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IRS Scandals Raise Doubts Over HHS Mandate Judgment (2936)

The way the regulation is written, it is the IRS that determines whether an organization qualifies for full exemption from the HHS mandate.

06/12/2013 Comments (2)

Ashley McGuire of The Catholic Association

WASHINGTON — The targeting of conservative, pro-life and religious non-profits by the Internal Revenue Service is drawing concern over the agency’s authority to decide exemptions to the HHS mandate.

“The HHS mandate hinges on what constitutes a religious entity,” said Ashley McGuire, a senior fellow at the Catholic Association and editor of AltCatholicah, a Catholic women’s web magazine.

McGuire explained to CNA during a May 10 interview that the IRS has “authority in determining what a religious entity is” for purposes of deciding which employers must comply with the controversial mandate.

Issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, the mandate requires employers to...READ MORE

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Venezuelan Educator Calls Condoms ‘Russian Roulette’ for Youth (3682)

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced the installation of a group of factories to produce millions of condoms in Venezuela.

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Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro

– Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/ABr

CARACAS, Venezuela, — An official with the Venezuelan bishops’ conference has warned that a proposal by the country’s president to establish condom factories will entail a huge “social cost” for the nation’s youth.
“Installing a condom factory in Venezuela at best will lower the cost of a product, but at a great social cost,” Jose Villamizar, education director for the bishops’ conference of Venezuela, said June 9.
On June 6, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro announced the installation of “a group of factories here to produce millions of condoms” and charged the movement Young People for the Homeland with distributing the condoms and “shielding the country from unwanted pregnancies.”...READ MORE

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Modest Is Not 'Hottest'; Pope Francis: You Cannot Serve Two Masters and Much More! (4237)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/12/2013 Comment

Modest is Not Hottest. Follow the link by Marc Barnes of Bad Catholic blog to read more.

Modest Is Not Hottest by Marc Barnes of Bad Catholic blog - BigPulpit.com

Pope Francis: You Cannot Serve Two Masters, Serve the Lord or Serve the World – La Stampa/Vatican Insider

The Girl Scouts: A “Groundbreaking” Feminist Moment - Mary Rice Hasson, Catholic Stand

Does Marriage Change People? – Barb Lishko, Catholic Lane

So-Called Same-Sex Marriage, Dr Who, And An Admission – LarryD, The American Catholic

Unpacking the First Cause Argument for God – Dr. Peter Kreeft, Strange Notions

How to Drive Away Temptation – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Whiskey Talk with Dr. Peter Kreeft – Whiskey Catholic

Pope Francis on Corruption, ‘Gay Lobby’ in Roman Curia – John Thavis,...READ MORE

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An ‘Easy Church’ Isn’t the Answer (5464)

Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin says the Church must continue to proclaim the truth on hot-button political issues like the HHS mandate and the definition of marriage.

06/11/2013 Comments (18)
Rick Snizek/Rhode Island Catholic

Bishop Thomas Tobin speaks June 8 at the Portsmouth Institute in Portsmouth, R.I.

– Rick Snizek/Rhode Island Catholic

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Last month, after years of leading a statewide effort to bar same-sex “marriage” from Rhode Island, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence watched as “marriage equality” forces finally attained political victory.

“I have been in the trenches,” Bishop Tobin acknowledged during a June 8 address at the Portsmouth Institute’s conference on “Catholicism and the American Experience” in Portsmouth, R.I.

Yet the defeat has not shaken this shepherd’s commitment to the defense of Church teaching on marriage, even as opinion polls chart a steady increase of support for same-sex “marriage” among Catholics and the public at large.

Bishop Tobin recounted an exchange between Pope...READ MORE

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Georgetown University Responds to Canon Law Petition, Vocation for Wives of Deacons and Much More! (3059)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/11/2013 Comment

Georgetown University Responds to Canon Law Petition. Follow the link by Tim Drake to read more.

Georgetown University Responds to Canon Law Petition by Tim Drake - BigPulpit.com

Vocation for the Wives of Deacons, M. Kaufmann MA, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Matt Birk #77 “Walks the Talk” - The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Mother Teresa, Pope Francis & You: - Eric Neubauer, 21 Century Pilgrim

Why Godparents Matter - Joel and Lisa Schmidt, Catholic Stand

Of Latin and Sunday Collections - Fr. Z’s Blog

How Does a Person Accept God’s Mercy? - Fr John Bartunek, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

From “Gay Sex” to Marriage Equality - Mark S. Latkovic STD, Truth and Charity Forum

The Rights of Error & the Death of Tolerance - Francis J. Beckwith, The Catholic Thing


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Migrants on Mexico’s Border Face ‘Nightmares’ (2727)

As the U.S. Senate debates its immigration-reform bill, a priest who operates a Tijuana soup kitchen spotlights the suffering many migrants endure.

06/11/2013 Comments (9)

A 2007 photo of the fence dividing the city of Tijuana from the United States.

– Wikipedia/ngb.army.mil

TIJUANA, Mexico — Harsh conditions and persecution confront migrants in Mexico, many of whom have been deported from the U.S., according to a Salesian priest who serves the population in the border town of Tijuana.

“This results in them being people with so many dreams that end up becoming nightmares,” Father Ernesto Hernández Ruiz, a member of the order founded by St. John Bosco to assist the young poor, told CNA in early June.

Father Ruiz operates the “Padre Chava” soup kitchen, which gives breakfast to some 1,200 people daily in the city across the border from San Diego. Most of them have faced deportation by the federal government, some after having lived in the U.S. for numerous...READ MORE

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Chile Proposes Financial Incentives for Childbearing (2384)

President Sebastian Pinera of Chile proposed a financial incentive to couples who have three or more children.

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President Sebastian Pinera of Chile

– Roosewelt Pinheiro/ABr

SANTIAGO, Chile — In an effort to reverse the country’s low birth rate, President Sebastian Pinera of Chile has announced a proposal to offer financial incentives to couples who have three or more children.

The measure, announced on May 21, would benefit all women regardless of income level and would entail a one-time payment of approximately $200 for a couple’s third child. It would increase to $300 for the fourth child and $400 for the fifth.

Catalina Siles, a researcher at the Institute for Societal Studies, told CNA the proposal brings to the forefront an issue that has been absent in the public debate and in the priorities of the government.

“The credit is not intended to solve...READ MORE

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Jesuit Writers Get Quick Answer to Papal Audience Request (3464)

Pope Francis has scheduled a private audience with the college of writers from La Civiltà Cattolica (Catholic Civilization), the Jesuit publication.

06/11/2013 Comment
Stephen Driscoll/CNA

Father Antonio Spadaro discusses La Civilta Cattolica with CNA during an April 2013 interview.

– Stephen Driscoll/CNA

ROME — Just one month after their request, Pope Francis has scheduled a private audience with the college of writers from La Civiltà Cattolica (Catholic Civilization), the Jesuit cultural review whose articles are approved by the Vatican’s secretary of state before publication.

The private audience has been officially scheduled for June 14, according to a Monday post on the magazine's Twitter feed.

The meeting will begin with Father Adolfo Nicolàs, superior general of the Society of Jesus, greeting the Pope in the name of the writers of La Civiltà Cattolica.

The gathering will also include a short speech by Pope Francis on the work of the Jesuit monthly magazine.

Father Antonio...READ MORE

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