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Archbishop Gomez: Faith Should Guide Catholic Voters (3955)

'Unity of life' and a properly formed conscience are key to making sound political decisions this fall.

09/25/2012 Comments (34)

LOS ANGELES — Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles has called on Catholics to achieve a “unity of life” and let their faith form their political decisions as they prepare to vote this November.

“We have important obligations as citizens. But we have to carry out those obligations always in light of our duty to God,” the archbishop wrote in his Sept. 21 column for The Tidings.

The column is the first in a series he will write on the principles that should guide Catholics in thinking about this year's elections.

Archbishop Gomez observed that Catholics have a dual temptation with regards to faith and politics. They can either separate their beliefs from how they vote, or they can use...READ MORE

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HHS Mandate Allows Minors Free Contraception, Sterilization (2989)

09/25/2012 Comments (14)

WASHINGTON — Minor children on their parents’ health-care plans will have free coverage of sterilization and contraception, including abortion-causing drugs, under the controversial Health and Human Services mandate. And depending on the state, they can obtain access without parental consent.

Matt Bowman, senior counsel for the religious-liberty-focused legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, said the mandate “tramples parental rights” because it requires them to “pay for and sponsor coverage of abortifacients, sterilization, contraception and education in favor of the same for their own children.”

The Department of Health and Human Services ruled in January 2012 that most employers...READ MORE

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EWTN Will Pray Marian Novena Before Election Day (6421)

A special prayer before November.

09/25/2012 Comments (8)
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The EWTN Global Catholic Network (the Register is a service of EWTN) has organized a novena to the Virgin Mary for religious freedom in the U.S. to pray for the country ahead of the November elections.

Father Frederick Miller, chair of systematic theology at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., composed the “Novena to the Mother of God for the Nation” in collaboration with the Catholic network (available in both English and Spanish). It is published at the special novena website, ReligiousLiberties.org/novena.

The novena also appears in the Register's Sept. 23 print edition.

“Catholics have always turned instinctively for help to the Mother of God in times of need,” Father...READ MORE

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Suffering Inspired by JP2, Papa Bene Shuns Leader Who Slammed Church, TV: A Vast Cesspool, and More! (2869)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/25/2012 Comments (1)

Christianity Hurts, Suffering Inspired By a Photo of Blessed John Paul II. Click on the link by Jason Liske to read more.

Christianity Hurts, Suffering Inspired By a Photo of Bl. John Paul II – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Pope Benedict XVI Doesn’t Greet Irish Prime Minister Who Slammed Church by Gerard O'Connell of the La Stampa newspaper – Big ulpit

TV: From Vast Wasteland to Vast Cesspool – Catholic in Brooklyn

Is Plastic Surgery Immoral? – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

The Zeal of a Convert: Father Frederick Faber – John F. Quinn, Crisis Magazine

A Hymn for Those on the Road to Walsingham – Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Abortion Pray-ers at the Foot of Calvary – Daniel Mikulsky, Ignitum Today

Everything There Is To Know: Peter Kreeft’s Summa Philosophica Part II...READ MORE

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How to Respond to ‘the Last Acceptable Prejudice’ (8265)

A look at recent and current examples of attacks on Christianity, in the wake of the Muslim response to a video that mocks their religion.

09/24/2012 Comments (34)

Bill Maher is unabashed in his enmity for Catholicism and the Church.

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NEW YORK — As an anti-Islamic video fuels deadly unrest in northern Africa and the Middle East, and a 15-year-old exhibit mocking Jesus Christ reopens in New York, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) points out that Catholics are frequently the targets of anti-religious bigotry in art and popular media.

His organization condemns the violent Muslim reactions to The Innocence of Muslims, but spokesman Ibrahim Hooper wonders why Christians, and Catholics in general, don’t make more effort to peacefully defend against attacks on Jesus, Mary, the Eucharist and the Church.

“We’ve seen a crucifix in urine, elephant dung on Mary and The Last Temptation of Christ,...READ MORE

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Summorum Pontificum, 5 Years Later (7636)

Pope Benedict’s 2007 motu proprio brings renewed appreciation for the sacred liturgy.

09/24/2012 Comments (27)

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Ever since Summorum Pontificum took effect in September 2007, Mary Kraychy has heard many laudatory comments regarding the traditional Latin Mass.

Kraychy is the executive director of the Coalition in Support of Ecclesia Dei, a group formed to support Pope John Paul II’s 1988 apostolic letter, issued motu proprio (“on his own initiative”).

In the document, the Holy Father notified the Church of the excommunication of five clerics associated with the Society of St. Pius X, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre being the most notable among them.

However, Ecclesia Dei also contained the announcement of a pontifical commission by the same name, whose purpose was to facilitate the full ecclesial...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Service, Not Greatness, Is Key to Christian Journey (2316)

Mary should be our model, the Holy Father said, because she is "perfectly 'in tune' with God" and can teach Christians “to follow Jesus faithfully on the path of love and humility.”

09/24/2012 Comments (5)

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Pope Benedict XVI is calling upon Christians to follow the example of Jesus Christ in becoming “last of all and servants of all.”

“A key point in which God and man are different is pride,” said the Pope during his Angelus address to pilgrims at Castel Gandolfo Sept. 23.

“We, who are little, desire to appear great, to be first; while God, who is truly great, is not afraid to humble himself and make himself last.”

The Pope drew his reflections from the Gospel according to St. Mark in which Jesus announces his impending death and resurrection. His disciples, however, “did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to ask him.”

In response to discussions among the apostles as...READ MORE

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As Occult, New Age Practices Increase, so Does Need for Exorcists (28489)

Father Gary Thomas, upon whom the book and film The Rite was based, and other exorcists discusses their unique ministry.

09/24/2012 Comments (396)
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Father Gary Thomas, the subject of the book The Rite and the 2012 movie of the same name, was one of a half dozen exorcism experts to speak at the Southern California Renewal Communities’ Catholic Renewal Convention held Labor Day weekend in Anaheim, Calif.

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Evil has not fallen out of fashion. Exorcism is a rite developed — and promulgated — to meet a need that still exists, due to more people delving into New Age and occult practices.

And, yes, satanic worshippers are a reality.

“They come in the church and steal the Blessed Sacrament to use in a ‘black mass,’” explained Father Gary Thomas, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Saratoga, Calif., and the exorcist for the Diocese of San Jose.

He has alerted his fellow priests to this danger — and trained his extraordinary ministers of holy Communion so that they note whether people receiving Communion are actually consuming it, not simply transporting it elsewhere for obscene purposes.

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