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Bishops Were Not Invited to White House HHS Discussions (3550)

Bishop William Lori: "No one from the administration has approached the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops for discussions on this matter of a possible ‘compromise.’"

02/09/2012 Comments (11)

Despite rumors of a compromise on the government’s controversial contraception mandate, the White House has not offered any concessions to the U.S. bishops’ conference and has not contacted them about possible negotiations.

Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., told EWTN News in a Feb. 8 statement that “no one from the administration has approached the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops for discussions on this matter of a possible ‘compromise.’”

Bishop Lori, who chairs the bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty, maintained that “the only acceptable solution to the HHS mandate is for the administration to rescind completely the mandate to cover abortion-inducing drugs,...READ MORE

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Bringing Christ's Church Door to Door (11404)

In street-level evangelization, Catholics are beginning to take a page from Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

02/09/2012 Comments (71)
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Homeowners are used to members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints coming to their doors, but many Catholic door-to-door missionaries are springing up across the country for the purposes of evangelization.

The efforts have no centralized headquarters. They’re simply the grassroots efforts of faithful Catholics who continue to bring the Good News to the ends of the earth.

For marketing representative John Rosenthal and retiree Roger Cruze, the door-knocking effort was the outgrowth of Rosenthal’s business.

“As I went door-to-door as an appointment setter for a home-improvement company, I kept encountering broken people,” said Rosenthal. “I would...READ MORE

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St. Gregory on Preparing for Lent, The Need to Address Nancy Pelosi, Vatican III, and much more! (3303)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/09/2012 Comment

Nancy Pelosi Deserves to be Taken Seriously, Very Seriously. Click on the link by Respected Canon Lawyer Dr. Ed Peters Canon Lawyer to read more.

How St. Gregory Prepared the Church for Lent (Septuagesima, etc. . .) - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Nancy Pelosi Deserves to be Taken Seriously, Very Seriously - Dr. Ed Peters Canon Lawyer, In the Light of the Law

Vatican III? Where? - George Weigel, First Things/On The Square

App Review: FOCUSequip - Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

2005: Romney Makes Catholic Hospitals to Distribute Morning-After-Pill - Gudrun Schultz, LifeSiteNews.com

Nancy Pelosi Claims Your Support - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

The Bishops are Standing Up to Obama, But What of Nancy Pelosi? - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Tide of History with the Pro-Life Cause - Fr. John A. Leies SM, HLI...READ MORE

Filed under barack obama, catholic blogosphere, evil, excommunication, hhs contraception mandate, kathleen sebelius, nancy pelosi, obamacare, religious freedom, religious liberty

Pope: Christ's Cross Reflects 'Love of God, Who Never Abandons' (2020)

Feb. 8 papal general audience focuses on the prayerful cry of Jesus Christ on the cross: 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'

02/08/2012 Comment

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN NEWS/CNA)—The cry of Christ on the cross should remind everyone that God always hears their prayers, even when he seems distant, Pope Benedict XVI said Feb. 8.

“Let us bring to God our daily crosses, in the certainty that he is present and listens to us,” he said at the Wednesday general audience, held with several thousand people in Paul VI Hall.

Pope Benedict made his remarks as part of his ongoing series of weekly reflections on prayer. Today he focused on the prayerful cry of Jesus Christ during his final agony on the cross on Good Friday: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

“This cry comes after a three-hour period when there was darkness over the whole...READ MORE

Filed under cross, hope, human suffering

Federal Court Strikes Down California Marriage Law (6169)

Bishops denounce decision in high-profile case headed for the U.S. Supreme Court.

02/08/2012 Comments (15)

Andy Pugno, general counsel for the ProtectMarriage.com coalition.


SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court has ruled that a California-voter-approved initiative to define marriage as between one man and one woman has no rational basis and violates the U.S. Constitution.

In a 2-to-1 decision, a three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court ruled that Proposition 8, passed in 2008 by 52% of the state’s voters, “serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.”

Bishops swiftly denounced the decision. Calling the ruling “a grave injustice,” Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan,...READ MORE

Filed under bishops, california prop. 8, marriage, perry v. brow, religious freedom, same-sex 'marriage'

Rick Santorum Sweeps 3 State Victories and Vows to Fight for Faith and Freedom (2584)

Presidential hopeful talks about God-given rights at Missouri rally Feb. 7.

02/08/2012 Comments (8)
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Rick Santorum speaks at a rally in Missouri on the evening of Feb. 7, when he won three GOP races.

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As presidential contender Rick Santorum swept three Feb. 7 contests in the GOP race for the nomination, he stated that this election is about whether or not rights come from God or the government.

Santorum said at a rally in Missouri on the evening of Feb. 7 that “freedom is at stake in this election” and that he would defend religious liberty and listen to the American people as president.

“This is the most important election in your lifetime,” he said.

Santorum won the GOP caucuses in Colorado, where Mitt Romney had recently been leading in the polls, as well as the Minnesota caucuses and the non-binding Missouri primary, a symbolic contest that serves as a straw poll before the...READ MORE

Filed under 2012 elections, catholic church, contraceptive mandate, gop race, hhs, religious freedom, rick santorum

Christian and Religious Leaders Also Oppose HHS Mandate (9300)

Said a Lutheran leader: 'We would be in a very bad way without the Catholics standing up.'

02/08/2012 Comments (6)
Southern Baptist Convention

Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said the HHS mandate is 'reprehensible in its demands for people to violate their conscience.'

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Catholic bishops speaking out against the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate are finding that they are not alone. Other Christian denominations and leaders of other faiths have joined in the cause, often with strong language.

Some Christian denominations see the decision violating their own religious beliefs, especially where abortifacient “contraceptives” are part of the mandated coverage.

But all see a major unifier in the mandate’s violation of the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion and protection of conscience.

At press time, several churches and religious organizations had not responded to phone or email requests: the National Council of Churches, Episcopal...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, barack obama, bishops, catholic church, christians, congress, contraception, contraceptive mandate, health and human services, healthcare

The Best Liberal Arts College is Catholic, The Church that Converted Heathen Khans, and much more! (3516)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/08/2012 Comment

Thomas Aquinas College is One of the Most Popular Liberal Arts Colleges in America. Click on the Cardinal Newman Society Blog link to learn more.

Thomas Aquinas College is One of the Most Popular Liberal Arts Colleges in America - The Cardinal Newman Society Blog

October Baby and the Battle of Lepanto - Kay Anne Kelly, Catholic Lane

The Church that Converted Khans - Robert Spencer, Crisis Magazine

Understanding Catholic Church’s Opposition to HHS Mandate - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Twenty-First Century Recusants - Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Catholic World Report

The Culture War - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Quæritur: What To Do if a Bug Gets into the Chalice? - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

The Tyrant - Fr. James V. Schall, The Catholic Thing

Catholic U.K. Minister of Parliament: Thousands of...READ MORE

Filed under battle of lepanto, catholic blogosphere, culture war, hhs mandate, october baby, recusants, religious liberty, spain, syria, thomas aquinas college

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