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European People’s Party Demands Cuba Respect Basic Freedoms (811)

A series of party resolutions call on Cuba to end violations of basic rights such as conscience and political expression.

02/07/2013 Comment

HAVANA — A major European political party has approved a series of resolutions calling on Cuba to end violations of basic rights such as conscience and political expression.

The Christian Liberation Movement, a peaceful dissident group in Cuba, explained during its recent general assembly that the European People’s Party has issued a strong call to the Cuban regime to respect freedom of expression and association. 

The party also demanded the release of all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Cuba.

In addition, the oppression of peaceful protestors who seek democratic change in the country must come to an end, it said, and the Communist regime must respect the right...READ MORE

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HHS Mandate — Big Bucks for ‘Big Pharma’? (3988)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Co-pay-free contraception and abortifacients likely will deliver windfall profits to pharmaceutical companies eager to sell expensive ‘brand drugs.’

02/07/2013 Comments (4)

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WASHINGTON — Health-care reformers eager to control costs have pressed for policies that incentivize patients to choose less expensive generic versions of popular drugs.

Indeed, President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act ostensibly promotes the use of generics, but there’s one glaring exception: the mandated “preventive services for women.”

That controversial rule, which requires private employer health plans to provide co-pay-free contraception and abortion-inducing drugs, allows patients to choose pricy brand-name drugs with no penalties.

The puzzling inconsistency in the federal government’s promotion of generics and discounted brand drugs has already prompted scrutiny of the...READ MORE

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George Weigel: New Evangelization Is Future of Catholicism (4322)

According to the papal biographer, third-millennium Catholicism will live out its fidelity ‘in a distinctive way.’

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WASHINGTON — As the Catholic Church works to shape the culture in the 21st century, her members must embrace reality while fearlessly proclaiming the truth, said author George Weigel.

“It is the same Church, the same faith and, above all, the same Lord,” emphasized Weigel, a noted Catholic commentator and biographer of Pope John Paul II.

However, he explained, “the evangelical Catholicism of the third millennium” will live out its fidelity “in a distinctive way.”

Weigel spoke Feb. 5 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. His lecture, hosted by the Ethics and Public Policy Center, coincided with the release of his new book, “Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century...READ MORE

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Catholics and the Question of Gun Ownership (5267)

With no definitive Church teaching on the matter, believers fall on both sides of the issue.

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WASHINGTON — Authentic Catholics oppose abortion in all instances and pray for world peace.

So when a maniac shoots up a school, some believe Catholics also should favor gun control, just as they support legislation to stop abortion.

“If I had my way, society would have no guns,” said Franciscan Father Joseph Nangle, associate pastor of Our Lady, Queen of Peace parish in Arlington, Va.

Father Nangle spoke with the Register after joining 63 other priests, bishops, nuns and Catholic theologians in signing a letter that urges “fellow Catholics in Congress” to support more restrictive gun laws.

“Pro-life citizens and elected officials have a responsibility to show greater moral...READ MORE

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World’s Bishops Make Progress in Abuse Response (852)

The Vatican’s clerical sexual abuse investigator says more than 75% of bishops’ conferences have developed guidelines for dealing with allegations.

02/07/2013 Comments (1)

Father Robert Oliver (l), CDF promoter of justice, and Jesuit Father Hans Zollner.


ROME — Father Robert Oliver, the Vatican’s new person responsible for investigating cases of clerical sex abuse, says that over three-quarters of the world’s conferences of bishops have developed guidelines for cases of alleged abuse.

At the same time, Father Oliver recalled that Pope Benedict XVI asked “all institutions, without exception...to comply with standards in the protection of children and young people.”

The project of requiring every bishops’ conference to create guidelines for responding to abuse allegations began with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issuing a circular letter to the world’s 112 episcopal conferences in May 2011.

Although Father Oliver —...READ MORE

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New Injunctions Granted Against HHS Mandate (3246)

Two federal appeals courts grant preliminary injunctions protecting the religious liberty of for-profit plaintiffs.

02/07/2013 Comments (3)

WASHINGTON — Two federal appeals courts have become the latest to grant preliminary injunctions protecting the religious liberty of for-profit plaintiffs from the demands of the federal contraception mandate.

“Freedom is not the government’s to give and take away when it pleases,” said Alliance Defending Freedom counsel Matt Bowman in response to one of the decisions.

“The court did the right thing in issuing its order, and we are confident that this unconstitutional mandate’s days are numbered,” he continued.

Alliance Defending Freedom is representing numerous plaintiffs in lawsuits challenging the controversial contraception mandate, which requires employers to offer health...READ MORE

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Reimbursment for Stay-At-Home Moms, Chapel Renovation in Tampa, Being Sisyphus, and Much More! (3466)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/07/2013 Comment

Reimbursement for Stay-At-Home Moms? Follow the link by Sr. Renée Mirkes of The Catholic World Report website to read more.

Reimbursement for Stay-At-Home Moms? by Sr. Renée Mirkes of The Catholic World Report websiteBig Pulpit

Chapel Renovation, Jesuit High School, Tampa, Florida – Matthew Alderman, New Liturgical Movement

Being Sisyphus – JoAnna Wahlund, Catholic Stand

Preparing for Lent: Nine Liturgical Gems from the Byzantine East – Saint Peter’s List

Imagine Hearing Music Like This Every Sunday – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

The Wealth of Nations Depends on the Health of Families – Patrick Fagan, Public Discourse

Book Review: Theology of the Body for Every Body – Robert Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

The Rich, Not States, are Called to Help Others - Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine


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Boy Scouts Postpone Decision About Homosexuals (6487)

The group’s national executive board defers the question of whether to lift the ban on open homosexuals to the Scouts’ national meeting in May.

02/06/2013 Comments (42)

IRVING, Texas — Following several weeks of speculation that the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) would lift its ban on openly homosexual scouts and leaders, the organization on Wednesday announced the decision would be postponed until May.

The leadership of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting responded to the Feb. 6 announcement by urging Catholics who participate with the Scouts to continue to voice their opposition to such a policy change to their local Scout councils.

The national executive board of the Scouts, which has been meeting since Feb. 4 in Irving, Texas, issued a statement that read, in part:

“After careful consideration and extensive dialogue within the Scouting...READ MORE

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