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Catholics United's Defense of Contraception Mandate Draws Criticism (2384)

01/26/2012 Comments (9)
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A Democratic-leaning Catholic group’s favorable reaction to the Obama administration’s new contraception mandate is being criticized for neglecting the threat to religious freedom and wrongly claiming that contraception lowers the abortion rate.
“This is a real attack on the religious freedom of millions of Americans. People who care about the future of our country should not stand idly by,” said Eric Rassbach, national litigation director of the D.C.-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
James Salt, executive director of Catholics United, responded to the HHS ruling on Jan. 20.
“Although we recognize the authority of Catholic teaching on the issue of contraception, we also acknowledge...READ MORE

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How Bishop Bruskewitz Built Up the Church on the Plains (7619)

The longtime shepherd reflects on his 20 years as bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska. He also recounts his friendship with John Paul II and the Church’s role in the culture.

01/26/2012 Comments (22)

Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz refers to his ecclesiastical jurisdiction as “our little diocese on the plains.” But its appearance — to some — as a remote, largely rural backwater is deceptive.

Bishop Bruskewitz, 76, will soon celebrate his 20th anniversary as bishop of Lincoln, Neb. His reputation for outspokenness in defending the faith, both in his public statements and in policies implemented in his diocese, is well known. He and his relatively small diocese of 100,000 Catholics made national news in 1996, when he decreed that various groups at odds with Catholic teaching or in opposition to Church authority had automatically excommunicated themselves from the Church.  These included...READ MORE

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Mozarabic Liturgy, The Family and Social Justice, 21st Century Child Sacrifice, Hungary, and more! (1537)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/26/2012 Comments (2)

Mozarabic Liturgy Celebrated by Toledo Archbishop on the Feast of St. Ildefonso. Click on the link by Shawn Tribe to learn more.

Mozarabic Liturgy Celebrated by Toledo Archbishop on St. Ildefonso Feast - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The Family & Social Justice - Donald DeMarco PhD, HLI America/Truth & Charity Forum

Child Sacrifice in 21st Century America - George Weigel, Crisis Magazine

EU’s Crusade Against Hungary to End in Defeat & Ridicule? - J.C. von Krempach JD, Turtle Bay and Beyond

The Devil Cares (Mark 1:21-28) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Quæritur: The Leonine Prayers after Mass in the Ordinary Form - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Art Masterpieces Teaching Church History - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Cthlc Culture/On the Culture

Understanding Disparities in...READ MORE

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Increasingly, Young Americans Are Pro-Life; Marriage Is a Another Story (4240)

Abortion is a human-rights issue on campuses, but what about the marriage debate?

01/25/2012 Comments (49)
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A Pro-Life Youth Rally the evening of the Jan. 22 at Watkins Mill High School, Gaithersburg, Md., drew about 500 young people the night before the March for Life in Washington.

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WASHINGTON — Victor Bermudez, the president of Franciscan University of Steubenville’s pro-life group, accompanied 400 students from Steubenville, Ohio, to the nation’s capital for the March for Life this week. Back on campus, he directs a slew of activities, from prayer vigils at abortion businesses to baby showers for mothers in crisis pregnancies.

But ask the energetic sophomore about where pro-life students come down on same-sex “marriage,” and he’ll explain that his membership remains focused on life issues.

“Abortion is the prime issue because of the sheer numbers of abortions performed in the nation. Same-sex ‘marriage’ is not something that most people want to debate,” said...READ MORE

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Catholics, Be Courageous! (2160)

Jan. 29 issue editorials on combating relativism and standing up for faith and truth.

01/25/2012 Comments (4)
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While Catholic converts in the pro-life movement say that the Church’s consistent witness inspired them to learn more about the faith, there are cradle Catholics — including national and state political leaders — who openly challenge teachings on abortion and traditional marriage.

In Porta Fidei, his apostolic letter proclaiming the Year of Faith, to begin in October, Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged that secularism has weakened the moral foundations of Western culture and politics.

“Whereas in the past it was possible to recognize a unitary cultural matrix, broadly accepted in its appeal to the content of the faith and the values inspired by it, today this no...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: 'Jesus Prays for the Church in All Times' (1461)

The Holy Father spoke about Christ’s 'priestly prayer' at the Last Supper on the last day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Jan. 25, the feast of the conversion of St. Paul.

01/25/2012 Comment
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VATICAN CITY (EWTN NEWS)—Jesus’ “priestly prayer” at the Last Supper for Christian unity should inspire Catholics to pray and work it, Pope Benedict XVI said on Jan. 25.

“His priestly prayer can thus be seen as instituting the Church, the community of the disciples, who, through faith in him, are made one and share in his saving mission,” the Pope said at his weekly general audience.

He also urged Catholics to pray “for the gift of the visible unity of all Christ’s followers, so that the world may believe in the Son and in the Father who sent him.”

The Pope addressed his remarks to thousands of pilgrims gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul,...READ MORE

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Conversion Story, How Should We See Unbelievers, Why I Hate Religion Perfect Rebuttal, and more! (1726)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/25/2012 Comment

How Should We See Unbelievers? Click on the link by Msgr. Charles Pope read more.

Eclectic Convert: Shane Kapler - Why I’m Catholic

How Should We See Unbelievers? - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus Music Video, The Perfect Rebuttal - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

History is Made Again as U.S. Ordinariate Receives First Parish - Randy Sly, Catholic Online

The Truth About Abortion: A Post-Abortive Woman Shares Her Story - Catholic Sistas

Brother Dan Doesn’t Like the March for Life - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

On Life Day, Obama Defies Reality. . .Again - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

Why HHS Ruling Will Become Litmus Test for Pro-Obama Catholics - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

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Coming Home From the War on Terror, Many Soldiers Have Their Own Terrors to Deal With (1252)

One Special Forces major recommends ways civilians can help veterans readjust to American life after Iraq, Afghanistan.

01/25/2012 Comments (2)

Major Stephen C. Flanagan of the U.S. Army Special Forces served four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Tewksbury, Mass., native is in the mid-career Master in Public Administration program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The previous year, he had completed courses in the human development and psychology program in Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

His next stop will be teaching at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in the behavioral sciences and leadership department.

Flanagan, 32, recently met with Register correspondent Justin Bell at the Harvard Catholic Student Center at St. Paul’s Parish in Cambridge, Mass., to discuss how he felt God’s...READ MORE

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