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Tens of Thousands Pledge Support for Hobby Lobby (3703)

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 (3107)

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.’

01/07/2013 Comments (11)

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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Intellectual Rigor of Women's Ordination Conf., Relationship of Faith and Suffering and More! (2740)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/07/2013 Comment

The Intellectual Rigor of the Women’s Ordination Conference. Follow the link by Jeffrey Miller of The Curt Jester blog to read more.

The Intellectual Rigor of the Women’s Ordination Conference by Jeffrey Miller of The Curt Jester blogBig Pulpit

The Relationship of Faith and Suffering – Sr. Benedicta Marie OCD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Christmas Isn’t Over Yet! – Emily C. Hurt, Ignitum Today

Benedict: Bishops Must Be Courageous, Expect To Be Repeatedly Beaten – Fr. Z’s Blog

The Costs of Same-Sex Marriage – Carson Holloway, Catholic Vote

How to Have a Good and Stable Choir – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Something To Be Dealt With in the Churches, Urgently and Forcefully – Steve Jalsevac, LifeSiteNews

2012 Boston Archdiocese Year in Review – Boston Catholic Insider

How Same-Sex Marriage Suffocates...READ MORE

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Pope: Epiphany Manifests Universality of Jesus Christ (1067)

The visit of the Magi, the Holy Father said, shows that Jesus Christ is ‘the light of the world that guides the path of all peoples.’

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'Adoration of the Magi' by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI said on Sunday that the Magi’s visit to the Christ Child commemorated at the feast of the Epiphany shows that Jesus Christ is “the light of the world that guides the path of all peoples.”

“The faith of Mary becomes the first fruits and the model of the faith of the Church, the people of the New Covenant,” the Pope told the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square Jan. 6. “But this people, from the beginning, is universal; and we see this today in the figure of the Magi, who come to Bethlehem following the light of a star and the indications of the sacred Scriptures.”

He said that Christmas shows the faith of the Virgin Mary, of St. Joseph and of the...READ MORE

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Catholics Come Home Targets Bowl-Game Audiences (6986)

Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz is featured in a commercial that will air in conjunction with the Notre Dame-Alabama BCS Championship game.

01/05/2013 Comments (28)
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MIAMI — Tom Peterson, founder of Catholics Come Home, announced that his Catholic evangelization organization will be airing a new national television commercial featuring retired college football coach Lou Holtz during college football week and ending with the BCS National Championship (Notre Dame vs. Alabama) on Jan. 7. The 30-second ad features Coach Holtz delivering a half-time “pep-talk” reminding viewers to keep focused on life’s goal: heaven.

“Faith is not a spectator’s sport; it must be lived. … It’s interactive,” said Peterson in a press release. “We’re trying a creative game plan, with the goal of winning loyal fans for Jesus and the Church.”

He continued, “All viewers who...READ MORE

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Pius XII, Lifesaver (2102)

BOOK PICK: The Pope’s Jews: The Vatican’s Secret Plan to Save Jews From the Nazis

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The Pope’s Jews

The Vatican’s Secret Plan to Save Jews From the Nazis

By Gordon Thomas

Thomas Dunne Books, 2012

320 pages, $26.99

To order: us.macmillan.com

 

The Nazi slaughter of the Jews in Poland, Germany and Czechoslovakia was well under way in February 1939, when Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli assumed the papacy, taking the name Pius XII. Horrified as he surely was by what was happening throughout Europe, it was his judgment that public denunciation of the persecution “would inevitably provoke further reprisals against the Jews,” according to Gordon Thomas in The Pope’s Jews.

The furor over Pius’ alleged “silence” that has occupied the public’s attention for decades has...READ MORE

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Born That Way? Why Celebrate Christmas and Epiphany? Authority and Submission in Marriage and More! (4613)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/05/2013 Comment

Born That Way? Follow the link by Joshua Gonnerman of the First Things website to read more.

Born That Way? by Joshua Gonnerman of the First Things website - Big Pulpit

Why “Celebrate” Christmas. . .and the Epiphany? – Bruce Frohnen, Crisis Magazine

The Dynamic of the Gift: Authority and Submission in Christian Marriage – Mary Stanford, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Media Almost Silent on Hobby Lobby Battle Against H. H. S. Mandate – Matthew Philbin, Life News

Same-Sex “Marriage” and Some of Pope Benedict XVI’s Italian Critics – Joseph G. Trabbic PhD, Ave Maria University Department of Philosophy

“Can We Talk. . .and Talk and Talk and Talk?”: Satan’s Code Words – Jason, The Roman Road

Same-Sex Marriage and Social Change: Exceeding the Speed of Thought – Matthew J....READ MORE

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The Art of Mental Prayer, Dignity or Deception, An Undemocratic Future? and Much More! (1742)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/04/2013 Comment

A “Sharing between Friends”: The Art of Mental Prayer. Click on the link by Dr. Jeffrey Morrow to read more.

A “Sharing between Friends”: The Art of Mental Prayer – Dr. Jeffrey Morrow, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Archbishop Closes “Gay Masses” by David Mills of the First Things websiteBig Pulpit

Dignity or Deception? – Allison LeDoux, Truth and Charity Forum

Russian Catholic Ordinations – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Religious Freedom: It’s Still Important - Chris Ricketts, Ignitum Today

Five Ways to Escape Apathy-ville – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Start of Christian Worship (Matthew 2:7-12) - Fr. John Bartunek, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

African Archbishop: Same-Sex Marriage Serious Crime Against Humanity – Peter Baklinski, LifeSiteNews

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