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Archbishop Lori: Labeling Knights of Columbus Partisan Is an Injustice (5467)

At bishops' meeting, head of religious-freedom committee responds to a reporter's question about funding.

06/14/2012 Comments (24)
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ATLANTA -- Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore argued that it is an “injustice” to imply that the Knights of Columbus’ support for defending religious freedom creates a sense of partisanship.

At a June 13 press conference at the U.S. bishops’ spring general meeting in Atlanta, the archbishop was questioned by Jerry Filteau of the National Catholic Reporter about funding for the bishops’ campaign to defend religious liberty.

Filteau said that he had heard “rumors” that much of the funding for the bishops’ effort is coming from the Knights of Columbus, whose head, Carl Anderson, is a former Reagan administration official.

He suggested that there may be “a partisanship aspect to the...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, affordable care act, archbishop william lori, bishops, contraception, fortnight for freedom, hhs contraception mandate, knights of columbus, president barack obama, religious freedom

St. Benedict's Fourth Step to Humility, Teen Boys Never Wake Alone: Teen Chastity, and more! (622)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/14/2012 Comment

St. Benedict for Beginners: 4th Step to Humility. Click on the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker to read more.

St. Benedict for Beginners: 4th Step to Humility - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Integrated Catholic Life™

Teen Boys Never Wake Alone: A Talk About Chastity - LarryD, Ignitum Today

Bishop Blair Pounds the Facts; LCWR Pounds the Table by Phil Lawler of Catholic Culture - Big Pulpit

Latest Posts from Papal Music - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Zoophilia: Why Not? - Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Catholics For Choice - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Sexual Imagery and Teens - Thomas L. McDonald, God and the Machine

Giving More & Getting More (Mark 4:21-34) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Why Jesus Used Bread Instead of Lamb for the Eucharist - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush,...READ MORE

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National Character Test: Morality and Religious Freedom Matter (1594)

June 17 issue editorial for Flag Day.

06/14/2012 Comment

– Shutterstock

Painfully high unemployment figures have led many political commentators to insist that the upcoming presidential race is — to repeat the tired refrain — “about the economy, stupid,” a phrase first used in the 1992 presidential election year. In other words, American jobseekers will  shrug off other concerns and vote solely on the basis of bottom-line goals.

Yet what has always been distinctive about our culture, as Alexis de Tocqueville presciently observed in his masterwork, Democracy in America, is that our experiment in ordered liberty depends on the strength of our national character, and that means social issues and moral principles matter.

In our history, religious movements...READ MORE

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Religious Freedom Dominates U.S. Bishops' Meeting (2260)

Archbishop Lori signals commitment to defense of individual conscience rights and the free exercise of Catholic institutions.

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Archbishop William Lori

– Michelle Bauman/CNA

ATLANTA — As the U.S. bishops continue their battle against the federal government’s contraception mandate, they have been under increasing pressure to focus on a defense of the free exercise of Catholic institutions and set aside the issue of conscience protections for individual employers who oppose the new law on religious or moral grounds.

But Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, the chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, yesterday embraced the conscience rights for small businessmen and other employers who oppose the inclusion of contraception, abortion drugs and sterilization in private employee health plans.


Filed under affordable care act, archbishop william lori, bishops, conscience rights, contraception, hhs contraceptive mandate, john garvey, obamacare, pope benedict xvi, president barack obama

A Modest Proposal to Kill Babies and Save the Planet, Love Sees with New Eyes, and much more! (2178)

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A Modest Proposal to Kill Babies and Save the Planet. Click on the link by L. T. Horton to read more.

A Modest Proposal to Kill Babies and Save the Planet - L. T. Horton, Ignitum Today

Love Sees with New Eyes - Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

Sr. Farley Speaks or Did God Say You Shan't Eat of Any Tree of the Garden on Fr. Z's Blog - Big Pulpit

Parenting is a Lifelong Endeavor - Marge Fenelon, Catholic Lane

"Sacred Eloquence" in Christian Preaching - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Five Quotes from St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s “The Story of a Soul” - J. E. Foyer, Saint Peter's List

Calling All Readers! Spiritual Combat Profile; CSD Book Club - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

U.S. Bishops Threatened by Catholyc who Hates the Magisterium - Donald R....READ MORE

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The Catholic Church and the Global Crisis of Religious Liberty (3593)

Address to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops at their June meeting.

06/13/2012 Comments (2)

Thomas Farr



Cardinal Dolan, Bishop Pates, eminences, excellencies and assembled guests: It is an honor to be invited to appear before this convocation. I am grateful for the opportunity to address you on the subject of religious freedom — a matter of increasing importance to the Church and to the world.

I have been privileged to spend the last 13 years of my life reflecting, writing and acting on the subject of religious liberty, both here and abroad. Those years have convinced me of three propositions that will frame my remarks today:

First, both history and modern scholarship demonstrate that a robust system of religious liberty in both law and culture is indispensible to individual human...READ MORE

Filed under cardinal timothy dolan, religious liberty, u.s. conference of catholic bishops, u.s. constitution, usccb ad hoc committee for religious freedom

'Examination of Conscience': U.S. Bishops Review Progress Report on Sex-Abuse Crisis (5533)

The National Review Board report confirms a steady fall in new cases, but warns against 'complacency.' Bishop Conlon notes that the bishops approved plans for a review of the charter and that the board's recommendations would be considered.

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Bishop R. Daniel Conlon, chairman of the bishops’ Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, said the bishops conference would consider recommendations made by the National Review Board.

– Diocese of Joliet

ATLANTA — The National Review Board, formed to advise the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ response to the clergy sex-abuse crisis, released its report today at the bishops’ meeting in Atlanta.

The report, described by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the USCCB's president, as an “examination of conscience,” charted the steady decline in new cases of clergy sexual abuse and defended the zero-tolerance policy adopted by the bishops in the wake of the 2002 crisis. It also noted difficulties with boundary violations involving international priests and a lack of reporting about the presence of accused religious priests in a diocese without the knowledge of the local ordinary.


Filed under bishop r. daniel conlon, bishops, lay review board, sexual abuse, usccb

Society of St. Pius X Leader Meets With Cardinal Levada; Reunion Imminent? (1725)

A consultor to the Congregration for the Doctrine of the Faith says Pope Benedict's response to the document that would bring about reconciliation should be received by the SSPX superior general very soon.

06/13/2012 Comments (6)

VATICAN CITY — Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, arrived at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith this evening amid speculation that Pope Benedict XVI has decided on the latest terms for the traditionalist society’s reconciliation with the Church.

According to Catholic News Service, Bishop Fellay arrived at the CDF at 5pm this afternoon Rome time. If the speculation is correct, prefect Cardinal William Levada will have handed the SSPX leader the Pope’s response to the doctrinal preamble that forms the basis of reconciliation. It will then be up to the SSPX’s leader to give final assent to the document, leading to an official announcement.


Filed under bishop bernard fellay, bishop richard williamson, cardinal william levada, church unity, congregation for the doctrine of the faith, pope benedict xvi, second vatican council, society of st. pius x

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