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Obama's Mandate 'Accomodation' Prompts Criticism (3735)

EWTN CEO/Register publisher, Catholic League, Family Research Council and Becket Fund for Religious Liberty respond to Feb. 10 news.

02/10/2012 Comments (9)

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WASHINGTON (EWTN NEWS)—President Barack Obama attracted harsh criticism for a new policy that claims to accommodate the religious freedom of employers who say their conscience rights are being violated by the administration’s recent contraception mandate.

“This is a false ‘compromise’ designed to protect the president’s re-election chances, not to protect the right of conscience,” said Hannah Smith, senior lega counsel for Tthe Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Smith was one of many who responded to a Jan. 20 announcement of a new policy regarding a mandate that will require virtually all employers to purchase health-insurance plans that cover contraception, sterilization and drugs that...READ MORE

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EWTN Statement on Today's Obama Announcement (5567)

Catholic network does not plan to drop lawsuit against government.

02/10/2012 Comments (40)

Michael Warsaw, president and Chief Executive Officer of EWTN, issued this statement today in reaction to President Obama’s announcement of an “accommodation” to the Health and Human Services rule that all employers cover contraceptives and sterilizations. The network yesterday filed a lawsuit against HHS because the rule violates the religious liberty guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.

“I am certainly pleased to see that EWTN’s decision to file suit against the recent contraception mandate of the Department of Health and Human Services may have played some role in forcing the administration to revisit the application of these rules on religious institutions. However, we remain quite...READ MORE

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Two New U.S. Saints, Papa Bene and G.K. Chesterton, Saying "Yes" to Conversion, and more! (3330)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Two New American Saints, Three Notable Firsts. Click on the link by Brian O'Neel to learn more.

Two New American Saints, Three Notable Firsts - Brian O’Neel, Catholic World Report

Comparing the Holy Father with G. K. Chesterton - Paul De Maeyer, Zenit

The Station Churches of Septuagesima - Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

A Simple “Yes” Makes All the Difference - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

New Evangelist for Theology of the Body - Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

Renewal in the Church - Bob Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

Pope Paul VI & Humanae Vitae: I Told You So - Jennifer Brinker, St. Louis Review

The Difference Between Martyrdom & Suicide - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Yes, We Are Out to Convert People - Jay Boyd PhD, Philothea on Phire

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President Obama to Modify His Contraception Mandate (4367)

‘Accommodation, Not Compromise?’

02/10/2012 Comments (14)
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WASHINGTON — The White House today signaled that it may be prepared to “accommodate” the concerns of religious leaders who have strongly opposed a new federal rule requiring that private insurers provide contraception coverage.

In a sign that the escalating battle between the administration and the U.S. bishops has inflicted significant political damage on a president who faces an uphill battle for re-election this year, President Obama reportedly is prepared to make an “accommodation, not a compromise.”

ABC News reported this morning that the president is likely to offer a proposed accommodation described as “Hawaii-lite,” a reference to a state bill in that has been floated as a...READ MORE

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Will Obama Accommodate Religious Employers? (2057)

Amid news regarding possible plan, Catholic leaders continue to speak out about religious freedom.

02/10/2012 Comments (2)

There have been rumors of a compromise on the Health and Human Service contraception mandate, including Feb. 10 news from The Associated Press, that stated, “President Barack Obama will announce a plan to accommodate religious employers outraged by a rule that would require them to cover birth control for women free of charge, according to a person familiar with the decision.” (Register story to come.)

Opposition to the rule continues.

President Barack Obama’s decision to require religious employers to provide insurance coverage for contraception and sterilization is an “unconscionable” violation of religious freedom, Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., said Feb. 9.

“President Obama is using the...READ MORE

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Cardinal George Prays That Americans Will 'Choose Leaders Who Respect ... Freedom' (2126)

Bishops of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin are in Rome for their ad limina visit.

02/10/2012 Comments (4)

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ROME (EWTN NEWS/CNA)—A bishop’s love for Jesus Christ and the Church can overcome all his fears, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago said at St. Peter’s tomb on Feb. 9.

Cardinal George is visiting the Vatican along with the bishops of Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin for their ad limina visit.

“In the responsorial Psalm we asked the Lord to protect us, to take away our fears, which means that the Psalmist and the apostles were afraid at times, as are we. There is reason to be afraid. But, nonetheless, stronger than fear is faith, and stronger than both is love,” he said.

Cardinal George was the main celebrant and homilist at the early morning Mass in the crypt of St. Peter’s Basilica. He...READ MORE

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Pope Urges Continued 'Vigorous Culture of Effective Safeguarding and Victim Support' (1963)

Updated on Feb. 10: Center for Child Protection announced at 'Towards Healing and Renewal' symposium on abuse.

02/10/2012 Comments (1)

ROME (EWTN NEWS/CNA)—An international symposium addressing clerical sex abuse concluded on Feb. 9 with the announcement of a new Internet-based Center for Child Protection.

“If the Church is now once again taking on its task of being a sign and sacrament of God’s love, and putting the protection and promotion of the life of children at the very center of its interests, then such actions and work are a decisive contribution towards evangelization,” said Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich at the press conference in Rome.

The global “e-learning center” provides online training for professionals involved in responding to the sexual abuse of minors.

It’s being coordinated by the Ulm University...READ MORE

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Sister Charges That Washington State Abortion Insurance Bill Violates Federal Law (3009)

Legislators told federal funding would be endangered by passing a law forcing abortion health insurance.

02/10/2012 Comment

Dominican Sister Sharon Park, director of the Washington State Catholic Conference, testified last week that a bill requiring health insurers to pay for abortions was in violation of the federal Hyde-Weldon Amendment, as well as religious freedom and the Constitution.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington lawmakers, poised to pass a bill requiring health insurers to pay for abortions, were told this week this would violate federal law and cause defunding of federal health and welfare funding.

Dominican Sister Sharon Park, director of the Washington State Catholic Conference, testified last week before the House Ways and Means Committee, telling state legislators the Reproductive Parity Act was in violation of the federal Hyde-Weldon Amendment.

“It’s a violation of religious freedom and of the Constitution,” Sister Sharon said. “But it also is a violation of the Weldon Amendment. If they do it the [federal] Health and Human Services Department can completely...READ MORE

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