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Sebelius Resigns From Her Post as HHS Secretary (3744)

Her resignation is widely viewed as an attempt to defuse public anger over the new health law, but critics stress that President Obama remains ultimately accountable.

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Kathleen Sebelius, speaking March 2, 2009, after her official nomination by President Obama as secretary of Health and Human Services.

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WASHINGTON — Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services (HHS), will step down from her post, amid ongoing criticism of the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and an explosion of legal challenges to the contraception mandate, authorized under the ACA, and approved by her.

The White House announced on April 10 that Secretary Sebelius had offered her resignation and that President Barack Obama was expected to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, as a replacement.

Sebelius’ resignation is widely viewed as an attempt to defuse public anger over the health law, widely known as Obamacare, in...READ MORE

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How Prophetic were Fulton Sheen's Words 80 Years Ago, 10 Tips for a Good Confession and More! (12652)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/13/2014 Comment

Follow How Prophetic were Fulton Sheen's Words 80 Years Ago link by Francis Phillips to read more.

How Prophetic were Fulton Sheen's Words 80 Years Ago by Francis Phillips - BigPulpit.com

Boy Who Sat on Pope’s Chair Inspires New Film - Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Saint Augustine: No Matter How Great Our Crimes - Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

10 Tips for a Good Confession – Sam Guzman, Catholic Exchange

Rebuttal: 10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up – JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

Why We Need the Greatest Art in Catholic Worship – Peter Kwasniewski PhD, View from the Choir Loft

Don’t Judge Me, Please Love Me - Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

The Church Canonizes, but Does Not Condemn - Quartermaster of the Barque

The Chain of Love & Living the Mass -...READ MORE

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Breaking Lenten Fasts; Mercy, Justice and Plagues; Pope Francis on Love, Marriage and Much More! (3477)

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04/12/2014 Comment

Follow Breaking Lenten Fasts by Fr. James Melnick of Catholic Stand to read more.

Breaking Lenten Fasts – Fr. James Melnick, Catholic Stand

Mercy, Justice & Plagues - Saint Etheldreda’s Place

Queen Elizabeth Gives Pope Francis Balmoral Whisky - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis on Love, Marriage & Broken Dishes – Kevin M. Tierney, Catholic Lane

Pope Francis & Libertine Atheism – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Masterpieces of Gregorian Chant: Resurrection of Lazarus Antiphon – Fulvio Rampi, Chiesa

The Coming Schism via William M. Briggs - BigPulpit.com

EWTN to Run TV Series About the Glory of the Latin Mass – David Clayton, The Way of Beauty

Candida Moss & Indiana Jones - Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Synod on Family, Pope Benedict & ‘Mistakes’...READ MORE

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The 'Casket Catechesis' of John Paul II (8638)

The late pope’s funeral inspired woodworker Marcus Daly to start his own casket-making business.

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Marcus Daly at work in his shop.

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When the term “catechesis” is used in reference to Blessed Pope John Paul II, most people think of topics such as Marian devotion or the sacrifice of the Mass. Wayne, Pa., native Marcus Daly, however, thinks of caskets.

It was during John Paul II’s funeral on April 8, 2005, that Daly, a 45-year-old father of six, first made the casket-catechesis connection. Amid the grandeur of St. Peter’s Square and the presence of numerous kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers, the late Holy Father’s body had been placed in a simple wooden box. This made a deep and lasting impression on Daly, who began his business, Marian Caskets, in 2009.

Daly, who lives on Vashon Island, Wash., has found that...READ MORE

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‘The Passion of the Christ’ Revisited (5008)

Tom Allen discusses faith and the movies and Mel Gibson’s cinematic blockbuster, which many Christians have made part of their Holy Week devotions.

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A scene from 'The Passion of the Christ.'

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It’s hard to believe it has been 10 years since the release of The Passion of the Christ.

To mark the anniversary, the UP-TV network (formerly GMC) will air the commercial television debut of The Passion on Palm Sunday night, April 13, at 9pm ET, headlining a two-week showcase of Bible-themed movies. It will be edited for television and will air with limited commercial breaks. Check your local listings.

Despite well-documented controversy surrounding it, The Passion was a watershed moment for faith-based films, particularly how they are marketed to believers. Having raked in $370 million domestically, it was a game changer, redefining box-office expectations for “religious” movies and...READ MORE

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Pope Apologizes for Priests’ Sex Abuse, Promises Strong Response (2190)

The Holy Father also stressed the need to fight against all forms of violence against children and affirmed their right to grow up with a mother and father in stable families.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called April 11 for an “even stronger” Catholic Church response to combat sexual abuse, saying he felt compelled to “personally ask forgiveness” for priests who have sexually abused children.

“The Church is aware of this damage; it is personal, moral damage carried out by men of the Church, and we will not take one step backward with regards to how we deal with this problem and the sanctions that must be imposed,” the Pope told the International Child Bureau in an April 11 audience at the Vatican, according to Vatican Radio.

He said the response to sex abuse has to be “even stronger,” because “you cannot interfere with children.”

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Catholic Hospitals Are Right to Reject Contraceptives, Doctors Say (3153)

The doctors spoke in defense of a Catholic-operated hospital in Oklahoma that was criticized recently for its directives that do not approve or support contraception.

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Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Okla.

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TULSA, Okla. — Following controversy over a Catholic-affiliated medical center’s rejection of contraceptive practices in Oklahoma, physicians have said that such institutions are trying to act with integrity.

“Catholic hospitals and health-care providers do not prevent women from accessing what they want; they just don’t provide it themselves,” Lester Ruppersberger, a Pennsylvania physician and vice president of the Catholic Medical Association, said April 3.

“They are not lobbying against contraception; they just do not wish to be forced to violate their beliefs and ethics.”

He told CNA that those who do not agree with Catholic medical ethics “are not being deprived” and “do not have...READ MORE

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Pope to Venezuelan Leaders: ‘Violence Can Never Bring Peace’ (1710)

Responding to a government invitation to participate in the country’s peace talks, Pope Francis sent a letter to all parties encouraging open dialogue.

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Protesters demonstrate peacefully against the government in Caracas, Venezuela, on Feb. 12.

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VATICAN CITY — Answering an invitation from Venezuela's foreign affairs minister to participate in the country’s peace talks, Pope Francis sent a letter to all parties involved, encouraging them to foster open dialogue.

“I am deeply convinced that violence can never bring peace and well-being to a country, because it only ever generates more violence,” the Pope stated in his April 10 letter.

“On the contrary, through dialogue, you can rediscover common and shared ground that will help to overcome the current moment of conflict.”

Pope Francis’ message was read aloud by Archbishop Aldo Giordano, the apostolic nuncio in Caracas, at the beginning of the highly anticipated meeting Thursday...READ MORE

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