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Archbishop Lori Tells Rome Conference That Religious Freedom Must Be Defended (3675)

Baltimore Church leader was featured speaker at Religious Liberty Observatory.

06/28/2012 Comment
Courtesy of the Diocese of Bridgeport

Archbishop William Lori

– Courtesy of the Diocese of Bridgeport

ROME — Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore told the inaugural gathering at the Religious Liberty Observatory in Rome June 28 that the U.S. government’s “attempt to tell the Church which of our institutions seem religious to the state is profoundly offensive.”

The archbishop, in Rome to receive the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI June 29 on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, said that unless it is stopped now, the government’s “narrow definition” of what a church is “will spread throughout our nation’s laws and policies.”

Archbishop Lori also said the struggle for religious freedom in the United States will continue, even if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act today.

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Mona Lisa Tomb Found at the Convent of Sant'Orsola?, Fear or Faith, Lights of Christ, and more! (1733)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/28/2012 Comment

Tomb of Mona Lisa Found at the Convent of Sant'Orsola? Click on the link by Thomas L. McDonald to read more.

Tomb of Mona Lisa Found at the Convent of Sant'Orsola? – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Fear or Faith? (Mark 5:21-43) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Lights for Christ – Sarah Babbs, Ignitum Today

Large Anglican Parish Converts by Jamie Smith Hopkins – Big Pulpit

Kicking Determinism’s Ass – Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Raised Under the GLBT Umbrella – Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

5 Interesting, Forgotten Things About the Bible – Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

Tolerance is Not Enough, Children Must Approve of Homosex – Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

Cherie Blair is Wrong about Stay-at-Home Moms – William Oddie,...READ MORE

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Fortnight for Freedom Profile: Catholics Called to Witness (6336)

A doctor, his wife and a few friends produce a video on the essentials in Catholic voting.

06/27/2012 Comments (9)
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A screen grab from Catholics Called to Witness' YouTube video, 'Test of Fire.'

– Courtesy of Catholics Called to Witness

A group of parishioners in South Florida want to make sure that as many Catholic Americans as possible are familiar with words Pope Benedict XVI wrote in 2007 — which they find to be very relevant today.

Thanks to this handful of people, nearly 2 million more Americans are.

The group, which calls itself Catholics Called to Witness, produced a three-minute video in March called “Test of Fire.” It has racked up more than 1.7 million views on YouTube, as it stirringly asks: “Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire?”

It all started last November, when a handful of people met for pizza in the living room of Dr. Manual and Adriana Gonzalez. With “a realization of what’s...READ MORE

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Letter Suggests SSPX Rejects Vatican Reconciliation (2331)

The lastest on the Society of St. Pius X-Holy See dialogue.

06/27/2012 Comments (5)

A recent letter leaked online suggests that leaders of the Society of St. Pius X, a breakaway traditionalist group, have rejected a proposed Vatican document to aid in reconciliation efforts.

The June 25 letter, written by the society’s general secretary, Father Christian Thouvenot, informs leaders within the society that the groups’ superior general, Bishop Bernard Fellay, found the Vatican’s offer “clearly unacceptable” at a meeting earlier this month.

After years of negotiations, the society, which broke with Rome in 1988, had been considering a Vatican offer that would have brought it back into the Church as a personal prelature, which functions as a jurisdiction without...READ MORE

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How Can I Forgive Someone When They Do Not Repent?, Six Principles of Discernment, and much more! (2170)

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06/27/2012 Comment

How Can I Forgive Someone When They Do Not Repent? Click on the link by Fr. John Bartunek to read more.

How Can I Forgive Someone When They Do Not Repent? – Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Six Principles of Discernment - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Does Christ Mean that We Cannot Ever Judge Anyone? by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush of the New Theological Movement – Big Pulpit

Vatican Releases Guidelines on Promoting Vocations – Carol Glatz, Catholic Herald

How to be a Faithful Catholic and a Loyal Citizen - Eric Sammons, Our Sunday Visitor

The 1946 Referendum in Italy - The Mad Monarchist

Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City – Charles Cole

U.S. Congressman: Let’s Have Hearing on Christian Radicals – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

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Pope: God Wants Our Love (956)

July 27 papal general audience.

06/27/2012 Comments (1)

Pope Benedict XVI says that the path to real greatness in life is not found in self-promotion, but in sacrificial love towards God and other people.

“Human logic,” the Pope said June 27, “often seeks self-realization in power, dominion, in powerful means.”

But the “Incarnation and the cross,” he added, “remind us that full realization is found in conforming our human will to the Father, in the emptying of one’s selfishness, to be filled with love, God’s charity and thus truly become able to love others.”

Pope Benedict made his remarks during the weekly general audience before a packed Paul VI Hall at the Vatican. Continuing his exploration of prayer in the story of salvation, he...READ MORE

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Senators Defend Constitutionality of Defense of Marriage Act (1698)

Ten lawmakers filed a 'friend of the court' brief.

06/27/2012 Comments (4)
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Ten U.S. Senators have filed a “friend of the court” brief defending the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which limits federal marriage to the union of a man and a woman.

The senators contended that in striking down DOMA several months ago, a district court “failed to understand that federal law necessarily defines 'marriage' in some fashion beyond mere incorporation of state law.”

They argued that in passing DOMA Congress had the legitimate interest of avoiding “massive legal uncertainty, needless litigation and inconsistent results with regard to the availability of federal benefits.”

The June 11 brief was filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of...READ MORE

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Flannery O'Connor is No Vague Catholic, Who Were the Maccabees?, and much more! (2429)

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06/27/2012 Comment

Flannery O’Connor is No Vague Catholic. Click on the link by Fr. Damian J. Ference to read more.

Flannery O’Connor is No Vague Catholic – Fr. Damian J. Ference, Dappled Things

Who Were the Maccabees? – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Science Finally Seems to be Catching Up to Catholicism by Ben of Two Catholic Men and a Blog – Big Pulpit

Levantine DNA in Ethiopia May Support Biblical Story – Tom McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Abortion Defies Common Sense – Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

Spitting on the Crucifix – Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

The Symbols of Icons – Wolfsbane, Θησαυρος της Εκκλησίας

On the Way Down – Robert Reilly

How Eight Jesuits Survived Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Blast – Myra Adams

Former Jesuit & Now Georgetown University...READ MORE

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