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Ex-Atheist Rips Into Architects of Sexual Revolution: 'We Were Wrong', and More! (3134)

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Ex-Atheist Rips Into Architects of Sexual Revolution: We Were Wrong. Follow the link by Carl E. Olson to read more.

Ex-Atheist Rips Into Architects of Sexual Revolution: We Were Wrong by Carl E. OlsonBig Pulpit

Can I Trust Opus Dei? – Dan Burke, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Legislation Creating “Same-Sex Marriage”: What’s At Stake? – Francis Cardinal George O. M. I.. Truth and Charity Forum

Theology of Waiting: Why We Should Embrace Delayed Gratification – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Interview: Singer-Songwriter Audrey Assad – Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

Modern Man Has Lost His Way: Western Heritage of Christ and Socrates – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

A Different Kind of Sex – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

Spanking and Abortion – Donald R. McClarey,...READ MORE

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CHA President on the Fiscal Cliff, the HHS Mandate and Taxpayer Funding of Abortion (6514)

Sister Carol Keehan discusses how Catholic hospitals are coping with the challenges generated by recent health-care-related legislation.

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Sister Carol Keehan

– Catholic Health Association

Sister Carol Keehan is the president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), an influential lobby that represents 600 Catholic hospitals and 1,400 long-term care facilities across the nation.

In 2009, Sister Carol played a significant role in negotiations to pass the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama’s landmark health-care bill known as “Obamacare.” However, in the wake of this month’s “fiscal cliff” deal, legislators and the White House agreed to $15 billion in cuts to hospitals, a hit for CHA’s members.

Last year, after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius approved the federal contraception mandate, Sister Carol raised concerns about the mandate’s...READ MORE

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Notre Dame Mandate Lawsuit Dismissed as Premature (2756)

A federal judge ruled the Catholic university lacks standing to challenge the contraceptive mandate because of the Obama administration’s promise to amend the regulation.

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WASHINGTON — A lawsuit filed by the University of Notre Dame to challenge the federal contraception mandate has been rejected as premature due to the government’s promise to amend the regulation.

“Notre Dame’s claims aren’t ripe, and they don’t have standing to bring them,” ruled district Judge Robert Miller Jr. on Dec. 31.

Pointing to the government’s promise to change the mandate for objecting religious employers, Miller dismissed the case, saying that “Notre Dame faces no penalty or restriction based on the existing regulatory requirement.”

The ruling does not prevent the university from bringing a lawsuit against the government again once the mandate is revised if it believes...READ MORE

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Alabama and Notre Dame Bring Faith to Football Showdown (2333)

Both teams feature a solid Christian presence in the locker room, on the sidelines and off the field.

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MIAMI — As Alabama and Notre Dame prepare to face each other in college football’s Bowl Championship Series, both teams will also have the chance to spiritually prepare for the big game.

Father Gerald Holloway, who has been the pastor at the parish attached to the University of Alabama for nine years, explained to Catholic News Agency that he says Mass for the Catholic members of the team before every game.

Alabama and Notre Dame will play their championship game on Jan. 7 at 8pm Eastern in Miami. Notre Dame is ranked No. 1, and Alabama is No. 2. If Alabama can win the game, it will be the first team to win consecutive Bowl Championship Series.

Alabama has won two of the last three...READ MORE

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Bishop Fellay: Jews, Masons and Modernists Are ‘Enemies of the Church’ (6460)

The leader of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X makes the comment in a year-end speech reviewing the breakaway group’s current situation as it considers full communion with Rome.

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NEW HAMBURG, Ontario — Bishop Bernard Fellay, the head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, mentioned Jews as “enemies of the Church” in a recent address reviewing the situation of the group as it considered full communion with Rome this past year.

“Who, during that time, was the most opposed that the Church would recognize the society? The enemies of the Church. The Jews, the Masons, the modernists,” Bishop Fellay, superior general of the society, said during a talk Dec. 28 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel in New Hamburg, Ontario.

The comment was made in passing during the wide-ranging address, which lasted one hour and 40 minutes.

The Society of St. Pius X was founded by...READ MORE

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Faith and Recovery After Typhoon Bopha (1690)

In the wake of last month’s deadly storm in the Philippines, Catholics there and abroad have united to help victims.

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Philippine Army personnel unload relief goods to be transported to regions affected by Typhoon Bopha, from the Marine Corps KC-130J Hercules aircraft inside the International Airport in Davao, Mindanao Dec. 15.

– Reuters/John Javellana

MANILA, Philippines — In a land that suffers dozens of highly destructive storms each year, most of them hitting during the months of September to December, the typhoon that swept through the southern Philippines early last month was especially deadly and costly.

The 110-mile-per-hour winds of Typhoon Bopha that raged across the South Pacific hit an area of the Asian nation that usually is not lashed by such storms. Thus, the people in the typhoon’s path were less prepared to protect life and property and also less likely to heed coastal-evacuation warnings, facts that contributed to the high death toll of nearly 1,100 and record destruction.

Yet the faith of the people in the...READ MORE

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Tens of Thousands Pledge Support for Hobby Lobby (3702)

Americans who back the Christian-owned company’s refusal to comply with the HHS mandate are urged to support the company by shopping there online or at local Hobby Lobby stores.

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Hobby Lobby, courtesy of the Becket Fund

– Hobby Lobby, courtesy of the Becket Fund

WASHINGTON — More than 64,000 people throughout the U.S. signed up to support Hobby Lobby on Jan. 5 for risking millions of dollars in profit to follow its Christian principles.

A Facebook page dedicated to supporting the arts-and-crafts retailer called on “all Americans who value freedom of religion and oppose the HHS mandate's unfair impositions” to support the company on Jan. 5 by shopping at either their local Hobby Lobby store or online.

The national retailer could face fines of $1.3 million per day for following its owners’ religious beliefs, which conflict with a federal mandate requiring employers to offer health-insurance plans covering contraception — including some drugs...READ MORE

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'Time' Magazine Says Pro-Life Advocates Are Winning (3106)

This success is due partly to ‘an organized and well-executed strategy,” the Jan. 14 issue’s cover story says, but ‘public opinion is also increasingly on their side.’

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NEW YORK — A new Time magazine cover story contends that pro-life advocates have been “winning the abortion war” through legislative successes, changes in public opinion and new ultrasound technology that shows the unborn baby.

“Pro-choice activists have been outflanked by their pro-life counterparts, who have successfully lobbied for state-based regulations that limit access,” writer Katie Pickert said on the Time website Jan. 3. “The pro-life cause has been winning the abortion war, in part, because it has pursued an organized and well-executed strategy. But public opinion is also increasingly on their side.”

Pickert made her case in the Jan. 14 Time cover story "What Choice?" The...READ MORE

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