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Christian Baker Files Religious-Freedom Appeal in Wedding-Cake Ruling (10236)

Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, says he is being forced to promote a ‘false view of marriage’ or face jail time.

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DENVER — A Christian baker in Colorado is appealing a judge’s ruling that he must violate his religious beliefs and bake a cake for a same-sex union ceremony.

“Jack simply exercised the long-cherished freedom to not speak by declining to promote a false view of marriage through his creative work,” said lead counsel Nicolle Martin, who is allied with Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit Christian legal defense organization.

She said, “It’s outrageous that the government would turn its guns on Jack and threaten him with a potential jail sentence unless he says and does what the government demands.”

Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., declined in July...READ MORE

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Notre Dame Complies With Contraception Mandate (25248)

After a court denies injunctive relief, university faculty and staff will receive contraceptives through their health plans, pending further legal action.

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — In May 2012, the University of Notre Dame filed a legal challenge to the Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate, lending the weight of its institutional prestige to the U.S. bishops’ campaign against the controversial federal law.

“This filing is about the freedom of a religious organization to live its mission, and its significance goes well beyond any debate about contraceptives,” said Notre Dame’s president, Holy Cross Father John Jenkins, in a statement that marked the university’s decision to join a slew of Catholic institutions that filed lawsuits in courts across the nation.

But on Jan. 2, 2014, Notre Dame told faculty and staff that a third-party...READ MORE

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Gender and a Sacramental View of the Body, IVF and 'Irrelevant' Biology, and More! (3318)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Sperm Donor Recalls Meeting His Donor-Daughter. Follow the link by Chelsea Zimmerman to read more.

Sperm Donor Recalls Meeting His Donor-Daughter by Chelsea Zimmerman - BigPulpit.com

Gender & a Sacramental View of the Body – Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing

Families Support Each Other – Julie Machado, Ignitum Today

New & Notable Books (January 2014) - Brandon Vogt

Catholic Parenting: What I’ve Done Right – Leila Miller, Catholic Stand

The Closing of the Scientific Mind - William M. Briggs PhD

Can You Be Catholic & Feminist? - Laura McAlister, Ignitum Today

If Atheism Is True, Does Life Still Have Meaning? - Jennifer Fulwiler, Strange Notions

1864: Death of Dagger John – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Dive Into a New Genre of Video Games - Eugene Gan,...READ MORE

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Pope Francis’ Holy Land Visit to Focus on Ecumenism With Orthodox (4635)

The Holy Father Pope Francis has shown an ecumenical sensitivity since his election last March.

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Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Pope Francis will meet with Patriarch Bartholomew I in May.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ pilgrimage to the Holy Land, to be held in May, will center on his encounter with Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Eastern Orthodox archbishop of Constantinople, and their discussions on ecumenism.

Announcing the trip Jan. 5, Pope Francis said its “principal goal” is “to commemorate the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and the Patriarch Athenagoras I, that occurred … 50 years ago today.”

That encounter was the beginning of ecumenical dialogue between the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches and led to a joint declaration issued in 1965, which declared the two leaders’ desire “to overcome their differences in order to be again ‘one,’ as the Lord Jesus...READ MORE

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Abortion Standoff Between Santa Clara University President and Faculty (9646)

Faculty at the Jesuit university have called for a full restoration of ‘elective’ abortion coverage, but the university’s president is standing firm.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The faculty and president at Santa Clara University (SCU) are locked in a battle over abortion, and the university’s board of trustees has been asked to make the final call on the president’s decision to bring SCU health plans into closer alignment with the Church’s teachings on the sanctity of human life.

The faculty senate voted 215 to 89 in mid-December to approve a resolution declaring “invalid” the action taken by SCU’s president, Jesuit Father Michael Engh, to bar the university from paying for elective abortion in its health plans. A total of 627 faculty members at SCU were eligible to vote.

Juliana Chang, SCU faculty senate president, told the Register...READ MORE

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Voters More Inclined to View Marriage as a Religious Institution, Poll Finds (1782)

The Rasmussen Reports national survey also indicates marriage is highly valued in the U.S.

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TRENTON, N.J. — A new survey shows an increase in likely U.S. voters who see marriage as a religious institution, with a majority now holding this view.

Rasmussen Reports’ Dec. 22 national survey of 1,000 U.S. likely voters found that a majority — 53% of respondents — said marriage is a religious institution. This is an increase from 48% in October. Another 40% saw marriage as a civil institution, down from 45% in October.

About 77% of respondents said they are married or have been at some point in their lives. This correlated to their views of the institution.

About 57% of ever-married respondents said marriage is a religious institution, while the never-married tended to see it as...READ MORE

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Biblical Baby Names Set to Make a Comeback in 2014 (6266)

Names like Naomi and Caleb are on the rise, as part of what one expert describes as a return ‘to original values and traditions.’

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DENVER — A baby-name website has predicted that more parents will be choosing traditional biblical names for their children this year, a trend that one expert says is a sign of people's renewed hope in their faith.

“Biblical names surging back into our culture is a great turn for the better. After many years, it shows that people are feeling stronger about their faith and that they have hope once again,” Lucie Wisco, editor of social baby-naming website Belly Ballot, told CNA.

The site is set up so that anyone with Internet access can share the choices for their soon-to-be-born baby with friends and family via social media. Friends and family then vote on their favorites, and when the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: The Path of Humility Leads Christians to Jesus (5756)

The Holy Father said John the Apostle gives us a ‘simple’ method to determine which spirits come from God and which ones come from the Antichrist.

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VATICAN CITY — In his daily Mass homily for Jan. 7, Pope Francis touched on the importance of discerning what comes from God and what is false, stating that the way of Jesus Christ is always one of “humility.”

“That is the path of Jesus Christ: abasement, humility, humiliation as well,” the Pope said Jan. 7. “If a thought, if a desire takes you along the road of humility and abasement, of service to others, it is from Jesus.”

Focusing on John’s words “remain in the Lord” from the day’s first reading, Pope Francis told those gathered in the chapel of the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse that this expression is a “counsel for life.”

John, Pope Francis noted, displays for us “one of the...READ MORE

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