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Cardinal Dolan Offers Prayers, Help for Those Suffering After Superstorm Sandy (3287)

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn also is reaching out to his devastated flock.

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A statue is seen among homes devastated by fire and the effects of Hurricane Sandy in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough of New York Oct. 30. Millions of people across the eastern United States awoke on Tuesday to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to huge swathes of the nation's most densely populated region, swamped New York's subway system and submerged streets in Manhattan's financial district.

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NEW YORK CITY — In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy’s destructive passage across the East Coast, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York expressed his “solidarity in love and prayer with so many who are suffering.”

“What do you say? Our hearts are broken when you see the loss of life, the grieving families, the devastation, the ruination,” Cardinal Dolan told Fox News co-anchor Martha MacCallum Oct. 31.

“But throughout all of it, too, you begin to see a glimmer of light and hope: people coming together.”

He said that people can become “selfish” and “violent” or they can “pitch in, in solidarity and community, to help one another, to help rescue one another.”

“Thanks be to God, that’s...READ MORE

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Second Temporary Injunction Against HHS Mandate Granted (2029)

'This is not only a victory for our clients, but for religious freedom,' said Erin Mersino, lead counsel on the case for the Thomas More Law Center, which is representing Weingartz Supply Company.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A federal judge in Michigan has granted the second temporary injunction against the federal contraception mandate to plaintiffs who argue that it violates their right to freely practice their religion in business decisions.

“This is not only a victory for our clients, but for religious freedom," said Erin Mersino, lead counsel on the case for the Thomas More Law Center, which is representing Weingartz Supply Company and its president, Daniel Weingartz.

“The federal court has found that our clients have a likelihood of success and would be irreparably harmed by the unconstitutional overreaching of the HHS mandate,” she explained in a statement.

On Oct. 31, U.S....READ MORE

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Is There a Lesser of Two Evils? (3606)

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A persistent question arises every election cycle among Catholics: Is it ever justified to vote for the lesser of two evils, that is, for a candidate who does not hold the Church’s teaching on abortion, but whose position is less extreme than another candidate’s?

Catholics who desire to remain faithful to Church teaching, and thus to God, naturally do not want to vote for anyone who favors abortion in any circumstance or who holds other positions not in agreement with the Church on what Pope Benedict XVI has called the non-negotiable issues — human life, marriage and family, religious liberty.

The controversial, but authentic, answer is: Yes, you may so vote.

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Cardinal Corrects Kmiec, Countering the Culture of Death With Classical Music, and Much More! (2681)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Corrects Douglas Kmiec. Follow the link by Carl E. Olson of the CWR Blog to read more.

Cardinal Bernardin Corrects Douglas Kmiec by Carl E. Olson of the CWR Blog – Big Pulpit

Countering the Culture of Death with Classical Music – Thaddeus Baklinski, LifeSiteNews

Embryo Adoption: Is it O.K.? – Leah Jacobson, Ignitum Today

21 Questions on Why the Holy Eucharist Was Given to Humanity – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

Faith Magazine, A Great Resource! – Fr. Z’s Blog

A Scripture Primer for a Skeptical Age – Thomas P. Harmon, Catholic World Report

Election 2012: One Last Argument for Mitt – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Catholic Voices from Eastern Europe – Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

The Vindication of Mark Regnerus – Matthew J. Franck, Public Discourse

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Not Equal: Women Priests and Married Priests, Get Your Minds Offa My Pants, Simply Byz, and More! (2109)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Tired of Women Priests and Married Priests Being Equated. Click on the link by the Priest's Wife of the Fear Not Little Flock Byzantine Catholic blog.

Tired of Women Priests and Married Priests Being Equated – Priest's Wife, Fear Not Little Flock

Get Your Minds Outta My Pants – Rebecca Frech, The American Catholic

Simply Byzantine – Ric Ballard, Eastern Catholic Spiritual Renewal

Same-Sex Marriage. . .Ending Discrimination? – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

New Bl. Nykyta Budka Website Launched – Annales Ecclesiae Ucrainae

The "Not A Bible" Bible by Fr. Z – Big Pulpit

Lumen Christi Cantor Scores: All Saints, All Souls – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

The Feast of Christ the King in Toledo, Spain – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Lifestyle by Christ (Mark 12:28-37) - Fr. John Bartunek, Roman Catholic Spiritual...READ MORE

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Pope: Saints Connect Us With Eternity, Fullness of Life (1602)

Benedict XVI's Nov. 1 thoughts on the witness of holy men and women in the Church.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI said that the Solemnity of All Saints should help people reflect on the link between the Church on earth and the heavenly Church “that celebrates the never-ending feast.”

“In the saints we see the victory of love over selfishness and death: We see that following Christ leads to life, eternal life, and gives meaning to the present, every moment that passes, because it is filled with love and hope,” the Pope said Nov. 1 from the window of his study overlooking St. Peter's Square.

“Only faith in eternal life makes us truly love the history and the present, but without attachment, with the freedom of the pilgrim, who loves the earth because his heart is in...READ MORE

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Denver Bishops Organize Prayer Campaign Ahead of Elections (1345)

Rosaries and Holy Hours are encouraged at archdiocesan parishes.

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Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila.

– Catholic News Agency

DENVER — The Catholic bishops of Denver have called on Catholics across the U.S. to pray for the country ahead of the Nov. 6 elections, encouraging parishes in their archdiocese to organize Rosaries and Holy Hours.



“As Americans we have a civic responsibility to vote and to participate in the political process,” Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver said Oct. 30.

“As Catholics, we have a moral duty to vote with an informed conscience and to pray for wisdom and guidance as we head to the voting booth.”



Denver's Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception will expose the Blessed Sacrament for Eucharistic adoration on Nov. 6 from 7:30am to 11:45am and from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.



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Friends in High Places (3398)

An interview with journalist Colleen Carroll Campbell, who just released a spiritual memoir about holy women: My Sisters the Saints.

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In many ways, she was on top of the world. Colleen Carroll Campbell was a highly successful 20-something journalist in the Oval Office writing speeches for President George W. Bush.

Yet something did not sit right with her. A restlessness stirred within her. Where did her career fit in to her call to marriage and motherhood?

This was not the first time that she had struggled with such questions.

From her confusion over the campus party scene of her college days to her anguish over infertility and her father’s descent into dementia, she found consoling answers and comfort in the lives of six saintly women.

Campbell’s 15-year journey is detailed in her new book, My Sisters the...READ MORE

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