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Cautious Optimism After Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Hosanna Tabor Case (5117)

The government’s challenge to “ministerial exception” in 1st amendment case prompts skepticism from justices, Kagan included.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court this week heard oral arguments in the closely followed 1st amendment case, Hosanna Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 10-553, and some constitutional scholars are hopeful that religious liberty will emerge unscathed.

“I am cautiously optimistic. The Court was visibly skeptical of the government’s position,” said Douglas Laycock, the Robert E. Scott Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law who represented Hosanna Tabor before the high court.

In the Hosanna Tabor case, the justices must decide whether a Lutheran church in Michigan, which fired a teacher at a...READ MORE

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What Society Needs Is an Extreme Makeover, Catholic Style (3647)

If we can learn anything from any or all of the current extreme-makeover shows, it’s that we are continually in need of our own extreme spiritual makeover.

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Turn on the TV any given night and you’re bound to find some program that deals with some sort of makeover.

It might be ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Grab the remote and move along the dial to TLC (The Learning Channel), and you’ll find Stacy and Clinton of What Not to Wear fame trying desperately to take their subjects from frumpy to fabulous. NBC’s The Biggest Loser is an effort to help the weight-challenged change their eating habits and lifestyles.

Last but not least, one of the most bizarre makeover-type shows out there has to do with the addiction to stuff: hoarding. TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive is an attempt to make over the lives of folks who are literally putting...READ MORE

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U.S. College Students Celebrate Our Lady of the Rosary in Rome (2772)

Youth Catholics went on pilgrimage to four ancient basilicas, singing the Rosary in Latin as they went.

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—A joyful group of young American Catholics spent today, Oct. 7, on pilgrimage to Rome’s four ancient basilicas, singing the Rosary in Latin for the feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary as they went.

“We’re doing this to celebrate the feast day today and as a pilgrimage,” said 19-year-old Jonathan Wanner from Mandan, N.D. He was leading the procession with a five-foot cross made of palm leaves.

Braving the Roman rain, the party of 10 filed behind Wanner and his cross, each wearing a bandanna and greeting locals with a wave and cry of “Buona festa!” or “Happy feast day!” On the whole, the Romans responded in kind.

The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was...READ MORE

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Pope Urban and Non-Smokers, Bishops and Facebook, Saudi Arabia and Copts, and much more! (2872)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Pope Urban VII: Patron of Nonsmokers? Click on the link by Kathy Schiffer to find out why.

Pope Urban: Patron of Nonsmokers? - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Do Bishops Use Facebook? - Steven Lawson, VirtuousPla.net

Egypt: Saudi Arabia Funding Attacks on Copts to Install Radical Islamic Regime - AsiaNews.it

Amid Unrest, Syria’s Christians Fear for Future - Andrea Kirk Assaf, Our Sunday Visitor

Why is Everyone Ignoring the Biggest Risk Factors in Breast Cancer? - Matthew Hanley, MercatorNet

Don’t Confuse the Common Good with Statism - Michael Novak, The Institute on Religion & Democracy

The Cruelty of Hedonism - Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing

Mandatory University Training Negatively Stereotypes Catholics - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

The Secret...READ MORE

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Dominican Nun Delves Into the Mystery of the Rosary (6421)

Sister Mary Catharine provides a motherly service on this feast of Our Lady.

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– Dominican nuns of Summit, N.J.

Dominican Sister Mary Catharine Perry is the novice mistress of The Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, N.J. (a congregation of cloistered nuns ranging in age from 24-95, with a blog at monialesop.org).

A Massachusetts native, she is also the author of a work of fiction set in a monastery. In an interview to mark the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, she provided a deeper window into the cloistered life in the New York metropolitan area and does what Dominicans do so well: teach about the Rosary to those of us outside monastery walls.

You and your sisters celebrated Rosary Sunday this past weekend. What was that all about, and why is it a different day than the feast this...READ MORE

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Ave Maria Receives Official Recognition as a Catholic University (4729)

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From the Press Release:

Today, Most Rev. Frank J. Dewane, bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, made perhaps the most significant announcement in the history of Ave Maria University. During the investiture ceremony for new Ave Maria University president H. James Towey, Bishop Dewane announced that he grants recognition of Ave Maria University as a Catholic university.

Bishop Dewane commented, “This announcement marks a special time in the history and faith life of Ave Maria University. While the university continues to grow, it is the deepening of its roots of faith that is of primary importance to me as the bishop of this diocese. The Catholic Church views Catholic universities in...READ MORE

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Pray a Rosary a Day (5428)

The importance of the beloved Marian devotion. Our Lady of the Rosary feature from our Oct. 9 issue.

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Every day we eat, sleep, work etc. But do we find time to pray the Rosary?

Is there a better time to start the practice of praying the Rosary daily than in October, the month of the Rosary?

Saints, scholars and ordinary people know the importance — and the benefits — of praying the Rosary every day. St. Pio of Petrelcina prayed many. St. Louis de Montfort said, “Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray.”

Blessed John Paul II admitted that “the Rosary is my favorite prayer.” He urged the faithful to pray this Marian prayer regularly so that it can make a monumental difference for themselves, their families and the world.

Praying the Rosary daily is important and...READ MORE

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House Committee Vote Could Pave Way to Defund U.N. Population Fund (1773)

Foreign Affairs Committee has approved a bill that would prohibit taxpayer funding of the United Nations Population Fund.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News)—The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee has approved a bill that would prohibit taxpayer funding of the United Nations Population Fund, which has been widely criticized for its cooperation with China’s controversial one-child policy.

“I’m happy to announce today [Oct. 5] that we have taken an important step in protecting American taxpayers from funding controversial family-planning operations through the U.N.,” said Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., who introduced the bill. “If the Chinese wish to do such things, they should not expect funding from the United States taxpayer.”

The population fund, which is the United Nations’ main unit for global population...READ MORE

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