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Rick Santorum Sweeps 3 State Victories and Vows to Fight for Faith and Freedom (2618)

Presidential hopeful talks about God-given rights at Missouri rally Feb. 7.

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Rick Santorum speaks at a rally in Missouri on the evening of Feb. 7, when he won three GOP races.

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As presidential contender Rick Santorum swept three Feb. 7 contests in the GOP race for the nomination, he stated that this election is about whether or not rights come from God or the government.

Santorum said at a rally in Missouri on the evening of Feb. 7 that “freedom is at stake in this election” and that he would defend religious liberty and listen to the American people as president.

“This is the most important election in your lifetime,” he said.

Santorum won the GOP caucuses in Colorado, where Mitt Romney had recently been leading in the polls, as well as the Minnesota caucuses and the non-binding Missouri primary, a symbolic contest that serves as a straw poll before the...READ MORE

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Christian and Religious Leaders Also Oppose HHS Mandate (9421)

Said a Lutheran leader: 'We would be in a very bad way without the Catholics standing up.'

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Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said the HHS mandate is 'reprehensible in its demands for people to violate their conscience.'

– Southern Baptist Convention

Catholic bishops speaking out against the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate are finding that they are not alone. Other Christian denominations and leaders of other faiths have joined in the cause, often with strong language.

Some Christian denominations see the decision violating their own religious beliefs, especially where abortifacient “contraceptives” are part of the mandated coverage.

But all see a major unifier in the mandate’s violation of the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of religion and protection of conscience.

At press time, several churches and religious organizations had not responded to phone or email requests: the National Council of Churches, Episcopal...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, barack obama, bishops, catholic church, christians, congress, contraception, contraceptive mandate, health and human services, healthcare

The Best Liberal Arts College is Catholic, The Church that Converted Heathen Khans, and much more! (3665)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Thomas Aquinas College is One of the Most Popular Liberal Arts Colleges in America. Click on the Cardinal Newman Society Blog link to learn more.

Thomas Aquinas College is One of the Most Popular Liberal Arts Colleges in America - The Cardinal Newman Society Blog

October Baby and the Battle of Lepanto - Kay Anne Kelly, Catholic Lane

The Church that Converted Khans - Robert Spencer, Crisis Magazine

Understanding Catholic Church’s Opposition to HHS Mandate - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Twenty-First Century Recusants - Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Catholic World Report

The Culture War - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Quæritur: What To Do if a Bug Gets into the Chalice? - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

The Tyrant - Fr. James V. Schall, The Catholic Thing

Catholic U.K. Minister of Parliament: Thousands of...READ MORE

Filed under battle of lepanto, catholic blogosphere, culture war, hhs mandate, october baby, recusants, religious liberty, spain, syria, thomas aquinas college

New Poll Shows Catholic Voters Oppose HHS Mandate (3066)

Public Religion Research Institute's poll found that 52% of voting Catholics do not believe the contraception coverage mandate should apply to religiously affiliated colleges and hospitals.

02/08/2012 Comments (11)

WASHINGTON (CNA)—Most Catholic voters oppose the federal rule requiring religious institutions to buy insurance that covers contraception and sterilization, according to new research published Feb. 7.

Public Religion Research Institute’s poll found that 52% of voting Catholics do not believe the contraception coverage mandate should apply to religiously affiliated colleges and hospitals. Only 45% of Catholic voters said the rule should apply to these ministries.

This figure, indicating Catholic voters’ disapproval with a prominent Obama administration policy, may add to growing speculation about their role in the 2012 election. A Pew Research Center analysis released Feb. 2 showed that...READ MORE

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Pope Reminds Catholics to Grow in Charity This Lent (2865)

Benedict XVI's Lenten message focuses on serving others, 'the very heart of Christian life.'

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The Catholic Church must demonstrate the power of love and show the limitations of an individualistic worldview, Pope Benedict XVI taught in a Lenten message released two weeks before Ash Wednesday.

In the letter released Feb. 7, the Pope contrasted an ethic of “custody of others” with “a mentality that, by reducing life exclusively to its earthly dimension … accepts any moral choice in the name of personal freedom.”

A society with this mindset, he warned, “can become blind to physical sufferings and to the spiritual and moral demands of life. This must not be the case in the Christian community!”

The Pope’s message for Lent 2012, which begins Feb. 22, drew from the New Testament’s...READ MORE

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Congress Urges Obama Administration to Suspend HHS Mandate (2447)

Letter by 154 members says policy violates religious freedom.

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WASHINGTON—A letter from 154 bipartisan members of Congress is urging the Obama administration to reverse a contraception mandate that religious employers say would require them to violate their consciences.

The Feb. 6 letter to Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, condemned the recent mandate as an “unprecedented overreach by the federal government.”

Congressional leaders urged Sebelius to “reconsider the final rule” as it applies to employers and individuals who have moral or religious objections to the coverage required by the mandate.

They also asked her for “specific details on the process followed in the reading and evaluating of the...READ MORE

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Can a Priest Fight in a War?, Baptism Requires a Christian Name, Pecan Pie Protestantism, and more! (3795)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/08/2012 Comments (3)

6 Thoughts On Whether It Is Lawful for a Priest to Fight. Click on the link by H. H. Ambrose to learn more.

6 Thoughts On Whether It Is Lawful for a Priest to Fight - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Baptism Requires a Sober Rite & a Christian Name - Giacomo Galeazzi, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Pecan Pie Protestantism - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Finding the Truth About Liturgy - Catholic Spiritual Direction

Book Review: How Far Can We Go? - Mrs. DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

Methodist Convert: Eric Sammons - Why I’m Catholic

Natural Realities vs. Supernatural Realities - David G. Bonagura Jr, The Catholic Thing

Trust Not In Technology – J. C. Sanders, Ignitum Today

Religious Liberty: Mapping the Developing Landscape - Fr. Andrew Strobl, Shameless Popery

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Filed under barack obama, catholic blogosphere, catholic church, contraception mandate, hhs mandate, liturgy, religious freedom, religious liberty, susan g. komen foundation

USCCB Spokesman: Hawaii Bill 'Not Much of a Compromise' to Fix Contraception Mandate (10747)

Religious groups maintain drumbeat of opposition. Romney launches petition campaign.

02/07/2012 Comments (8)

WASHINGTON — As religious groups maintain their drumbeat of opposition to the new federal rule mandating contraception coverage for all private employer health plans, some commentators have identified Hawaii’s bill as a possible “compromise” that could address criticism.

But a key official in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says the Hawaii bill — repeatedly cited in media commentary — would not resolve the conference’s concerns and would, in any case, be overridden by the federal rule.

“I’ve reviewed the Hawaii law, and it’s not much of a compromise,” said Richard Doerflinger of the USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities and the bishops’ chief lobbyist on life issues in the...READ MORE

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