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Rubio Introduces Bill to Protect Church Organizations Against Obama's Mandate (10969)

HHS contraceptive requirement, with narrow exemption, 'tells us a lot about the administration's overreach in all parts of our lives,' Florida senator says.

01/31/2012 Comments (23)
Courtesy of the Office of Sen. Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio

– Courtesy of the Office of Sen. Marco Rubio

WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012 today, marking the GOP’s first legislative response to the Obama administration’s regulation requiring coverage of contraception and sterilization for all private employer health plans.

The bill is designed to repeal the narrow religious exemption included in the federal rule. Approved on Jan. 20, it has since been denounced by Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and more than 100 bishops throughout the nation.

In a statement released Jan. 31 marking his sponsorship of the legislation, the freshman senator described the...READ MORE

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Life Worthy of Living, 10 Must-See Web Resources for Catholics, How to Love Your Neighbor, and more! (3144)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/31/2012 Comment

Life Worthy of Living. Click on the link by Fr. George W. Rutler to read more.

650th Anniversary Founding of English Hospice in Rome - Gerard O’Connell, La Stampa

St. Paul and Me: My Conversion Story - Jay Boyd PhD, Philothea on Phire

Life Worthy of Living - Fr. George W. Rutler, Crisis Magazine

The World Ends With You - Jared Dale Combista, Ignitum Today

Ten Must-See Web Resources for Catholics - Mark Shea, Our Sunday Visitor

Call Me “Mrs.” Please! - Lorraine Murray, Integrated Catholic Life™

(Im)Patience - Liam Ferguson, Dulcius Ex Asperis

“Two Thumbs Up” to Professor Patrick Deneen - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

How To Love Your Neighbor - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

The Girl Scouts: Latest Front in the Culture War - Over the Rhine and Into...READ MORE

Filed under canon law, catholic blogosphere, charismatic movement, girl scouts, homosexuality, justice, patience

Mentally Ill Woman Fights Court-Ordered Abortion and Sterilization (5799)

Court intervenes in a Catholic mother's treatment, but 'Mary Moe' gets reprieve from appeals court.

01/31/2012 Comments (9)
mass.gov

Judge Andrew Grainger denounced a lower court's order for a mother's sterilization, saying it had been produced 'out of thin air.'

– mass.gov

BOSTON — A Catholic mother, struggling with mental illness, is fighting for the life of her unborn child in a Massachusetts court. The 32-year-old woman, known by the pseudonym “Mary Moe” in court documents, successfully appealed an order that would have forced her to have an abortion and to undergo sterilization.

Moe, who has schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, is believed to be five months pregnant. Her court-appointed lawyer, Douglas Boyer, did not return calls seeking comment.

The ordeal began last October, when Moe went to the emergency room and doctors discovered she was pregnant. Court documents do not state the reason for her hospital visit. Soon after, the Massachusetts...READ MORE

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What Does Centesimus Annus Teach, The Question of Just Wage, Is Usury Still a Sin, and much more! (2393)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/31/2012 Comment
The Portrait of Pope John Paul II is by Elaine Golden of Ignitum Today

What Does Centesimus Annus Really Teach? Click the link by Thomas Storck to learn more.

– The Portrait of Pope John Paul II is by Elaine Golden of Ignitum Today

Scholar Punctures Illusions of Pro-Cohabitation Study - Benjamin Mann, Catholic News Agency

What Does Centesimus Annus Really Teach? - Thomas Storck, Catholic Lane

The Prickly Question of a Just Wage - Omar F. A. Gutierrez, Regnum Novum

Is Usury Still a Sin? - Thomas Storck, The Distributist Review

Former Altar Boy Turned Gang Member on Death Row Revert - Patti Maguire Armstrong

Consolation & Desolation: What are “Spiritualized Capital Sins”? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Thriving Catholic Schools - Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

Body Issues - Brad Miner, The Catholic Thing

Missa Pange Lingua, Josquin - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

On Perfection: Fervent...READ MORE

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Indianapolis Catholic Church Welcomes Super Bowl Fans (3422)

Chris Godfrey, the former NFL Giants guard who played on the Super Bowl XXI-winning team in 1987, will be a guest speaker at St. John the Evangelist Church prior to the Feb. 5 game.

