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Sebelius' Contraception Mandate and the Media (8496)

Register News Analysis: Coverage highlighted partisan advocacy, Catholic anxiety and White House reassurances, but did it inform?

01/28/2012 Comments (36)

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services

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WASHINGTON — Last November, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York was rewarded for his persistent efforts to meet with the White House to discuss the pending federal rule requiring Catholic institutions to provide contraception services in their employee health plans.

The “quiet” meeting between the archbishop of New York and soon-to-be cardinal — who is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops — and President Barack Obama was quickly leaked to the media. Days later, when asked about it during a press conference at the fall meeting of the USCCB in Baltimore, the archbishop expressed measured hope that the president would expand the narrow religious exemption to include an array...READ MORE

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The Waiting Womb (4444)

What are the infertility solutions prescribed by the Church? Jan. 29 issue feature.

01/28/2012 Comments (12)
Shutterstock illustration by Melissa Hartog

– Shutterstock illustration by Melissa Hartog

Welcome to the infertility waiting room. My husband and I know every inch of this room; in fact, we spent nine years searching every corner for a way out.

If you find yourself in the waiting room suffering from a waiting womb, here are a few key clues to help navigate your stay:

Paperwork: As with any waiting room, you must fill out your infertility paperwork, but remember that your identity is Catholic. As an infertility coach I have observed that many couples simply do not know moral medical and surgical-treatment options. Following God’s plan out of love for him is the most excellent way to prepare your hearts to be a future mother and father.

Reading Material: Read...READ MORE

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Don't Do It Liam Neeson!, Why Warren Buffet is Anti-Catholic, Love and Responsibility, and more! (6929)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/28/2012 Comment

Don't Do It Liam Neeson! Click on the link by Daria Sockey to learn more.

Don’t Do It Liam Neeson! - Daria Sockey, Coffee and Canticles

Why Warren Buffet is Anti-Catholic - Bill Donohue, Eurasia Review

Thomas More College Installs New Altar, Moves The Tabernacle in Centre, Mass Ad Orientem - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Love and Responsibility, The Law of Gift - Dr. Edward Sri, Integrated Catholic Life™

Christ Taught as One Having Authority, What Does that Mean? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Jesus Sided With The Outcasts, Which Means People I Like - DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Ichthys: History and Symbolism - Jennie Murphy, Truth & Charity

Tips for Inquiring Protestants on Choosing a Parish & RCIA Pgm - Devin Rose, St....READ MORE

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A Tale of 2 Ratzingers (3215)

Saturday Book Pick: Ignatius to publish English translation of Msgr. Georg Ratzinger's book on his more famous brother.

01/28/2012 Comments (2)

In the recently published German interview book My Brother, the Pope, with the writer Michael Hesemann, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger shares many deep and detailed memories of the family life of the Ratzingers. The nine chapters of the book supply a tour d’horizon of their lives, beginning with remembrances of their ancestors and ending with details about how the Pope and his only brother spend their time together nowadays, mostly in Rome.

Published last September in Germany, the book will be published in English this March by Ignatius Press.

Msgr. Ratzinger draws the picture of a typically Catholic Bavarian family of their time, underlining how important their environment and relatives...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: Renewal of Faith Must Be Church's Priority (3399)

The Holy Father said the Year of Faith seeks to awaken humanity at a critical moment Jan. 27.

01/27/2012 Comments (3)

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—The upcoming 2012-2013 “Year of Faith” seeks to awaken humanity at a critical moment, Pope Benedict XVI said as he addressed the Church’s highest doctrinal office on Jan. 27.

“In vast areas of the earth the faith risks being extinguished, like a flame without fuel,” the Pope told assembled members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who met in a plenary session.

“We are facing a profound crisis of faith, a loss of a religious sense which represents one of the greatest challenges for the Church today.”

Pope Benedict hopes the Year of Faith, which will run from Oct. 11, 2012, to Nov. 24, 2013, will contribute “to restoring God’s presence in this...READ MORE

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Keepers of the Lost Ark, Gods Own Architect, B16 Creates New Science and Faith Foundation, and more! (3192)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/27/2012 Comment

Keepers of the Lost Ark. Click on the link by Robert Spencer to learn more.

Keepers of the Lost Ark - Robert Spencer, Crisis Magazine

Pugin: God’s Own Architect - Fr. Lawrence Lew OP, New Liturgical Movement

Pope Benedict Creates New Science & Faith Foundation - David Kerr, Catholic News Agency

It’s More Than Talk; Pro-Life and More - Robert J. Gieb, Catholic Lane

Jesus v. Religion? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Oxford Orients Itself - Anthony Radice, A Tiny Son of Mary

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus: The Smackdown - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

U.S. Bishop Slams Public Schools, says Hitler would “Love Our System” - Christine Dhanagom, LifeSiteNews.com

Girl Scouts and the Church: 100 Years is Enough? - Fr. Joe, Southern Fried Catholicism

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Holy See Considers Legal Action Against TV Station (4908)

The Vatican deplores the leak of critical internal documents from the now-apostolic nuncio to the United States.

01/27/2012 Comments (11)

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

– David Kerr/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has threatened legal action against an Italian television station for using “questionable journalistic methods” in a program that alleged a former senior Vatican official had been transferred against his will after complaining about internal corruption.

The program, called The Untouchables and broadcast on the channel La 7 on Wednesday night, showed several letters that Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, then-deputy governor of Vatican City and now apostolic nuncio to the United States, sent to superiors, including Pope Benedict XVI, last year.

In one letter to the Holy Father, Archbishop Viganò, who was responsible for maintaining much of the city state’s...READ MORE

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How Modern Eugenics Discounts Human Dignity (9312)

The Sum of Millions of Individual Choices: Jan. 29 issue column.

01/27/2012 Comments (17)
Shutterstock illustration by Melissa Hartog

– Shutterstock illustration by Melissa Hartog

In this modern age, many people are no longer afraid of eugenics.

It is not that they are ignorant of the past. They know all about the movement of the early 20th century that tried to create a better human race by preventing the birth of those deemed “unfit.”

Eugenics literally means “good birth,” and it seeks to “improve” the human gene pool.

The American eugenics movement resulted in the forced sterilization of more than 60,000 Americans in 33 states who were considered unfit to reproduce. And eugenics did not stop there.

Adolf Hitler was a huge fan of eugenics and brought it to its natural conclusion: the Holocaust of World War II, where millions of the “genetically...READ MORE

Filed under anti-life laws, catholic church, china, eugenics, faith, pope benedict xvi, pro-life

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