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Bishops Issue Statement on Religious Liberty (12593)

'An unjust law cannot be obeyed,' they state, in face of growing threats to freedom.

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Archbishop William Lori is not counseling immediate civil disobedience, but said Americans may be faced with a Thomas More-like decision.

– Diocese of Bridgeport

WASHINGTON — Marking a new era of intense church-state friction, the U.S. Catholic bishops issued a hard-hitting statement today that defends the free exercise of religious institutions in the United States and abroad.

In doing so, they oppose any “accommodation” with “unjust” laws and outline plans for prayer and catechetical initiatives designed to strengthen an embattled constitutional right.

“Our First, Most Cherished Liberty: A Statement on Religious Liberty,” issued by the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is a manifesto that celebrates the central role of religious freedom in democratic society and governance and expresses alarm...READ MORE

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The Quality and Beauty of Liturgical Art, The Veil of Manoppello, Worst Mom Evah, and much more! (2947)

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On Liturgical Art and Its Quality and Beauty. Click on the link by Shawn Tribe to read and learn more.

On Liturgical Art and Its Quality and Beauty - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

What Saint Peter Saw in the Empty Tomb: Shroud of Turin and Veil of Manoppello - Kathleen Naab, Zenit

Worst Mom. . .Evah! - Rebecca Frech, Creative Minority Report

Divine Mercy Sunday: The Time to Celebrate God’s Mercy - Joseph Pronechen, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Good Pope John Railing Against Anti-Latin Innovators - Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

The Hungering for Dignity: October Baby & The Hunger Games - Sheri Krotzer, Catholic Lane

Easter Is an Eight Day Feast - Robert R. Allard, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The New Catholic College President Intends to Serve Students...READ MORE

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Massachusetts Considers Legalizing Assisted Suicide (5545)

A victory in the Bay State could give the 'death-with-dignity' lobby momentum.

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BOSTON — The forces are gathering in Massachusetts for what could prove a strategically crucial political battle over assisted suicide, climaxing with a vote on specific legislation in the November elections.

So far, only Washington and Oregon have legalized the prescription of fatal drugs to the terminally or incurably ill who wish suicide.

In Montana, a court has ruled that it may be legal for a doctor to assist a suicide, while in New Mexico two physicians have recently sought a more binding ruling from the courts. The Pennsylvania Legislature is currently considering an assisted-suicide bill, while Georgia has just passed a law against assisted suicide.

Meanwhile, in Canada,...READ MORE

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Pope: The Resurrection Transforms Our Lives, Bringing Joy (3100)

We can have confidence in the risen Christ, the Holy Father reminds pilgrims April 11.

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Believers in Christ can look to his resurrection as a source of fearless confidence, Pope Benedict XVI told pilgrims in St. Peter's Square at his first general audience of the 2012 Easter season.

Jesus' victory over death, the Pope said on April 11, “transforms our lives; it frees them from fear, gives them firm hope, and infuses them with something that provides existence with full meaning: the love of God.”

The Pope traveled by helicopter from Castel Gandolfo to deliver his general audience in St. Peter's Square. After blessing a mosaic image of the Holy Family for next month's World Meeting of Families in Milan, he taught 25,000-plus pilgrims about the strength and courage found in...READ MORE

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Hannibal Lecter Visits Thomas Aquinas College, Papa Bene’s Brother: Joey Cannot Cook, and much more! (3157)

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Anthony Hopkins at Thomas Aquinas College. Click on the link by Mark Shea to see the story.

Anthony Hopkins at Thomas Aquinas College - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

B16's Brother: The Pope Cannot Cook, But Can Wash Dishes - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput's Feisty Manifesto is Just What U.S. Catholics Need - Russell Shaw, Catholic Lane

The Rich, Handsome Marquess who dedicated Herself to the Poor - Catholic Herald

Why Do So Many People Hate the Catholic Church? - Russell Shaw, OSV Newsweekly

No Generic God - Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Catholic World Report

Reproductive Justice: Pro-Abort Doublespeak (*Yawn*) - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

“America, it is Said, is Suffering from Intolerance-It Is Not" - Fr....READ MORE

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Catholic University of America Celebrates 125 Years (1602)

Pope Benedict XVI sent his best wishes for the milestone and prayed for CUA's 'distinctive mission at the service of the Church and American society.'

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WASHINGTON--The Catholic University of America celebrated the 125th anniversary of its founding on April 10, an occasion that brought “cordial good wishes” from Pope Benedict XVI.

In a letter sent to Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, the Pope commended the university community to Mary.

He also prayed that the anniversary will be an opportunity for “renewed commitment to Catholic University’s distinctive mission at the service of the Church and American society.”

Cardinal Wuerl read from the letter during an April 10 Mass to commemorate Founder’s Day at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

In his homily, Cardinal Wuerl said it is...READ MORE

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‘LGBT’ Demands Get a Boost From Hillary Clinton and the U.N. (2065)

The Yogyakarta Principles pressure foreign governments to grant special protection for persons based on sexual orientation and 'gender identity.'

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In 2006, a group of self-appointed “human-rights experts” met in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and developed the set of principles, the purpose of which was to pressure governments to grant special protections to persons based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Since then the changes recommended in the Yogyakarta Principles have received support from various sources.

On Dec. 6, in a speech in Geneva, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton put the full weight of the Obama administration behind the “LGBT” (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) demands, announcing “a new Global Equality Fund that will support the work of civil society organizations working on these issues around the world.”...READ MORE

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Who’s Choosing the Religious Life? Study Says Newly Professed Are Young and More Educated (2965)

Archbishop Robert Carlson on why the Church needs religious vocations: 'In a world where human frailty is acutely felt, they remind us of God and bring Christ’s redemptive love to all they meet.'

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A recent study of men and women who professed perpetual vows in 2011 shows that new members of religious orders are younger and more educated than those in the past.

“We are encouraged by the report’s findings that men and women are considering a vocation at a younger age,” said Mercy Sister Mary Joanna Ruhland, associate director of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat of Vocations and Consecrated Life.

“As the Catholics recognize their responsibility to build a vocation culture in its parishes, schools and families, children and youth are being introduced to the various vocations in the Church,” she said in an April 5 statement.

“This helps them respond to God’s love and will generously...READ MORE

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