01/30/2012 Comments (5)
Wikipedia

– Wikipedia

Indianapolis’ St. John the Evangelist Church is located in the heart of the Super Bowl Village, and the historic Catholic church intends to open its doors to everyone.

“I think it’s a gift that our city is hosting the Super Bowl and that we can be in the heart of it with our Catholic presence,” parish administrator Father Rick Nagel told EWTN News on Jan. 27.

The church is three blocks from Lucas Oil Stadium, the site of the Feb. 5 NFL championship game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.

The Super Bowl Village features four 800-foot zip lines, the longest temporary lines yet built.

Those zip lines end right outside St. John the Evangelist, where the church has...READ MORE

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Catholic Wisdom Presented With Flair (2720)

New DVD courses bring theology to the masses. Jan. 29 issue feature.

01/30/2012 Comments (6)
Courtesy of St. Benedict’s Press

LIGHTS. CAMERA. THEOLOGY! Kevin Gallagher, director of Catholic Courses, consults with Father Alfred McBride, one of the course’s presenters, on the set. Conor Gallagher, executive producer of Catholic Courses, is pictured in the foreground with his back to the camera.

– Courtesy of St. Benedict’s Press

With considerable pizzazz, a package of popular, faithful education programming in video and audio form has burst onto the Catholic market.

Once you get past the package’s generic title, “Catholic Courses,” you would be pressed not to be at least intrigued, if not hooked, by such teasers as “What we have here are the most notorious men and women who ever became saints” for the course “Saints With a Past.” It continues, “These are the depravity all-stars.”

Or how about a course called “Seven Myths About the Catholic Church and Science”? When you buy it, you will “Get the Real Story About Galileo, Evolution, the Big Bang Theory, Aliens and More!”

It’s Catholicism with attitude, certainly, and...READ MORE

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Sharia Court in India Orders Expulsion of Christians (6278)

The Church is worried about propaganda in troubled Kashmir.

01/30/2012 Comments (6)
Anto Akkara

LIVING TOGETHER. Kashmir police, who are Muslim, wearing helmets and caps, enjoy a ride with nuns and nursing students of St. Joseph's Hospital from a remote village during relief work after October 2005 earthquake.

– Anto Akkara

The sharia court in Muslim-majority Kashmir has no constitutional or legal authority. But its recent verdict ordering the expulsion of five Christians from the troubled Indian side of Kashmir has sent alarm bells ringing among Christians in India.

Apart from ordering the expulsion of the Christians, the court also directed the government of Jammu and Kashmir to take over the management of the Christian missionary schools besides monitoring their activities.

Those ordered to be expelled include Father Jim Borst of the Dutch Mill Hill Missionaries, who has been based in Kashmir since 1963.

“This is much more than conversion. It is humiliating and certainly threatening for us,” Bishop...READ MORE

Filed under india, islam, kashmir, pakistan, persecuted christians

Pope Benedict: Jesus 'Heals the World Corrupted by Sin' (2312)

Jan. 29 Angelus focuses on Christ's authority and love.

01/30/2012 Comment

The power of Jesus Christ is manifested in humble service and love, Pope Benedict XVI said in his Sunday Angelus address Jan. 29.

“For man, authority often means possession, power, control, success,” the Pope said to thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

“For God, however, authority means service, humility, love,” he continued. “It means entering into the logic of Jesus, who stoops to wash the disciples’ feet, who seeks the true good of man, who heals wounds, who is capable of a love so great as to give up his life, because he is Love.”

The Pope’s comments came in a reflection on the Gospel reading in which an unclean spirit identifies Jesus Christ as the “holy one of...READ MORE

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