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Washington State Catholics Fight Againt Marriage-Redefinition Law (1621)

Bill passed state Senate on Feb. 1.

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The Washington Catholic Conference is preparing to fight against a bill redefining marriage, which is expected to become law after its passage in the State Senate on Feb. 1.

“We’re disappointed that they passed it, but suspected they were going to,” the conference’s executive director Sister Sharon Park told EWTN News Feb. 2.

“It hasn’t passed our House of Representatives yet, but they have enough votes there, and the governor has already come out saying she will sign it.”

“The next process is the referendum process,” Sister Sharon explained. “If a law is passed that the people don’t want, and they can gather a little over 120,000 signatures by a certain date, then a referendum can go on...READ MORE

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Pope: Faith Can Overcome Suffering of Illness (1870)

Benedict XVI said Feb. 5: The sick can 'overcome and defeat the test of disease with a heart immersed in the love of God.'

02/06/2012 Comment

Faith in the love of Jesus Christ can overcome the suffering of long-term illness, Pope Benedict XVI said in his Sunday Angelus address Feb. 5.

Just as Jesus faced the devil “with the power of love that was from the Father,” the Pope explained, so also a sick person can “overcome and defeat the test of disease with a heart immersed in the love of God.”

Indeed, he noted, “we all know people who have endured terrible suffering because God gave them a deep serenity.”

Pope Benedict addressed his remarks to thousands of pilgrims braving the cold and snow in St. Peter’s Square. From the window of the papal apartments, he reflected on the day’s Gospel, in which Jesus “healed many who were sick...READ MORE

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Faith in French Canada (2600)

A weekend winter pilgrimage to Montreal. Jan. 29 issue feature.

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Notre Dame Basilica interior

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Stepping out of the Notre Dame Basilica of Montreal on a late afternoon in early January, the light and color was just right: Ornate lampposts cast a warm glow on the snowy ground as white angels cast a blue light at the entrance of the church, welcoming visitors.

Father Daniel Hennessey had invited members of the Sacred Heart House, a Catholic men’s household that I live in, to go to Quebec for a pilgrimage.

It didn’t take me long to agree to go. Having not returned home for the holidays, a break from Beantown would be a welcome turn, and the cost was really low — an easy choice.

Our pilgrim band was a group of five: three of us guys, Father Michael Harrington and Father Hennessey, who...READ MORE

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Love, the Christian Difference (1889)

User's Guide to Sunday, Feb. 5.

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Sunday, Feb. 5, is the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.


St. Scholastica, Feb. 10: We love the book The Holy Twins by Tomie de Paola, which tells the story of today’s saint, the twin sister of St. Benedict. The story imagines what their childhood must have been like. Of course, central to the book is the story of the storm that God sent in answer to Scholastica’s prayers when she wished to spend more time with her brother. Get the book to share that story with your family or search YouTube for St. Scholastica and click on the Apostleship of Prayer link.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Feb. 11: There is a good, nearly 15-minute documentary available on YouTube about Lourdes called “Lourdes: Miracle...READ MORE

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Loyal Supporters (1549)

Jan. 29 issue publisher's note on the Register's circulation boost: an increase of more than 14% in 2011 — and the results from the early part of 2012 indicate that the number continues to climb.

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The prolonged economic downturn in which we find our world has greatly affected all segments of society — and the publishing industry is no exception. But, in the face of that hardship, you have remained loyal to the Register.

For that we are truly grateful.

It’s remarkable for any publication to experience a circulation boost in a soft economy. But, because of your unwavering support, we at the Register witnessed an increase of more than 14% in 2011 — and the results from the early part of 2012 indicate that the number continues to climb.

That response inspires every member of our team to continue our mission to bring you the most comprehensive and timely coverage possible. We are humbled by...READ MORE

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Will the HHS Contraception Mandate Derail Obama's Chances of Re-Election? (6746)

Two weeks after HHS Secretary Sebelius approved the controversial final rule, Speaker Boehner and Romney take up religious liberty issue.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) speaks during his weekly on-camera news conference on Capitol Hill Feb. 2 in Washington. Boehner said President Obama should reconsider a decision to compel church-affiliated employers to cover birth control in their health care plans.

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WASHINGTON — The new health-care bill was supposed to be President Barack Obama’s ticket to his re-election. But, for now, those hopes have dimmed, as the White House fights to defend its controversial policy to require Catholic institutions to provide contraceptive services in their employee health plans.

Under President Obama’s health-care overhaul law, most private employer health benefits will have to cover birth control, free of charge, as a preventive service for women. For much of 2011, the U.S. bishops lobbied for a broad religious exemption that would shield church-affiliated hospitals, social agencies and universities from being forced to provide health services that violated...READ MORE

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Seattle Showdown (3187)

Another case against religious liberty. Jan. 29 issue column.

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In a federal court in Seattle, the fight for religious liberty is entering a new phase.

As we have written before (“Conscience Claws,” Register, May 31, 2010), the case, called Storman’s, Inc. v. Selecky, shows in stark relief the role of the state in infringing religious liberty in favor of secular values.

Christian pharmacists are protesting a law that would require them to stock and provide “Plan B” in violation of their religious beliefs.

The state’s view is that consumer demand should drive religious accommodation; that is, that consumers’ desire to receive whatever drugs or products they would like should trump the values of those who do not wish to stock those products for reasons of...READ MORE

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John Paul II's Case Against Cohabitation (5217)

Professor debunks study that touts the 'benefits' of living together without marriage, taking cues from the late Pope and Christian teaching: 'Love and marriage are connected, and when you try to disconnect them, you end up with less love and bad relationships.'

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A new study touting the “benefits” of cohabitation is based on deeply flawed ideas about human nature and fulfillment, according to a leading scholar on the social role of families.

“It’s garbage in, garbage out,” said Scott Yenor, the Boise State University political science professor whose book Family Politics: The Idea of Marriage in Modern Political Thought (Baylor University Press, 2011) surveys changing ideas about society’s fundamental institution.

CNA spoke with Yenor about a paper published in the February 2012 installment of the Journal of Marriage and Family, entitled “Re-Examining the Case for Marriage: Union Formation and Changes in Well-Being.”

The study, Yenor says, “uses...READ MORE

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