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Catholic Hospital Chain's Employee Benefits Include Coverage of NFP Training Costs (6652)

Move is alternative to HHS 'contraceptive mandate,' which Franciscan Alliance is continuing to fight in court.

08/09/2012 Comments (25)
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While the nation is embroiled in a battle over whether Catholic employers can be forced to provide contraception coverage, the Mishawaka, Ind.-based Franciscan Alliance has taken a pioneering step to provide witness to the Catholic alternative to contraception. As of July, the alliance began offering a natural family planning benefit to all employees.

“We have to credit an employee with coming up with the idea. Sometimes the best ideas come from employees,” said Franciscan Sister Jane Marie Klein, chairman of Franciscan Alliance, which operates 14 hospitals in Indiana and Illinois. After an employee raised the possibility, the alliance acted on the suggestion.

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Equal Persons Unequal Acts, Church Architecture: Columns, Padre of Guadalcanal, and Much More! (1517)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/08/2012 Comment

Equal Persons, Unequal Acts. Click on the link by Dale O’Leary to read more.

Equal Persons, Unequal Acts – Dale O’Leary, Catholic Lane

Church Architecture: Columns – Denis McNamara, Creative Minority Report

Padre of Guadalcanal - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

How My Desire for Christian Unity Lead Me To The Church – Tiffany P, Catholic Sistas

What is Cardinal Dolan Up To? by Charlie Spiering of Crisis Magazine – Big ulpit

Gay Marriage Advocates Use Political Intimidation to Stifle Research – Karl D. Stephan, Crisis Magazine

Facing Secular Fundamentalism with the Courage of Sanctity – Joseph Pearce, Saint Austin Review/Ink Desk

Video: Abortionist Talks of the “Ugly Black Babies” He Aborts – Jean McCarthy, LifeSiteNews

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Pope: St. Dominic's 9 Ways of Prayer Are Model for Christians (2196)

The Holy Father's Aug. 8 address from his summer residence.

08/08/2012 Comment

– Wikipedia

On the feast of St. Dominic, Pope Benedict XVI praised the founder of the Order of Preachers as “a man of prayer, in love with God,” whose nine ways of prayer are an example for Christians’ daily life.

St. Dominic, the Pope said, united the proclamation of the Gospel with “witness to a life of poverty.”

“In every moment, prayer was the force that renewed and rendered fruitful his apostolic works,” the Pope said Aug. 8 at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

Prayer is the “origin of witnessing to the faith” in every aspect of life, he continued. The Pope stressed the need to find moments “to pray quietly every day for our spiritual life,” particularly during vacations.


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Time's Up: Catholic Business Owners Weigh Moral Options in HHS Mandate (6668)

National Catholic Bioethics Center issues guidelines for navigating First Amendment threat.

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joins Democratic senators at a news conference on Capitol Hill July 31 as preventive health coverage for women was set to take effect.

– Win McNamee/Getty Images

PHILADELPHIA — Time has run out for non-exempt lay business owners who must soon document their compliance with the federal contraception mandate.

Whenever their company’s next health plan kicks in, these employers must prove that their workers have access to co-pay-free contraception, sterilization and abortion drugs, or they’ll incur heavy fines.

Meanwhile, a growing number of Catholic plaintiffs who run for-profit companies have already filed legal challenges to the mandate, signaling that the First Amendment battle has broader implications for ordinary lay businessmen.

Enter the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s newly published “Options for Non-Exempt Employers Under the...READ MORE

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Bishop to Knights of Columbus: 'Our Job Is to Say Yes to the New Evangelization' (2195)

Bishop Tod Brown of Orange, Calif., delivered the homily at the Aug. 7 opening Mass of the 130th Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus in Anaheim, Calif.

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As the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, the Knights of Columbus must play a prominent role in evangelizing the contemporary world, said Bishop Tod Brown of Orange, Calif.

“Certainly, there is a clear and demanding need today for the New Evangelization,” he stressed.

Bishop Brown delivered his homily at the Aug. 7 opening Mass of the 130th Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus in Anaheim, Calif.

The convention drew approximately 2,000 participants from across the country and around the world, including 12 cardinals and more than 70 bishops, archbishops and abbots.

Bishop Brown called to mind the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas.


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Archbishop Carlson Prays for Dialogue Between LCWR and Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (2278)

Archbishop of St. Louis expressed his 'doctrinal concern for the Holy See.'

08/08/2012 Comments (5)

As the Leadership Conference of Women Religious gathers for its annual assembly, Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis said that talks over the Vatican's report of the group should stay within the context of the Church and not be politicized.

“I realize this is a most important meeting for you, and I pray that the dialogue between the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith and LCWR is not politicized,” Archbishop Carlson said, “but worked out within a community of faith.”

Archbishop Carlson, who provided remarks at the Aug. 7 opening day of the LCWR's annual assembly in St. Louis, said that while he is grateful for the “extraordinary work” of the women religious in his archdiocese,...READ MORE

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Celebrating Womanhood Catholic Church Style, Equality and Catholicism, and Much More! (2413)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Celebrating Womanhood Catholic Church Style. Click on the link by Kerri to read more.

Celebrating Womanhood Catholic Church Style – Kerri, Catholic Sistas

Equality and Catholicism – James Kalb, Catholic World Report

The Brewing Cardinal Dolan Scandal by Kathleen Gilbert of LifeSiteNews.com – Big ulpit

Evolution and the Catholic Faith – Fr. Kenneth Baker SJ, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

A Blueprint for Renewing Catholic Education – Stratford Caldecott, Beauty in Education

LCWR: No “Dialogue” on Sex Abuse by Nuns – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Parallel's Between the Eucharistic Tabernacle and Ark of the Covenant – Russ Rentler MD, Crossed The Tiber

The Language of Christianity’s Future - Andrew Lynch, Orate Fratres

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The First Winner of the Modern Olympics Was a Catholic (5987)

James Brendan Connolly would have given up a career at Harvard to participate in the revived games in 1896.

08/07/2012 Comments (8)

James Brendan Connolly at the 1896 Olympics in Athens.

– Wikipedia

The ancient Olympic Games were of astonishing duration, lasting well over 1,000 years, from 776 B.C. until the Roman Emperor Theodosius the Great prohibited their continuation in the year 393.

The games were revived by Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1896 and staged, appropriately, in Athens. His inspirational words have been repeated in every succeeding Olympiad: “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.”

A French Catholic priest and personal friend of Baron de Coubertin, Dominican Father Henri Didon...READ MORE

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