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Cross the Crux of Steubenville Showdown With Atheist Group (4600)

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

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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 (13848)

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

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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 (4185)

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

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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)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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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 (6363)

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

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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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Perpetual Adoration Launches at the Olympics (3267)

Catholic Church marks the 30th Olympiad with prayer and faith-filled events.

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Today marked the launch of a major Olympic event that you won’t find in the official Games brochure: 24-hour Eucharistic adoration.

“We’re flying the flag for Christ, if you like,” said Franciscan Father Francis Conway of St. Francis of Assisi Friary in Stratford, the Catholic church closest to the Olympic Village in London’s East End.

“We will have Eucharistic adoration from 9am to 6pm, when another East End parish will take over from 6pm till late, and then a third parish will continue through the night until we take over again at 9am,” Father Conway explained.

The two other parishes participating are Our Lady and St. Catherine of Siena in Bow and St. Antony of Padua in Forest...READ MORE

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Chick-fil-A Backlash 'Important Moment' for Religious Freedom, Catholic League Head Says (15608)

Two mayors want to ban fast food store for its support of traditional marriage.

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A man passes by a Chick-fil-A restaurant July 26 in Springfield, Va.

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NEW YORK — The attack on Chick-fil-A — in retaliation for the company’s president expressing support for traditional marriage — has outraged and alarmed the president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

Bill Donohue said the controversy surrounding a small fast-food chain could mark “a very important moment” for the ability of Christians to publicly defend their moral convictions.

“We have the chief executives of two American cities who want to punish the president of a private company simply because he supports traditional marriage,” Donohue told the Register. “This is beyond belief.”

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino vowed to block Chick-fil-A from opening a store in...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Calls for End to Violence in Syria (1508)

The Holy Father also discussed Christ’s feeding of the 5,000 from the July 29 Gospel. He described the episode as 'a sign of God’s immeasurable providence in the Eucharist.'

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Pope Benedict XVI called for an immediate halt to “all violence and shedding of blood” in Syria during his weekly Angelus address on Sunday.

“I ask God to give the wisdom of the heart, especially for those who have the greatest responsibilities, so that no effort is spared in the quest for peace, including the international community, through dialogue and reconciliation, for a proper political settlement of the conflict,” said the Pope to pilgrims at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo July 29.

His comments come as government forces and rebels battle for control of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. The armed revolt against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011 and has since...READ MORE

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