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Why Do Some Men "Discerning a Vocation" Still Date?, Is NFP Contraception?, and Much More! (2897)

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08/01/2012 Comment

Why Do Men “Discerning a Vocation” Still Date? Click on the link by Katrina Fernandez to read more.

Why Do Some Men “Discerning a Vocation” Still Date? – Katrina Fernandez, Patheos/The Crescat

Why is NFP Not Contraception? – Andrew Haines, Crisis Magazine

What Do Social Radicals Really Mean by Tolerance? by Msgr. Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington blog – Big Pulpit

Abortion is ‘Directly Linked to Porn’: Anti-Porn Crusader – Peter Baklinski, LifeSiteNews

Spiritual Combat: Walking the Line in a Material World - Vicki Burbach, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Today is Chick-fil-A Tolerance Day - Big Pulpit

The Loneliness of Singlehood – Julie Rodrigues, Ignitum Today

Red China: Lou Xiaoying Has Saved 30 Babies Abandoned at Trash Dumps – Mountaintop

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Hillary Clinton: Religious Freedom Worldwide 'Sliding Backward.' But What About in U.S.? (3967)

State Department head discusses the new 'International Religious Freedom Report.'

07/31/2012 Comments (5)

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace July 30 in Washington. Clinton delivered remarks on the state of religious freedom around the world, on the occasion of the release of the '2011 International Religious Freedom Report.'

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday that the world is “sliding backwards” when it comes to guaranteeing religious freedom, while the issue in her own country is reaching the boiling point.

Speaking July 30 at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the former first lady said, “When we consider the global picture and ask whether religious freedom is expanding or shrinking, the answer is sobering.”

“Members of faith communities that have long been under pressure report that pressure is rising,” Clinton said. “When it comes to this human right, this key feature of stable, secure, peaceful societies, the world is sliding backwards.”

However,...READ MORE

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What is Eternal Life?, Suffering to Sanctity, Fr. Robert Barron Comments on the Devil, and More! (3165)

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07/31/2012 Comment

What Is Eternal Life? Click on the link by Msgr. Charles Pope to read more.

What Is Eternal Life?- Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Suffering to Sanctity - Anna Williams, Ignitum Today

Fr. Robert Barron Comments on The Devil – Brandon Vogt

Want Pope Benedict XVI to Celebrate Mass in the Extraordinary Form? by Richard Collins of the Linen on the Hedgerow blog – Big Pulpit

Waiting for My Beloved: A Catholic Teen’s Look at Courtship – Chloe M., Mountaintop

Nashville Indie Musician Comes Home to The Church – Russ Rentler MD, Crossing The Tiber

4 Musical Analogies in the Theology of the Church Fathers – C. L. Davis, St. Peter’s List

Bishop Blair about the LCWR – Fr. Z’s Blog

Chick-fil-A, Same-Sex Marriage, and Tolerance - Big Pulpit


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Cross the Crux of Steubenville Showdown With Atheist Group (4594)

The Town Council will meet tonight to continue debate over the city logo that includes the Franciscan University cross.

07/31/2012 Comments (30)

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — A tiny cross in the corner of this city’s logo may become a church-state battle for the ages. Neither side wants to back down.

“The city may fight it,” said Gary Repella, law director for Steubenville’s city government, in an interview July 30.

The Steubenville City Council will meet tonight just as passions are swelling regarding a decision to scrap the city’s new logo. The decision is in response to a lawsuit threat by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an organization of and for atheists, based in Madison, Wis.

At issue is a logo adopted in December that features a bridge, a musketeer, historic Fort Steuben and several prominent downtown buildings. On the...READ MORE

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Building a Culture of Religious Freedom (13835)

Address Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia gave at the Napa Institute on July 26.

07/31/2012 Comments (36)
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Transcript of Archbishop Charles Chaput’s keynote address given at the Napa Institute on July 26. 

A friend of mine, a political scientist, recently posed two very good questions. They go right to the heart of our discussion today. He wondered, first, if the religious freedom debate had “crossed a Rubicon” in our country’s political life. And, second, he asked if Catholic bishops now found themselves opposed — in a new and fundamental way — to the spirit of American society.

I’ll deal with his first question in a moment. I’ll come back to his second question at the end of my remarks. But we should probably begin our time together today by recalling that even at the height of...READ MORE

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Hercules Wins Round 1 Against Federal Government (4165)

Catholic family-owned business won't have to implement contraception mandate by tomorrow's deadline.

07/31/2012 Comments (5)
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Women's rights activists listen during a Capitol Hill news conference July 11 that House Democratic leaders held to discuss the Republican-led repeal vote of the Affordable Care Act.

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Tomorrow, Aug. 1, is a key deadline in the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Any employer-provided health-insurance plan renewed after this date must include cost-sharing-free coverage of contraceptives, sterilization and certain "contraceptive" drugs known to cause abortions.

But because of a preliminary injunction granted by a federal judge, one Catholic family-owned company in Colorado will not be subject to that requirement — at least until their case is decided.

And that has given hope to private companies and religiously affiliated employers concerned with religious liberty.

“We’re very pleased the judge recognized that religious freedom applies...READ MORE

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Family Vacation: A Survivors Guide, Mothers Plea: Why God Delays Answering My Prayers?, and More! (1890)

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07/31/2012 Comment

Family Vacation: A Survivor’s Guide. Click on the link by Shiela to read more.

Family Vacation: A Survivor’s Guide – Shiela, Catholic Sistas

Mother’s Plea: Why God Delays Answering My Prayers? – Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Obama Sends FBI After Jill Stanek’s Son Over Pro-Life Activities by Jill Stanek of LifeSiteNews – Big Pulpit

UK’s Christian Inheritance Missing from Olympic Opening Spectacle – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Chick-fil-A, Same-Sex Marriage, and Tolerance - Big Pulpit

The Hobbit Is Officially A Trilogy – Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

When NCB Meets NCG (Nice Catholic Girl) – Ryan Kraeger, Ignitum Today

The “Lundberry Cope” – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Ordained Baptist Becoming Catholic –...READ MORE

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Catholic Relief Services Emphasizes Faithfulness to Church Teaching (6335)

U.S. bishops' overseas relief agency responses to recent concerns over funding.

07/30/2012 Comments (24)

Catholic Relief Services has said that it took steps to fight against the possibility of scandal due to its funding of an aid group that provides contraception in other countries.

The U.S. bishops' overseas relief agency responded to recent concerns over its funding of CARE, an international humanitarian organization that provides relief to the needy in developing nations but also offers contraception and early abortion-inducing drugs.

The funding from the bishops' group went towards programs providing food, water and sanitation to the poor and needy in Central America and Africa.

Catholic Relief Services has said that this funding was carefully restricted to morally acceptable...READ MORE

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