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Pope Reminds Catholics to Grow in Charity This Lent (2824)

Benedict XVI's Lenten message focuses on serving others, 'the very heart of Christian life.'

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The Catholic Church must demonstrate the power of love and show the limitations of an individualistic worldview, Pope Benedict XVI taught in a Lenten message released two weeks before Ash Wednesday.

In the letter released Feb. 7, the Pope contrasted an ethic of “custody of others” with “a mentality that, by reducing life exclusively to its earthly dimension … accepts any moral choice in the name of personal freedom.”

A society with this mindset, he warned, “can become blind to physical sufferings and to the spiritual and moral demands of life. This must not be the case in the Christian community!”

The Pope’s message for Lent 2012, which begins Feb. 22, drew from the New Testament’s...READ MORE

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Congress Urges Obama Administration to Suspend HHS Mandate (2419)

Letter by 154 members says policy violates religious freedom.

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WASHINGTON—A letter from 154 bipartisan members of Congress is urging the Obama administration to reverse a contraception mandate that religious employers say would require them to violate their consciences.

The Feb. 6 letter to Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, condemned the recent mandate as an “unprecedented overreach by the federal government.”

Congressional leaders urged Sebelius to “reconsider the final rule” as it applies to employers and individuals who have moral or religious objections to the coverage required by the mandate.

They also asked her for “specific details on the process followed in the reading and evaluating of the...READ MORE

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Can a Priest Fight in a War?, Baptism Requires a Christian Name, Pecan Pie Protestantism, and more! (3733)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/08/2012 Comments (3)

6 Thoughts On Whether It Is Lawful for a Priest to Fight. Click on the link by H. H. Ambrose to learn more.

6 Thoughts On Whether It Is Lawful for a Priest to Fight - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Baptism Requires a Sober Rite & a Christian Name - Giacomo Galeazzi, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Pecan Pie Protestantism - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Finding the Truth About Liturgy - Catholic Spiritual Direction

Book Review: How Far Can We Go? - Mrs. DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Methodist Convert: Eric Sammons - Why I’m Catholic

Natural Realities vs. Supernatural Realities - David G. Bonagura Jr, The Catholic Thing

Trust Not In Technology – J. C. Sanders, Ignitum Today

Religious Liberty: Mapping the Developing Landscape - Fr. Andrew Strobl, Shameless Popery

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Filed under barack obama, catholic blogosphere, catholic church, contraception mandate, hhs mandate, liturgy, religious freedom, religious liberty, susan g. komen foundation

USCCB Spokesman: Hawaii Bill 'Not Much of a Compromise' to Fix Contraception Mandate (10294)

Religious groups maintain drumbeat of opposition. Romney launches petition campaign.

02/07/2012 Comments (8)

WASHINGTON — As religious groups maintain their drumbeat of opposition to the new federal rule mandating contraception coverage for all private employer health plans, some commentators have identified Hawaii’s bill as a possible “compromise” that could address criticism.

But a key official in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says the Hawaii bill — repeatedly cited in media commentary — would not resolve the conference’s concerns and would, in any case, be overridden by the federal rule.

“I’ve reviewed the Hawaii law, and it’s not much of a compromise,” said Richard Doerflinger of the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities and the bishops’ chief lobbyist on life issues in the...READ MORE

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New Court Ruling: Prop. 8 Is Unconstitutional (2643)

Catholics for the Common Good: 'In reality, Prop. 8 protected the only decision that unites children with their moms and dads. How can anyone fail to see the value in that for children and society?'

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SAN FRANCISCO (EWTN NEWS/CNA)—The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Feb. 7 that California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutionally defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, clearing the way for a possible U.S. Supreme Court hearing on same-sex “marriage.”

Proposition 8 “served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,” the federal court said.

The 2008 California ballot measure garnered 52% of the vote. It overturned a previous state Supreme Court ruling which imposed legal recognition of the unions.

Prop. 8 backers may now appeal to a larger panel of the Ninth Circuit or may appeal directly to the U.S....READ MORE

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160-Plus Bishops Speak Out Against HHS Mandate (29086)

More USCCB statements and USA Today editorial add to action alerts and letters from Catholic shepherds to counter administration's violation of Church beliefs and conscience rights. Updated from Feb. 6.

02/07/2012 Comments (127)

The Obama administration has misled the public about the meaning of its new contraception coverage requirement, according to a fact sheet released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Health and Human Services’ new mandate “forces religious insurers to write policies that violate their beliefs, forces religious employers and schools to sponsor and subsidize coverage that violates their beliefs, and forces religious employees and students to purchase coverage that violates their beliefs,” the conference declared on Feb. 6.

The bishops’ clarification came less than a week after an Obama administration official defended the mandate, which requires most employers and many religious...READ MORE

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Catholics, Unite! (2237)

Feb. 12 issue editorial: In the wake of the Second Vatican Council, the rights of “conscience” were said to trump moral teaching that barred contraception, abortion and non-marital sexual relationships. Now, the raw power of the state has been used to violate the conscience rights of believers in an open and unapologetic manner.

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During the U.S. bishops’ ad limina visit with Pope Benedict XVI in late 2011, the Holy Father publicly referred to an ominous turn of events in the Land of the Free: “Many of you have pointed out that concerted efforts have been made to deny the right of conscientious objection on the part of Catholic individuals and institutions with regard to cooperation in intrinsically evil practices. Others have spoken to me of a worrying tendency to reduce religious freedom to mere freedom of worship without guarantees of respect for freedom of conscience.”

The Holy See’s intelligence was timely and accurate: On Jan. 20, Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services,...READ MORE

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History of Ad Orientem, Modern Kids: Raised by Wolves, Anxiety About Being Single, and much more! (2560)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/07/2012 Comment

St. Germanus; The History of Ad Orientem. Click on the link by Dino Marcantonio to read more.

St. Germanus; The History of Ad Orientem - Dino Marcantonio, First Things/On the Square

Modern Kids: Raised by Wolves - Carolyn Moynihan, Crisis Magazine

Anxiety About Being Single - Anthony Buono, Catholic Lane

Why Contraception is a Bad Idea: Scripture Prohibits It - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

God: He’s In Your Bedroom - Sarah Babbs, Ignitum Today

Book Review: Washed and Waiting - Melinda Selmys, Sexual Authenticity

On Reunion Between East & West - New Oxford Review

Can Two Boys Be Married? - Tiffany Borges, Lox Populi

Italy’s Mosque Wars - Soeren Kern, Stonegate Institute

Parents Sue after Quebec Teen Dies following Gardasil Vaccination - Thaddeus Baklinski,...READ MORE

Filed under ad orientem, catholic blogosphere, contraception, gay "marriage", god, modern kids, nancy pelosi, sex, st. germanus, washed and waiting

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