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Legislators Behind Religious-Freedom Law Back Hobby Lobby (1547)

Nine U.S. senators and two House members have filed a legal brief supporting the company’s lawsuit against the HHS mandate.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch.

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WASHINGTON — Nearly a dozen U.S. lawmakers who supported a 1993 law protecting religious liberty have formally defended Hobby Lobby in its recent religious-freedom lawsuit.

“Congress has commanded equal treatment of all under a religion-protective rule. Defendants may not pick and choose whose exercise of religion is protected and whose is not,” said the friend-of-the-court brief filed on behalf of nine U.S. senators and two members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The brief was filed in support of Hobby Lobby, a privately owned chain of craft stores founded in Oklahoma in 1972.

Hobby Lobby’s founder and CEO, David Green, has said that he and his family are devoted Christians...READ MORE

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Ten Quotes That Will Change The Way You Attend Holy Mass, Laudamus Te Magazine and Much More! (3806)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/22/2013 Comment

Ten Quotes That Will Change Way You Attend Holy Mass. Follow the link by Taylor Marshall PhD to the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

Ten Quotes That Will Change Way You Attend Holy Mass by Taylor Marshall PhD to the Canterbury Tales blog - Big Pulpit

Laudamus Te Magazine – Fr. Z’s Blog

The Art of Detachment – Brianna Heldt, Ignitum Today

Homeschooling vs. Traditional School – Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Catholic Lane

About Atheism and Nothing – Anthony S. Layne, Catholic Stand

Terrible Beauty – Thomas J. Neal PhD, Neal Obstat Theological Opining

In Infernum Detrude! – Christopher Check, Catholic Answers

A Roundup of the Best in the Catholic Blogosphere of the Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI - Big Pulpit

Making the Connection Between the Pill and Water Pollution – Frank Weathers, Patheos/Why I Am...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan Summons Prayer for Pope Benedict (2068)

The New York archbishop asks that the Holy Father be remembered Feb. 22 with Masses and Eucharistic adoration.

02/21/2013 Comment

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

NEW YORK CITY — Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York is calling on his archdiocese to pray in a particular way for Pope Benedict on Feb. 22, the feast of the Chair of St. Peter.

“I have ... asked that tomorrow, Feb. 22, the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, we remember Pope Benedict in a special way with special Masses and Eucharistic adoration,” Cardinal Dolan wrote today in his column for Catholic New York.

“In these days of novelty and uncertainty, when many may be anxious and nervous, we need more than ever to return to the Lord, as individuals and together as the Church.”

On Feb. 11, Pope Benedict announced his intention to resign the office of the papacy, which will be effective...READ MORE

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Controversial Priest’s Lawsuit Against LifeSiteNews Advances (7904)

Free speech and Church teaching are at the heart of the case.

02/21/2013 Comments (27)

MONTREAL — A libel and defamation lawsuit against LifeSiteNews.com, filed by Canadian priest Father Raymond Gravel, who describes himself as “pro-choice,” will go to trial.

Father Gravel claims that LifeSiteNews’ depiction of him in the agency’s news articles as “pro-abortion” is libelous, because he says he is “pro-choice” but does not support abortion per se.

“This case represents a danger to free speech of pro-life Canadians in terms of their being able to refer to stances embracing ‘choice’ as ‘pro-abortion’ rather than the nomenclature of their opposition,” John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews' editor in chief, told Catholic News Agency Feb. 21.

Western said the suit is a “very...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict’s ‘Years’ (2261)

Commentary: Benedict XVI's papacy ends during a specially-themed year close to his heart.

02/21/2013 Comments (1)

On June 10, 2004, Pope John Paul II announced a special Year of the Eucharist, which would begin in October of that year and last until October 2005.

It was not the first special year that John Paul II proclaimed.

In fact, it followed close on the heels of the Year of the Rosary (2002-2003), which itself followed the multi-year cycle leading up to the Great Jubilee Year 2000.

Periodically, popes proclaim special, yearlong celebrations to mark important events in the life of the Church and to focus attention on particular aspects of the faith.

While the Year of the Eucharist was not John Paul II’s first such year, it would be his last. He passed away in the midst of the...READ MORE

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Your Holiness, the Jewish World Will Miss You (2492)

COMMENTARY: The president of the Pave the Way Foundation esteems the departing Pope Benedict XVI for advancing the cause of Catholic-Jewish relations.

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Gary Krupp with Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (c).

– Pave the Way Foundation

For the first time in more than 600 years, a sitting pope is resigning his office.

How will history look upon the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, specifically with his relations with the Jewish world?

As a Jewish observer, blessed to have had the unique privilege of interaction with this Pope, I humbly offer my personal experience and my opinion on how the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI on Catholic-Jewish relations should be viewed.

My wife, Meredith, and I, along with, at times, members of the board of directors of the Pave the Way Foundation, met with Pope Benedict XVI on 19 occasions, beginning when he was Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

Cardinal Ratzinger held the post of prefect of the...READ MORE

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The Catholic Church Young People Actually Want, Evangelizing Through Beauty, FSSP News & Much Mo (1587)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/21/2013 Comment

The Catholic Church Young People Actually Want. Follow the link by Marc Barnes of the Bad Catholic blog to read more.

The Catholic Church Young People Actually Want by Marc Barnes of the Bad Catholic blog - Big Pulpit

Evangelizing Through Beauty – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

News from the F. S. S. P. in North America – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

How Does Theology Protect Science? – Stacy Trasancos PhD, Accepting Abundance

Where the Blonde Jesus Thing Came From – Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

A Mother’s Legacy – Michelle Fritz, Catholic Stand

ABC TV Makes Church Seem Like Titanic – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Ripples Felt after Yesterday’s Splash in the Tiber – T. J. Burdick, Ignitum Today

The Conclave: Possible Pope Names, Papabili and Prophecy - Big Pulpit

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New Pope Will Handle St. Pius X Society Decision (3539)

Feb. 22 is no longer the deadline for the traditionalist society to decide whether to accept the Vatican’s doctrinal preamble.

02/21/2013 Comments (2)
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Society of St. Pius X Coat of Arms.

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VATICAN CITY — The effort to reach an agreement between the Church and the Society of St. Pius X will be passed on to the next pope, Father Federico Lombardi said.

“An important point is that, these days, people have spoken about a deadline for Pius X priests and a conclusion to the situation. The Pope is confiding the decision to the next pope, and no conclusion will be made on this date,” said Father Lombardi, the director of the Vatican Press Office.

Archbishop Gerhard Muller, the head of the Vatican doctrine office, originally set Feb. 22 as a deadline for the Society of St. Pius X to reach a decision about accepting a doctrinal preamble that was sent to the society.

“The...READ MORE

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