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2 Women Defeat Washington Plan B Law (3941)

Pharmacists are no longer forced to dispense abortion-inducing drugs.

02/23/2012 Comments (6)

Gov. Christine Gregoire

A federal court in Tacoma, Wash., struck down a state rule requiring pharmacists to dispense Plan B, the “emergency contraceptive” that is also an abortifacient, even if doing so would violate their religious beliefs. The court ruled on Ash Wednesday that the rule violated the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion.

The Feb. 22 ruling declared the Washington State Pharmacy Board’s regulations unconstitutional under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

In 2006, the Washington State Board of Pharmacy voted to protect pharmacists’ right of conscience. Democratic Gov. Christine...READ MORE

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The Ideological Morgue (2284)

Feb. 26 issue column on why the Church's voice is needed in the war on religious freedom.

02/23/2012 Comments (1)
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Besotted with the preservation and acquisition of power, the Obama administration has executed several political moves that directly or indirectly undermine the Catholic Church. The abandonment of the Defense of Marriage Act, the loss of funds for sex-trafficking victims and the direct assault on religious liberty by the Health and Human Services contraception mandate have caused a soporific American Catholic Church to coalesce around an ancient message: An unjust law is no law at all — we will not comply. Still, standing for the truth is one matter; being able to articulate it is another.

Catholics look upon these political and societal moves with grave caution, as we have seen them before....READ MORE

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Pope Gets Political, Catholics and Economics, Transfiguring the Crystal Cathedral, and much more! (3810)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/23/2012 Comments (3)

The Pope Gets Political. Click on the link by Robert P. George to understand why.

The Pope Gets Political - Robert P. George, Crisis Magazine

Why the Believer Knows More About Science - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Catholic Lane

Transfiguring the Crystal Cathedral - Terry Mattingly, On Religion

“Under the Control of the State” - Fr. James V. Schall, Catholic World Report

The Unmanly Bitterness of the Manosphere - DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

What Members of the Eastern Churches can Teach Us about Fasting - A Reluctant Sinner

Canon Made Impossible: Ehrman, McDowell & an Unlikely Agreement - Brent Stubbs, Called to Communion

Sister Marie-Thérèse’s Trials - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

Both Funny and Quite Sad: Women “Priests” Simulated “Mass”...READ MORE

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In Washington State, a Victory for Conscience (3125)

Court upholds pro-life pharmacists’ objections to dispensing abortifacient contraceptives.

02/23/2012 Comments (3)
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It was a great way to start Lent. On Ash Wednesday, in an eagerly anticipated case, a federal judge in Washington State issued a ruling that strongly affirmed the centrality of the rights of conscience and religious exercise.

The court ruled that Christian pharmacists could not be required to stock and dispense medication that violated their religious beliefs. In sharp contrast to the Obama administration’s recent efforts to mandate that Catholics and other religious believers act contrary to Church teachings, the court in Washington recognized that such actions violate religious liberty. Moreover, the court examined, in detail, the troubling reasons for the state regulations and the...READ MORE

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Clergy Declare 'State of Emergency' Over HHS Mandate (3295)

As religious leaders remain vigilant in their opposition to the revised rule, including the EWTN CEO and Register publisher, insurance companies don't believe it will cut costs.

02/23/2012 Comments (6)
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A group of ministers from numerous religious backgrounds sent a message to the White House declaring a “state of emergency” over the health-insurance mandate that may force religious employers to violate their consciences.

“Protestants are beginning to close ranks and join our Catholic friends on this issue,” said Lutheran minister Norman Lund.
Lund told EWTN News on Feb. 21 that he considers the issue to be part of his Christian identity and “an issue worth fighting and dying for.” He explained that the core problem “is not birth control,” but “the freedom of churches to determine their own policies and positions on issues like birth control.”

“In other words,” he said, “this is an...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict XVI: Envoy of Peace to Mexico (3161)

His first trip comes during a time of flux.

02/23/2012 Comments (7)
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Pope Benedict XVI stands with President of Mexico Felipe Calderon during a meeting at his private library in 2007 in Vatican City.

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MEXICO CITY — Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit to Mexico, planned for March 23-26, comes at a time when Mexicans could use a reminder that hope is on the horizon.

“Mexicans’ spirits are low,” observed Rossana Gómez, a languages professor from Mexico City. “It’s gotten to the point that there seems to be no hope of improvement in the future.”

Mexico has taken blow after blow in recent years, from the outbreak of the H1N1 virus in 2009 to the economic recession to the drug-related slaughters in Monterrey and the border towns. Violence has escalated in recent months, even in formerly peaceful cities like Veracruz and Acapulco, as warring drug cartels have dumped decapitated or tortured bodies...READ MORE

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Bringing Jesus to Prisoners, Oscar Wilde's Conversion, Satan, Santorum, Evil Empire, and more! (4327)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/23/2012 Comment

The Long Conversion of Oscar Wilde. Click on the link by Andrew McCracken to read more.

Bringing the Lord to Prisoners - Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

The Long Conversion of Oscar Wilde - Andrew McCracken, New Oxford Review

Lent: Why The Christian Must Deny Himself - Brother Austin G. Murphy OSB, Ignatius Insight

Satan & Santorum: Perspective from Reagan’s Evil Empire Speech - Dr. Paul Kengor, Catholic Lane

40 Ways to get the Most out of Lent - Marcellino D’Ambrosio PhD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Marc Barnes Interview: Bad Catholic, Buffoonery, Beauty, & Books - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

The Coming Age of the Laity - Christopher Manion, Crisis Magazine

Clerical Narcissism and Lent - George Weigel, First Things/On The Square

The Effrontery of Rick Santorum -...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan Backs Respect for Rights of Conscience Act: Contact Your Legislator Now (8061)

Letter asks Catholic leaders to 'act now by contacting our legislators' to support bill awaiting tough Senate vote.

02/22/2012 Comments (17)
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Cardinal Timothy Dolan

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In the wake of the Vatican consistory where he was created cardinal, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, along with Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., chairman of the bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, called for immediate action to support the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. The proposed amendment, Senate Amendment 1520, faces an uphill fight in the U.S. Senate, where it is expected to come up for a vote the week of Feb. 27.

The legislation will ensure that those who participate in the health-care system “retain the right to provide, purchase or enroll in health coverage that is consistent with their religious...READ MORE

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