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Federal Court in Hawaii Upholds Traditional Marriage (2755)

As DOMA and Prop. 8 appeals move to Supreme Court, a federal judge rules against a challenge to Hawaii’s marriage laws.

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HONOLULU — As activists on both side of the marriage debate await word on whether the U.S. Supreme Court will hear appeals to rulings overturning the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8, a U.S. district court upheld traditional marriage in Hawaii on Aug. 8.

In Jackson v. Abercrombie, the federal judge rejected challenges to both Hawaii’s marriage law and a constitutional amendment that gives the state Legislature the power over marriage laws.

In language that echoed briefs filed in other key related cases, senior U.S. Judge Alan Kay issued a lengthy ruling that affirmed the state’s interest in upholding traditional marriage and backed the right of U.S. citizens, through...READ MORE

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Why Does the Bible Use Elder for Priests, Book Review: After Miscarriage, Undying Love, and More! (1189)

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08/10/2012 Comment

Why Does the New Testament use the Word Elder for Priests? Click on the link by Dr. Taylor Marshal to read more.

Why Does the New Testament use the Word Elder for Priests? – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Book Review: After Miscarriage – Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Catholic Lane

Undying Love (Pic) by Katie Sciba of The Catholic Wife blog – Big ulpit

Quinque Puncta . . . Five Points To Be Recited Before Mass or Communion – Fr. Z’s Blog

Pakistan: Christian Nurses Poisoned Because of Their Faith – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Eight Thoughts on Whether Gluttony Is a Sin – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Old Clichés about Preconciliar Catholic Writers – Adam Schwartz, Crisis Magazine

Does Marriage or Sex Create Babies? – Wendy Wright, Turtle Bay and Beyond

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Archbishop Lori: Obama Invite to Catholic Dinner Is Not Show of Support (4921)

Baltimore archbishop and others weigh in on invitation of the president to upcoming Alfred E. Smith Foundation dinner in New York.

08/10/2012 Comments (61)
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Baltimore Archbishop William Lori says an invitation to President Obama to speak at a New York fundraiser alongside Mitt Romney should not be misunderstood as a show of support for the president.

Obama's expected presence and remarks at the upcoming Alfred E. Smith Foundation dinner “do not constitute an endorsement,” the U.S. bishops' religious liberty chairman and Baltimore archbishop told Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review Online in an interview published Aug. 9.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the U.S. bishops' conference president, has been criticized by some pro-life groups for continuing an election-year custom of inviting both the Democratic and Republican candidates to...READ MORE

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Community Continues to Support Franciscan U. Amid Steubenville City Logo Controversy (809)

Online petition to keep Catholic college's chapel in logo gains signatures.

08/10/2012 Comments (3)

The Steubenville City Council's decision to remove the silhouette of the Franciscan University chapel from the city’s logo has been met with opposition from the local community.

“A town should be able to define itself as it sees fit without being dictated to by an out-of-state special-interest group (that has) no knowledge or understanding towards our community,” local business owner Chris Wendt told Catholic News Agency Aug. 8.

The city's July 24 announcement that it would remove Franciscan University's chapel from its new logo was made after the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened legal action.

Local residents responded to the decision with concern, and...READ MORE

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Blessing of Big Families, Why Are We Badly Dressed for Mass?, Humanae Vitae Prophecies, and More! (3878)

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08/10/2012 Comments (2)

The Blessing of Big Families. Click on the link by Jim Graves to read more.

The Blessing of Big Families – Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

Why Are We So Badly Dressed at Church? – Ryan Service, Catholic Herald

The Prophecies of Humanae Vitae – Steven W. Mosher, Catholic Lane

Perinatal Loss: The Rest of the Family – Catholic Sistas

Seamless Garment: Vatican, LCWR, and US Catholic Higher Education – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Opposing Gay Marriage Is Rational, Not Religious – Leroy Huizenga, First Things/On the Square

It is Required that You Kneel During the Consecration by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf – Big ulpit

Youth Support for Gay Marriage Weaker Than You Think – Matthew Schmitz, First Thing/First Thoughts

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Lord Guthrie Follows Path of Sts. George and Martin of Tours (4616)

Britain’s highest-ranking soldier converted to the faith in the 1980s.

08/09/2012 Comments (2)

– Niall Keenan

Field Marshal Lord Charles Guthrie of Craigiebank, 73, is Britain’s highest-ranking army general who was head of the country’s armed forces from 1997 until 2001, under the government of Tony Blair. He also happens to be a convert to Catholicism, received into the Church in his 40s.

Over the course of his career, Lord Guthrie has served in, among other countries, Malaysia, the Persian Gulf, the Balkans, East and West Africa and Northern Ireland. From 2000 until 2009, he was colonel commandant of the SAS, Britain’s special forces; and in June this year, Queen Elizabeth II raised him to the rank of field marshal.

Speaking to the Register at his residence in London July 20, Lord Guthrie...READ MORE

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Sacred Image of the Sun, Potentialites for English Chant, Home Schools vs. Public Schools, and More! (1295)

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08/09/2012 Comment

A Sacred Image of The Sun of Justice, Jesus Christ. Click on the link by Deacon Paul O. Iacono to read more.

A Sacred Image of The Sun of Justice, Jesus Christ – Deacon Paul O. Iacono, Fra Angelico Institute for the Sacred Arts

Potentialites for English Chant & Polyphony – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Home Schools Vs. Public Schools – Marcel LeJeune, Aggie Catholics

Cardinal Dolan’s Head Scratching Invite to Obama – Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

In Defense of Cardinal Dolan – Louie Verrecchio, Catholic Lane

Echoes of Nazi Germany: Today's Netherlands Euthanasia on Wheels – Russ Rentler MD, Crossed The Tiber

Receiving Communion in the Hand by Andrew Lynch of the Orate Fratres blog – Big ulpit

Ancient Testimonies Against Abortion – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of...READ MORE

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Obama, in Denver Campaign Stop, Reaffirms Support for Mandatory Contraception Coverage (2219)

08/09/2012 Comments (6)
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President Obama speaking in Colorado.

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DENVER — President Barack Obama reaffirmed his support for mandatory contraception coverage in a Wednesday campaign stop in Denver, drawing criticism from a lawyer representing a Colorado company fighting the mandate on religious-freedom grounds.

Matt Bowman, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, objected to the president’s contention that offering exemptions to the mandatory coverage allows employers to control women.

“The only ‘controlling’ actions in this case involve the president's command that families abandon their faith just because they want to earn a living or serve their community,” Bowman told Catholic News Agency Aug. 8. “The government is picking and choosing...READ MORE

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