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St. Patrick, Pray for Us! (2010)

Catholics remember Ireland's patron saint on March 17.

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On March 17 Catholics celebrate St. Patrick, the fifth-century bishop and patron of Ireland, whose life of holiness set the example for many of the Church’s future saints.

St. Patrick is said to have been born around 389 in Britain. Captured by Irish raiders when he was about 16, St. Patrick was taken as a slave to Ireland, where he lived for six years as a shepherd before escaping and returning to his home.

At home, he studied the Christian faith at monastic settlements in Italy and and what is now modern-day France. He was ordained a deacon by the bishop of Auxerre, France, around the year 418 and ordained a bishop in 432.

It was around this time that he was assigned to minister to the...READ MORE

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Doonby Film, St. Joseph in the Hypostatic Union, Christian Unity Banjo Opus, and much more! (1546)

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Pro-life film Doonby Hits Ground Running with Top-Tier Endorsements. Click on the link by Patrick B. Craine to read more.

Pro-life film Doonby Hits Ground Running with Top-Tier Endorsements - Patrick B. Craine, LifeSiteNews

St. Joseph as Belonging to Order of Hypostatic Union - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Christian Unity Banjo Opus - Russ Rentler MD, Crossed the Tiber

Quæritur: Holy Thursday Mandatum & Female Feet - Fr. Z’s Blog

Fun Times Praying the Rosary With My Kids - Carlos Espinosa, Living The Faith On A High Wire

Moral Governments and the Leveling Effect - Mary Walker, Truth & Charity

Hitler, Austria, & Heroic Faith by the Austrian Chancellor’s Son - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Bishop Vasa’s Affirmation of Faith: Not Old News - Jay Boyd PhD, Philothea on Phire

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How 1 Life Can Change Everything (2118)

Saturday Book Pick: A trilogy on the loyalty of an unwanted child.

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In every person’s life, there should be a person who, as C.S. Lewis says, “hears the song in your heart and can sing it back to you.” Through this devoted love, one overcomes fears, hurts and selfishness, and the soul expands.

For the Lovely family in Sherry Boas’ fictional Lily Trilogy, this person is the one they all thought would be a burden because she has Down syndrome. After all, as a child, Lily was stubborn to a fault, slow to speak and prone to overeating. She required extra supervision, lest she wander into traffic or lose her hamster in the hole in the wall. Whatever she ate, she wore all over her body. 

Caring for Lily and her two siblings was a responsibility Auntie Bev...READ MORE

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HHS Issues Statement Confirming Outlines of Contraception Mandate 'Accommodation' (8602)

Catholic universities will also be subject to policy that attempts to shift costs for contraception services to insurance companies, though critics call this an ‘accounting trick.’

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill March 6.

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WASHINGTON — Today, the Obama administration released an “Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Preventive-Services Policy,” a statement that appeared to adhere to the outlines of President Obama’s Feb. 10 “accommodation.”

A new “comment” period was also announced, as it was after the Aug. 1 announcement of the interim final rule on the contraception mandate. Last fall, hundreds of thousands registered their opposition to the narrow exemption offered in the mandate to church-affiliated institutions, but the same language was ultimately approved on Jan. 20 by Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

UPDATE: The Cardinal Newman Society greeted...READ MORE

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Subsidized Abortions Will Be Offered in State Health Exchanges (5054)

Plans that include this provision will not be able to inform customers of a required abortion surcharge until after they enroll.

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THAT WAS THEN…. Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., holds up a copy of an executive order from President Obama guaranteeing no federal funding for abortion in health reform during a news conference with other fellow anti-abortion Democrats at the U.S. Capitol March 21, 2010. The president's promise led anti-abortion Democrats to support passage of Obamacare, but now it’s come to light that the new health-care law will involve public funding of abortion.

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WASHINGTON — In 2010, as pro-life House members sought to bar passage of the new health bill, President Barack Obama issued an executive order stating that the proposed legislation would not be used to subsidize abortion services.

This week, however, the administration spelled out some rules for federally subsidized health-insurance plans offered through state exchanges, and pro-life leaders says the regulations confirm that some plans will offer abortion services, courtesy of the U.S. Treasury.

Strikingly, this latest federal rule also directs plans that include abortion services to avoid any mention of that fact in materials designed for would-be customers. Thus, pro-life Americans...READ MORE

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Vatican on Society of St. Pius X: Position Insufficient to Restore Full Unity With Church at Present (5613)

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has found that the position Bishop Fellay expressed is 'not sufficient to overcome the doctrinal problems which lie at the foundation of the rift between the Holy See and the Society of St. Pius X,' a March 16 communiqué from the Holy See Press Office said. The congregation has invited Bishop Fellay to clarify his position 'in order to be able to heal the existing rift, as is the desire of Pope Benedict XVI.'

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The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has said that the theological position of the breakaway Society of St. Pius X is insufficient to restore full unity with the Church at present.

Pope Benedict XVI has reviewed a January 2012 letter from Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the society. In that letter, the bishop responded to a doctrinal statement intended to be a basis for full reconciliation with Rome.

However, following the decision of the Pope, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has found that the position Bishop Fellay expressed is “not sufficient to overcome the doctrinal problems which lie at the foundation of the rift between the Holy See and...READ MORE

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First Secular Business Sues Over HHS Mandate (2857)

A Missouri business owner says his right to religious freedom is being threatened.

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ST. LOUIS (CNA/EWTN News)—A Missouri business owner has become the first employer of a for-profit, secular company to bring a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s contraception mandate.

“Religious liberty is not limited to institutions,” said attorney Francis Manion, who says his client believes the administration is forcing him to violate his conscience under the new federal rule.

Manion told CNA on March 15 that the lawsuit is important for private business owners because it asserts that “they too have religious rights, and the government has to respect those rights under the Constitution.”

The most recent lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was...READ MORE

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Is the Church Too Trusting? (3523)

Arrest of Philadelphia archdiocesan financial officer renews questions about protecting the Church from mismanagment.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia: 'People are angry about this loss, and they’re right. So am I. There’s no excuse for it.'

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PHILADELPHIA —  The former chief financial officer of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Anita Guzzardi, turned herself in this week to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office on charges relating to the alleged embezzlement of more than $900,000.

She faces charges of theft, forgery, unlawful use of a computer and related crimes.

Guzzardi was promoted to CFO last July, but before even one month on the job, the D.A.’s office alerted the archdiocese to certain accounting irregularities reported to the D.A.’s office by a credit-card company. After a preliminary internal forensic financial investigation by the archdiocese, she was terminated a week later, according to the archdiocese. The...READ MORE

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