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Catholics Sue Obama: Does the Media Care? (6254)

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06/11/2012 Comments (42)

Brent Bozell

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“Check out this headline!” implored an excited email from a friend of mine, a Protestant well aware of my Catholic loyalties. The headline declared: “CATHOLICS SUE OBAMA.

The headline came from a popular website. In mere minutes, more emails flooded into my box. It turned out that on a single day 43 Catholic dioceses, archdioceses, organizations, universities, schools and groups had filed 12 federal lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services mandate on contraception, sterilization and abortion drugs. That mandate, a stunning display of executive fiat, has been pushed unrelentingly by President Barack Obama and his HHS secretary,...READ MORE

Filed under catholic church, hhs mandate, mainstream media, media bias, 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

Children Make People Happier (3622)

U.S.-Canadian study finds a benefit to childbearing.

06/11/2012 Comments (6)
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Having children makes you happier.

That’s the conclusion of a team of university researchers from the U.S. and Canada, who looked at data from thousands of couples and concluded that parents are happier than non-parents.

The study flies “directly in the face of conventional opinion,” said Catholic parenting expert Ray Guarendi.

But he worried that, with its purely naturalistic approach, the study would necessarily miss the point that religious people accept and embrace childrearing as “a gift from God.”

The researchers called their report, which was the result of three separate studies, “In Defense of Parenthood: Children Are Associated With More Joy Than Misery.”

They begin by...READ MORE

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Reel Presence and the Real Thing (896)

User's Guide to Sunday, June 10.

06/10/2012 Comment

Sunday, June 10, is Corpus Christi Sunday in the United States.

Papal

In Rome and much of the world, Corpus Christi is celebrated on Thursday, June 7. Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass at 7pm, followed by a Eucharistic procession to St. Mary Major.

Family

For Corpus Christi Day, here are 10 Eucharistic film scenes in no particular order.
 

The Passion of the Christ: The film presents the Eucharist as a window on the Crucifixion.

Brideshead Revisited: Charles Ryder finds the chapel with an empty tabernacle to be “just an oddly decorated room.”

Marty: This great old movie celebrates the extraordinary in the ordinary, including going to Sunday Mass.

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St. Anthony’s Church Has Cathedral Proportions (673)

Grand edifice near Cape Cod turns 100. June 3 issue feature.

06/10/2012 Comment
George Martell

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Every year, more than 5 million tourists head for Cape Cod, most traveling via the single major interstate that first passes through New Bedford, Mass. From the highway, no one can miss the towering steeple of St. Anthony of Padua Church that stretches high above everything else in the sky.

At 256 feet, it ranks on one list as the 10th-tallest Catholic church steeple in the country. Below this steeple is one of the most magnificent parish church interiors in the country.

The parish honors St. Anthony of Padua in an exceptional way, whether on the popular saint’s feast day of June 13 or devotionally at other times, and later this year the church celebrates the 100th anniversary of this...READ MORE

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Sacred Heart Miracle (1524)

June 3 issue feature ahead of feast of the Sacred Heart.

06/09/2012 Comment
Courtesy of the family

James holds a 14-foot-long strand of colorful beads, each with a color-coded meaning, that record the days he spent in the hospital. A beautiful, glass, heart-shaped bead marks the day James received his new heart.

– Courtesy of the family

Adorable Baby James lights up the room with his cherubic face, dimpled smile and clear blue eyes. He looks the picture of health.

Just one year ago, his mother, Ann Smith, was at the Ronald McDonald House next to a northeastern pediatric hospital praying for a miracle for her 6-week-old baby who needed a heart transplant in order to survive.

Prayers from around the world were answered when she and her husband, David, received a call at 4:30am on July 1, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (this year the feast is June 15): There was a heart available for James.

“I consider July 1 his second birthday,” Ann shares, explaining that he was born on March 21 but never left the hospital;...READ MORE

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That Being Indoors (1168)

June 3 issue column.

06/09/2012 Comment
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God, having made the earth and all of the things in it, withdrew into himself, and he asked himself a curious question: Ought he to create a being in his own likeness?

He proposed the idea to himself — “Let us make man in our own image” — and he decided that it would be a good idea.

No, not good — very good.

St. Thomas Aquinas described this being, the imago dei, as a “little world,” a microcosm.

Blessed John Paul II expanded on the theme in his theology of the body, but pointed out that it is not man, singular, who constitutes the image and likeness of God, for God is not singular: God is triune. And so, man, in being like God, is constituted not as a series of insular...READ MORE

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Helping Single Catholic Women Find 'Mr. Good' (10159)

Saturday Book Pick: Emily Stimpson's 'The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years.'

06/09/2012 Comments (71)

One of the growing pastoral concerns for the Church in the United States is the number of young Catholic women who believe that God has given them the vocation to marriage but who are unable to find decent husbands.

We’re talking about objectively attractive women here — vivacious characters who are not looking for Mr. Perfect but just for Mr. Good. They go on dates. They humbly allow friends and family members to set them up. They sign up for Catholic online dating services. And the vast majority of them watch the years go by with no marriage prospects in sight.

The situation weighs not just on the women, but on their parents, siblings and friends. It also weighs on the Church,...READ MORE

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Americans Stand Up for Religious Freedom on Bill of Rights’ Anniversary (4111)

Rallies draw more than 75,000 people to protest HHS ‘contraceptive mandate.’

06/08/2012 Comments (13)
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As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to issue its ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act , Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami speaks June 8 on the subject of health care during a gathering billed as the, 'Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally', in front of the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States Courthouse in Miami.

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At noon today, the 223rd anniversary of when James Madison first introduced the Bill of Rights to the First Congress, more than 75,000 Americans throughout the country gathered to protect, defend and exercise those rights at the nationwide Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies.

This round of rallies served as a follow-up to the inaugural rally on March 23, where 63,000-plus citizens in 145 locations took to the streets to protest the federal Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate requiring religious employers to cover contraception and other abortion-inducing drugs as a part of their health-care coverage.

The rallies, coordinated by the Pro-Life Action League and Citizens for a...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, congress, contraception, contraceptive mandate, eric scheidler, healthcare, hhs, pro-obama catholics, religious freedom, religious liberty

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