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Religious Freedom (Briefly) Surfaces During Debates, Stirring Frustration (4443)

Where the HHS mandate stands in the midst of pre-election sound bites and strategy.

10/18/2012 Comments (16)

– Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images

Throughout much of the 2012 presidential campaign season, Catholic leaders and their allies have struggled to explain to the public how the federal contraception mandate threatens the free exercise of religion enshrined in the Constitution.

The two presidential debates on domestic issues and one vice-presidential debate looked like an ideal opportunity to break through partisan efforts to frame opposition to the mandate as a “war on women.” After all, both the GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, and his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, have continuously spoken out against the mandate and its narrow religious exemption that forces Catholic institutions to provide co-pay-free...READ MORE

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Obama vs. Romney, Round 2 (2007)

A look at the postmortems of presidential debate No. 2, from the thoughtful to the rhetorical.

10/18/2012 Comment

– Win McNamee/Getty Images

Contraception and the Presidential Debate between Obama and Romney - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Doubts About Mitt - Anna Williams, First Things/First Thoughts

The Case for Voting for the Non-Intrinsic Evil Candidate - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

Did Romney Just Betray Social Conservatives? - Matthew Schmitz, First Things/First Thoughts

I Was Watching a Townhall and a Fight Broke Out - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Debate Takeaways - John White, Catholic Vote

Some Quick Post Debate Thoughts - Darwin Catholic, The American Catholic

Scoring The Debates, For Real - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

A Dime’s Worth of Difference:...READ MORE

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Clashing Views of Women Emerge in Presidential Debate (5705)

News analysis on courting the women's vote before Election 2012.

10/17/2012 Comments (17)

Just before yesterday’s debate, a USA Today/Gallup poll showed Gov. Mitt Romney taking the lead over President Barack Obama. The lead was largely attributed to more women giving their support to the governor. As I wrote yesterday, this suggests that maybe, just maybe, women care about more than “pelvic politics” (abortion, contraception, abortion and abortion).

The debates gave considerable evidence of each candidate’s view of women. When asked about pay equity, Obama started with a personal story about his grandmother and wound up talking about Planned Parenthood. Romney, on the other hand, spoke about what he’d done as governor in Massachusetts. Yes, he made an awkward statement about...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict XVI Believes Christianity Will Rekindle in Europe (3944)

'The Truth Never Ages,' the Holy Father declares in a new documentary screened at the Synod of Bishops, which continues through Oct. 28.

10/17/2012 Comments (7)

– Giancarlo Giuliani-Vatican Pool via Getty Images

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI granted a rare interview to the creators of a documentary in which he said that he is “convinced” that “there will also be a new springtime for Christianity” in Europe.

The bishops, experts and observers at the Synod on the New Evangelization were treated to a screening of the new documentary at the Oct. 15 afternoon session.

“[T]he desire for God … is profoundly inscribed into each human soul and cannot disappear. Certainly we can forget God for a time … but God never disappears,” Pope Benedict said on screen, though he was not in the audience. “This restlessness … is an expression of the hope that man may, ever and anew … start to journey towards...READ MORE

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What is Prudential Judgment, Virtue of Business, Battle Over Words in the Culture Wars, and More! (1273)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/17/2012 Comment

Prudential Judgement. Click on the link by Darwin Catholic to read more.

Prudential Judgement – Darwin Catholic, The American Catholic

The Virtue of Business – Kevin Lowry, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Battle Over Words in the Culture Wars – Melissa Maleski, Truth and Charity Forum

Minister Under Fire for Say Catholics Can’t Teach Abortion is Bad and More via the LifeSiteNews website – Big ulpit

Dealing With A Miscarriage: My Journey Through Grief – Michelle, Catholic Sistas

Top Ten Potential Patron Saints For New Evangelization – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

A Prayer for America, an Election Video – Joseph Koss, Ignitum Today

Ten Questions on Transubstantiation and Substance of the Holy Eucharist – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List


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An Evangelist for the New Evangelization (4518)

A New Jersey priest is helping Rome promote the Church’s mission for the Year of Faith.

10/17/2012 Comments (19)

Father Geno Sylva

– Catholic News Agency



After telling people what he does at the Vatican, Father Geno Sylva has come to expect the inevitable question: “What is the New Evangelization?”

Fortunately, the New Jersey priest has devoted the last few years not only to answering that question, but living out the New Evangelization himself and teaching others to do so, as well.

A priest of the Diocese of Paterson, Father Sylva began an assignment in July at the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. The council, which was formed in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI, is overseeing the implementation of the Year of Faith that begins Oct. 11, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second...READ MORE

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Rome Sabbatical Course Revised to Allow More U.S. Priests (2435)

Pontifical North American College program serves to re-energize its priestly participants.

10/17/2012 Comments (2)

VATICAN CITY — A Rome-based sabbatical program for priests from the U.S. is being overhauled to allow even more American clerics to take time out to pray, relax and study in the Eternal City.

“I think this sabbatical course is so, so essential. Priests come here, I think, tired. They come here perhaps having lost some of that initial zeal,” said course director Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo.

“And what we find is that in those weeks, by praying together, eating together, traveling together, studying together, that priests again receive a sense of that initial spark that lead them into the seminary and in which they were formed and ordained.”

At present, the Institute for Continuing...READ MORE

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Doctors Urge Court to Consider Fetal Pain in Ariz. Abortion Law (1568)

'Hormonal, behavioral and physiologic evidence supports the legislature’s conclusion that a fetus at 20 weeks gestation feels pain,' read the amicus brief, filed with the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

10/17/2012 Comments (4)

A group of doctors called on an appeals court to consider the ability of a fetus to feel pain in examining an Arizona law preventing abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

“Hormonal, behavioral and physiologic evidence supports the legislature’s conclusion that a fetus at 20 weeks gestation feels pain,” read the amicus brief, filed with the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

It argued that the state has an established interest in eliminating or reducing “activities that provoke pain.”

The brief was filed on Oct. 10 on behalf of Doctors on Fetal Pain, a physician and medical researcher association that seeks to raise awareness about evidence showing the ability of unborn children...READ MORE

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