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Bishops Reiterate That Mandate Recommendations Are ‘Radically Flawed’ (2768)

A new USCCB memo states that 'protecting a religious organization from being forced to act in conflict with its teaching by depriving it of the ability to act at all is no way to serve religious freedom.'

04/04/2012 Comments (3)

The U.S. bishops said that the government’s latest recommendations on its federal contraception mandate fail to address religious-freedom concerns.

In a March 29 memo, they said the mandate “still forces us to act against our conscience and teaching” and that the only real solution is to allow individuals and institutions to offer insurance plans that align with their moral convictions.

No matter what mechanisms are chosen to fund and administrate the mandate, religious individuals and institutions will be prohibited from providing health coverage that is “consistent with their values,” the bishops explained.

In the memo, the bishops commented on the latest development in an ongoing...READ MORE

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Girl-Power Bible Movies, Mohammed & Charlemagne, Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit, and much more! (3246)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/04/2012 Comment

Girl-Power Bible Movies! Click on the link by Sarah to read more.

Girl-Power Bible Movies - Sarah, A Beaten Copper Lamp Of Deplorable Design

Mohammed and Charlemagne: The Epilogue - Emmet Scott, New English Review

Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit - J. C. Sanders, Ignitum Today

Are We to Take the Bible “Literally”? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace Document On Business is Great! - Omar F. A. Gutierrez, Regnum Novum

World Trade Center Memorial: A Monument Without Hope - Brother Dominic Mary Verner OP, Dominicana

Historical and Current Challenge to be an American Catholic - Fr. Richard Gribble CSC, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Homs: The City Once Produced a Pope - Giorgio Bernardelli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider


Filed under bible, charlemagne, contraception, homosexual rights, homosexuality, mohammed, pontifical council for justic and peace, world trade center memorial

‘Your God’s Wrong,’ Canadian Judge Tells Pro-Lifer (19699)

In jail for 92 days more, Mary Wagner says, ‘I am at peace.’

04/04/2012 Comments (78)

Mary Wagner

A Canadian judge who appeared never to have heard of civil disobedience not only condemned pro-life hero Mary Wagner as he sentenced her for entering a Toronto abortion facility — he condemned her God as well.

A pro-abortion spokesperson approved the judge’s words but the head of the Canadian Catholic Civil Rights League said they suggested an anti-religious bias and she was considering a complaint to the Judicial Council.

“You’re wrong, and your God’s wrong,” Justice S. Ford Clements told Mary Wagner, 38, as he sentenced her to 92 days in jail for her November intrusion into a Toronto abortion business.

His comment, first reported by LifeSiteNews, who had a reporter in the...READ MORE

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The Greatest Joy in the World (2107)

April 8 issue In Person: Baltimore Archbishop-Designate William Lori Reflects on Prayer and Priesthood

04/03/2012 Comment
Diocese of Bridgeport

– Diocese of Bridgeport

Archbishop-designate William Lori noted that 50% of the bishops of Bridgeport, Conn., have gone on to become archbishops of Baltimore, the nation’s premier see.

“Of course, there have only been four of us” bishops of Bridgeport, he quipped at a press conference March 21.

Archbishop-designate Lori was named to the Baltimore post March 20 — 11 years after beginning his tenure as bishop of the one-county diocese in southwestern Connecticut.

Indeed, he follows a path trod by Cardinal Lawrence Shehan, who was pulled out of Bridgeport in 1961 and went on to serve as Baltimore’s archbishop until 1974. A third bishop of Bridgeport, Edward Egan, went on to become cardinal-archbishop of New...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop-designate william lori, new evangelization, religious freedom

Building a Monastery with Medieval Tech, The Mystery of the Square Halo, and much more! (2908)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/03/2012 Comments (1)

Building a Monastery With Medieval Tech. Click on the link by Thomas L. McDonald to read more.

Building a Monastery With Medieval Tech - Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

The Mystery of Pope Gregory IV & the Square Halo - David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Cross-section of Crosses and their Significance - Matthew Bunson, OSV Newsweekly

On Television: Dominican Cloistered Nuns & The Shroud? - Lauren Green, Always Catholic

Nec Laudibus Nec Timore: Blessed Clemens von Galen - Anita Moore, V for Victory!

Good & Evil: Analysis - Colin Gormley, Ignitum Today

A Book Review of Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck - Shane Kapler, Catholic Lane

The Welfare State, Saint Paul and Pope Leo XIII - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

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Filed under blessed clemens von galen, medeival tech, mystic monk coffee, pope hadrian vi, pope leo xiii, sacred scripture, same-sex "marriage", square halo, starbucks

‘What If the Sexual Revolution Didn’t Make Women Happy?’ Mary Eberstadt Asks in New Book (4978)

As supporters of HHS contraceptive mandate ask, 'Where are the women?' author marshals a half century of social research to vindicate 'Humanae Vitae.'

04/03/2012 Comments (4)

WASHINGTON — While the U.S. bishops press for legal and legislative remedies to the federal contraception mandate, opinion surveys confirm that many practicing Catholics ignore Church teaching on birth control.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, in a published interview last week, acknowledged the failure of many bishops to defend and promote Humanae Vitae (“On the Regulation of Birth”), Pope Paul VI’s encyclical, which ignited a firestorm when it was issued in 1968.

The encyclical "brought such a tsunami of dissent, departure, disapproval of the Church, that I think most of us — and I'm using the first-person plural intentionally, including myself — kind of subconsciously said, ...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, barack obama, bishops, contraception, hhs contraceptive mandate, humanae vitae, obamacare, patient protection and affordable care act, pope paul vi

Theological Error by CS Lewis?, Pope Benedict XVI Reads Mark Shea!, Dump Starbucks, and much more! (6212)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/03/2012 Comment

Screwtape and a Possible Theological Error by C. S. Lewis? Click on the link by Joseph Pearce to read more.

Screwtape and a Possible Theological Error by C. S. Lewis - Joseph Pearce, Saint Austin Review/Ink Desk

Papa Bene Reads Mark Shea! (No Kidding) - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

National Organization for Marriage: Like Traditional Marriage? Dump Starbucks Coffee - Kathleen Gilbert, LifeSiteNews

An Excellent Example of the Principle of Subsidiarity, Solidarity, & Catholic Social Teaching Working - Brian Douglass, The Distributist Review

Embrace the World of Sacred Music - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

The Growth, Excitement, Youth, & Energy are in E.F. Parishes - Fr. Z's Blog

Papal Infallibility: A Symbolic, Yet Problematic, Term - Fr. John T. Ford CSC,...READ MORE

Filed under c.s. lewis, catholic blogosphere, catholic new media, holy thursday, male feet, mark shea, papal infallibility, sacred music, same-sex "marriage", starbucks

Humanae Vitae, the Priest and the HHS Mandate (6430)

04/02/2012 Comments (74)

– Catholic Truth Society

Clearly, the most controversial encyclical of the 20th century was the 1968 document Humanae Vitae, in which Pope Paul VI restated the Church’s teaching that the use of contraception to frustrate conception is gravely immoral. With so much pressure leading up to its release, the Holy Father knew that the encyclical would be rejected in various circles. Yet he had his ground troops, his priests, scattered all over the world. Could he not count on them?

Pope Paul VI made a fatherly plea to his priests at the end of the encyclical: “And now, beloved sons, you who are priests, you who in virtue of your sacred office act as counselors and spiritual leaders both of individual men and women...READ MORE

Filed under casti conubii, hhs abortion mandate, humanae vitae, pope paul vi, pope pius xi, president barack obama, priesthood

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