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Cardinal Wuerl to Catholics: 'Seek First the Kingdom' in Order to Challenge the Culture (2877)

In interview about his new book, Washington's archbishop encourages the faithful to be part of the New Evangelization in response to Christ’s commission to witness to the world.

03/15/2012 Comments (15)

For Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, the Church’s ongoing battle for religious freedom in America highlights the need for Catholics to bring their faith into the public square.

In his latest book, the cardinal challenges lay Catholics to participate in the New Evangelization through their daily activities, a task that he describes as particularly important in a democratic society like that in the United States.

Cardinal Wuerl told CNA that the Obama administration’s contraception mandate illustrates an “erosion of religious liberty” that is “one of the most worrisome” challenges ever faced by our nation.

“Never before in the history of our country have we been told you can’t...READ MORE

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Why Does Santorum Appeal More to Evangelicals Than Catholics? (15052)

The presidential hopeful’s strength grows on the campaign trail, with 2 more wins.

03/15/2012 Comments (88)
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Rick Santorum attends a prayer service at the Path of the Cross Evangelical Church on March 14 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Rick Santorum is showing surprising support from evangelicals, despite making no bones about diligently practicing his Catholic faith.

The former Pennsylvania senator is tenaciously maintaining second place in the campaign to be the Republican Party’s presidential candidate, especially following primary victories in Alabama and Mississippi this week.

Even more surprising, perhaps, is his relatively poor showing among Catholic Republicans, who are demonstrating a distinct preference for front-running Mitt Romney, a Mormon and former governor of Massachusetts.

Does it mean the wish expressed by the only Catholic ever elected president in his pre-election speech to the Greater Houston...READ MORE

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Would Obama's Mandate Fly With the Founding Fathers? (4715)

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Detail of John Trumbull's painting ‘Declaration of Independence’ depicts the men who drafted the document, from left: John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.

Although there was hardly a Catholic among them, the Founding Fathers would surely be with the bishops on President Barack Obama’s Health and Human Services’ mandate.

The young American republic was largely born from a Protestant dissenting tradition. The freedom to worship freely was a deep root of the colonial experience; as scholars like Barry Alan Shain and Donald Lutz have shown, colonial America was made up of countless small congregations wanting to live as their beliefs guided them.

It was reflected, of course, ultimately in the First Amendment, which enshrined that Congress could make no law prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Most of the state constitutions followed suit,...READ MORE

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Radiation Could Have Created The Holy Shroud of Turin, Methodist Conversion Story, and much more! (4705)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Radiation Could Have Created Holy Shroud Image. Click on the link by Andrea Tornielli to read more.

Radiation Could Have Created Holy Shroud Image - Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Methodist Convert: Rebekah Durham Hart - Why I’m Catholic

The Death-Haunted Art of Friendship (Part I) - Eve Tushnet, Catholic Lane

Freedom And Flexibility: Homeschooling - Rebecca Frech, Ignitum Today

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

Bishop Olmsted Teaches on the Propers of the Mass - Adam Bartlett, The Chant Café

U.S. Ordinariate New Liturgical Calendar - New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Pro-Abortion Bigot Group Attacks Catholics in New York Times Paid Ad - Fr. Z’s Blog

Secular Inhumanity, Part One: The State Against The Family - Anthony Esolen, Crisis Magazine

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U.S. Bishops Vow to Stay the Course in HHS Mandate Fight (4757)

Led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the USCCB Administration Committee announced an upcoming statement on religious liberty, while legal and legislative remedies will be pursued.

03/14/2012 Comments (12)

UPDATE: On March !5, White House spokesman rejected calls for further “dialogue” between church leaders and the Obama administration on the HHS contraception mandate.

“The solution that was reached here … has been reached, and we firmly believe that it achieves the goals that the president set,” Carney said at Thursday’s White House press conference.

UPDATE 2: House Speaker John Boehner is under increasing pressure to end or delay his effort to produce legislation broadening the religious exemption for the mandate. On March 15,  12 Democratic women in the Senate issued a letter calling on the Speaker to “abandon the promise” he had made to bring legislation to the House floor overriding...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Mary Is Our Model for Prayer (4056)

The Mother of God, he explained on March 14, “teaches us the necessity of prayer.”

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Profound and constant prayer enabled the Virgin Mary to embrace God’s will in her life, Pope Benedict XVI taught in his March 14 general audience.

Jesus’ mother “was placed by the Lord at the decisive moments of salvation history and has always been able to respond with full availability, the result of a deep relationship with God developed in assiduous and intense prayer,” the Pope told the more than 10,000 pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square.

In recent months, the Pope has traced the history of prayer through the Old Testament and the four Gospels, focusing on the Psalms and the prayer life of Christ himself. This Wednesday, he began a new chapter in his series of talks on prayer by focusing...READ MORE

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Baseball, Steroids, the Pill and Russian Roulette (7396)

Did you know there are similarities between anabolic steroids and the pill?

03/14/2012 Comments (10)

With the official start of the 2012 baseball season mere days away, unfortunately, a new steroid controversy has erupted, this time involving the Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun.

Braun, the reigning National League MVP, tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in October 2011 and was suspended for 50 games. He subsequently appealed the ruling, and, in February 2012, it was overturned on a technicality.

While those of us who are baseball fans would no doubt rather simply focus on all of the excitement and expectation of the upcoming season, perhaps it’s worth taking some time to reflect on the kind of risk/reward analysis that leads some of us to decide to take these hormones in the...READ MORE

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New Poll Shows How Strongly Americans Oppose the HHS Mandate (4531)

Women especially are displeased. The president's approval rating has also dropped as a result of the federal rule.

03/14/2012 Comments (6)

A recent poll shows that President Barack Obama’s approval ratings dropped 12 percentage points among women voters, despite claims that a federal contraception mandate would help his bid for re-election.

“It’s definitely something that young women are concerned about,” said Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students for Life of America.

Hawkins told CNA on March 13 that beyond just contraception or abortion, the mandate touches on the issue of religious freedom, which is clear to any woman in the U.S., “whether she’s religious or not.”

“It goes too far,” she said, adding that women are beginning to ask fundamental questions about what the government would be able to regulate next if...READ MORE

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