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Papa Bene Tweets, Deeper in Lent, A Sea Change, Do Sunday's Count in Lent?, and much more! (3580)

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02/28/2012 Comment

I’m the Pope & I Have Approved the Content of This Tweet. Click on the link by Jeffrey Miller to read more of the Tweeting Pope.

I’m the Pope & I Have Approved the Content of This Tweet - Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

Deeper into Lent: Living in the Kingdom of God - Dc. Mike Bickerstaff, Integrated Catholic Life™

A Sea Change - Fr. Bevil Bramwell OMI, The Catholic Thing

Do Sundays Count? A Lenten Consideration - Fr. Joseph Totton, PrayTheMass.org

How I Came To Have A Personal Relationship With Jesus - Leticia, Catholic Sistas

Revenge of the Lent Police - Pursued by Truth

Pope Benedict XVI & the Word of God: Distinct Themes of Verbum Domini - Vincent Demeo, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Lent of the Church: Either Supremacy or the Cross - Sandro Magister, Chiesa

Religious Liberty: A Council Ahead of it’s...READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogosphere, jesus, lent, militant gay lobby, pope benedict xvi, religious liberty, rick santorum, the cross, twitter, verbum domini

CUA President John Garvey Provides Critical Support in HHS Mandate Fight (5999)

As the USCCB mounts its offensive against the controversial federal rule, the constitutional scholar takes a public role.

02/28/2012 Comments (11)

John Garvey

– The Catholic University of America

WASHINGTON — These are challenging times for a Catholic university president with expertise in constitutional law and a penchant for standing his ground.

In the wake of his 2010 appointment as president of The Catholic University of America, John Garvey made headlines — and even provoked a lawsuit — when he called for a return to single-sex dorms on the Washington campus.

Now Garvey is making waves as he takes an increasingly public role in the fight to repeal President Obama’s contraception mandate.

While the U.S. bishops spearhead an escalating national campaign to rescind a new federal law requiring virtually all private employers to provide contraception — including...READ MORE

Filed under ad hoc committee for religious liberty, becket fund for religious liberty, bishop william lori of bridgeport, catholic university of america, religious freedom restoration act of 2012, religious liberty, u.s. conference of catholic bishops, university of notre dame

What Are You Going to Give Up This Lent? (3986)

Cardinal George offers an ominous vision of a future without Catholic health care.

02/28/2012 Comments (12)

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What are you going to give up this Lent?

The Lenten rules about fasting from food and abstaining from meat have been considerably reduced in the last 40 years, but reminders of them remain in the fast days on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and in the abstinence from meat on all the Fridays of Lent. Beyond these common sacrifices that unite us spiritually to the passion of Christ, Catholics were and are encouraged to “give up” something voluntarily for the sake of others. Often this is money that could have been used for personal purposes and instead is given to help others, especially the poor.

This year, the Catholic Church in the United States is being told she must “give up” her...READ MORE

Filed under cardinal francis george of chicago, hhs contraception mandate, obamacare, religious liberty, u.s. conference of catholic bishops

Pope Applauds Ethical Infertility Treatment While Congress Works to Prohibit Gender-Based Abortions (2536)

The Pope calls for treatments that are the 'expression of the concrete possibility of fruitful dialogue between ethics and biomedical research,' and the House Judiciary Committee passed the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act.

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Pope Benedict XVI’s call for more research into ethical treatments for infertility as an alternative to in vitro fertilization is being applauded by a leading Catholic bioethicist.

“The Pope is quite right when he says that IVF is a profit-making business; they make a lot of money, and their success rates are not great,” Dr. Edward Furton of the National Catholic Bioethics Center told CNA on Feb. 27.

“The profit motive here is not good. There are lesser known, more ethical, more effective methods which are being ignored because these labs are making money telling couples that IVF is the best or only option.”

Pope Benedict made his remarks on Feb. 25 at a workshop hosted by the...READ MORE

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Who Is Sister Carol Keehan? (32920)

The powerful Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, a congregation that professes to be devoted to serving the poor through corporal and spiritual works of mercy, often finds herself at odds with the Church.

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Sister Carol Keehan

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She has been photographed with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

She is frequently cited by the mainstream media as the ultimate authority on Catholic health care. She has consistently been in the top tier of “The 100 Most Powerful People in Healthcare.” And she is credited with capturing the “Catholic vote” needed to pass the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act commonly called Obamacare.

So, who is Sister Carol Keehan? And how did the Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul come to wield such power?

Sister Carol did not respond to repeated requests for an interview for this article, but, like most powerful people, she leaves a considerable paper trail...READ MORE

Filed under catholic charities, catholic ethics, catholic faith, catholic health association, catholic health care, catholic teaching, obama's mandate 'accomodation', obamacare, sister carol keehan, vow of obedience

The Mommy Rhythm, The Necessity of Miracles, Think Like a Catholic, Feasts and Fasts, and much more! (2689)

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02/28/2012 Comment

The Mommy Rhythm. Click on the link by Karen J. Rinehart to read more.

The Mommy Rhythm - Karen J. Rinehart, Catholic Lane

The Necessity of Miracles - Howard Kainz, Crisis Magazine

Think Like a Catholic: 7 Questions on the Four Laws - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Feasts and Fasts - Sean Lewis, Cowboys-Philosophers-Poets

Did Jesus Say His Second Coming Would Happen in the Apostles’ Lifetime? - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

Piggyback - Brad Miner, The Catholic Thing

Does Pope Benedict Favor Admitting Divorced-&-Remarried Catholics to Holy Communion? - Dr. Ed Peters, In the Light of the Law

Secularist Attacks on Catholics Get Worse on Both Sides of the Atlantic - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

Eating Bitterness: Catholics in China -...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke Praises John Paul II's View of Suffering as Model for the Faithful (2231)

'The Boundaries of the Human' conference in Rome focused on suffering.

02/27/2012 Comment
Official beatification portrait

– Official beatification portrait

Cardinal Raymond Burke thinks that Blessed John Paul II’s life and teachings are a model for how Christians should view suffering.

“Blessed John Paul II is extraordinary,” Cardinal Burke said Feb. 25. “His own life is a testimony to suffering embraced in order to love more.”

“But in addition to that, he was also the great teacher, especially in this document, Salvifici Doloris, which he wrote after the attempt on his life.”

Cardinal Burke spoke to EWTN News after giving the keynote address at “The Boundaries of the Human” conference in Rome. The Feb. 25-26 gathering was organized by the groups The Life Guardian Foundation, Family of the Americas, and the Italian pro-family group...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan Joins Protest Over 'Unacceptable' Attack on Religious Liberty (12234)

500 signatures are now on Becket Fund for Religious Liberty's petition campaign to protect Americans' First Amendment rights.

02/27/2012 Comments (33)

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Feb. 27 UPDATE: Now more than 500 signatures, including just added Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s, are on this letter.

Feb. 15 UPDATE: Now more than 300 signatures are on this letter.

Original Feb. 14 story below.

Two leading bishops have joined the growing list of prominent Church leaders and academics who see the federal government’s recent actions as an assault on religious freedom.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty today posted a Feb. 13 letter to that effect. In addition, it kicked off a petition urging everyone to express their disappointment over Obama’s “failure to protect religious liberty.”

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop charles chaput, archbishop joseph kurtz, becket fund for religious liberty, first amendment, kathleen sebelius, notre dame, president barack obama, religious liberty, usccb, usccb ad hoc committee on religious liberty

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