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Becket Fund: Anxieties Mounting Over Contraception Mandate (2813)

The potential threat of massive fines for non-compliance is a key concern for religious groups and businesses.

11/21/2012 Comments (12)

Eric Baxter, senior counsel at the Becket Fund

WASHINGTON — A religious-freedom attorney says the threat of massive fines is causing anxiety among religious groups and businesses that object to government-mandated insurance coverage of contraception.

Eric Baxter, senior counsel with the Washington-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty that aims to defend religious liberty nationwide, said many concerns focus on financial questions.

“How do you take account of the risk that you could have millions of dollars in fines imposed against you?” he told EWTN News Nov. 16.

“That anxiety is only increasing as the implementation date approaches.”

The Department of Health and Human Services has mandated that most employers of 50...READ MORE

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Church of England Votes Against Ordaining Female Bishops (1444)

A two-thirds majority was not reached at the church's synod this week.

11/21/2012 Comments (1)
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Archbishop-designate Justin Welby of Canterbury

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LONDON — In an unexpected move, the Church of England narrowly voted against allowing women to be ordained as bishops 18 years after its approval of ordaining of women to the priesthood.

Archbishop-designate Justin Welby of Canterbury has voiced support for the ordination of women bishops and voted in favor of the measure during the church's General Synod Nov. 20.

He told the gathering that “the Church of England needs to show how to develop the mission of the church in a way that demonstrates that we can manage diversity of view without division; diversity in amity, not diversity in enmity.”

Although ordination of female priests was approved at the 1992 synod, the measure regarding...READ MORE

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Latin, Ad Orientem and Problem Priests; Support an Evangelist, Shop Catholic and Much More! (2490)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/21/2012 Comment

Latin, Ad Orientem and Problem Priests. Follow the link by Fr. Gary Dickson of the Catholic Collar And Tie blog to read more.

Latin, Ad Orientem and Problem Priests by Fr. Gary Dickson of the Catholic Collar And Tie blogBig Pulpit

Support an Evangelist, Shop Catholic – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Integrated Catholic Life™

Why is the Church Political? – Stacy Trasancos PhD, The American Catholic

Did an Image of Virgin Mary Appear on Malaysian Hospital Window? – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Men and Wedding Planning – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

Seven Family-Building Strategies for Nurturing Sibling Bonds – Theresa Thomas, Integrated Catholic Life™

U. S. Surgeon Gives Hope to Sterilized Men Seeking Wholeness – Peter Baklinski, LifeSiteNews

An Inhuman Economic System – Russell Shaw, Catholic...READ MORE

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The Sacrament Of Friendship (4234)

Part 7 of in a Register series on friendship.

11/21/2012 Comments (8)
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– RGBStock.com

God’s grace perfects rather than destroys nature because God is the Creator of nature and does not contradict himself when he redeems it.

Consequently, God is constantly taking ordinary human things and turning them into vehicles of supernatural grace.

We require water to live, so he takes this ordinary everyday stuff and turns it into the fountain living water that, in baptism, bestows the washing, sin-drowning, eternally life-giving supernatural life of the Blessed Trinity himself.

We eat and drink the simple foods of bread and wine and gather in convivial table fellowship to do it, so he raises these ordinary human things to become participations in the very sacrifice and...READ MORE

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Hobby Lobby Will Appeal Denial of Injunction Against HHS Mandate (4473)

A federal court rules that case law has not established that 'secular, for-profit corporations' like Hobby Lobby have 'a constitutional right to the free exercise of religion.'

11/20/2012 Comments (37)
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OKLAHOMA CITY — The retailer Hobby Lobby will appeal a federal court’s refusal of its request for an injunction against the federal Health and Human Services' contraceptive mandate.

A district court judge denied Hobby Lobby’s request for an injunction Nov. 19, thereby requiring the Christian-owned business to cover abortion-causing drugs in its health-insurance plans or face millions of dollars in fines.

“We disagree with this decision, and we will immediately appeal it,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

The religious-freedom group is representing the Oklahoma City-based company, which is owned by founder and CEO David Green and his...READ MORE

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At Installation, Bishop Conley Says Holiness Is Key to Church Flourishing (3286)

‘If the Church is to flourish in the world today, if the New Evangelization is to really take root, if we are to truly build a culture of life, holiness must begin with us,’ the new Lincoln, Neb., bishop said in his homily.

11/20/2012 Comments (3)
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Bishop James Conley gives the homily at his installation Mass in Lincoln, Neb.

– EWTN

LINCOLN, Neb. — As he was installed in the Diocese of Lincoln, Neb., on Wednesday, Bishop James Conley stressed the need for bishops and all Catholics to be holy so that the Gospel will impact the culture and the Church will prosper.

“My brother bishops, there is nothing more important for a bishop than the care of souls,” he said in his Nov. 20 homily. “If the Church is to flourish in the world today, if the New Evangelization is to really take root, if we are to truly build a culture of life, holiness must begin with us.”

The installation Mass began at 2pm local time in Lincoln’s Cathedral of the Risen Christ and was broadcast live on EWTN.

Dozens of priests and bishops processed...READ MORE

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The Mass and Masculinity, Hope and Change at the CCHD, Love and Responsibility, and Much More! (1468)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/20/2012 Comment

The Mass and Masculinity. Click on the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to read more.

The Mass and Masculinity – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Hope and Change at the CCHD by Kathy Schiffer of the Seasons of Grace blogBig Pulpit

Love and Responsibility: The Battle for Purity – Dr. Edward Sri, Integrated Catholic Life™

HHS Mandate Fight Not Going Away – Donald McClarey, The American Catholic

Christus Vincit – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Break Me Open: The Discomforts of Evangelization – Stephanie Calls, Ignitum Today

Go For It: Four Reasons Why You’re Ready to Start a Post-College Bible Study – Jen Loser, Focus

Celiac Disease, Alcohol Intolerance and Church’s Pastoral Response; Gluten, etc. – Fr. Z's Blog

The Upside-Down World of Catholic...READ MORE

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Pope to French Catholics: Speak Out for Marriage (1694)

'In society's key debates, the voice of the Church must make itself heard ceaselessly and with determination,' the Holy Father said.

11/20/2012 Comments (5)

– Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY — As France’s Socialist government pushes to legalize “gay marriage,” Catholics must continue to strongly and consistently bear witness to the teachings of Christ, Pope Benedict XVI said.

“In society's key debates, the voice of the Church must make itself heard ceaselessly and with determination,” he said, praising the “rich Christian history” of France, which “cannot be ignored or diminished.”

Pope Benedict made his remarks in a Nov. 17 address to a group of French bishops on their ad limina visit to Rome. 

His address came as French President Francois Hollande’s cabinet continues to push ahead with legislation that would legalize same-sex “marriage” and allow same-sex...READ MORE

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