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Women to Obama: We Oppose HHS Mandate (3486)

About 2,300 signatures collected in less than a week.

02/24/2012 Comments (17)

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More than 2,000 women signed an open letter opposing the Obama administration’s contraception mandate in a sharp contrast to those who have sought to represent all women in supporting it.

“Don’t claim to speak for all women,” the Feb. 17 letter tells President Barack Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and members of Congress.

Women from a wide span of political, religious and educational backgrounds joined together to back Catholic organizations protesting a new federal mandate that will require employers to provide health-insurance plans that cover contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.

Organizers said the letter has received about 2,300...READ MORE

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Latin America Teeters on Edge of Abortion Abyss (4180)

Will the world's most Catholic region capitulate to the culture of death?

02/24/2012 Comments (5)
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Faithful hold a banner in Portuguese, meaning 'Brazil without abortion' as Pope Benedict XVI presides over Mass opening the 5th general meeting of the Latin American bishops' conference in Aparecida, Brazil, in 2007.

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MEXICO CITY — Although Latin America has been the target of international pro-abortion and anti-family organizations for decades, its Catholic roots have generally held the region fast in its commitment to the culture of life.

The rights of the unborn and the traditional family continue to be protected under law. In some countries, resistance is stronger than ever.

However, in recent months, the region has shown signs of slipping that have begun to concern pro-life activists, who fear that key abortion-rights victories in some countries could easily spread to others, in a “domino effect” that would threaten all of the overwhelmingly Catholic region.

The most immediate concern facing...READ MORE

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Religious Liberty Was Also at Issue in 18th-Century France—Newly Dramatized by Catholic Director (4936)

War of the Vendee released on DVD, with score by up-and-coming Hollywood composer.

02/24/2012 Comments (2)

War of the Vendee, the second film by Navis Pictures, is already receiving glowing reviews. It’s being released on DVD Feb. 24—a significant date, as it marks the 219th anniversary of the infamous 1793 French Revolution decree to conscript an army of 300,000 to fight wars triggered by the execution of King Louis XVI.

The King’s death, following in the wake of the revolution’s Reign of Terror, provoked the fiercely loyal and strongly Catholic peasants of the Vendee region in western France to take up arms. Influenced by St. Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort, the Vendee (pronounced Von-day) peasants carried their rosaries as they waged a counter-revolution to restore their religion and the...READ MORE

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Where Does Lent Come From, Humanae Vitae, Fishing Fisherman, Introduction to Fasting, and much more! (2287)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/24/2012 Comment

Where Does Lent Come From, & Why Do We Celebrate it? Click on the link by Joe Heschmeyer to learn.

Where Does Lent Come From, & Why Do We Celebrate it? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Humanae Vitae: 12 Quotes On Marital Love & Parenthood - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Google Drops Lent in Favor of Heinrich Hertz. . . Who? - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Fishing for Fishermen (St. Mark1:14-20) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Key to True Fasting - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Some In Mainstream Media In Full Anti-Catholic Meltdown Mode - Dave Hartline, The American Catholic

Introduction to Lent: Fasting - Mick Aquilina, The Way Of The Fathers

Sterilization at Catholic Hospitals - Sandra Hapenney, The Catholic Thing

Abstinence...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, abstinence, anti-catholic bigotry, ave maria university, catholic blogosphere, fasting, google, hhs mandate, humanae vitae, lent

2 Women Defeat Washington Plan B Law (3992)

Pharmacists are no longer forced to dispense abortion-inducing drugs.

02/23/2012 Comments (6)

Gov. Christine Gregoire

A federal court in Tacoma, Wash., struck down a state rule requiring pharmacists to dispense Plan B, the “emergency contraceptive” that is also an abortifacient, even if doing so would violate their religious beliefs. The court ruled on Ash Wednesday that the rule violated the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion.

The Feb. 22 ruling declared the Washington State Pharmacy Board’s regulations unconstitutional under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

In 2006, the Washington State Board of Pharmacy voted to protect pharmacists’ right of conscience. Democratic Gov. Christine...READ MORE

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The Ideological Morgue (2351)

Feb. 26 issue column on why the Church's voice is needed in the war on religious freedom.

02/23/2012 Comments (1)

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Besotted with the preservation and acquisition of power, the Obama administration has executed several political moves that directly or indirectly undermine the Catholic Church. The abandonment of the Defense of Marriage Act, the loss of funds for sex-trafficking victims and the direct assault on religious liberty by the Health and Human Services contraception mandate have caused a soporific American Catholic Church to coalesce around an ancient message: An unjust law is no law at all — we will not comply. Still, standing for the truth is one matter; being able to articulate it is another.

Catholics look upon these political and societal moves with grave caution, as we have seen them before....READ MORE

Filed under catholicism, church teaching, faith, hhs, morality, obama, secularism

Pope Gets Political, Catholics and Economics, Transfiguring the Crystal Cathedral, and much more! (3861)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/23/2012 Comments (3)

The Pope Gets Political. Click on the link by Robert P. George to understand why.

The Pope Gets Political - Robert P. George, Crisis Magazine

Why the Believer Knows More About Science - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Catholic Lane

Transfiguring the Crystal Cathedral - Terry Mattingly, On Religion

“Under the Control of the State” - Fr. James V. Schall, Catholic World Report

The Unmanly Bitterness of the Manosphere - DarwinCatholic, The American Catholic

What Members of the Eastern Churches can Teach Us about Fasting - A Reluctant Sinner

Canon Made Impossible: Ehrman, McDowell & an Unlikely Agreement - Brent Stubbs, Called to Communion

Sister Marie-Thérèse’s Trials - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

Both Funny and Quite Sad: Women “Priests” Simulated “Mass”...READ MORE

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In Washington State, a Victory for Conscience (3218)

Court upholds pro-life pharmacists’ objections to dispensing abortifacient contraceptives.

02/23/2012 Comments (3)
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It was a great way to start Lent. On Ash Wednesday, in an eagerly anticipated case, a federal judge in Washington State issued a ruling that strongly affirmed the centrality of the rights of conscience and religious exercise.

The court ruled that Christian pharmacists could not be required to stock and dispense medication that violated their religious beliefs. In sharp contrast to the Obama administration’s recent efforts to mandate that Catholics and other religious believers act contrary to Church teachings, the court in Washington recognized that such actions violate religious liberty. Moreover, the court examined, in detail, the troubling reasons for the state regulations and the...READ MORE

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