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A Tough Campaign Season: The Bishops' Battle to Overturn the Mandate (3669)

Amid a presidential-election year, the highlights of the U.S. bishops’ high-stakes effort to counter partisan spin and raise the alarm about the HHS mandate.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan speaking to reporters about the HHS controversy outside St. Patrick Cathedral in New York City.

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WASHINGTON — On Nov. 4, The Denver Post published a campaign advertisement, paid for by local Catholics, which included a letter by Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver warning voters that religious freedom was under attack.

“Our Founding Fathers understood that without these freedoms, especially religious liberty, our democratic experiment would fail,” read the archbishop’s Nov. 1 letter, which stated that the federal contraception mandate “undermines the promise of the First Amendment.”

The appearance of Archbishop Aquila’s letter in the campaign advertisement underscored the increasing intensity and unity of the U.S. bishops’ call for action this election year. Amid the presidential...READ MORE

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One Day Before Election, Catholic Vote Remains Good Indicator (3799)

A look at the latest polling.

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WASHINGTON — With polls still disagreeing on which presidential candidate holds the lead just one day before the election, political analysts believe Catholics will continue to be an influential indicator of what the general electorate will decide. 

“The Catholic vote, like any number of votes, does have the potential to make an impact,” said Gregory Smith, a senior researcher who specializes in Catholic politics at the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life.

While they do not vote as a unified group, Catholics are significant in elections because of their large numbers, making up approximately one in four U.S. voters, he said.

Final polling numbers show a...READ MORE

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Support for Preserving Marriage Grows in Key States (1553)

Polls indicate black voter shift, as pastors speak out against bids to legalize same-sex ‘marriage.’

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WASHINGTON — Recent polls show increasing support for marriage being the union of one man and one woman in states that will soon cast ballots on whether to legalize same-sex “marriage.”

“Our opponents are hugely outspending us and had a jump-start on us when it comes to getting the message across, though they failed to move the needle much their direction,” explained Thomas Peters, cultural director for the National Organization for Marriage.

“Now that we are on the airwaves as well, we are having success in changing hearts and minds,” Peters said Nov. 2.

In the final days before the election, the National Organization for Marriage is working with other marriage supporters to reach...READ MORE

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How to Spring a Soul From Purgatory, An Election Appraisal, We Cannot Excuse Ourselves and More! (1924)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/05/2012 Comment

How to Spring a Soul from Purgatory in Four Steps. Follow the link via Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

How to Spring a Soul from Purgatory in Four Steps by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog – Big Pulpit

An Election Appraisal – Ben, Two Catholic Men and a Blog

We Cannot Excuse Ourselves – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Hell Freezes Over: New York Newsday Newspaper Endorses Mitt Romney for President – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The Merit of Limiting Evil – Steve Skojec, Catholic Vote

All That I Didn’t Leave Behind: Pentecostal Convert – Nic Davidson, Ignitum Today

Catholic Reflections on the Endgame of 2012 - George Weigel

In Defense of Intolerance – Thereserita, Celebrating the Year of Faith

32-0 and Counting: Same-Sex "Marriage"...READ MORE

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Catholics Buy Full-Page Religious-Freedom Ad in Denver Post (1350)

The ad featured Archbishop Samuel Aquila's Nov. 1 letter on religious liberty.

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DENVER  — A group of lay Catholics in Colorado placed a full-page ad in the Sunday, Nov. 4, edition of The Denver Post to drive home the importance of religious freedom in the upcoming election.

“I think the folks who organized getting the ad together want to ensure everybody understands what’s at stake, not only for the Church, but for the country, when religious liberty is compromised,” said J.D. Flynn, chancellor of the Denver Archdiocese.

The full-page ad featured Archbishop Samuel Aquila's Nov. 1 letter on religious liberty.

Flynn said that purchasing the ad in the Sunday edition, which reaches 964,000 readers, “isn’t cheap,” but the fact that more than 20 Denver-area Catholics...READ MORE

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Catholic Democrats’ Curious Claim: We’re the Real ‘Pro-Lifers’ (5805)

Professor Stephen Schneck of The Catholic University of America offers scant data when he asserts that President Obama’s commitment to social programs will bring down abortion rates, critics charge.

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WASHINGTON — In a last-ditch effort to woo as many Catholic voters as possible, prominent Catholic Democrats are wrapping themselves, their party and President Barack Obama in pro-life colors.

Given that the Democratic Party has been committed for decades to a pro-abortion plank, and has highlighted its abortion-rights commitment throughout the current presidential campaign, this pro-life claim might seem hard to justify.

But during a panel discussion hosted by Democrats for Life during the Democratic National Convention Sept. 4-6 in Charlotte, N.C., political scientist Stephen Schneck, head of the Institute for Catholic Policy Studies at The Catholic University of America and a...READ MORE

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Healing the Wounds of Abuse (5764)

Saturday Book Pick: Dawn Eden's My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds With the Help of the Saints.

11/03/2012 Comments (6)

MY PEACE I GIVE YOU

Healing Sexual Wounds With the Help of the Saints

By Dawn Eden

Ave Maria Press, 2012

256 pages, $16.95

To order: avemariapress.com

(800) 282-1865, ext. 1

 

How do you describe Dawn Eden? Former rock-music writer, chastity expert, theologian, blogger? Or simply a great Jewish-Catholic convert woman writer? Well, I will focus on the last.

Readers are aware of the painful cases of sexual abuse of children and adolescents by homosexual and pedophile priests and religious in the United States and in many countries in Europe as well. It appears that at last the worst is behind us, and the Church is taking proper measures to assure that candidates for the...READ MORE

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Reason No. 801 to Be Catholic: Power Outages, Help the Poor, Support Religious Orders and Much More! (2554)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/03/2012 Comment

Reason # 801 To Be Catholic: Power Outages. Follow the link by Russ Rentler, M.D., of the Crossed The Tiber blog.

Reason # 801 To Be Catholic: Power Outages by Russ Rentler MD of the Crossed The Tiber blog – Big Pulpit

Help the World’s Poor, Support the Religious Orders – J. M. Shaw, Catholic Herald

Black is Black, I Want My Vestments Back! – Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Eastern Orthodox Saints That Catholics Should Check Out - Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Plenary Indulgence Reminders for the First Week in November – New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Why Heaven Makes Sense – Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

USCCB Delegation Calls For More Aid To Syrian Refugees – CatholicCulture.org/Catholic World News

Libyan Revelations: Gross Incompetence or Worse – Donald R. McClarey, The...READ MORE

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