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Second HHS Mandate Lawsuit Dismissed on 'Technical Grounds' (3599)

Decision 'simply delays Belmont Abbey College’s ability to challenge mandate for a few months,' says Becket Fund lawyer.

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Belmont Abbey College president William K. Thierfelder

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WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Washington has dismissed a lawsuit by Belmont Abbey College against the federal contraception mandate as being premature.

Hannah Smith, senior legal counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which was representing Belmont Abbey College in the case, said that the decision was made “on technical grounds.”

Smith explained in a statement that “the judge thinks that the case should be delayed for a matter of months” in order to give the federal government time to “fix” the mandate.

On July 18, federal judge James Boasberg dismissed the suit filed by the Catholic liberal arts school last year. The suit is the second of the nearly two dozen cases...READ MORE

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Like Sheep Without a Shepherd: Metaphor for Spiritual Combat, Communal Spirituality, and Much More! (2325)

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07/21/2012 Comment

"Like Sheep Without a Shepherd": A Metaphor for War and the Spiritual Combat. Click on the link by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush to read more.

"Like Sheep Without a Shepherd": A Metaphor for War and the Spiritual Combat – Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, The New Theological Movement

On the Alien World of Communal Spirituality – The Idler, Ascending Mount Carmel

Anglicans Battling to Become Catholic by Ashley Powers of the Los Angeles Times – Big Pulpit

I Cannot Feel God’s Presence, am I a Bad Person? – Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Happy Wives, Happy Husbands – Catherine Rose, It’s Fun to Be a Girl

We Are Products of Our Culture – Colin Gormley, Ignitum Today

Google Faces Criticism Over Global Push for Gay Advocacy – Kevin J. Jones, Catholic News Agency

The Queer Rebellion Against Reality – Dale O’Leary, Crisis...READ MORE

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Probing a Mystery of the Fourth Gospel (8830)

Saturday Book Pick: 'Eucharist and Covenant in John’s Last Supper Account'

07/20/2012 Comments (11)

In the Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke specifically treat the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper. Of their combined 46 verses on the Last Supper, 10 are specifically about the institution of the Eucharist.

Scholars over the centuries have wondered why John the Evangelist never mentions the institution of the Eucharist, even though his Last Supper account totals five chapters and seven verses. He spends much of Chapter 6 previewing the Eucharist.

But John does treat it, explains Msgr. Anthony La Femina in his book Eucharist and Covenant in John’s Last Supper Account. The book is the culmination of Msgr. La Femina’s 35 years of research and prayer to unravel what...READ MORE

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Dealing With Postpartum Mood Disorder, Love of Beauty and the Birth of the Artist, and Much More! (1325)

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Denver Bishops Mourn With Community Over Theater Tragedy (3751)

President Obama, Mitt Romney and others offer prayers after July 20 Colorado shooting as well.

07/20/2012 Comments (7)

DENVER — Archbishop Samuel Aquila and Auxiliary Bishop James Conley mourned with the Denver community after a gunman opened fire in a local movie theater on July 20, killing 12 and wounding more than 50.

“We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters cast into that darkness. They do not stand alone. As Catholic bishops, we 'weep with those who weep,'” they said.

“We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy. Our hearts and prayers go out to those impacted by this evil act.”

At a packed midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises at Century Movie Theater in the suburb of Aurora, Colo., a man identified as James Holmes, 24, entered the front of the theater and set off what...READ MORE

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Babies Go to Congress to Witness to Life (1590)

Mothers and their children meet with their congressmen and women to shed light on pregnancy centers' life-saving work across America.

07/20/2012 Comments (2)
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Mothers with strollers descended upon the nation’s capital on July 19, bringing their young children more than 1,000 miles to share with lawmakers how crisis-pregnancy centers helped them in a time of need.

“Babies Go to Congress is Heartbeat’s proactive effort to make friends on Capitol Hill and to let our representatives and senators know that pregnancy centers are good for America,” said Peggy Hartshorn, president of the pro-life organization Heartbeat International.

In a July 19 interview, Hartshorn told EWTN News that Babies Go to Congress is a program designed to show the truth about pregnancy centers, which have come under attack by some members of Congress for directing women...READ MORE

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Facebooking for God: Nun Recruits Online, An Anglican Nun Converts, Syrian Christians, and More! (2130)

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07/20/2012 Comments (1)

Facebooking for God: Nun Recruits Online. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to view and read more.

Facebooking for God: Nun Recruits Online – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

A Major Breath of Fresh Air: An Anglican Nun Converts, An Interview With a Bride of Christ – The Idler, Ascending Mount Carmel

Christians in Syria are Suffering at the Hands of Rebel Groups, Yet Many in the West Still Remain Oblivious to This Tragedy – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

This Is What the Protestant Reformation was About! by Rod Dreher - Big Pulpit

Last Night At S.C.H.I.S.M. Headquarters. . . – The Larry D, Acts of the Apostasy

To Guide The Helpless - Allie Terrell, Ignitum Today

Consolation: Navigating the Interior Life Spiritual Dictionary - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

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International Clamor for Asia Bibi’s Release Grows (6536)

The Christian mother of 5, convicted in sharia court of blasphemy in 2010, remains on death row in Pakistan.

07/20/2012 Comments (11)

Muslim activists shout slogans against amending Pakistan’s blasphemy law in Hyderabad, Pakistan.

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LAHORE, Pakistan — Amid the growing international campaign demanding release of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five sentenced by a trial court to death for blasphemy, a Church official in Pakistan says the local Church would prefer to maintain a solemn, prayerful vigil.

“We understand the concern behind such international campaigns. But the life of this woman is very important to us, and we will not do anything that would endanger her life,” Father Emmanuel Yousaf Mani, director of the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan, told the Register July 10 from Lahore.

Father Mani, when asked about the growing international...READ MORE

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