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State of Alabama Joins EWTN's Legal Challenge Against HHS Mandate (3647)

Attorney General Luther Strange filed papers March 22.

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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange

BIRIMINGHAM, Ala. — The state of Alabama joined EWTN as a co-plaintiff in the network’s lawsuit against the Obama administration’s contraception-abortion mandate.

In papers filed March 22 in the U.S. District Court in Birmingham, Attorney General Luther Strange asserted that the controversial federal rule, which requires the inclusion of contraception services in virtually all private employee health-care plans, would pre-empt rights affirmed by the state’s Constitution, which guarantees its citizens’ right of conscience.

“[T]he state seeks to preserve its ability to provide insurance coverage to its citizens in a manner that is consistent with Alabama law and the right of conscience,”...READ MORE

Filed under ewtn, hhs abortion mandate, kathleen sebelius, michael warsaw, president barack obama

Catholic Leaders in the U.K. Mount Opposition to Same-Sex 'Marriage' (2404)

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury decries the 'seismic shift in the foundations' of British society.

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Bishop Mark Davies

– The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

LONDON — The U.K.’s most senior Catholics have spoken out against the government’s plans to introduce same-sex “marriage.”

In addition, they have urged lay Catholics to raise their voices in defense of marriage between one man and one woman.

As the U.K. government opens a consultation process regarding the legalization of same-sex “marriage,” an unprecedented letter has been sent to every parish in England and Wales. To be read at Sunday Masses across the land, the letter from Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster and Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark — the president and vice president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, respectively — outlined “the Catholic...READ MORE

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Weakness That Makes Us Strong, St. Matthew Passion No. 1, Why Do We Abstain From Meat, and more! (3092)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Weakness That Makes Us Strong. Click on the link by Randall Smith to read more.

Weakness That Makes Us Strong - Randall Smith, The Catholic Thing

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev: St. Matthew Passion No. 1 - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Why Do Catholics Abstain From Meat? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Does the Law Exist to Make Men Virtuous? Six Thoughts from Aquinas - H. H. Ambrose - Saint Peter’s List

Obama Losing Public Opinion War On Mandate - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The Pope and Mexico’s Spiritual Crisis - Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Catholic World Report

Catholic vs. Public School - Bonnie Engstrom, Ignitum Today

We’re Ready for Pastoral Letter on Homosexual Condition - Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of Continuity

...READ MORE

Filed under abstinence, catholic blogosphere, hhs mandate, homosexuality, mexico, natural law, padre pio, pope benedict xvi, st. matthew passion no. 1, the gammarelli's

Archbishop-Designate William Lori Says New Evangelization is Top Priority in Baltimore (4663)

As he prepares to take leadership of a much larger archdiocese, the bishop of Bridgeport, Conn., sees no reason to halt his work in fostering religious liberty.

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John Burger

Archbishop-Designate William Lori of Baltimore speaking to reporters in Bridgeport, Conn.

– John Burger

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Archbishop-designate William Lori does not foresee having to give up his role as chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Religious Liberty, even as he heads for a significantly larger archdiocese as the one he heads now.

But he said his attention will be focused primarily on his new flock in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, with a particular eye to the “New Evangelization.”

Archbishop Lori, who has served for 11 years as bishop of Bridgeport, Conn., will be installed May 16 in America’s premier see. He held a press conference in Baltimore the day the Vatican announced his appointment, March 20, and another at the headquarters of the Diocese of Bridgeport today.

He...READ MORE

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Egypt's Christians Mourn Death of Coptic Orthodox Patriarch (3943)

Pope Shenouda III is remembered by the country’s beleaguered Coptic minority amid deep political uncertainty.

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Egyptian Christians mourn during the funeral of Pope Shenouda III, the head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, at the Abassiya Cathedral in Cairo March 20.

– Salah Malkawi/ Getty Images

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — The death of Pope Shenouda III, the Coptic Orthodox patriarch of Alexandria, comes at a time of deep political uncertainty in Egypt and rising fears that the country’s already beleaguered Coptic minority could be further marginalized by Islamists.

The death of Pope Shenouda, who led the worldwide Coptic Church for four decades until his death March 17 at the age of 88, comes just over a year after the “Arab Spring” popular uprising that forced Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak out of office.

In the year since, Egypt’s Islamic parties have made major gains during ongoing national elections. It remains to be seen how much influence these parties will wield in the...READ MORE

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Catholicism Expands in Texas (2628)

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, said the Pope was happy to hear that 'we are the region in the United States where the Catholic population is growing and growing intensely.'

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– Wikipedia

Pope Benedict XVI is “glad to hear” from U.S. bishops on a recent visit to the Vatican that the Catholic Church is rapidly expanding in Texas.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, told CNA that what caught the Pope’s attention the most is that “we are the region in the United States where the Catholic population is growing and growing intensely.”

Cardinal DiNardo and 21 other bishops from Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma have just completed six days in Rome on what is known as an ad limina apostolorum visit. That involves making pilgrimage to the tombs of Sts. Peter and Paul, as well as meeting the various Vatican departments to discuss the health of the Church in each...READ MORE

Filed under cardinal dinardo, catholicism, pope benedict xvi, texas

SDG Reviews 'October Baby' (10043)

Well-crafted pro-life film looks at life after abortion — for a lucky child who survived.

03/21/2012 Comments (37)

When a pro-life drama opens with a troubled, distracted teenage heroine struggling to focus, falling apart under pressure, and ultimately collapsing before dismayed onlookers, it might be natural to wonder if she might be pregnant and perhaps contemplating an abortion, like the wounded female lead in Bella. (The very first shot in the film depicts a butterfly, recalling Bella’s butterfly motif.)

October Baby, though, has a different story to tell. Hannah’s difficulties are due to a problem pregnancy, yes — but it happened nearly two decades earlier, and 19-year-old Hannah (newcomer Rachel Hendrix) has no inkling of it. She doesn’t even know that she’s adopted.

October Baby is about life...READ MORE

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Catholic Colleges Upset by HHS Rule Requiring Student Health Plans to Comply With Mandate (5306)

The latest news on the administration's 'accommodation,' including more pro-life concerns.

03/21/2012 Comments (3)
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– Shutterstock

Representatives of Catholic colleges voiced disappointment in a new federal rule finalizing the requirement to include student health plans in the administration’s controversial new contraception mandate.

Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, said the mandate will undermine the efforts of every Catholic family that “chooses a Catholic college to ensure an appropriate Christian environment for their daughter.”

Reilly told EWTN News on March 19 that the requirement violates religious freedom and will be helping to “supply promiscuous college students.”

Under the mandate, he explained, a college freshman girl will be able to arrange for a free “tubal ligation or an IUD...READ MORE

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