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HHS-Religious Freedom Battle Yields Unexpected Rewards (7492)

Obama administration might not have anticipated it, but fight over ‘contraception mandate’ has given Pope Paul VI’s teaching new life.

04/05/2012 Comments (15)

Archbishop-designate William Lori

– Archdiocese of Baltimore

WASHINGTON — Could there possibly be a silver lining in the federal contraception-mandate controversy?

For all the institutional disruption, political spin and vitriol generated by the mandate’s supporters, who have mischaracterized the bishops’ stance as a “war on women,” the crisis has yielded some unexpected fruits. Not only has it aroused the “sleeping giant” of Catholicism in the United States, prompting an energetic defense of the free exercise of cherished institutions, it has provoked a fresh assessment of Church teaching on contraception.

“The main issue remains that of religious liberty. But this whole episode has provided a catechetical opportunity to speak about the...READ MORE

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Collection at Holy Thursday Mass Will Support Syrian Refugees (1593)

The collection will take place during Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. The pontifical council Cor Unum will send the collected money to Caritas Syria.

04/05/2012 Comment
Da Vinci's 'Last Supper' via Wikipedia

The Last Supper is recalled on Holy Thursday.

– Da Vinci's 'Last Supper' via Wikipedia

The collection taken at Pope Benedict XVI’s evening Mass on Holy Thursday will go to support humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees.

The collection is “a very generous gesture by the Pope towards the immense suffering of our people, who also live the consequences of the embargo,” Samir Nassar, the Maronite archbishop of Damascus, told Fides news agency.

“It is a gesture of closeness and solidarity that has a strong meaning for us in this Lenten time and of great suffering: It makes the universal Church feel closer to its faithful in difficulty,” the archbishop continued.

The collection will take place during Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. The pontifical...READ MORE

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Democrats’ Chosen Witness Derides Catholics (11732)

Anti-Catholicism was on display at the recent ‘feminist mobilization’ forum.

04/05/2012 Comments (22)

Barry Lynn, president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State

– 2005 photo from Getty Images

The “religious-liberty claim” of the likes of Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ president, in the debate over the Obama administration’s contraception/sterilization/abortion mandate is “bull****.”

That was the explicit message Barry Lynn, president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, delivered at a feminist-majority “Women, Money, Power Forum” in Washington, D.C., March 29.

He joked that the word was one he had just learned from Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who recently used the expletive in a confrontation with a New York Times reporter.

Lynn was the final speaker for a panel titled...READ MORE

Filed under christianity and democracy, first amendment, freedom of religion, hhs abortion mandate, u.s. constitution

Mary with a Club, A Victim becomes a Survivor and Healer, Docility is Not Wimpineness, and more! (2327)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/05/2012 Comment

The Blessed Virgin Mary with a Club. Click on the link by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf to read more.

The Blessed Virgin Mary with a Club - Fr. Z's Blog

A Victim Becomes a Survivor and Healer - Tony Rossi, Patheos/Christopher Closeup

Docility Is Not Wimpiness - Super Trad Mum, Etheldreda's Place

The Idea of Confession Was Repellent to me as a Protestant, but Now. . . - Brianna Heldt, just showing up

Dei & Knight: Traumatized Soldier-Saint Who Found Healing - Dawn Eden, The Dawn Patrol

New Evangelization Chief: Renewing Catholic Identity - Adam Wilson, The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Notes

Ballet Diaries - Fabiola Garza, Ignitum Today

Why Opposing the Gay Lobby is Not Anti-gay - Jennifer Roback Morse, LifeSiteNews

Learning Wisdom from the Patron Saint of the...READ MORE

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Conscience Exemption for Me but Not for Thee (7440)

April 8 issue column on the fight for religious freedom in America.

04/04/2012 Comment
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 President Obama’s mandate compelling Catholic institutions to provide contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing pharmaceuticals has drawn far greater support from the Democratic Party leadership (and those who agree with its party platform) than I would have expected, given the obvious challenge it poses to First Amendment rights.

It is truly shocking to watch elected officials like the House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi (a self-identified Catholic), Sen. Barbara Boxer, Rep. Maxine Waters and Sen. Frank Lautenberg back this policy.

It is alarming to watch them aggressively disregard or deny millions of religious believers a broad religious exemption that will shield them...READ MORE

Filed under catholicism, conscience rights, obama administration, obamacare, religious freedom

Pope Benedict Invites the Faithful ‘to Live the Paschal Triduum Intensely’ (4169)

The Holy Father discusses 'the summit of the liturgical year' on April 4.

04/04/2012 Comment
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– Shutterstock

In the final few days of Holy Week, Catholics should recognize that Christ’s love for them is shown by “the total gift of himself on the cross,” said Pope Benedict XVI.

“Let us allow ourselves to be touched by this love, to be transformed, so that the Resurrection may really be realized in us. I invite you, therefore, to live the paschal Triduum intensely, and I wish you all a holy Easter!” the Pope said on April 4.

The Pope made his remarks to 11,000-plus pilgrims who were gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience. He explained to them that from tomorrow afternoon onwards, “we enter the Easter Triduum, the summit of the liturgical year” that celebrates “the...READ MORE

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Former Imam Converts to Catholicism, Analyzing the Reason Rally, IVF’s Barren Wasteland, and more! (4615)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/04/2012 Comments (1)
This is not the actual Imam, just a representation of an Imam.

Former Imam Faces Persecution for Converting to Catholicism. Click on the link by Maria Gomes to read more.

– This is not the actual Imam, just a representation of an Imam.

Former Imam Faces Persecution for Converting to Catholicism - Maria Gomes, AsiaNews.it

Analyzing the Reason Rally - Ben, Two Catholic Men and a Blog

IVF’s Barren Wasteland - Judie Brown, Catholic Lane

New Graphic Novel Features Adoration and Catholic Devotions - Ed West, Catholic Herald

How Old Roman Calendar System Worked and It's Relation to the Liturgy - Fr. Z's Blog

Nature of the Church and Importance of Lay Action - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput OFM Cap, Catholic Philly

Development of the (Canon) Law? - Father Stuart MacDonald JCL, Musings of a Canonist

October Baby Actress Finds Healing on Set at Pro-Life Movie - Jael Zeballos, LifeNews

Seven Facts: Holy Week & the...READ MORE

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Pope Recalls ‘Unforgettable Days of Joy and Hope That Will Remain Etched in My Heart’ (1547)

Benedict XVI assesses his recent trips to Mexico and Cuba at April 4 general audience.

04/04/2012 Comment
Jeff Bruno

The Pope waves to the faithful in Mexico last month.

– Jeff Bruno

Pope Benedict XVI has thanked the Mexican and Cuban people for providing him with six “unforgettable days of joy and hope that will remain etched in my heart.”

“Their inexhaustible joy, expressed with loud songs and music, as well as their eyes and their gestures, expressed the strong desire of all the children of Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean to live in peace, serenity and harmony, in a more just and reconciled society,” said Pope Benedict during his April 4 general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

In keeping with his usual custom, the Pope devoted the majority of his first general audience after he traveled to Mexico and Cuba to assessing the visit.

He told the more than...READ MORE

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