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Arizona Passes Exemption for Religious Employers (3310)

The law, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer, seeks to better protect religious liberty if federal 'contraceptive mandate' is struck down.

05/23/2012 Comments (7)

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

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PHOENIX — Arizona state Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Glendale, said she did not anticipate the backlash she received for sponsoring a bill to exempt religiously affiliated employers from providing contraceptives in their employees’ health-care plans.

Lesko, the majority whip in the Arizona House of Representatives, said her home number was posted on the Internet. She received hundreds of emails personally attacking her and accusing her of launching a war on women. For more than a week, her office phone rang off the hook with vitriolic messages.

“Some of it was so vile, so disgusting, that my assistant didn’t want to deal with it,” said Lesko, who represents District 9 at the Arizona...READ MORE

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Five Keys for Integrating your Faith and your Life, Finding St. Joseph, NFP Goes Hi-Tech, and more! (296)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/22/2012 Comment

Five Keys for Integrating your Faith & your Life. Click on the link by Deacon Mike Bickerstaff to read more.

Five Keys for Integrating your Faith & your Life - Deacon Mike Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

Finding St. Joseph - Sandra Miesel, Crisis Magazine

New Software Offers High Tech Version of NFP - Christine Dhanagom, LifeSiteNews

Militant Gay Lobby Attacks Pro-Marriage Advocates - The Pulpit

Catholic Organizations File Religious Liberty Lawsuits against US Govt - Fr. Z's Blog

Your Move, Obama - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Learning from a Saint Who Learned From an Ass - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

What the Pill Is Doing to Our Water Supply - Rebecca Oas PhD, Catholic Lane

What Pro-Choice Christians Must Believe - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Anthony...READ MORE

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Remembering Father Norman Weslin, Pro-Life Activist (6422)

The former Army officer, married man and widower-priest was fearless defender of the unborn.

05/22/2012 Comments (16)
Lambs of Christ

Father Norman Weslin

– Lambs of Christ

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — On May 16, the pro-life cause lost a longtime activist: Father Norman Weslin died at the age of 81 at the Cherry Hill Haven retirement home in Traverse City.

Father Weslin gained national attention in 2009, when he was arrested on the campus of the University of Notre Dame for carrying a cross and praying to protest the university giving commencement honors to pro-abortion President Barack Obama.

Father Weslin was one of the group of 88 peaceful protestors arrested on campus. The group came to be was known as the “ND88.”

When he was literally carried away, Father Weslin was singing the hymn Immaculate Mary, and asked police, “Why would you arrest a Catholic...READ MORE

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Pontifical Academy for Life Examines Recent Mistakes (6504)

In an effort to promote constructive dialogue, there have been major missteps along the way.

05/22/2012 Comment

Bishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life


VATICAN CITY — Lessons have been learned from some serious mistakes surrounding the organization of two Pontifical Academy for Life conferences — errors that should be seen as an “opportunity to examine and reaffirm the identity” of the Vatican institution, according to its coordinating secretary.

Msgr. Scott Borgman told the Register May 12 that the academy had “learned many things these past few weeks” after members of the institution publicly criticized the way its officials had dealt with recent conferences and its management methods in general. He said the pontifical academy “will work hard” to apply those lessons “concretely to the future meetings.”

Recent internal and highly...READ MORE

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New Study Rejects Claim That Where Abortion Is Illegal, Maternal Mortality Is High (2547)

Chile, where abortion is against the law, has the second-lowest rate in North and South America.

05/22/2012 Comments (1)

SANTIAGO, Chile — Women die in greater numbers when they have to resort to illegal abortions. So, to save lives, it’s imperative to decriminalize abortion in countries around the world.

That’s been the argument of international pro-abortion groups for years.

But there’s one problem: the numbers behind their claim turn out to be gross exaggerations.

So says an American-Chilean research team using statistics from Chile covering the years 1957-2007. They claim the numbers are far more reliable than those touted by pro-abortion activists and refute their argument and the less-than-reliable research it is based on.

The new study shows a steady decline in maternal mortality from...READ MORE

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Priest Class of 2012 Is Younger, Prayerful and Catholic-Educated (2211)

New survey sheds light on America's new clergy.

05/22/2012 Comments (3)

The 2012 priesthood ordination class continues a six-year trend towards younger priests, according to a survey that indicates new priests come from larger families and are more likely to have attended Catholic schools and colleges.

Two-thirds of the men in this year’s ordination class are between the ages of 25 and 34. The men to be ordained, called “ordinands,” have an average age of 34.6 and a median age of 31.

Most ordinands have been Catholic since birth, though 6% are converts. Eighty-four percent had two Catholic parents, while 37% had a relative who is a priest or a religious. Nearly 70% of ordinands said they regularly prayed the Rosary, and 65% participated in Eucharistic...READ MORE

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On Going Hard, Praying the Daily Examen, Preventing Children From Losing Faith, and more! (1547)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

05/22/2012 Comment

On Going Hard. Click on the link by Marc Barnes on why being lukewarm is not good.

On Going Hard - Marc Barnes, Ignitum Today

Praying the Daily Examen - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Preventing Children from Falling Away from Faith - Devin Rose, St. Joseph's Vanguard

Militant Same-Sex Attraction Lobby Attacks Pro-Marriage Advocates - The Pulpit

Is the American Press Anti-Catholic? - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

The Traditional Symbolism of Four - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

I am Stuck in My Spiritual Growth, How do I get Unstuck? This is Frustrating! - Sr. Carmen Laudis OCD, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Celebrating the Ascension on Sunday is a Sign of the Church Secularizing - Fr. Z's Blog

The Isolation of Musicians - Jeffrey...READ MORE

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Unprecedented Legal Action Takes HHS Mandate Battle to the Courts (12980)

Bishops say the federal law is still 'unjust' and 'coercive,' as 43 Catholic dioceses and institutions file lawsuits May 21.

05/21/2012 Comments (78)
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THAT WAS THEN. In 2009, the University of Notre Dame presented President Obama an honorary law degree. Now, the university has joined scores of other institutions suing the Obama Administration over religious liberty.

– Jeff Haynes- Pool/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — In an unprecedented action, 43 Catholic dioceses, institutions and laypeople filed a dozen lawsuits May 21 in federal courts throughout the country, challenging the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s "contraception mandate."

The action signaled the inability of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and President Barack Obama to come to an agreement over a controversial federal rule that has ignited a groundbreaking First Amendment battle. The rule requires Catholic institutions to provide co-pay-free abortion drugs, contraception and sterilization in their employee health plans, and it includes a narrow definition of what constituted a religious institution...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, barack obama, bishops, congress, contraception, healthcare, hhs contraceptive mandate, religious freedom, religious liberty, university of notre dame

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