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New Jersey's 'Nurses of Conscience' (2758)

Congressman Chris Smith urges the University of Medicine and Dentistry to allow health-care professionals to opt out of abortions.

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New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith joins nurses in front of the hospital where they've been required to assist at abortions.

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NEWARK, N.J. — The head of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus warned that a university hospital in his state is in violation of federal and state conscience-protection laws.

And the attorney for 12 nurses suing the hospital vowed to fight a new policy that requires all nurses to train for and assist in abortions.

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and Matt Bowman, legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, joined some of the 12 nurses at a press conference yesterday, Nov. 14, outside of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, N.J.

The nurses are suing the University of Medicine and Dentistry after a change in policy requires them to participate in abortions. Previously,...READ MORE

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DOMA vs. Respect for Marriage Act (4244)

A bill to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 10 to 8 on Nov. 10.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—Despite multiple legislative and judicial efforts to fight the Defense of Marriage Act, senators and legal experts agree that the law will most likely not be repealed in coming months.

“People understand what marriage is in their gut, but they struggle expressing it,” said William May, founder and chairman of Catholics for the Common Good.

He pointed to the fact that in all 31 states where the issue has been put before the people, they have voted against redefining marriage.

“They know marriage is a reality that can only be between a man and a woman,” he said. “And that’s why every time it’s put to a vote of the people, marriage is protected.”

But despite the...READ MORE

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Love and Responsibility, A Nation with a Soul of a Church, Beauty in Medicine, and much more! (2162)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Love & Responsibility: A Work that is Ahead of Its Times. Click on the link by Carl Olson to learn more.

Love & Responsibility: A Work that is Ahead of Its Times - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

A Nation with the Soul of a Church - Jason Jones, Crisis Magazine

Searching for Beauty in Medicine - Redazione, Ilsussidiario

Pope to use iPad to Light up Christmas Tree (video) - Catholic Herald

Abp. Thomas Wenski of Miami to Celebrate Pontifical High Mass - Lex et Libertas, COALT

England & Wales: Efforts to Bring Back Lapsed Catholics - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Thoughts On The Preferential Option for the Poor & Vulnerable - Teresa Rice, Catholibertarian

How can I Learn more about the early Christian Fathers? - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Church & Media: The Story of an Old...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop thomas wenski, beauty, catholic blogosphere, facebook, g.k. chesterton, judgement day, love and responsibility, medicine, pontifical high mass, preferential option for the poor

Illinois Dioceses Drop Lawsuit Against State and Shut Down Adoption Services (2532)

'The decision not to pursue further appeals was reached with great reluctance, but was necessitated by the fact that the state of Illinois has made it financially impossible for our agencies to continue to provide these services,' said Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville and Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Joliet.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CNA/EWTN News)—Bishops in three Illinois dioceses announced Nov. 14 that they have dropped their lawsuit against the state and will shut down their adoption and foster-care programs, after a civil-union law required them to provide their services to same-sex couples.

“The decision not to pursue further appeals was reached with great reluctance, but was necessitated by the fact that the state of Illinois has made it financially impossible for our agencies to continue to provide these services,” said Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville and Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Joliet.

“Since we now need to close offices and lay off employees,...READ MORE

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Marriage on the Rocks? (3081)

Rhode Island could mark end of civil unions.

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The same-sex “marriage” movement could be at a crossroads after a new civil-union law in Rhode Island failed to generate any interest among the homosexual community.

Barely more than a dozen couples obtained licenses under the new law, which went into effect in July.

The law granted same-sex couples the same benefits as married couples in Rhode Island without using the word “marriage” to describe their relationship. In the first two months after the law was enacted, only 14 couples sought civil unions — the worst response among any state that has passed a same-sex “marriage” or civil-union law, according to a report issued this fall by the Rhode Island ACLU.

The tepid response to the...READ MORE

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How to Prepare for Advent, Does Coffee Break Eucharistic Fast, Catholic Family Circus, and more! (2944)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Quæritur: Does Coffee Break the Eucharistic Fast? Click on the link by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf to learn more.

How Should I Prepare for Advent? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Quæritur: Does Coffee Break the Eucharistic Fast? - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

That Ginormous Catholic Family Circus - Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

New Yorkers May Get to ‘Choose Life’ - Mary DeTurris Poust, OSV Daily Take

New Media and the 2011 Fall General Assembly - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

First American Saint - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

St. Joseph Pignatelli, Restorer of the Jesuits - Archbishop Terry, The Journey of a Bishop

Free Enterprise & the Church: Morality of Business & Work - Fr. John Flynn LC, Crisis Magazine

What Does it Mean to Fear the Lord? - Msgr. Charles...READ MORE

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Domestic Church Prepares for the New Missal (2172)

Practical ways parents are helping their children understand the upcoming Mass changes. Nov. 20 issue feature.

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As parishes across the country get ready to implement the new English translation of the Roman Missal on the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27, some parents have been teaching their children about the changes and practicing them at home.

Joel and Joan Recznik of Toronto, Ohio, were able to get enough cardstock copies of changes months ago from their parish for everyone in the family. The Reczniks have 12 children who range in age from 4 to 23.

“We started to talk about the changes and have the kids basically recite the responses just like we taught them any other prayers, so that when the new translation goes into effect, they won’t be totally new to it,” Joel explained. “It’s a good...READ MORE

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Former Adviser to U.S. Bishops Explains His Resignation (4990)

Daniel Avila says he resigned from his position at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops because of his 'desire to see the bishops continue their effective and courageous witness without distraction.'

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WASHINGTON — Daniel Avila says he resigned from his position at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops because of his “desire to see the bishops continue their effective and courageous witness without distraction.”

Avila stepped down Nov. 4 as policy adviser for marriage and family after a column about the causes of same-sex attraction that he wrote for The Pilot, the Archdiocese of Boston’s newspaper, made national headlines. Avila had written that God does not cause such attraction and attributed its existence to Satan — an explanation that Avila now admits was “incomplete” and led to misunderstanding.

In a statement released exclusively to the Register (see below), Avila explained the...READ MORE

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