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Congress Considering Abortion Support in Defense Bill (1802)

House Republicans are resisting the drive to expand access to abortion for military servicewomen.

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WASHINGTON — The Senate passed its version of the defense bill Dec. 4, which expands access to abortion for military servicewomen.

The amendment sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., as part of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, would end the existing ban on women in the military using their health insurance to procure abortions when they have been the victims of rape or incest.

The House’s version of the bill does not include the amendment, and the two have yet to be reconciled with one another.

The Senate bill, with the Shaheen amendment, was supported by Republican senators John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, among others. The Dec. 4 vote in...READ MORE

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Miami Catholics Holding Prayer Vigil for Death Row Inmate (2196)

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– Ana Rodriguez-Soto/Archdiocese of Miami

MIAMI — The Archdiocese of Miami will hold a prayer vigil for a Florida death row inmate and former policeman ahead of his scheduled Dec. 11 execution.

“Recourse to the death penalty is both cruel and unnecessary,” Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami said Dec. 7. “Modern society has the means of protecting itself.  We do not make the case that killing is wrong by killing.”

Manuel Pardo Jr., 56, is a former police officer from Sweetwater, Fla. He admitted to the 1986 murders of alleged drug dealers, a confidential informant and two women who he said owed him money. He was convicted in 1988 after his admission.

Father Christopher Marino, the rector of Miami’s St. Mary Cathedral, will...READ MORE

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Christmas Is More Than a Party, Pope Explains (1899)

The Holy Father suggests Catholics prepare for Christmas amid a consumerist society by listening to the voice of John the Baptist.

12/10/2012 Comment

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has asked Catholics to prepare for Christmas amid a consumerist society by listening to the voice of John the Baptist, who teaches us to celebrate Christmas as more than a party.

“Our aim today is listening to that voice to give space and welcome to the heart of Jesus, the Word that saves us,” said the Pope Dec. 9 from his apartment window to pilgrims gathered below in St. Peter’s Square.

The Holy Father asked Catholics to “prepare to see with the eyes of faith the humble stable of Bethlehem, God’s salvation, in this time of Advent.”

“In the consumer society, in which we seek joy in things, John the Baptist teaches us to live in an essential way, so...READ MORE

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Former Anglican Archbishop Is Happy to Be a Catholic Parish Priest (9005)

At the conclusion of a year of dramatic developments for converts from Anglicanism, newly ordained Father Peter Wilkinson says he has ‘no regrets’ about joining the Catholic Church.

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Bishop Richard Gagnon of Victoria ordains former Anglican-Catholic Metropolitan Archbishop of Canada Peter Wilkinson into Catholic priesthood.

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VICTORIA, B.C. — When Father Peter Wilkinson returned to his hometown of Victoria, B.C., 42 years ago, with five years of service in the Anglican Church in England under his belt, he was deemed too “Catholic” by the local bishop and never got an Anglican parish of his own.

But as an Anglican Catholic member of a worldwide communion of dissenters from the direction of Anglicanism, he rose swiftly to bishop and then to metropolitan for Canada — before giving that all up earlier this year to be received as a simple layman into the Catholic Church.

On Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, and at the ripe age of 72, he was ordained a Catholic priest and immediately assumed his...READ MORE

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What You Get if You Ask an Atheist to Build a Cathedral? Catholic Dads: Hitting the Bar and More! (4252)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Dreadful architecture designed by an atheist.

What Do You Get if You Ask a Communist Atheist to Build a Cathedral? Follow the link by Fr. Simon Henry of Offerimus Tibi Domine blog to read more.

– Dreadful architecture designed by an atheist.

What Do You Get if You Ask a Communist Atheist to Build a Cathedral? by Fr. Simon Henry of Offerimus Tibi DomineBig Pulpit

Catholic Dads: Hitting the Bar. . . – E. Neubauer, 21 Century Pilgrim

Google+ Launches ‘Communities’ With Great Benefits For Parishes – Brad West, Catholic Tech Talk

The Anglican Use Hook – Shane Schaetzel, Catholic In The Ozarks

On Missing Advent Traditions and the Immaculate Conception – Emily C. Hurt, Ignitum Today

The Pope Must Read American Catholic Blogs – Tom Crowe, Catholic Vote

Franciscan Fasting – Wolfsbane, Θησαυρος της Εκκλησίας

For My Catholic Male Friends – Super Trad Mum, Saint Etheldreda’s Place

How to Market an Anglican Patrimony –...READ MORE

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Science Confirms Pope Right on Contraception/Abortion Link, Blossoming Faith in France and More! (4647)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/09/2012 Comment

Science Confirms Pope Was Right on Contraception/Abortion Link. Follow the link by Matthew Archbold to read more.

Science Confirms Pope Was Right on Contraception/Abortion Link by Matthew Archbold of the Creative Minority Report blogBig Pulpit

Today: The Miracles of a Priest Who Made the Faith Blossom in Marseille, France – Sandro Magister, La Repubblica/www.chiesa

The Oh-So-Thoughtful-Church Still Steamed about the Translation – Austin Ruse, Crisis Magazine

The Christian Origins of Islam – Peter J. Leithart, First Things/On The Square

Quæritur: Should I, a Deacon, Go on Strike when I See Liturgical Abuses? – Fr. Z’s Blog

Celebrating Advent in the Byzantine Edition – Rob Hall, Road to Rome

Defining Subsidiarity – Anna Williams, First Things/First Thoughts

The Obstacles of the New...READ MORE

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A Catholic Couple’s Guide to Infertility (3157)

Saturday Book Pick: The Infertility Companion for Catholics

12/08/2012 Comments (3)

The Infertility Companion for Catholics

Spiritual and Practical Support for Couples

By Angelique Ruhi-Lopez and Carmen Santamaria

Ave Maria Press, 2012

236 pages. $16.95

To order: (800) 282-1865 ext. 1 or online


The Infertility Companion for Catholics definitely delivers on what its title promises. The authors, who have both experienced infertility themselves, provide a comprehensive, informative and supportive guide to the increasing number of couples walking this often lonely and confusing journey. Not only do Ruhi-Lopez and Santamaria present practical advice and comforting words for infertile couples, they also offer challenging spiritual exercises aimed at...READ MORE

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New York Archdiocese Wins ‘Preliminary Victory’ in HHS Mandate Challenge (6671)

A federal judge rules the archdiocese’s lawsuit against the contraceptive mandate should proceed now, calling the mandate 'a speeding train that is coming toward plaintiffs.'

12/07/2012 Comments (6)

NEW YORK — Faced with an explosion of legal challenges to the federal contraception mandate filed by objecting religious institutions, the Obama administration has petitioned to have the lawsuits dismissed, arguing in court papers that the church-state dispute would ultimately be resolved and that the time was not “ripe” for the cases to advance.

On Nov. 27, two separate lawsuits filed by the Dioceses of Nashville and Pittsburgh were both dismissed, suggesting that the administration’s legal strategy was working. But on Dec. 5, U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan of the Eastern District of New York allowed a lawsuit filed by the Archdiocese of New York to move forward, marking a...READ MORE

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