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Saturday Book Pick: 'Religious Freedom: Why Now?'

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Religious liberty is under assault around the world. Citing a 2009 Pew Research Center study, this new book, Religious Freedom: Why Now?, reports that most of humanity lives in countries “in which religious restrictions — whether imposed by government or social groups — reach high levels of severity.”
In many countries, religious repression enables dictatorships to exercise control over their citizens, who can have no other loyalty but to the incumbent regime. In some countries, a prevailing religion forges an alliance of altar and throne to protect its privileges at the expense of others. In the West, secularist hostility to religion in the public square leads to downplaying the right...READ MORE

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Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Declared 'Venerable' (8947)

A miracle will be investigated by the Congregation for the Canonization of Saints.

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Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

– Wikipedia

PEORIA, Ill. — Ten years after Pope John Paul II declared him a Servant of God, Pope Benedict XVI promulgated a decree June 28 declaring Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen “Venerable.”

This, the second step in the process of the cause for canonization, recognizes that Archbishop Sheen lived a life of heroic virtue and ensures that the next steps may continue.

“We are so happy that Pope Benedict XVI has declared him ‘Venerable,’” said Peoria, Ill., Bishop Daniel Jenky. “This means that Archbishop Sheen displayed virtues that others can emulate. He provides an example that all the Church needs to imitate in these days.”

“The declaration upholds Archbishop Sheen as a model for the rest of us...READ MORE

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Mom's Rules for Getting the Girl, Can I Take Communion Home for my Sick Wife?, and much more! (3198)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Mom’s Rules for Getting the Girl. Click on the link by Theresa A. Thomas to read more.

Mom’s Rules for Getting the Girl – Theresa A. Thomas, Catholic Lane

Quæritur: Can I take Communion Home for my Sick Wife? - Fr. Z's Blog

The Latest Reaction from the Catholic Blogosphere to the Supreme Court Health Care Ruling – Big Pulpit

Logos Releases First-Ever Catechism Mobile App – Brandon Vogt

Sexuality & Marriage in Islam & Catholicism – Julie Rodrigues, Ignitum Today

World Premiere of New Chesterton Feature Film – Joseph Pearce, Saint Austin Review/Ink Desk

The Cult Of Catholic Celebritease – The Larry D, Acts of the Apostasy

Historic: Queen Visits Catholic Church for the First Time Ever – Etheldreda’s Place

Leading California Gay Rights Leader Arrested Over Child...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Upholds Health-Care Law, Stage Set for First Amendment Showdown (8694)

Although the court ruled on the constitutionality of Obamacare, it left the door open to those pursuing the right to religious freedom.

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Opponents and proponents of President Obama’s health-care package await the Supreme Court’s ruling outside the U.S. Supreme Court building June 28 in Washington.

– Mark Wilson/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Before an eager crowd of visitors and protesters demonstrating in front of the high court, the U.S. Supreme Court June 28 handed down a ruling that thrilled advocates for universal health care and set the stage for a defining moment in federal court over the right to religious freedom.

The ruling found that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act — the requirement that most Americans buy health insurance or pay a fine — is constitutional as a tax. Those who had challenged the constitutionality of the individual mandate argued that it violated provisions of the Commerce Clause, but the ruling provided a way around that argument.

The decision provoked dismay from...READ MORE

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What the Court Said About Obamacare (2718)

COMMENTARY

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Notre Dame law professor Gerard Bradley

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 28 that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act does not violate the Constitution. So the law more commonly called “Obamacare” will go into effect as scheduled, on Jan. 1, 2014.

Between now and then, the United States will elect a president and a Congress. “Obamacare” in a Romney administration would look a lot different than it will if President Obama is re-elected, because the executive branch has much discretion about how our nation’s laws are carried into effect.

But the only way left to overturn PPACA is for the new Congress to repeal it. That is only possible if Romney is elected president, because Obama would veto any congressional...READ MORE

Filed under affordable care act, barack obama, congress, gerard bradley, healthcare, hhs contraception mandate, individual mandate, john roberts, religious liberty, supreme court of the united states

Archbishop Chaput: 'It's Going to Be a Long Fight' (11406)

Archbishop of Philadelphia, in Rome to receive a 'sign of embrace' from the Pope, regrets not being with his flock on day Supreme Court rules on health-care law.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia receives the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI June 29 in St. Peter's Basilica.

– Reuters/ Stefano Rellandini

Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision June 28 on the government’s health-care reform legislation, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia spoke with the Register’s Edward Pentin about his reaction to the news and what this now means in the Church’s battle to overturn the law’s requirement that all health-care insurance programs must include coverage for contraception.

Archbishop Chaput received the pallium this morning at a Mass in St. Peter's basilica on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.

What does the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of President Obama’s health-care reform legislation now mean in the struggle to defend religious freedom?

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Religious Liberty Takes Center Stage (2053)

COMMENTARY

06/29/2012 Comment

– Shutter

The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act June 28 as a permissible exercise of Congress’ taxing power.

In so doing, the court guaranteed that the religious-freedom challenges to the Health and Human Services mandate will take center stage in the months ahead.

The court’s decision addressed the narrow question of whether Congress had the power, under Article I of the Constitution, to pass the health-care law. Although the Supreme Court concluded that the law was impermissible under the Commerce Clause — which was the Obama administration’s chief argument for the law — a 5-4 majority of the court concluded that the law was permissible because it could be viewed as a tax.

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Nicodemus on the Necessity of Sacred Prayer, The Voices of 20th-Century Chinese Martyrs, and more! (1312)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Nicodemus on the Necessity of Sacred Prayer. Click on the link by Wolfsbane to read more.

Nicodemus on the Necessity of Sacred Prayer – Wolfsbane, Θησαυρος της Εκκλησίας

The Voices of 20th-Century Chinese Martyrs – Anthony E. Clark PhD, Catholic World Report

The Latest Reaction from the Catholic Blogosphere to the Supreme Court Health Care Ruling – Big Pulpit

Struggling with Church Doctrine? Go to Confession! – Arman J. Partamian, Matins Musings

The Reform of the Roman Rite – Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, The Chant Café

Has the Austrian Hierarchy “Had It”? – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Vatileaks Scandal Strengthens Opus Dei’s Influence in Rome – Sandro Magister, La Repubblica/www.chiesa

How Not to Prevent AIDS – Dale O’Leary, Catholic Lane

St. Irenaeus:...READ MORE

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