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In Revolution Square, Pope Praises Religious Freedom (1719)

03/28/2012 Comments (1)
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Pilgrims at the Solemn Papal Mass in Revolution Square.

– Michelle Bauman/CNA

HAVANA, Cuba—Cuba has made progress towards full religious freedom, and the government should continue these advances to strengthen society and to allow the Catholic Church to pursue her mission, Pope Benedict XVI said at a huge public Mass in Havana, Cuba.

“It must be said with joy that in Cuba steps have been taken to enable the Church to carry out her essential mission of expressing her faith openly and publicly,” the Pope said in his homily on March 28.

“Nonetheless, this must continue forwards, and I wish to encourage the country’s government authorities to strengthen what has already been achieved and advance along this path of genuine service to the true good of Cuban society as a...READ MORE

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First Freedom Receives Another Blow in Massachusetts Federal Court (5331)

The USCCB’s contract with HHS for anti-trafficking services is ruled unconstitutional, raising issues for CRS and Catholic Charities contracts.

03/28/2012 Comments (19)

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A federal court in Massachusetts has ruled that the U.S. bishops’ contract with the federal government for the provision of counseling support for trafficking victims was unconstitutional.

In a further blow to the free exercise of church-affiliated institutions, Judge Richard Stearns ruled on March 23 in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, which challenged the constitutionality of the federal government’s contract with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services (MRS).

The court ruled that the Department of Health and Human Services contract with MRS violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The HHS contract...READ MORE

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Mathematical Proof that Birth Control Fails, eBook Review of Abp Chaput's Latest, and much more! (4302)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/28/2012 Comment

Mathematical Proof that Birth Control Fails. Click on the link by Stacy Trasancos PhD to learn more about the truth behind birth control.

Mathematical Proof that Birth Control Fails - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Accepting Abundance

“A Heart on Fire”, eBook Review - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

How Gothic Art Began - Thomas Beyer, Pop Sophia

Information about and Trailer for “Cosmic Origins” - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Bishop Opens Extraordinary Form Shrine in New Brighton - Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

The Fourth Station: Jesus Meets His Mother - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Benedictine College’s 8-Year “Greatness” Plan - Tom Hoopes, Catholic Vote

Success and Failure in the Church - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

“Your God’s Wrong”: Judge Erupts In Angry Tirade at Pro-lifer - Tony...READ MORE

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Judge Rules on Constitutionality of Defunded USCCB Contract (2168)

Bishops grant to help trafficking victims stated that subcontractors could not provide or refer for abortion services or contraceptive materials for its clients. The District of Massachusetts judge said the case is not about government forcing a religious institution to act contrary to its fundamental beliefs, but about 'the limits of the government’s ability to delegate to a religious institution the right to use taxpayer money to impose its beliefs on others (who may or may not share them).'

03/28/2012 Comments (3)

A federal judge sparked criticism after he ruled unconstitutional the government’s accommodation of pro-life beliefs in an anti-human-trafficking contract with the U.S. bishops.

“The bishops are disappointed and probably will appeal. This is another assault on the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment,” Sister Mary Ann Walsh, spokeswoman for the bishops’ conference, told EWTN News March 27.

The bishops’ contract proposal for a major five-year grant was approved in 2006 under the Trafficking Victims Prevention Act. The proposal contained language ensuring that its victim services are not used to “refer or fund activities that would be contrary to our moral convictions and religious...READ MORE

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A Rough Week at the Supreme Court for Obamacare (3759)

Church leaders await the decision with mixed emotions.

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Ron Kirby holds a sign while marching in protest of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in front of the U.S. Supreme Court March 26.

– Mark Wilson/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops advocated for universal health insurance for decades, but could not endorse the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act because of concerns about abortion funding and weak conscience provisions.

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will complete three days of often contentious oral arguments on the constitutionality of the new health bill. And, for Church leaders, the proceedings serve as a painful reminder of the difficulty of securing universal health care in the United States, but also this administration’s failure to embrace the moral concerns of a natural ally on social policy.

Asked to comment on the high-profile case before the court, Sister Mary Ann...READ MORE

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Blessed Karl von Habsburg, Are Mormons Christians, A Dominican and Jesuit Walk Into a Bar, and more! (4014)

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03/28/2012 Comment

Blessed Karl von Habsburg. Click on the link by Denis Kitzinger to read more of this holy and pious man.

Blessed Karl von Habsburg - Denis Kitzinger, Crisis Magazine

Quæritur: Are Mormons Christians? - Fr. Z’s Blog

A Dominican and a Jesuit Walk Into a Bar. . .4 Catholic Jokes - Saint Peter’s List

“The Mystery of the Annunciation is the Mystery of Grace” - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Ignatius Insight Scoop

How can We Mature through the First Few Rooms of the Interior Castle? - Sr. Carmen Laudis OCD, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Questions Answered: Does Hell Exist & Civil Law vs. Moral Law - Fr. Brian Mullady OP, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Church in America: Low Grade Civil War - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Understanding “Tolerance” - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of...READ MORE

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Medieval Music Documentary, New Evanglelization Tips, Thriving Catholic Schools, and much more! (3443)

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03/27/2012 Comments (2)

Medieval Music Documentary on the BBC. Click on the link by Webmaster Gareth to read, listen, and learn more.

Medieval Music Documentary on the BBC - Webmaster Gareth, Catholic & Welsh

New Evangelization Tips - Fr. John A. Leies SM, HLI America/Truth & Charity Forum

Thriving Catholic Schools Profiled - Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

Great Idea: A Monastic Community Visits Your Parish - New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Top 10 Questions You Never Hear at Franciscan University, Steubenville - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

B16-Watchers: Gallery of People with Canes Who Are Not Retiring - Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Mystery Marian Shrine Has More Pilgrims than Guadalupe & Lourdes - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Five Practical Ways to Pray with Mary - Marge Fenelon, Catholic Lane


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Priest Ordained Early to Fulfill Father's Wish (4217)

March 25 issue feature: Father Richard Dyer was ordained early to fulfill his dying father’s wish to be present.

03/27/2012 Comments (19)
Stacy Rausch

BLESSED DAY. Father Richard Dyer was ordained early so that his father could attend.

– Stacy Rausch

In the past several months, new priest Father Richard Dyer has experienced deeply the highs and lows of the Christian life.

In late December, he was ordained a priest six months early for the Diocese of Arlington, Va., by Bishop Paul Loverde to fulfill his dying father’s wish to be present at his ordination.

After seeing his son become a priest, Father Dyer’s father, Richard Dyer Sr., passed away the following day — at almost the same time his son finished celebrating his first Mass.

“Even amongst the sadness, there’s so much grace being poured out on me, my dad and my family,” Father Dyer said. “We do have our moments of sadness and deep sadness, of course, on the natural level, but...READ MORE

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