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Would Obama's Mandate Fly With the Founding Fathers? (4657)

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03/15/2012 Comments (15)

Detail of John Trumbull's painting ‘Declaration of Independence’ depicts the men who drafted the document, from left: John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.

Although there was hardly a Catholic among them, the Founding Fathers would surely be with the bishops on President Barack Obama’s Health and Human Services’ mandate.

The young American republic was largely born from a Protestant dissenting tradition. The freedom to worship freely was a deep root of the colonial experience; as scholars like Barry Alan Shain and Donald Lutz have shown, colonial America was made up of countless small congregations wanting to live as their beliefs guided them.

It was reflected, of course, ultimately in the First Amendment, which enshrined that Congress could make no law prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Most of the state constitutions followed suit,...READ MORE

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Radiation Could Have Created The Holy Shroud of Turin, Methodist Conversion Story, and much more! (4480)

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03/15/2012 Comments (5)

Radiation Could Have Created Holy Shroud Image. Click on the link by Andrea Tornielli to read more.

Radiation Could Have Created Holy Shroud Image - Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Methodist Convert: Rebekah Durham Hart - Why I’m Catholic

The Death-Haunted Art of Friendship (Part I) - Eve Tushnet, Catholic Lane

Freedom And Flexibility: Homeschooling - Rebecca Frech, Ignitum Today

Docility Is Not Wimpiness - Super Trad Mum, Etheldreda’s Place

Bishop Olmsted Teaches on the Propers of the Mass - Adam Bartlett, The Chant Café

U.S. Ordinariate New Liturgical Calendar - New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Pro-Abortion Bigot Group Attacks Catholics in New York Times Paid Ad - Fr. Z’s Blog

Secular Inhumanity, Part One: The State Against The Family - Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine


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U.S. Bishops Vow to Stay the Course in HHS Mandate Fight (4692)

Led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the USCCB Administration Committee announced an upcoming statement on religious liberty, while legal and legislative remedies will be pursued.

03/14/2012 Comments (12)

UPDATE: On March !5, White House spokesman rejected calls for further “dialogue” between church leaders and the Obama administration on the HHS contraception mandate.

“The solution that was reached here … has been reached, and we firmly believe that it achieves the goals that the president set,” Carney said at Thursday’s White House press conference.

UPDATE 2: House Speaker John Boehner is under increasing pressure to end or delay his effort to produce legislation broadening the religious exemption for the mandate. On March 15,  12 Democratic women in the Senate issued a letter calling on the Speaker to “abandon the promise” he had made to bring legislation to the House floor overriding...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Mary Is Our Model for Prayer (3991)

The Mother of God, he explained on March 14, “teaches us the necessity of prayer.”

03/14/2012 Comments (3)

Profound and constant prayer enabled the Virgin Mary to embrace God’s will in her life, Pope Benedict XVI taught in his March 14 general audience.

Jesus’ mother “was placed by the Lord at the decisive moments of salvation history and has always been able to respond with full availability, the result of a deep relationship with God developed in assiduous and intense prayer,” the Pope told the more than 10,000 pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square.

In recent months, the Pope has traced the history of prayer through the Old Testament and the four Gospels, focusing on the Psalms and the prayer life of Christ himself. This Wednesday, he began a new chapter in his series of talks on prayer by focusing...READ MORE

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Baseball, Steroids, the Pill and Russian Roulette (7091)

Did you know there are similarities between anabolic steroids and the pill?

03/14/2012 Comments (10)

With the official start of the 2012 baseball season mere days away, unfortunately, a new steroid controversy has erupted, this time involving the Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun.

Braun, the reigning National League MVP, tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in October 2011 and was suspended for 50 games. He subsequently appealed the ruling, and, in February 2012, it was overturned on a technicality.

While those of us who are baseball fans would no doubt rather simply focus on all of the excitement and expectation of the upcoming season, perhaps it’s worth taking some time to reflect on the kind of risk/reward analysis that leads some of us to decide to take these hormones in the...READ MORE

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New Poll Shows How Strongly Americans Oppose the HHS Mandate (4475)

Women especially are displeased. The president's approval rating has also dropped as a result of the federal rule.

03/14/2012 Comments (6)

A recent poll shows that President Barack Obama’s approval ratings dropped 12 percentage points among women voters, despite claims that a federal contraception mandate would help his bid for re-election.

“It’s definitely something that young women are concerned about,” said Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students for Life of America.

Hawkins told CNA on March 13 that beyond just contraception or abortion, the mandate touches on the issue of religious freedom, which is clear to any woman in the U.S., “whether she’s religious or not.”

“It goes too far,” she said, adding that women are beginning to ask fundamental questions about what the government would be able to regulate next if...READ MORE

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Missouri Bishop Reflects on Visits With Benedict XVI and John Paul II (1791)

Bishop John Gaydos of Jefferson City, Mo., and other bishops from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska are currently in Rome.

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Bishop John Gaydos of Jefferson City, Mo., was at the Vatican this week visiting with Pope Benedict and reporting on the health of his diocese, but the trip also brought back memories of seeing John Paul II in 1997.

Bishop Gaydos said it is “really heartening” for him to meet with Benedict XVI.

“Peter is listening to us, wanting to make sure that we know that we are working with him and that he is praying and working with us,” the bishop told EWTN News March 12 outside the Congregation for Divine Worship in Vatican City.

This visit drew U.S .bishops from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

“We spoke of vocations, of seminary work, of the new opportunity we have with the Hispanic people...READ MORE

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Ghent Chant Explained, Bach Fugue, Religious Freedom is Social Justice, Holy Coat, and much more! (2668)

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Ghent Chant Manuscript Explanation. Click on the link by Jeffrey A. Tucker to learn more.

Ghent Chant Manuscript Explanation - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

An Image for the Church in a Bach Fugue - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Religious Freedom Is Social Justice - George Weigel

Holy Coat Pilgrimage 2012 - Gregor Kollmorgen, New Liturgical Movement

Two Bits of Liturgical News from the Episcopacy - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

Maxims Of The Saints - Sr. Lisa Marie Doty FDCC, Ignitum Today

Do the Poor Need Capitalism? - Joe Carter, Acton Institute/PowerBlog

Evidence Emerges That We Are Winning the Mandate Fight - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

Game On! (Rick Santorum Campaign Music Video)! - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

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