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White House Has ‘Trampled on Religious Freedom,’ Charge U.S. Lawmakers (3199)

Eleven legislators file a brief with 10th Circuit in HHS mandate case, as the U.S. bishops press ahead with legal and legislative efforts to defend conscience rights for all.

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WASHINGTON — Eleven legislators have filed an amicus brief stating that the federal contraception mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), signed into law in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, a leading sponsor of RFRA, was among the group of lawmakers who filed the brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, which will rule on a legal challenge to the Health and Human Services' mandate brought by Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a Christian-owned retail chain.

“As one of the lead sponsors of RFRA, it’s deeply troubling to see this White House trample on the religious freedom the law seeks to protect,” Hatch said in a statement...READ MORE

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More Than 100,000 March to Defend Marriage in Puerto Rico (2179)

Pro-family groups march to protest the move to redefine marriage.

02/22/2013 Comments (1)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — More than 100,000 people gathered outside the Puerto Rican capitol in San Juan on Feb. 18 to support the defense of marriage and family against proposed legislation on same-sex unions.

Puerto Rico for the Family organized the march, which brought together Christians of various denominations, as well as members of religiously unaffiliated pro-life and pro-family groups.

Media reports estimated a turnout of between 100,000 and 200,000, which is a record for Puerto Rico, an island with a population of only 3.6 million.

The president of the United Ministry for the Family, Dr. Cesar Vasquez Muniz, said the demonstration came about “in response to threats against...READ MORE

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Vatican Spokesman: Prepare Spiritually for Pope’s Last Days (2477)

Father Federico Lombardi says it's time for Catholics to prepare for the Pope's resignation with spiritual growth, not division.

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Father Federico Lombardi

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VATICAN CITY — At a press briefing to preview the Pope’s final events, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said now is a time to grow spiritually and not fabricate stories on possible Vatican division.

“We’re in a deep spiritual time, and we should be preparing ourselves for the sede vacante (vacant seat) and the new pope,” said Father Lombardi, the Holy See Press Office director.

“Now is a time for seeking the spiritual well-being of everyone within the Church. I personally invite you to prepare yourself spiritually for this,” he said at a Feb. 21 press briefing.

He told journalists, “It is natural that there are comments these days that tend to incite talk about conflict...READ MORE

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Benedict and the Second Vatican Council: Calming the Storm (8408)

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Pope Benedict XVI attends a meeting with parish priests of Rome's diocese Feb. 14 in Paul VI hall.

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In his 2005 Christmas address to the Roman Curia, Pope Benedict strikingly referenced St. Basil’s assessment of the post-Nicene Council period that described the Church as being in a naval battle in the darkness of a storm, where chaos made it impossible to discern the truth. Benedict was quick to say that things post-Vatican II were not quite so stormy, but he acknowledged there have been serious problems.

Last week, in his remarks to the clergy of the Diocese of Rome, Benedict made another pointed statement. There were, he declared, two councils: “There was the Council of the Fathers — the true Council — but there was also the council of the media … and the world perceived the Council...READ MORE

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Legislators Behind Religious-Freedom Law Back Hobby Lobby (1556)

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! (3813)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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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 (2075)

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 (7936)

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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