdiocese, for 10 years, Archbishop William Lori was bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn. Within the Bridgeport Diocese is St. Rose of Lima Church, the only Catholic church in Newtown and the parish of several families who lost children in the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary on Dec. 14.

After returning to Baltimore from a trip to Rome, on the day before the first funerals were held at the parish, Archbishop Lori, who is also supreme chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, spoke about the tragedy and offered his guidance for everyone affected nationally and internationally.

 

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The Gay Intimidation Campaign Reaches Toward Pope Benedict, Ten Things About Advent and Much More! (3085)

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The Gay Intimidation Campaign Reaches Toward Pope Benedict XVI. Follow the link by Phil Lawler to read more.

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Ten Things You Should Know About Advent – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

What Ever Happened to Lessons and Carols? – Jacob Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

Problems with Children’s Liturgy – Andrew McDowell, Catholic Collar And Tie

Why are So Many Rampage Killers the Sons of Divorce? – Michael Cook, MercatorNet

Feminism’s War on Women – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Roger Scruton: “Shallow Reasoning” Behind Gay Marriage Push – Matthew Schmitz, First Things/First Thoughts

Book Notice: The Church Building as a Sacred Place – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

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Notre Dame’s Plan for a Faithful Homosexual Outreach (8564)

The university’s administration outlines its plan for a student organization intended to address homosexual issues in an authentically Catholic manner, but some informed observers are skeptical it will respect Church teachings.

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The University of Notre Dame's Basilica of the Sacred Heart in the forefront as well as the Golden Dome in the background.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — After years of petitions, Notre Dame, the premier Catholic university in the United States, has announced it will create an official campus support group for homosexual students and their friends.

But Notre Dame has a more radical idea than the petitioners imagined: It plans to create a permanent student organization grounded fully in Catholic social and moral teaching.

Students and faculty at Notre Dame aggressively pressed Notre Dame’s administration and president, Holy Cross Father John Jenkins, to approve an official “gay-straight alliance” club on campus and add sexual orientation into the university’s legal protections.

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Gov. Jindal Draws Correction From Church for Contraception Op-Ed (12145)

In a Dec. 13 Wall Street Journal editorial, the Louisiana governor expresses support for over-the-counter access to birth control.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has voiced his support for over-the-counter access to birth control, a position that Church representatives say goes against Catholic teaching on contraception.

“The Archdiocese of New Orleans disagrees with Governor Jindal’s stance on this issue, as the use of birth control and contraceptives are against Catholic Church teaching,” Sarah Comiskey McDonald, communications director for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, told EWTN News Dec. 14.

Robert Tasman, associate director of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, also echoed the archdiocese’s statement.

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Pope ‘Deeply Saddened’ by Connecticut Shooting (1151)

The Holy Father expressed sorrow Dec. 16 over the Sandy Hook School shooting that massacred 20 children and offered prayers for the victims’ families.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI expressed sorrow over the Sandy Hook School shooting that massacred 20 children and six adults and offered prayers for the victims’ families.

“I was deeply saddened by Friday’s senseless violence in Newtown, Connecticut,” said Pope Benedict XVI Dec. 16.

“I assure the families of the victims, especially those who lost a child, of my closeness in prayer,” he told thousands gathered at St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus prayer.

“May the God of consolation touch their hearts and ease their pain,” he said, adding that he “invoked God’s blessings upon those affected by this tragedy.”

Marking the Third Sunday of Advent, Pope Benedict spoke of the...READ MORE

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Contraception Mandate Challenge Reaches Appeals Court (1999)

In a case involving Belmont Abbey College, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has become the first federal appellate court to hear arguments surrounding the federal contraception mandate.

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WASHINGTON — The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has become the first federal appellate court to hear arguments surrounding the federal contraception mandate, as two religious colleges argue that their religious freedom is threatened by the rule.

“The decision from the D.C. Circuit will no doubt influence the decisions of others courts,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Duncan said shortly after the Dec. 14 hearing that the ruling in the case — brought by Belmont Abbey College and Wheaton College — could have important implications for the dozens of other lawsuits challenging the mandate.

The lawsuits revolve around a federal mandate that...READ MORE

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