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Bishop Conley: Contraception Disrupts the ‘Language of Love’ (2960)

In a new pastoral letter, the shepherd of Lincoln, Neb., invites Catholic couples and medical professionals to consider the destructive immorality of contraception.

03/26/2014 Comments (9)


LINCOLN, Neb. — Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb., hopes his new pastoral letter on the sacrificial “language of love” and the disruptive immorality of contraception will be received “with open hearts and open minds.”

“My hope is that people, Catholic couples especially, and also Catholic physicians and pharmacists, will be willing to look at this issue again,” he told CNA March 20.

“The Language of Love” is Bishop Conley’s pastoral letter on the sacrificial nature of love and on the destructive nature of contraception, officially promulgated March 25 — the feast of the Annunciation, when the Church celebrates Mary’s assent to becoming the Mother of God.

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Hobby Lobby Has Its Day in Court (4285)

Oral arguments over the HHS mandate's constitutionality for religious for-profit businesses hinted that the U.S. Supreme Court might issue a narrow ruling applying only to closely held family companies.

03/26/2014 Comment

WASHINGTON — A year and a half after they filed suit in federal court against the Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate, David and Barbara Green finally got their day before the justices who will decide whether the Oklahoma-based business owners and their company, Hobby Lobby, a large craft-store chain, can claim free-exercise rights to secure an exemption from the controversial federal law.

On March 25, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the closely watched case that has prompted an intense legal and political debate on whether constitutional and statutory religious-freedom protections apply to businesses as well as individuals.

At the high court, the Greens were joined...READ MORE

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Hobby Lobby Case Seeks to Overcome the Administration’s Flawed Religious-Liberty Assumptions (2944)


03/25/2014 Comments (3)
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Why should the constitutional right to free exercise of religion depend on the type of entity exercising it?

This point may seem obvious to many U.S. citizens, but the current administration has fought hard across the country to isolate religious liberty into narrow categories.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in one of the most important religious-liberty cases in a generation: Hobby Lobby stores, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, want the high court to confirm established law and declare that the Constitution protects even for-profit businesses in the exercise of their religious liberty. Under the HHS mandate, which Hobby Lobby is challenging,...READ MORE

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Chile’s ‘Day of the Unborn Child’ to Recognize Pregnant Mothers (1640)

This year, Chile joins 16 other nations in honoring pregnant mothers and their unborn children.

03/25/2014 Comments (3)


SANTIAGO, Chile — For the first time this year in Chile, March 25 is officially being celebrated as the "Day of the Unborn Child," recognizing the need to protect and care for expectant mothers and their children.

As part of the celebration which deliberately coincides with the Annunciation, the foundation Chile Unido and the Santiago subway system will hand out more than 3,000 white roses to pregnant women as a symbol of the purity of their unborn children.

The purpose of the initiative is to honor pregnant women and to raise awareness about the importance of caring for and protecting expectant mothers.

The flowers will be handed out March 25 at the Baquedano subway station in Santiago...READ MORE

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On the Feast of the Annunciation, Pope Praises Mary’s Meekness (3736)

In order to receive salvation through Jesus’ free gift of himself, the Holy Father emphasized on the solemnity, it’s necessary to have an obedient heart like Mary’s.

03/25/2014 Comments (2)

Pope Francis gives his Solemnity of the Annunciation homily March 25 at the St. Martha guesthouse at the Vatican.

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VATICAN CITY — During his Mass celebrating the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Pope Francis emphasized that salvation is a gift from the Lord that we ought to receive with humility and obedience, just as Mary did.

“In order to receive this salvation, we need a humble heart, a meek heart, an obedient heart, like that of Mary,” the Pope affirmed in his March 25 daily Mass.

Addressing those gathered in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse chapel, the Holy Father recalled the story of Adam and Eve, noting that it was out of pride that they disobeyed God and ate the fruit he had forbidden them, explaining that it was Mary who untied this knot of disobedience with her own act of obedience.


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Knights of Columbus Wins Prize for Ethical Business Practices (2818)

The Ethisphere Institute ranked the Knights as one of two life-insurance companies on its 2014 'World’s Most Ethical Companies' list.

03/25/2014 Comments (1)
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Supreme Knight Carl Anderson speaks at the 2013 Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention in San Antonio.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization, has been recognized as one of the world’s most ethical companies by a research center on best practices in corporate ethics and governance.

“This really speaks to the fact that a company can be committed to Church teaching, committed to Catholic values and still provide a top-quality service and be very successful at what they do,” said Andrew Walther, vice president for communications and media for the Knights.

Timothy Erblich, CEO of the Ethisphere Institute, announced the award March 20, saying, “The Knights of Columbus join an exclusive community committed to driving performance through leading business...READ MORE

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Understanding Pope Francis Through Ignatius of Loyola (7983)


03/25/2014 Comments (4)
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I believe that Pope Francis is the quintessential Ignatian Jesuit, and that is the hermeneutical key to understanding him.

When Ignatius of Loyola was wounded in the Battle of Pamplona, he was taken to the hospital, where he received a copy of the lives of the saints.

After devouring the book, Ignatius said, “I want to be a saint like St. Francis.”

Well, we have a Pope who has embraced the vocation of being a follower of Ignatius, who wanted to be a saint like St. Francis.

Why did Jorge Bergoglio become a Jesuit? He has said that he was attracted to the Jesuit’s missionary spirit, community and discipline. Today, the Holy Father is living his Jesuit vocation with a true missionary zeal,...READ MORE

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The Original Meaning of Lent, Friday Fish and the Poor, The Saint Executed on Good Friday and More! (3637)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/25/2014 Comment

Follow the 'Stephen Colbert on Atheists Against the 9-11 Cross' link via Michael Barber of The Sacred Page to read more.

'Stephen Colbert on Atheists Against the 9-11 Cross' via Michael Barber of The Sacred Page - BigPulpit.com

The Original Meaning of Lent – Marcellino D’Ambrosio PhD, Catholic Lane

In Defense of ‘Marriage Is Work’ – Emma Smith, Catholic Stand

Friday Fish & the Poor – Br. Bonaventure Chapman OP, Dominicana

'Where Heaven Meets Earth' by Charles Cole of New Liturgical Movement - BigPulpit.com

The Saint Who Was Executed on Good Friday – The Catholic Herald

St. Augustine on Sin, Fear & Love – Don. R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The 12 Step Biblical Guide to the Pope & Infallibility – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

Made You Look – Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

Apostles Who Weren’t...READ MORE

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