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'Breakthrough' Effort to Secure Conscience Rights in HHS Mandate Fight (6984)

U.S. bishops welcome inclusion of conscience provisions in a House subcommittee appropriations bill for Health and Human Services funding.

07/19/2012 Comments (15)
Courtesy of Rep. Denny Rehberg

Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg has introduced beefed-up conscience protections in the 2013 appropriations bill that funds the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

– Courtesy of Rep. Denny Rehberg

WASHINGTON — With the Aug. 1, 2013, deadline for compliance with the contraception mandate looming ahead, U.S. legislators are scrambling to secure conscience protections for employers who oppose the law on moral or religious grounds.

While Church-affiliated institutions have been promised a one-year extension before they must document their compliance, private for-profit businesses must provide that proof as soon as their new health plan is rolled out.

With time running out, Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Service and Education, introduced beefed-up conscience protections in his subcommittee’s 2013 appropriations...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, affordable care act, barack obama, bishops, congress, conscience protection, contraception, denny rehberg, healthcare, hhs contraception mandate

Spiritual AND Religious, Why St. Rose of Viterbo Matters, St. Augustine on Protestants, and More! (1343)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/19/2012 Comment

Spiritual And Religious. Click on the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker to read more.

Spiritual And Religious – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Patheos/Standing on my Head

Why Saint Rose of Viterbo Matters So Much Right Now – Ascending Mount Carmel

Eternal Rome vs. The Magisterium: A Contemporary Myth by Dr. Jeff Mirus of Catholic Culture's In Depth Analysis blog – Big Pulpit

Saint Augustine on Our Separated Christian Brethren – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

The Uniqueness of Christianity – Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

On The Efficacy of Happy Thoughts - Steve Skojec, Crisis Magazine

The United States of America: “Mission Territory”, Wherein Fr. Z Rants – Fr. Z’s Blog

Book Review: 100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura by Dave Armstrong –...READ MORE

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Evangelical College Joins Catholic University in HHS Mandate Lawsuit (1674)

Wheaton College in Illinois joins the growing list of individuals and institutions seeking protection of their constitutional right to religious freedom.

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WASHINGTON — Wheaton College, a leading evangelical college in Illinois, has joined The Catholic University of America in filing a lawsuit in D.C. District Court against the contraception mandate issued under the health-care law.

“I think the fact that evangelicals and Catholics are coming together on this issue ought to be a sign to all Americans that something really significant in terms of religious liberty is at stake,” said Philip Ryken, president of Wheaton College.

Ryken explained at a July 18 press call that the college — a Christian liberal arts institution with approximately 2,400 undergraduate students and 600 graduate students — allows its faith to penetrate all aspects of...READ MORE

Filed under christianity, hhs contraception mandate, obamacare; patient protection and affordable care act; barack obama; health and human services; contraceptive mandate; u.s. supreme court; individual mandate; subsidiarity; paul ryan; grace-marie turn, religious freedom, u.s. constitution

Denver’s New Archbishop Urges Fidelity to Christ (1597)

My vision is the same that Christ first gave to us 2,000 years ago, Archbishop Samuel Aquila says at his July 18 installation.

07/19/2012 Comment

Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver

– CNA/Peter Zelasko

DENVER — In his role as Denver’s new shepherd, Archbishop Samuel Aquila told the archdiocese that his hope for the community is that they follow Christ above all else.

“My vision ... is the same vision that was given to us 2,000 years ago,” Archbishop Aquila said during the homily of his installation Mass July 18.

“That is that Christ is always to come first,” he told the hundreds gathered in the Basilica Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. “And we are to proclaim this Gospel; we are to do whatever he tells us.”

He urged locals to not view their faith in Christ “as a private act,” but as a public witness of “choosing to stand with the Lord, so as to live with him.”

A former...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop charles chaput, archbishop samuel aquila, archdiocese of denver, hhs contraceptive mandate, religious freedom

SDG Reviews 'The Dark Knight Rises' (15192)

The Dark Knight Rises brings Christopher Nolan’s ambitious superhero trilogy to a spectacular conclusion ... but something is missing.

07/19/2012 Comments (82)

The Dark Knight Rises is very nearly the thunderous finale that Christopher Nolan’s unprecedented superhero trilogy needed after the pitch-black nihilism that Heath Ledger’s Joker brought to The Dark Knight. Bleak and apocalyptic, the third and final chapter is nevertheless more hopeful than the second, without the same sense of oppressive sadism. Better still, the film provides welcome moral clarity on the moral ambiguities of The Dark Knight. The Dark Knight Rises brings Batman’s personal story to a satisfying finale, albeit much telescoped by the trilogy format.

The completed trilogy is a work of towering ambition and immense achievement. The whole story arc is as much about the fate of...READ MORE

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Should Women Cover Their Heads at Mass?, Culture Before Politics, Hungry Hearts, and Much More! (3222)

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07/19/2012 Comment

Should Women Cover Their Heads at Mass? Click on the link by Jimmy Akin to read more.

Should Women Cover Their Heads at Mass? – Jimmy Akin, JimmyAkin.com

Culture Before Politics – Peter Blair, First Things/On the Square

Hungry Hearts (Mark 6:30-44) -Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Eight Amazing Drowned Churches by The World Geography website – Big Pulpit

Sister Pat Farrell, President of the L.C.W.R., Deflects Blames, and Otherwise Obfuscates – Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report; Fr. John Zuhlsdorf Comment on Mssr. Olson's Post - Fr. Z's Blog

It’s Convenient, Efficient, Inexpensive and Environmentally Sound and It’s Wrong – Django, Catholics Stand Up and Fight

Three Arguments Against Atheism from Pope Benedict XVI – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless...READ MORE

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Get Out the (Catholic) Vote (5092)

Groups stress the difference the swing vote bloc could make by voting its collective conscience.

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Threats to religious liberty could be a unifying force for Catholic voters this November.

A group that makes up roughly a quarter of the electorate but historically does not vote as a bloc, the Catholic faithful — united — would wield significant power.

Brian Burch, president of Catholic Vote, said, “The Catholic Church has a massive political army in America — it has just not been organized effectively, and that is what we are trying to do. Sixty-five million Catholics faithfully applying Catholic social teaching would dramatically change the future of this country.”

He added that the continued prosperity of the United States depends on the protection of religious freedom.

“If we...READ MORE

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Help Wanted: Mom, Six Tips for Becoming a Writer, Rules for Good Catholic Social Teaching, and More! (1525)

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07/18/2012 Comment

Help Wanted: Mom. Click on the link by Patti Maguire Armstrong.

Help Wanted: Mom – Patti Maguire Armstrong, PattiMaguireArmstrong.com

Six Tips for Becoming a Writer – Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

Rules for Good Catholic Social Teaching – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/In Depth Analysis

I Do Not Believe that Being Single is a Vocation by Super Trad Mum of the Etheldreda's Place blog - Big Pulpit

Ten Reasons Why Being Catholic Is Crazy Cool – Marcel LeJeune, Aggie Catholics

Traditional Catholics and Self Inflicted Wounds – Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Tracking the Catholic Vote: Geography - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

Are the Gospels Historical? – Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Patheos/Standing on my Head

The...READ MORE

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