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Knights of Columbus Files Formal Comment on HHS Mandate (5215)

Letter calls for respect for individual conscience rights.

06/20/2012 Comments (7)
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Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The 1.8-million-member Knights of Columbus are the latest voice calling on the federal government to rescind a mandate that many view as a violation of religious freedom.

On the eve of the Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week period in which Catholics will pray, sacrifice and study issues of religious freedom, the Knights filed a formal comment with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the department overseeing implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

That law called for certain “preventive services” to be provided through employer health plans, with no cost-sharing on the part of employees. The services covered include contraceptives,...READ MORE

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EWTN Celebrates Fortnight for Freedom With New Website and TV Shows (3504)

Programs focus on patron saints and more

06/20/2012 Comment

EWTN has a new website for the latest news, programs, photos and prayers on the subject of religious liberty, our most cherished freedom: ReligiousLiberties.org.

In addition, shows celebrate religious liberty. EWTN's executive vice president and COO, Doug Keck, joins EWTN Live host Father Mitch Pacwa at the top of the hour during the show at 8pm Eastern today, Wednesday, June 20, to provide insight on some of EWTN’s upcoming programs celebrating religious liberty and the upcoming “Fortnight for Freedom,” which starts June 21 and runs through July 4. 

St. Thomas More, who died “the king’s good servant and God’s first,” is a religious-freedom role model and one of two patron saints of...READ MORE

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A Cool Vatican Stamp, The Foundation of Friendship, The Necessity of the Viaticum, and much more! (1747)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/20/2012 Comment

A Cool Vatican Stamp of Jesuit who Reformed the Julian Calendar. Click on Fr. John Zuhlsdorf's link to read more.

A Cool Vatican Stamp of Jesuit who Reformed the Julian Calendar - Fr. Z's Blog

Getting it Right: The Foundation of Friendship - Dr. Edward Sri, Integrated Catholic Life™

The Necessity of Viaticum & the Duty of Priests - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Traditional Sisters Big Hit with Trendy Teens by Lidia Wasowicz of Catholic San Francisco - Big Pulpit

Are Vouchers for Catholic Schools the Answer? - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

The Pope, the King and the Lateran Treaty - The Mad Monarchist

Big Week for Communist China - Rocye, Ignitum Today

The Orthodoxy of Catholic Ecology - William L. Patenuade, Catholic World Report

Good Government, Bad...READ MORE

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Egypt’s Christians in a 'Wait-and-See' Mode (1890)

Uncertainty from presidential election puts Copts on edge.

06/20/2012 Comment
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Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood react to speeches at a gathering to celebrate a premature victory for their presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi in Tahrir Square in Cairo June 19. Egyptian candidates Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq contested in the second round of voting for the country's president held over two days of voting last weekend. Despite official results not having been announced, the Muslim Brotherhood are claiming victory for their presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi.

– Daniel Berehulak /Getty Images

The fact that not all the votes had been counted before Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate for the Egyptian presidency, declared victory on Monday was of little comfort to the country’s sizeable Christian minority, which fears an Islamic takeover.

The uncertainty surrounding the election — by Tuesday, both Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq, the former prime minister and Morsi’s old-guard competitor, said they had won — has left Egyptians, and especially the country’s 8 million to 10 million Coptic Christians, deeply worried about the future.

The presidential runoff was the final step in an exhausting months-long election process that followed the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak...READ MORE

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Faith Community Strives to Open Minds on Immigration (2712)

Catholics, other immigrant advocates welcome Obama decision not to deport certain undocumented immigrants.

06/19/2012 Comments (17)
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President Obama responds to a question from Neil Munro of the Daily Caller after he interruped the president while Obama delivered remarks about the Department of Homeland Security's recent announcement about deportation of illegal immigrants in the Rose Garden at the White House June 15. With the DREAM Act unable to gain traction in Congress, Obama announced that his administration would stop deporting some young people who came to U.S. as children of illegal immigrants.

– Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Immigrant advocates are cautious, but they see signs of hope for comprehensive immigration reform, given recent political developments.

On June 15, President Barack Obama announced a new policy that the federal government will not deport some young undocumented immigrants, which could help him in an election year with Latino voters, while putting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, on the defensive.

The president issued his policy just three days after 150 evangelical Christian leaders endorsed an overhaul of immigration policy and called for a bipartisan solution that transcends the polarization, name-calling and misrepresentations...READ MORE

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Holiness is Grown from a Patient Trust in God's Presence, 5 Lessons from St. Joseph, and more! (1262)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/19/2012 Comment

Holiness is Grown from a Patient Trust in God’s Presence. Click on the link by Bishop David McGough to read and learn more.

Holiness is Grown from a Patient Trust in God’s Presence - Bishop David McGough, Catholic Herald

Five Lessons from Saint Joseph - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

It’s a New World for Catholic Music by Jeffrey A. Tucker of The Chant Café - Big Pulpit

Anointing of the Sick: Some Problems Today - Fr. Mark A. Pilon STL STD, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

New Vestment Work from St. Louis - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

12 Churches Not to Miss When You Visit California - Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

Abraham and the Two Kings - Feliz, Platonic Monkey

Free Love and Other Redundant Phrases - Nic Davidson, Ignitum Today

To Use Secular or Religious Terms? - Fr....READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan: Freedom Is Rooted in Human Dignity (5404)

True Freedom: On Protecting Human Dignity and Religious Liberty eBook released June 19.

06/19/2012 Comments (7)

NEW YORK CITY--Society faces a choice between true human dignity and a false concept of freedom culminating in the “culture of death,” New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan explains in his new eBook.

This inhumane culture springs from “deeply rooted social, philosophical and ethical tendencies that, unfortunately, often find their expression in our laws and in our attitudes toward others,” the cardinal writes in True Freedom: On Protecting Human Dignity and Religious Liberty, released June 19. Published by Random House Digital, True Freedom is available for 99 cents.

“To this culture of death,” he writes, “the Church boldly and joyfully promotes the culture of life.”

In a work of just...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews 'Brave' (18223)

Family is king in the pioneering animation studio’s first fairy tale, a rare mother-daughter story that charts an unconventionally traditional moral path.

06/19/2012 Comments (65)

– Pixar

For Pixar fans, Brave marks a crucial watershed. The studio’s first fairy-tale film and first feature with a female protagonist, it’s also Pixar’s first non-sequel since being bought by Disney. Toy Story 3 and Cars 2 were both products of post-purchase Pixar — and, as well done as Toy Story 3 was, the willingness to keep going back to the same well (combined with the mediocrity of Cars 2) raised disquieting questions about whether a Disney-owned Pixar still had the vision and daring for unconventional projects like Wall-E or Up.

Speed bumps on Brave’s path to the screen raised further concerns. First came word that the original title, The Bear and the Bow, had been scuttled for another...READ MORE

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