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Coming Soon: No More Catholic Hospitals and Free Abortion-Inducing Drugs (6072)

Another look at the HHS mandate's ramifications.

03/08/2012 Comments (30)
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The extinction of Catholic hospitals due to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate would result in a loss of almost $100 billion, warned one columnist and talk-show host.

In a March 1 column in The Fiscal Times, political analyst Edward Morrissey said that if the mandate succeeds in shutting down Catholic hospitals and health-care institutions, it will “create a disaster for the delivery of health care in the country and rapidly escalate the public costs of health care.”

“Thanks to the economic models of these hospitals, no one will rush to buy them,” he explained. “Over 120,000 beds would disappear from an already-stressed system.”

The U.S. bishops have remained united and...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, catholic hospitals, hhs mandate, obama administrations, religious freedom

Cleveland Indians' Player Thankful for Teammates, Miracle Baby and Years of Sobriety (7432)

Third baseman Jack Hannahan rediscovered 'blueprint for life' in the Catholic Church.

03/08/2012 Comments (3)
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– Courtesy of the Cleveland Indians

If you ask Jack Hannahan what he’s thankful for, be prepared to listen for a while.

Hannahan, 32, has plenty to appreciate, starting with the realization of his dream of playing in the major leagues. In 2001, he was named Big Ten Player of the Year at the University of Minnesota and was drafted in the third round by the Detroit Tigers. After many challenges and injuries in the minor leagues, Hannahan made his major-league debut with the Tigers on May 25, 2006.

This year he is with the Cleveland Indians, a generous group of players who made it possible for him to witness the arrival of his first son last August. Being out of town when his wife went into early labor was not a good enough...READ MORE

Filed under baseball;catholics in sports;jack hannahan;cleveland indians;alcoholism;work and marriage

Choosing the Light, Santorum (Home) Schools Opponents, This Astonishing Moment, and much more! (2738)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/08/2012 Comment

Choosing the Light. Click on the link by Carl E. Olson to read more.

Choosing the Light - Carl E. Olson, OSV Newsweekly

Santorum (Home) Schools Opponents - Mollie Ziegler, Get Religion

This Astonishing Moment - Fr. Martin Fox, Bonfire of the Vanities

10 Things Your Date Might Say That Show They’re Catholyc - LarryD, Acts of the Apostasy

The Moral Ordering of Power: 7 Political Quotes from God’s Rottweiler - Saint Peter’s List

Things To Ask Your D.R.E. - Amanda Castro, Ignitum Today

Bringing Our Loved Ones to Christ - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Proposed Indulgences for Parents - Clan Donaldson, Catholic Exchange

Lesbian Denied Communion at Mother’s Funeral is a Buddhist - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

Swedish Homeschooler Flees...READ MORE

Filed under anonymous, cardinal dolan, cardinal ratzinger, catholic blogosphere, homeschool, rick santorum, sweden

The Contraceptive Mandate and the Indignity of the Law (8527)

Health care reconsidered as Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments. Obamacare already taking root as government agencies furiously implement regulations.

03/07/2012 Comments (16)
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Grace-Marie Turner has been at the forefront of the health-care reform debate for years, as the founder of the Galen Institute, a Beltway-area public-policy institute dedicated to health-care policy. She has been an opponent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in no small part having taken Catholic social thought into consideration.

She has spoken at the Gregorian University in Rome and co-authored Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America.

Turner spoke with Kathryn Jean Lopez for the Register about why the Department of Health and Human Services’ coercive mandate is about the law itself — as the Supreme Court prepares to consider an attorneys general challenge to the law. The...READ MORE

Filed under obamacare; patient protection and affordable care act; barack obama; health and human services; contraceptive mandate; u.s. supreme court; individual mandate; subsidiarity; paul ryan; grace-marie turn

Bible Tech Tools, So How Far Can We Go?, Saint Thomas Aquinas Master of the Sacred Page, and more! (3001)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/07/2012 Comment

Bible Tech Tools. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to learn more.

Bible Tech Tools - Brandon Vogt, OSV Newsweekly

Book Review: So, How Far Can We Go? (Dating) - Bob Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

St. Thomas Aquinas, Master of the Sacred Page - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

How to Homeschool Your Preschool Child - Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Catholic Lane

After Sex Abuse Crisis & Returning to a Fish on Friday Asceticism - Dr. Pat Guinan, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Who Were the Favorite Authors of St. Thomas Aquinas? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Liturgical Developments in the Anglican Ordinariate - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

In 2008 Saint Thomas Aquinas Appeared in a Dream of a Notorious Abortionist. . . - Fr. Joe,...READ MORE

Filed under anglican ordinariate, catholic blogosphere, catholic new media, homeschooling, obamacare, religious freedom, sex abuse, st. thomas aquinas, usccb

Pope Discusses Christ's Silence on the Cross and Need for Silence in Prayer (2860)

From Benedict XVI's March 7 general audience: Silence has 'the capacity to open a space in our inner being, a space in which God can dwell, which can ensure that his word remains within us and that love for him is rooted in our minds and hearts and animates our lives.'

03/07/2012 Comments (3)
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The constant noise that accompanies modern life is an enemy of God’s word being heard in prayer, Pope Benedict XVI said.

“Interior and exterior silence are necessary in order to hear that word,” and, yet, “our age does not, in fact, favor reflection and contemplation,” the Pope said March 7. On the contrary, “it seems that people are afraid to detach themselves, even for an instant, from the spate of words and images which mark and fill our days.”

The Pope was addressing 10,000-plus pilgrims who gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience. This was the first audience of the year held outside. It was also the last in the Pope’s series of catecheses on the personal...READ MORE

Filed under christ's passion, cross, prayer, silence

Pope: Evangelize With Silence (2749)

March 11 issue editorial on how the work of bringing the world to God must involve silence as much as it involves words and actions.

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Pope Benedict XVI has issued a timely message for this year’s World Communications Day: The work of bringing the world to God must involve silence as much as it involves words and actions.

It’s obvious that humanity has taken a turn for the noisy in recent years. The explosion of technological tools has transformed the way we live, work and communicate.

For many of us, new technologies and new forms of social communication have invaded every corner of our lives.

But, as many people have discovered, we seem to be no better at communicating with one another, and, in many ways, we are worse.

How many times, for example, has an innocently made joke been misinterpreted by the receiver of an email...READ MORE

Filed under faith, pope benedict xvi, prayer, silence

Father Barron's Strategies for Putting the New Evangelization in Action (3769)

Media-savvy priest says the following is needed to make evangelization a way of life: Know the faith. Speak about the faith. And pray in public.

03/07/2012 Comments (11)
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Norman Rockwell's Saying Grace, 1951

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As I write this column, I am embarking on a trip to Australia with the Word on Fire team. We’re heading halfway around the globe at the invitation of the Australian Catholic University, and my team will be with me to film the events. My intention is to produce a documentary on the New Evangelization as it is actually practiced. The documentary will feature the trip to Australia, as well as a journey to the United Kingdom and, after that, New York City. Those settings will provide the context, and a kind of lens, by which I hope to invite the Church to not only imagine the New Evangelization in the abstract, but also to see it in action.

My message during these adventures will be about...READ MORE

Filed under faith in the public square, father robert barron, new evangelization

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