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Families Face Moral Dilemmas With Obamacare (9983)

With federal regulations putting the squeeze on families and their options, some Christian ministries offer a hopeful alternative.

11/06/2013 Comments (30)

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks Oct. 30 during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing.

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WASHINGTON — The disastrous rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has challenged the president’s famous promise: “If you like your plan, you can keep it; if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”

But according to Catholic and other Christian critics, Obamacare appears also to say that if a person likes his morals, he can’t keep those either.

Scott Griswold, a Catholic insurance agent in South Carolina, said health insurance has been part of his insurance business for more than two decades. But the ACA’s mandates have made him decide that his conscience won’t allow him to sell health policies in the future.

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Ten Bishops Nominated for USCCB President (5912)

A successor to current president Cardinal Timothy Dolan will be elected at the Nov. 11-14 USCCB general assembly in Baltimore.

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WASHINGTON — Ten bishops are nominees to become the next president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at the group’s general assembly to be held in Baltimore Nov. 11-14.

The nominees come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The conference president plays a significant role in coordinating and leading charitable and social work and education, while providing a public face for the Catholic Church in the U.S.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond is the first New Orleans native to head the city’s archdiocese, where he had served as an auxiliary bishop from 1997-2000. He is the former bishop of Austin, Texas, and has been archbishop of New Orleans since 2009.

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Why the Church Will Never Approve Same-Sex Unions, How to Spring a Soul from Purgatory and More! (5890)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/06/2013 Comments (1)

Why the Church Will Never Approve Same-Sex Unions. Follow the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker to read more.

Why the Church Will Never Approve Same-Sex Unions by Fr. Dwight Longenecker - BigPulpit.com

How to Spring a Soul from Purgatory in 4 Easy Steps – Taylor Marshall PhD

Good News About Down Syndrome – Chelsea Zimmerman, Ignitum Today

O’Malley: Public Should Know which Health Plans Cover Abortion – Catholic Herald

The Unia & Vatican II – Byz Pulpit

The Blacklisting of Orson Scott Card – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Why Religion Matters More Than Science – Stacy Trasancos PhD

On the Ringing of Bells and Other “Anachronisms” - Peter Kwasniewski, New Liturgical Movement

Blessed John Paul II’s ‘Thomystic’ Personalism - Deacon Jim Russell, Catholic Stand


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U.S. Bishops: ENDA Bill Is Wrong Solution to Discrimination (4623)

A bill to prohibit workplace discrimination against homosexual and transgender persons threatens religious freedom and undermines the biological basis of gender, its critics say.

11/05/2013 Comments (12)

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WASHINGTON — A bill to prohibit workplace discrimination against homosexual and transgender persons poses serious threats to religious freedom and undermines the biological basis of gender, say its critics as it heads to a crucial Senate vote.

“All Americans should oppose unjust discrimination, but ENDA does not advance that goal. In fact, it moves us in the wrong direction,” said scholar and author Ryan T. Anderson.

He told CNA on Nov. 5 that the proposed law “creates new, subjective protected classes that would expose employers to unimaginable liability.”

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Vatican Releases Preparatory Document for Synod on Family (2489)

The synod, which will take place in October 2014, will explore the theme of the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.

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Cardinal Peter Erdo, relator general of the 2014 Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, speaks at at a Nov. 5 Vatican press conference.

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VATICAN CITY — At a press conference Tuesday, the Vatican released the official preparatory document on the upcoming synod of bishops on the family, revealing key topics the meeting’s discussion will focus on.

“The document contains, as well as a general presentation on the matter, various essential biblical and magisterial quotations on the theme as well as a questionnaire on the main challenges regarding the family,” said Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary.

Cardinal Erdo, who was appointed as the new general secretary of the Synod of Bishops by Pope Francis on Sept. 21, made the announcement at the press conference.

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Modified Liturgy Coming to Ordinariate Parishes in Advent (10544)

The new ordinariate-use Mass texts are fully Catholic, but also retain the liturgical heritage that former Episcopalians and Anglicans brought with them into the Church.

11/05/2013 Comments (13)

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ARLINGTON, Texas — One of the most beloved prayers in the Anglican tradition is called the Prayer of Humble Access, but some cherished words were omitted from the Anglican-use Mass, the Vatican-approved liturgy that allowed former Episcopalians and Anglicans to bring elements of their liturgical tradition with them into the Catholic Church.

Come the First Sunday of Advent, however, the missing words of Humble Access will be included in the new ordinariate-use Mass, no doubt gladdening the hearts of many former Episcopalians who recently have become Catholics through the ordinariate.

Said by a kneeling congregation before going to Communion, the famous Prayer of Humble Access begins:


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The Franciscan University of Steubenville Story, What Faith Is and What It Isn't and Much More! (3199)

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11/05/2013 Comment

The Franciscan University of Steubenville Story. Follow the link by Beverly Stevens of Regina Magazine to read more.

The Franciscan University of Steubenville Story – Beverly Stevens, Regina Magazine

3000 Religious Leave Religious Life Each Year, Some Reasons via Fr. Z's Blog (Link Repaired) – BigPulpit.com

What Faith Is and What it Isn’t – Fr. Robert Barron, Strange Notions

“Satan, Haunter of the World, Is Haunted by Holiness” – Jamey Brown, Catholic Stand

We Need More Brainy Cardinals like Prosper Grech – Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic Herald

N. S. A. Vatican Spying Scandal – BigPulpit.com

Catholic Dads: The Mood in Marital Bedroom – E. Neubauer, 21 Century Pilgrim

Francis, They Hardly Know Ye – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

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Pope Francis: Find Strength, Hope in the Mercy of God (3603)

Remembering bishops and cardinals recently passed away, Pope Francis said the love of God is “the most invincible motive” for Christian hope.

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– CNA/Alberto Chincilla

VATICAN CITY — At a special Mass honoring all of the bishops and cardinals who have died during the past year, Pope Francis said that nothing can separate Christians from the love of the merciful God.

“It is not by chance that Jesus wanted to preserve the wounds on his hands to make us feel his mercy. This is our strength and our hope,” the Pope said during his homily at a Nov. 4 Mass at the Altar of the Chair inside St. Peter’s Basilica.

In the month of November, “which is marked by the memory of the faithful departed,” said the Pope, “we remember our brother cardinals and bishops from around the world who have returned to the Father's house during the past year.”

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