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Fortnight for Freedom's Fitting Conclusion on Independence Day (5195)

Cardinal Wuerl and Archbishop Chaput end the two weeks of prayer and reflection with inspiring words.

07/04/2012 Comments (21)

WASHINGTON — The Fortnight for Freedom began with burning questions about whether an urgent threat to religious freedom would be removed by an immanent Supreme Court ruling.

But the two-week period of prayer, fasting, public action and study closed with that threat still present: The high court upheld the constitutionality of disputed elements of the Affordable Care Act, which authorized the “contraception mandate" opposed by the U.S. bishops as “unacceptable.”

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision, the fortnight, an initiative of the U.S. bishops’ conference, appeared even more critical as the Church sustains the First Amendment battle over the months and years ahead,  as legal...READ MORE

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The Declaration of Independence (4173)

Fourth of July Feature for the Fortnight for Freedom

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IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the...READ MORE

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How to Wear a Mantilla, A Gettysburg Battlefield Statue Dedicated to a Catholic Chaplain, and More! (1988)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/04/2012 Comment

How to Wear a Mantilla. Click on the link by SheIsCatholic to view and read more.

How to Wear a Mantilla – SheIsCatholic, Ignitum Today

Gettysburg Battlefield: Among the Many Statues Only One is Dedicated to a Chaplain – Pat McNamara, Patheos/In Ages Past

Jesuit Theology Professor: Bishops in “Moral Schism” by Matthew Archbold of The Cardinal Newman Society Blog – Big Pulpit

Five Benefits to Praying for Your Enemies – Matt Sciba, Truth & Charity

Dewey or Don’t We? Why Our Kids are Messed Up – Randall B. Smith, Crisis Magazine

To Inspire Love: A Return to Modesty – Dr. Edward Sri, Integrated Catholic Life™

Having Children is Not for Dummies – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

It’s Raining on the Pro-Homosexual “Marriage” Parade – The Motley Monk, The...READ MORE

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Joy in Suffering: The Kiss of Jesus, Why Cougars Scare Me, Regret Will Come Knocking, and Much More! (2605)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/03/2012 Comment

Joy In Suffering: The Kiss of Jesus. Click on the link by Hannah.

Joy In Suffering: The Kiss of Jesus – Hannah, The Passionate Papist

Why Cougars Scare Me – Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Leaked e-Mail Shows Media Campaign against U.S. Bishops by Kevin J. Jones of the Catholic News Agency - Big Pulpit

Regret Will Inevitably Come Knocking – Guest, Catholic Sistas

Thomas Jefferson’s Jesus – Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Technology & Archaeology in the Holy Land – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God & Machine

How the Church Converted the Pagan West; How We Can Do It Again – Diane Moczar, CatholiCity

Was Saint Paul a Celibate Catholic Priest? – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Where the Bible Came From: The Catholic Church –...READ MORE

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Protecting Our First Freedom (2457)

COMMENTARY

07/03/2012 Comments (7)

Cardinal Donald Wuerl

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As the Fortnight for Freedom draws to a close and we prepare to celebrate the anniversary of our country’s independence on July 4, it is an appropriate time to reflect on the freedoms we enjoy in the United States and our obligation as citizens to ensure that these rights are protected.

Today, we are confronted with an extraordinary challenge –– the erosion of religious freedom in our society. Religious freedom is not only about our ability to worship within the four walls of our churches or pray at home. It is also about being able to live out the good works of our faith and make a contribution to the common good without having to compromise that very same faith.

The most recent...READ MORE

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How to Find Your Wife in 5 Difficult Steps, Converting Wedding Dress Into Baptismal Robe, and More! (2969)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/03/2012 Comment

How to Find Your Wife in Five Difficult Steps. Click on the link by Devin Rose to learn and read more gentlemen.

How to Find Your Wife in Five Difficult Steps – Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

Beautiful Tradition: Converting Wedding Dress into Baptismal Robes – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Catholic Crown Prince & Father in Liechtenstein Under Threat on Etheldreda's Place Blog – Big Pulpit

Popsicles, Patience, and Prayer – Sarah Reinhard, Catholic Lane

Catholics in the American Revolution – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Getting a Grip on Envy – Paul Kokoski, Crisis Magazine

Why I’d Make a Bad Atheist – Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf Comments on Bishop Müller’s Appointment as Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith –...READ MORE

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Philippines' Constitutional Framer: More People, More Glory to God (4353)

Hilario Davide speaks of the Catholic island nation's secret to happiness in spite of poverty.

07/03/2012 Comments (8)
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At a time of crisis, Hilario Davide Jr. answered the call of his country to serve with honor and integrity, drawing on his Catholic faith for moral strength and spiritual guidance.

In 1986, when the bloodless People Power revolution in the Philippines ousted corrupt President Ferdinand Marcos, Davide played a central role in constructing a new democratic government. He served on the constitutional drafting commission and headed the Commission on Elections to reform and oversee the electoral system.

In 1991, he was named to the nation’s Supreme Court and became chief justice in 1998. He later served as Philippine ambassador to the United Nations and now, retired from public life, he is...READ MORE

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Pope: 'Jesus Came to Heal the Human Heart' (1625)

Holy Father's July 1 general audience.

07/02/2012 Comments (1)
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Jesus Christ’s miraculous healing of the daughter of Jairus and a woman who suffered from a hemorrhage should inspire health-care workers to care for the entire person, physical and spiritual, Pope Benedict XVI said July 1.

“In this invaluable service, one must first be professionally competent -- it is a primary, fundamental requirement -- but this alone is not enough,” said the Pope in his Sunday Angelus address.

“This service, in fact, is first and foremost about human beings who need humanity and heartfelt attention,” he told thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square beneath a baking Roman sun.

The Pope advocated that those who tend to the sick and elderly have a...READ MORE

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