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The Contraceptive Mandate and the Indignity of the Law (8711)

Health care reconsidered as Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments. Obamacare already taking root as government agencies furiously implement regulations.

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Grace-Marie Turner has been at the forefront of the health-care reform debate for years, as the founder of the Galen Institute, a Beltway-area public-policy institute dedicated to health-care policy. She has been an opponent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in no small part having taken Catholic social thought into consideration.

She has spoken at the Gregorian University in Rome and co-authored Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America.

Turner spoke with Kathryn Jean Lopez for the Register about why the Department of Health and Human Services’ coercive mandate is about the law itself — as the Supreme Court prepares to consider an attorneys general challenge to the law. The...READ MORE

Filed under obamacare; patient protection and affordable care act; barack obama; health and human services; contraceptive mandate; u.s. supreme court; individual mandate; subsidiarity; paul ryan; grace-marie turn

Bible Tech Tools, So How Far Can We Go?, Saint Thomas Aquinas Master of the Sacred Page, and more! (3090)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Bible Tech Tools. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to learn more.

Bible Tech Tools - Brandon Vogt, OSV Newsweekly

Book Review: So, How Far Can We Go? (Dating) - Bob Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

St. Thomas Aquinas, Master of the Sacred Page - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

How to Homeschool Your Preschool Child - Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur, Catholic Lane

After Sex Abuse Crisis & Returning to a Fish on Friday Asceticism - Dr. Pat Guinan, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Who Were the Favorite Authors of St. Thomas Aquinas? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Liturgical Developments in the Anglican Ordinariate - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

In 2008 Saint Thomas Aquinas Appeared in a Dream of a Notorious Abortionist. . . - Fr. Joe,...READ MORE

Filed under anglican ordinariate, catholic blogosphere, catholic new media, homeschooling, obamacare, religious freedom, sex abuse, st. thomas aquinas, usccb

Pope Discusses Christ's Silence on the Cross and Need for Silence in Prayer (2993)

From Benedict XVI's March 7 general audience: Silence has 'the capacity to open a space in our inner being, a space in which God can dwell, which can ensure that his word remains within us and that love for him is rooted in our minds and hearts and animates our lives.'

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The constant noise that accompanies modern life is an enemy of God’s word being heard in prayer, Pope Benedict XVI said.

“Interior and exterior silence are necessary in order to hear that word,” and, yet, “our age does not, in fact, favor reflection and contemplation,” the Pope said March 7. On the contrary, “it seems that people are afraid to detach themselves, even for an instant, from the spate of words and images which mark and fill our days.”

The Pope was addressing 10,000-plus pilgrims who gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his Wednesday general audience. This was the first audience of the year held outside. It was also the last in the Pope’s series of catecheses on the personal...READ MORE

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Pope: Evangelize With Silence (2910)

March 11 issue editorial on how the work of bringing the world to God must involve silence as much as it involves words and actions.

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Pope Benedict XVI has issued a timely message for this year’s World Communications Day: The work of bringing the world to God must involve silence as much as it involves words and actions.

It’s obvious that humanity has taken a turn for the noisy in recent years. The explosion of technological tools has transformed the way we live, work and communicate.

For many of us, new technologies and new forms of social communication have invaded every corner of our lives.

But, as many people have discovered, we seem to be no better at communicating with one another, and, in many ways, we are worse.

How many times, for example, has an innocently made joke been misinterpreted by the receiver of an...READ MORE

Filed under faith, pope benedict xvi, prayer, silence

Father Barron's Strategies for Putting the New Evangelization in Action (4328)

Media-savvy priest says the following is needed to make evangelization a way of life: Know the faith. Speak about the faith. And pray in public.

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Norman Rockwell's Saying Grace, 1951

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As I write this column, I am embarking on a trip to Australia with the Word on Fire team. We’re heading halfway around the globe at the invitation of the Australian Catholic University, and my team will be with me to film the events. My intention is to produce a documentary on the New Evangelization as it is actually practiced. The documentary will feature the trip to Australia, as well as a journey to the United Kingdom and, after that, New York City. Those settings will provide the context, and a kind of lens, by which I hope to invite the Church to not only imagine the New Evangelization in the abstract, but also to see it in action.

My message during these adventures will be about...READ MORE

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Hawaii Lawsuit Could Lead to Same-Sex 'Marriage' in the State (1722)

Catholics for the Common Good president: 'Going the domestic partnership and civil-union route is just a stepping stone to the civil redefinition of marriage.'

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HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNA)—A Hawaiian lawsuit asking a federal court to instate same-sex “marriage” shows that the recognition of same-sex domestic partnerships and civil unions is just a stepping stone to redefining marriage, several critics say.

“Same-sex unions and domestic partnerships are never a compromise, because they’re creating pseudo-marriages which confuse and undermine the understanding of young people about what marriage is all about,” William May, president of the California-based Catholics for the Common Good, told CNA March 6.

Hawaiian Gov. Neil Abercrombie has said he will not defend several parts of a state law defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman against a...READ MORE

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Bishops Urge Diplomatic Resolution in Iran Conflict (1565)

Bishop Pates: 'A morally responsible non-proliferation strategy must be tied to a clear strategy for reducing and ultimately ending the reliance on nuclear weapons by any country.'

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The U.S. bishops are calling for diplomatic efforts rather than military action in addressing concerns over the possible development of nuclear weapons in Iran.

“In Catholic teaching, the use of force must always be a last resort,” said Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace.

He urged the U.S. government to “explore all available options to resolve the conflict with Iran through diplomatic, rather than military, means.”

In a March 2 letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Bishop Pates expressed “profound concerns” about Iran’s “lack of transparency” and refusal to allow international inspectors to...READ MORE

Filed under iran, just war, nuclear weapons, u.s. diplomacy, usccb

The Coming Catholic Book Revolution, Marriage and Church, Bono as a Young Catholic, and much more! (3909)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Coming Catholic Book Revolution. Click on the link by Devin Rose of Ignitum Today to read and learn more.

The Coming Catholic Book Revolution - Devin Rose, Ignitum Today

Marriage & Church: We Need a Counter-Revolution - Hilary Towers Ph.D. & Mike McManus, Catholic News Agency

Glimpse of Bono as a Young Believer - Terry Mattingly, On Religion

Tech Talk: 13 Essential Catholic Apps - Sarah Reinhard, CatholicMom.com

¡Viva Cristo Rey!: A Major Hollywood Production - Stephen Write, Catholic Vote

The Power of the New Media - Steve Jalsevac, LifeSiteNews.com

Just War and the Iran Crisis - Robert C. Koons, Public Discourse

How the Ratzingers Made It Through WWII Germany - Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, The Daily

Cremation: Recalling Some Basic Catholic Truths - John M. Grondeleski, Homiletic & Pastoral...READ MORE

Filed under bono, catholic blogosphere, catholic new media, cremation, iran, just war, ratzinger family, religious freedom, roman breviary, the gospel of barnabas

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