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Government 'Moving Goalposts' in HHS Contraceptive Mandate Controversy, Lawyer Charges (3892)

Alliance Defending Freedom attorney also says 'government bureaucrats' are 'redefining what religious faith is.'

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The federal government is being accused of “moving the goalposts” in deciding what religious nonprofits qualify for a temporary exemption from the mandate that their employee health-insurance plans cover all forms of Food and Drug Administration-approved birth control.

“In my view, the administration is constantly changing the rule book in order to attack religious freedom in the broadest fashion possible,” asserted Matt Bowman, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, a coalition of Christian attorneys. Alliance Defending Freedom was formerly called the Alliance Defense Fund.

Bowman told the Register that government bureaucrats are “redefining what religious faith is and what...READ MORE

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Romney Vows to Protect Life, Honor Institution of Marriage and Guarantee Freedom of Religion (2779)

Mitt Romney’s Aug. 30 address concluded the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., following his acceptance of the GOP nomination for president.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that America’s backbone of family, community and faith will be reinforced by initiatives to boost the economy and ease unemployment.

“My promise is to help you and your family,” the former Massachusetts governor said as he formally accepted his party’s nomination for president.

Romney’s Aug. 30 address concluded the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. His speech dealt largely with the poor economy and high national rates of unemployment, while also touching on the importance of families and local communities, as well as his Mormon faith.

Americans are not better off now than they were when President Obama took office,...READ MORE

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‘Ratzinger Schülerkreis’ Is Now in Session (3874)

Pope Benedict welcomes his former students to his annual gathering.

08/31/2012 Comments (2)

Pope Benedict XVI has been meeting with his former students since 1977.

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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy — The annual gathering of Pope Benedict’s former students has begun at the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo and is examining the ecumenical dialogue the Catholic Church has with Lutherans and Anglicans.

“The fact that the Holy Father has chosen this theme for the meeting this year is a sign that the ecumenical question is of primary importance for him,” said participant Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna in an Aug. 30 interview with Vatican Radio.

“I think this is already a first essential concept, within the context of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, it is a strong sign that the Holy Father insists on the importance of these...READ MORE

Filed under cardinal joseph ratzinger, castel gandolfo, catholic faith, ecumenical dialogue, pope benedict xvi, vatican city

Bible Missionary Convert, Body of Caiaphas Found, What Is a Sacred Arts Guild and More! (1647)

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08/31/2012 Comment

Former Bible Church Missionary David Currie. Click on the link by Russ Rentler, M.D. to read more.

Former Bible Church Missionary David Currie – Russ Rentler MD, Crossed the Tiber

Scientists Discover Remains of the High Priest Caiaphas by Kathy Schiffer of the Seasons of Grace blog – Big ulpit

What is a Sacred Arts Guild? – Deacon Paul O. Iacono, Sacred Arts Institute

Grey is the Devil’s Favorite Color – Teresa Tomeo, Catholic World Report

Singer and Savulescu: 1-2 Punch of Death – Rebecca Taylor, Catholic Lane

Website Promotes Alternatives to Damaging Contraceptive Culture – Jean McCarthy, LifeSiteNews

Yearbook of Saints - Amanda Castro, Ignitum Today

Misunderstanding God: Where Atheists Wrong in Opposing Christianity – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

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Will ‘War on Women’ Drumbeat Help or Harm Obama’s Chances of Re-Election? (2814)

Pro-lifers predict it will backfire, exposing the president’s extreme record on abortion.

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WASHINGTON — When the Democrats gather next week in Charlotte, N.C., they’ll be talking about an issue that wasn’t supposed to be on the front burner this year: abortion.

Speakers at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., will include Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law School student who made a name for herself advocating free contraceptives; Nancy Keenan, NARAL Pro-Choice America’s president; and Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s president.

Democrats appear determined to make what they call a “war on women” — which they say includes the GOP’s plank promoting the right to life — a focal point of their convention. So pronounced is the emphasis on abortion...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, abortion rights, catholic social thought, democratic party, hhs 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, paul ryan, same-sex marriage

Discover Many NFP Extras, Why a Celibate Priesthood, Psalms at Mass: Tragedy and Solution, and More! (2479)

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Discovering the Many Benefits of NFP. Click on the link by Nick and Monica Warren.

Discovering the Many Benefits of NFP – Nick and Monica Warren, OSV Newsweekly

Why a Celibate Priesthood? – Mark Shea, Catholic Answers Magazine

Psalms at Mass: Tragedy and Solution by Jeffrey A. Tucker of The Chant Café blog – Big ulpit

What Television Does to Folk Culture – Matthew Cantirino, First Things/First Thoughts

Prayer Takes Two – Sr. Lisa Marie FDCC, Ignitum Today

Preaching About Pornography & Addiction – Dr. John Splinter PhD, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

UN Campaigning to Regularize Homosexuality in International Law – Austen Ruse, Catholic Lane

Voodoo Dolls No Child’s Play, an Exorcist Weighs In – Patti Maguire Armstrong

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Religious People Donate More to Church and Charity (12648)

New study looks into America’s great generosity divide.

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A recent study reveals that states where religious participation is highest give the greatest percentage of their discretionary income to charitable organizations. Conversely, states that are less religious give less.

“How America Gives,” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, is based on Internal Revenue Service records of people who itemized deductions in 2008, the most recent year statistics were available. It revealed that the most generous states were Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina.

The least generous states were New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Utah residents gave 10.6% of their discretionary income to charity. New Hampshire...READ MORE

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Ryan Acknowledges Dignity of Human Life, God and Morality in Speech Explaining Romney-Ryan Policies (3006)

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., formally accepted Republican Party's nomination for vice president Aug. 29.

08/30/2012 Comments (2)

TAMPA, Fla. — In an Aug. 29 speech at the Republican National Convention, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called for fiscal responsibility as a key part of a moral response to the needs of the poor and unemployed.

Ryan — who is Catholic — outlined obligations that constitute “the moral creed of our country, as powerful in our time as on the day of America’s founding.”

“We have responsibilities, one to another — we do not each face the world alone,” he said at the Tampa Bay Times Forum as he formally accepted his party’s nomination for vice president.

“And the greatest of all responsibilities is that of the strong to protect the weak,” he continued. “The truest measure of any society is...READ MORE

Filed under dignity of human life, economics, faith in the public square, morality, paul ryan, republican party

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