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Catholic Church Goes to Court: What Can We Expect? (2329)


05/31/2012 Comments (3)

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On May 21 the Catholic Church in the United States went to court.

In an unprecedented spate of lawsuits filed throughout the country, the Archdioceses of New York and Washington, along with such leading Catholic institutions as Notre Dame and Catholic Charities, joined a host of Catholic institutions seeking to have judges rule that the Obama administration’s contraception, abortion and sterilization mandate violates religious liberty.

Among those institutions already in the fray were Belmont Abbey College, Franciscan University, EWTN and at least two Catholic businessmen.

There are altogether approximately two dozen lawsuits pending. Scores of Catholic institutions are...READ MORE

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Today's 'Greater Glory': We Need to Ask for the Strength to Be Cristeros (4096)


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Blessed Miguel Pro was executed in 1927 by the Mexican government for being a Catholic priest.

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The anti-Catholic persecutions in Mexico in the 1920s and 1930s are long forgotten, it seems.

The reality is hard to believe. Just a generation ago, not far from our borders, thousands of men, women and even children were imprisoned, exiled, tortured and murdered — all for the “crime” of believing in Jesus Christ and wanting to live by their faith in him.

So I welcome the new film For Greater Glory. It tells the dramatic story of this unknown war against religion and our Church’s heroic resistance. It’s a strong film with a timely message. It reminds us that our religious liberties are won by blood, and we can never take them for granted.

That such repression could happen in a...READ MORE

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18 Catholic Colleges vs. HHS (1419)

Alliance Defense Fund filed a formal comment with the Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of the Catholic schools, including Benedictine College, Christendom College, John Paul the Great Catholic University and Wyoming Catholic College.

05/31/2012 Comments (1)

Eighteen Catholic colleges, universities and educational programs nationwide have urged the Obama administration to respect the religious freedom of all who object to its contraception mandate.

The colleges argued that the promised accommodation to the mandate fails to resolve the underlying problems and instead “creates a religious caste system.”

On May 30, the Alliance Defense Fund filed a formal comment with the Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of several Catholic colleges and educational institutions, including Benedictine College, Christendom College, John Paul the Great Catholic University and Wyoming Catholic College and the Cardinal Newman Society.


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Sons of Cain, When the Catholic Faith was Outlawed, Subsidiarity and Catholic Schools, and more! (1528)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Sons of Cain: St. Michael, Knights of Longinus, & Bohemians. Click on the link by Dr. Stacy Trasancos to deliciously read more!

Sons of Cain: St. Michael, Knights of Longinus, & Bohemians - Stacy Trasancos, The American Catholic

When the Catholic Faith Was Outlawed - Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

Subsidiarity and Catholic Schools - Peter Youngblood, The Distributist Review

What Stops People from Being Catholic? - Devin Rose, The Pulpit

Who are the Doctors of the Church & Why Should I Care - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Widowhood: Dating for Eternity - Julie Rodrigues, Ignitum Today

Chartres Pilgrimage 2012: Official Photos - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Authority of the First Popes - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Taking Issue that Chaste Gays are Victim Souls -...READ MORE

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Chinese Gather in New York to Discuss 1-Child Policy; Chen Guangcheng to Speak (3062)

Beyond the abuses, the policy has transformed the Chinese family, speakers say.

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THEIR ONE AND ONLY. The Chinese family has been radically transformed because of China's one-child policy, speakers at a New York conference attested.

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NEW YORK — As Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng prepared to give his first speech in the United States, a group of Chinese expatriates gathered in New York City May 29 to discuss abuses in their homeland’s one-child-per-family policy.

Chen is the blind human-rights lawyer who had been under house arrest in his native Shandong Province for documenting abuses of the one-child policy. He escaped and took refuge in the American Embassy in Beijing in April and was subsequently allowed to go the United States to study at New York University. He is scheduled to speak at the Council on Foreign Relations in Manhattan this morning.

Like Chen, Women’s Rights in China , a New York-based...READ MORE

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Canada’s Catholic Leaders Issue Wake-Up Call on Religious Liberty (5208)

Letter on ‘most fundamental right’ seen as sign that bishops are becoming ‘bellicose.’

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OTTAWA — Canada’s Catholic bishops have called on the country to recover its respect for freedom of religion and conscience — much battered in recent years by government policies and judicial rulings that treat religion as a private matter people should keep to themselves.

In a May 14 pastoral letter, the nation’s bishops affirmed freedom of religion and conscience is a fundamental human right and a cornerstone of democracy.

“[T]he right to religious freedom is ‘the litmus test for the respect of all the other human rights.’ Where it is protected, peaceful coexistence, prosperity and participation in cultural, social and political life flourish. But when it is threatened, all other...READ MORE

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Planting the Modesty Seed in Our Children, Fundamentalist Baptist Converts, and much more! (2274)

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05/30/2012 Comment

Planting the Modesty Seed in our Children. Click on the link by Lisa Schmidt to read more.

Planting the Modesty Seed in our Children - Lisa Schmidt, The Practicing Catholic

Fundamentalist Baptist Jumps the Tiber - Jillian, Coming Home

Western Civilization End Game: World Meeting for Families War - Hilary White, LifeSiteNews

New Video Clips From For Greater Glory - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Converting to Paganism - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Scientistic Dogma and the Soul - J. C. Sanders, Ignitum Today

Spiritual History 101: Medieval Christian Synthesis through the Present - Dr. Peter Kreeft, The Integrated Catholic Life™

Sinn Fein Not Really Catholic - The Pulpit

Georgetown Professor: Medieval Universities Not Really Catholic - Charlotte Hays, The...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: 'Amen' Expresses Trust in God (1300)

Christians must do God's will and transform our lives like St. Paul, the Holy Father said May 30.

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When Christians say, “Amen,” they are expressing their trust in the loving promise of God manifested in Jesus Christ, Pope Benedict said during his general audience on Wednesday, May 30.

“The Spirit, poured forth into our hearts, leads us to the Father, constantly making present God’s Yes to us in Christ and in turn enabling us to say our Yes –- Amen! –- to God,” the Pope told tens of thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square.

“Our use of the word 'Amen,' rooted in the ancient liturgical prayer of Israel and then taken up by the early Church, expresses our firm faith in God’s word and our hope in his promises.”

Pope Benedict's remarks continued his catechesis on Christian prayer...READ MORE

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