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Obama’s Immigration Plan Faces Obstacles (5811)

Republican concerns about border security threaten bipartisan support, and a push for including same-sex partners has generated widespread opposition.

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WASHINGTON — A comprehensive immigration-reform bill may pass through Congress this year, but significant obstacles remain, including the Obama administration’s intent to extend the bill’s legal protections to same-sex couples.

The proposed frameworks for immigration reform that have emerged thus far from the White House and a bipartisan group of U.S. senators share many of the same basic components. Both plans include the so-called pathway to citizenship — which critics decry as amnesty — that would grant legal residency to the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

“We’re very optimistic that something is going to be done, finally. I think both sides have...READ MORE

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White House: Prop. 8 Based on ‘Impermissible Prejudice’ (3919)

Supreme Court will hear oral arguments later this month, and the U.S. bishops have asked Catholics to pray and fast for an outcome that protects traditional marriage.

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WASHINGTON — On Feb. 28, the Obama administration filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court that attacked Proposition 8, California’s voter initiative that banned legal marriage for same-sex couples, as evidence of “impermissible prejudice.”

The brief filed by the Department of Justice claimed that Proposition 8 violated the U.S. Constitution’s equal-protection clause. It asked the high court to overturn the California law and also to scrutinize laws in the seven states that now allow civil unions for same-sex couples, with the implication that they should be replaced with legal marriage.

It was the latest milestone in the president’s “evolving” view of same-sex "marriage," and legal...READ MORE

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Marriage, the Ultimate Human Right … for Children (5742)

Catholics for the Common Good issues a ‘playbook’ for true marriage to combat attempts to redefine the institution.

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Pope Benedict XVI may no longer be occupying the Chair of St. Peter, but his far-reaching effects on the Catholic Church are just beginning. Take, for instance, his defense of marriage.

In his Christmas address to the College of Cardinals, the Pope highlighted the stress the prevailing culture currently places on the very definition of the nature of men and women and the essence of marriage.

Driving the point home, he  posited how “the manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man’s fundamental choice where he himself is concerned. From now on, there is only the abstract human being, who chooses for himself what his nature is to...READ MORE

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Opus Bono Sacerdotii: Helping Priests Who Have No One Else; More Phony Vatican News and Much More! (4345)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Opus Bono Sacerdotii: Helping Priests Who Have No One Else. Follow the link via Fr. Z's Blog to read and view more.

Opus Bono Sacerdotii: Helping Priests Who Have No One Else via Fr. Z's Blog – Big Pulpit

More Phony Vatican News – Austin Ruse, First Things/First Things

Prelude to The Agony and the Ecstasy – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

What Western Christians Can Learn from the Fig Tree – Marcellino D’Ambrosio, Integrated Catholic Life™

Life in the Fasting Lane – Sherry Antonetti, Catholic Stand

President Obama’s War on Marriage - George Neumayr, Crisis Magazine

The Cost of Silence – Mariella Hunt, Ignitum Today

Who Said This Amazing Pro-Catholic Quote? – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

The New York Times Catholics are Anything but Catholic – Daniel McInerny,...READ MORE

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Some Cardinals Hope for Quick Conclave (4443)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Electors arrive in Rome to elect a successor to Benedict XVI.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan (l), archbishop of New York, and Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop emeritus of Philadelphia, arrive at the Paul VI hall March 4 for the opening of the cardinals' congregations.

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VATICAN CITY — While the cardinals appointed by Benedict XVI arrive in Rome and get acquainted with the pre-conclave operations, cardinals from the "old establishment" are pushing for a quick conclave.

An anonymous cardinal — which is how this type of pressure is usually applied — told the Italian press agency AGI that his “dream is that the Church will have a new pope within this week” and that “this is possible if the congregation set this Thursday, the 7th, as the date for the conclave, and the conclave elects the new pope by Friday, the 8th.”

This is almost impossible, since the Sistine Chapel must still be prepared for the conclave and has not been closed to visitors yet.


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‘Church Changing Big Time,’ Says Cardinal Dolan (5674)

N.Y. cardinal said the Mass helps Catholics understand the nature of the papacy.

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Cardinal Dolan presides at Mass at the catacombs in St. Peter's Basilica.


VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Timothy Dolan discussed change in the Church within the context of the Mass..

“The Church is in the business of change, big time,” Cardinal  Dolan, archbishop of New York, said at St. Peter’s Basilica during a Mass he celebrated for U.S. journalists.

He said that many in the media had been asking him if he believed the new pontiff would make changes within the Church.

“Jesus calls us first and foremost not to change structures, but to let God change us inside,” he said at the basilica’s catacombs in the Hungarian Chapel.

The 63-year-old cardinal said he himself needs the changes of “conversion, repentance and spiritual renewal” to better reflect “the heart...READ MORE

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A Bishop Acting Like a Bishop, The Structure of Love, Assault On Faith in the Workplace and More! (3276)

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A Bishop Acting Like a Bishop? Follow the link by Hector Molina of the Catholic Answers blog to read more.

A Bishop Acting Like a Bishop? by Hector Molina of the Catholic Answers blog - Big Pulpit

The Structure of Love – Kevin O’Brien, Waiting for Godot to Leave

The Assault On Faith In The Workplace – LarryD, Catholic Stand

Homeschooling Methods 101 – Catholic Sistas

‘Catholic’ De Paul Univ. Knows Who the Real Enemy Is – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

The Pope Who was Actually a Bear – Charlie McKinney, Crisis Magazine

Forsake Not the Discipline – Anthony Lilles, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Fish, But No Chips Please – Fr. Basil Cole OP, Truth and Charity Forum

You Were Not Made for Comfort – Chelsea Houghton, Ignitum Today

Book Sale: Medieval English, Celtic,...READ MORE

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My Brother, Cardinal Dolan (17378)

Bob Dolan Gives Insight Into the Archbishop of New York

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In 2012, Time magazine placed a cardinal of the Catholic Church on its list of “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, had emerged as the voice of conscience rights against health-care legislation that would force Catholic organizations to pay for employees’ contraception.

Currently serving as archbishop of New York, he will vote in the upcoming conclave to elect our next pope. His name is even being mentioned as papabile, meaning he is a likely candidate for pope.

For a personal insight into the man, his brother, Bob Dolan, a media professional for more than 30 years, offers a new book, Life...READ MORE

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