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What the Court Said About Obamacare (2642)

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06/29/2012 Comments (7)

Notre Dame law professor Gerard Bradley

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 28 that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act does not violate the Constitution. So the law more commonly called “Obamacare” will go into effect as scheduled, on Jan. 1, 2014.

Between now and then, the United States will elect a president and a Congress. “Obamacare” in a Romney administration would look a lot different than it will if President Obama is re-elected, because the executive branch has much discretion about how our nation’s laws are carried into effect.

But the only way left to overturn PPACA is for the new Congress to repeal it. That is only possible if Romney is elected president, because Obama would veto any congressional...READ MORE

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Archbishop Chaput: 'It's Going to Be a Long Fight' (11099)

Archbishop of Philadelphia, in Rome to receive a 'sign of embrace' from the Pope, regrets not being with his flock on day Supreme Court rules on health-care law.

06/29/2012 Comments (26)

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia receives the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI June 29 in St. Peter's Basilica.

– Reuters/ Stefano Rellandini

Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision June 28 on the government’s health-care reform legislation, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia spoke with the Register’s Edward Pentin about his reaction to the news and what this now means in the Church’s battle to overturn the law’s requirement that all health-care insurance programs must include coverage for contraception.

Archbishop Chaput received the pallium this morning at a Mass in St. Peter's basilica on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.

What does the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of President Obama’s health-care reform legislation now mean in the struggle to defend religious freedom?

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Religious Liberty Takes Center Stage (1925)

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06/29/2012 Comment

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The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act June 28 as a permissible exercise of Congress’ taxing power.

In so doing, the court guaranteed that the religious-freedom challenges to the Health and Human Services mandate will take center stage in the months ahead.

The court’s decision addressed the narrow question of whether Congress had the power, under Article I of the Constitution, to pass the health-care law. Although the Supreme Court concluded that the law was impermissible under the Commerce Clause — which was the Obama administration’s chief argument for the law — a 5-4 majority of the court concluded that the law was permissible because it could be viewed as a tax.

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Nicodemus on the Necessity of Sacred Prayer, The Voices of 20th-Century Chinese Martyrs, and more! (1302)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/29/2012 Comment

Nicodemus on the Necessity of Sacred Prayer. Click on the link by Wolfsbane to read more.

Nicodemus on the Necessity of Sacred Prayer – Wolfsbane, Θησαυρος της Εκκλησίας

The Voices of 20th-Century Chinese Martyrs – Anthony E. Clark PhD, Catholic World Report

The Latest Reaction from the Catholic Blogosphere to the Supreme Court Health Care Ruling – Big Pulpit

Struggling with Church Doctrine? Go to Confession! – Arman J. Partamian, Matins Musings

The Reform of the Roman Rite – Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, The Chant Café

Has the Austrian Hierarchy “Had It”? – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Vatileaks Scandal Strengthens Opus Dei’s Influence in Rome – Sandro Magister, La Repubblica/www.chiesa

How Not to Prevent AIDS – Dale O’Leary, Catholic Lane

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Groups Vow to Continue Fighting for Religious Liberty as Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act (3850)

Register publisher: EWTN lawsuit against HHS mandate will move forward.

06/28/2012 Comments (16)
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, drawing cries of disappointment and concern – as well as a commitment to continue fighting – from pro-life and religious-freedom advocates nationwide.

Christen Varley, executive director of Conscience Cause, a nonpartisan advocacy organization that works to secure and defend religious freedom, said that she was “extremely disappointed” with the decision.

“The first line of the First Amendment in our Constitution guarantees all Americans the right to religious freedom, as our forefathers intended,” Varley said. “Now, we have opened the door to a government that sees no limit to the amount...READ MORE

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Cardinal Schönborn to Washington: ‘Syria and Egypt Must Not Become Iraq’ (1790)

As Egypt inaugurates an Islamist president and civil war rages on in Syria, cardinal of Vienna and religious-freedom activists call on the West to ‘help the Christian minorities to breathe.’

06/28/2012 Comments (4)

Cardinal Christoph Schonborn

– Giuseppe Cacace/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — An Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, will take office in Egypt. The landmark event June 30 could fulfill the hopes of protesters in the region who have taken part in the “Arab Spring” uprisings — or spell doom for dwindling religious minorities, mainly Christians, who face an uncertain future.

The Obama administration acknowledged the dangers ahead when it greeted the election of Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, with cautious optimism, signaling that the new Egyptian leader will have to earn Washington’s endorsement.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed Morsi’s pledge to respect Egypt’s treaties with other nations and praised the powerful Egyptian...READ MORE

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Building the New Rome, Defending the Deuterocanon, Do We Need More Excommunications, and much more! (1327)

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06/28/2012 Comment

Building the New Rome. Click on the link by John Jalsevac to read more.

Building the New Rome - John Jalsevac, Crisis Magazine

Defending the Deuterocanon, Book by Book – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Does the Church Need More Excommunications? – William Doino, First Things/First Thoughts

Buying a Cookie at Whole Foods: The Story of an Epic Voyage by Jennifer Fulwiler of the Conversion Diary blog – Big Pulpit

Two Americans Will Play Key Roles at Vatican – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture/On the News

How Universities Helped Transform the Medieval World – Davide Cantoni and Noam Yuchtman, Vox

Saint John and Paul: Martyrs for Our Time in History – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Altar Cards for Other Western Uses – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical...READ MORE

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Archbishop Lori Tells Rome Conference That Religious Freedom Must Be Defended (3333)

Baltimore Church leader was featured speaker at Religious Liberty Observatory.

06/28/2012 Comment
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Archbishop William Lori

– Courtesy of the Diocese of Bridgeport

ROME — Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore told the inaugural gathering at the Religious Liberty Observatory in Rome June 28 that the U.S. government’s “attempt to tell the Church which of our institutions seem religious to the state is profoundly offensive.”

The archbishop, in Rome to receive the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI June 29 on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, said that unless it is stopped now, the government’s “narrow definition” of what a church is “will spread throughout our nation’s laws and policies.”

Archbishop Lori also said the struggle for religious freedom in the United States will continue, even if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act today.

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