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EWTN Files Suit to Block Contraception Mandate (24823)

The worldwide Catholic network asks the court to stop federal rule that requires it to pay for ‘immoral services.’

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IRONDALE, Ala. — Eternal Word Television Network filed a lawsuit today in U.S. District Court in Birmingham, Ala., seeking to halt the federal government’s imposition of its contraception mandate and to have the court declare the federal rule unconstitutional.

The lawsuit names Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other federal agencies, as defendants.

The network released a statement today regarding the action.

The network is the first lay Catholic organization to challenge the constitutionality of the HHS final rule, approved by the Obama administration on Jan. 20. North Carolina’s Belmont Abbey College and Colorado Christian...READ MORE

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Boehner vs. HHS: 'Attack by the Federal Government on Religious Freedom ... Must Not Stand' (2221)

House Speaker John Boehner says Congress will reverse contraception rule if administration won't. Rep. Fred Upton has also announced plans to advance legislation 'to reverse the controversial decision and restore long-standing conscience protections.'

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WASHINGTON (EWTN NEWS/CNA)—Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, vowed Feb. 8 to use legislative means to fight the Obama administration’s controversial contraception mandate.

In a rare speech on the House floor, Boehner said that the recently announced mandate “constitutes an unambiguous attack on religious freedom in our country.”

He warned that if President Obama does not reverse the mandate, “then the Congress, acting on behalf of the American people and the Constitution we are sworn to uphold and defend, must.”

On Jan. 20, Department of Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a new mandate that requires virtually all employers to purchase health...READ MORE

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Bishops Were Not Invited to White House HHS Discussions (3495)

Bishop William Lori: "No one from the administration has approached the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops for discussions on this matter of a possible ‘compromise.’"

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Despite rumors of a compromise on the government’s controversial contraception mandate, the White House has not offered any concessions to the U.S. bishops’ conference and has not contacted them about possible negotiations.

Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., told EWTN News in a Feb. 8 statement that “no one from the administration has approached the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops for discussions on this matter of a possible ‘compromise.’”

Bishop Lori, who chairs the bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty, maintained that “the only acceptable solution to the HHS mandate is for the administration to rescind completely the mandate to cover abortion-inducing drugs,...READ MORE

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Bringing Christ's Church Door to Door (10612)

In street-level evangelization, Catholics are beginning to take a page from Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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Homeowners are used to members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints coming to their doors, but many Catholic door-to-door missionaries are springing up across the country for the purposes of evangelization.

The efforts have no centralized headquarters. They’re simply the grassroots efforts of faithful Catholics who continue to bring the Good News to the ends of the earth.

For marketing representative John Rosenthal and retiree Roger Cruze, the door-knocking effort was the outgrowth of Rosenthal’s business.

“As I went door-to-door as an appointment setter for a home-improvement company, I kept encountering broken people,” said Rosenthal. “I would...READ MORE

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St. Gregory on Preparing for Lent, The Need to Address Nancy Pelosi, Vatican III, and much more! (3257)

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Nancy Pelosi Deserves to be Taken Seriously, Very Seriously. Click on the link by Respected Canon Lawyer Dr. Ed Peters Canon Lawyer to read more.

How St. Gregory Prepared the Church for Lent (Septuagesima, etc. . .) - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Nancy Pelosi Deserves to be Taken Seriously, Very Seriously - Dr. Ed Peters Canon Lawyer, In the Light of the Law

Vatican III? Where? - George Weigel, First Things/On The Square

App Review: FOCUSequip - Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

2005: Romney Makes Catholic Hospitals to Distribute Morning-After-Pill - Gudrun Schultz, LifeSiteNews.com

Nancy Pelosi Claims Your Support - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

The Bishops are Standing Up to Obama, But What of Nancy Pelosi? - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Tide of History with the Pro-Life Cause - Fr. John A. Leies SM, HLI...READ MORE

Filed under barack obama, catholic blogosphere, evil, excommunication, hhs contraception mandate, kathleen sebelius, nancy pelosi, obamacare, religious freedom, religious liberty

Pope: Christ's Cross Reflects 'Love of God, Who Never Abandons' (1960)

Feb. 8 papal general audience focuses on the prayerful cry of Jesus Christ on the cross: 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN NEWS/CNA)—The cry of Christ on the cross should remind everyone that God always hears their prayers, even when he seems distant, Pope Benedict XVI said Feb. 8.

“Let us bring to God our daily crosses, in the certainty that he is present and listens to us,” he said at the Wednesday general audience, held with several thousand people in Paul VI Hall.

Pope Benedict made his remarks as part of his ongoing series of weekly reflections on prayer. Today he focused on the prayerful cry of Jesus Christ during his final agony on the cross on Good Friday: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

“This cry comes after a three-hour period when there was darkness over the whole...READ MORE

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Federal Court Strikes Down California Marriage Law (6066)

Bishops denounce decision in high-profile case headed for the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Andy Pugno, general counsel for the ProtectMarriage.com coalition.

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SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court has ruled that a California-voter-approved initiative to define marriage as between one man and one woman has no rational basis and violates the U.S. Constitution.

In a 2-to-1 decision, a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court ruled that Proposition 8, passed in 2008 by 52% of the state’s voters, “serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.”

Bishops swiftly denounced the decision. Calling the ruling “a grave injustice,” Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan,...READ MORE

Filed under bishops, california prop. 8, marriage, perry v. brow, religious freedom, same-sex 'marriage'

Rick Santorum Sweeps 3 State Victories and Vows to Fight for Faith and Freedom (2544)

Presidential hopeful talks about God-given rights at Missouri rally Feb. 7.

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Rick Santorum speaks at a rally in Missouri on the evening of Feb. 7, when he won three GOP races.

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As presidential contender Rick Santorum swept three Feb. 7 contests in the GOP race for the nomination, he stated that this election is about whether or not rights come from God or the government.

Santorum said at a rally in Missouri on the evening of Feb. 7 that “freedom is at stake in this election” and that he would defend religious liberty and listen to the American people as president.

“This is the most important election in your lifetime,” he said.

Santorum won the GOP caucuses in Colorado, where Mitt Romney had recently been leading in the polls, as well as the Minnesota caucuses and the non-binding Missouri primary, a symbolic contest that serves as a straw poll before the...READ MORE

Filed under 2012 elections, catholic church, contraceptive mandate, gop race, hhs, religious freedom, rick santorum

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