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HHS Secretary Sebelius: Church Groups Must Provide Contraception (16589)

‘We have a year to figure out how to violate our conscience,’ says Cardinal-designate Dolan. All options on the table

01/20/2012 Comments (57)
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said church-affiliated hospitals, agencies and universities will have until August 2013 to provide contraception and sterilization in the health insurance they provide employees.

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WASHINGTON — Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, confirmed today that church-affiliated hospitals, agencies and universities will be required to provide contraception and sterilization in the health insurance they provide employees.

However, nonprofit religious institutions will receive an additional year to accommodate this controversial regulation covered under the new health bill, with an extended deadline of August 2013.

In a blow to the U.S. bishops and Catholic institutions that had lobbied for a broader exemption for church-affiliated organizations,  the HHS secretary released a statement Jan. 20 approving the final rule for mandated...READ MORE

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Oy Vey The Catechism in Hebrew, The Minimum Wage and Catholic Social Teaching, SOPA, and much more! (2113)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/20/2012 Comment

Oy Vey! The Cathechism in Hebrew! Click on the link by Fr. Joe to read more.

Oy Vey! The Catechism in Hebrew! - Fr. Joe, Southern Fried Catholicism

The Minimum Wage and Catholic Social Teaching - Fr. Robert Johansen, Crisis Magazine

On Same-Sex “Marriage”, Who are the Real ‘Extremists’? - Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture

Fishing for Fishermen (Mark 1:14-20) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Top 50 Countries of Christian Persecution - Archbishop Cranmer

SOPA and Sacred Music - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Paving the Road to an Authoritarian Government - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

Christianity & the Space Program - Lewis M. Andrews, New Oxford Review

Slicing Salvation In Half - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Should We Give Girl...READ MORE

Filed under catechism of the catholic church, catholic blogosphere, catholic social teaching, hebrew, martyrdom, minimum wage, nigeria, same-sex "marriage", singles, st. marianne cope

Steve Mosher: A Vision of 'Hell' Brought Him to the Church (13696)

His story reveals why the New Evangelization draws its strength from the Church’s pro-life witness.

01/20/2012 Comments (28)

FRONT ROYAL, Va. — Steve Mosher was a rising Stanford University social researcher, schooled in the academy’s received wisdom on matters like abortion and the “right to choose,” when he was suddenly thrown off course.

It was 1980, and he was the first U.S. social scientist to receive permission to study the impact of political changes in a remote Chinese village. The Communist Party’s one-child policy was in full force, and Mosher followed village women in their third trimester of pregnancy to the local facility where forced abortions were performed.

“They were crying, begging for mercy and praying for their dying children. It’s one thing to think about abortion in the abstract, but when...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, catholic church, china, converts, father paul marx, human life international, new evangelization, one-child policy, population controle, population research institute

What is Moral Conscience, To Teach and Delight, Effects of Original Sin, Faith at Work, and more! (6006)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/20/2012 Comment

What is Moral Conscience? Click on the link by Fr. Thomas V. Berg PhD to learn more.

What is Moral Conscience? - Fr. Thomas V. Berg PhD, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

To Teach and Delight - Mark Signorelli, Public Discourse

Original Sin Effects: Darkening of Intellect, Weakening of Will. . . - Donald DeMarco, The Catholic Thing

Faith at Work - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Vatican Archivists Discover Unfinished Papal Encyclical - LarryD, The American Catholic

5 Reasons Why You Should Wake Up Early - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Has Europe Lost its Soul? - Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, MercatorNet

Did You Know? St. Sebastian Wasn’t Killed by Arrows - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Confessions of a Recovering Lesbian - Catholic Sistas

The Three Deadliest...READ MORE

Filed under baby amelia, beauty, catholic blogosphere, chop, europe, joseph mengele, lesbian, moral conscience, original sin, st. sebastian

Catholic Quarterback Philip Rivers Passes On the Faith (34289)

San Diego Chargers' star talks faith, family and football: 'Once I've received the Eucharist, then I'm prepared to go out and play.'

01/20/2012 Comments (16)
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Coming off a disappointing 2011 NFL campaign, San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is wasting no time to prepare for next season.

The Chargers won four of their first five games last season, but finished with an 8-8 record. The team missed the playoffs, and Tim Tebow’s Denver Broncos went instead.

Less dedicated players would take time off, but not Rivers. Dedication is something his father Steve, a high-school coach, passed along to him, and it has been a driving force in his football career.

At North Carolina State University, Rivers broke every school passing record, finishing his collegiate career with 13,484 passing yards, the second-highest total ever for a Division 1-A...READ MORE

Filed under catholic, catholicism, christian sportsmanship, evangelization, faith and football, family life, philip rivers, tim tebow

Kateri's Upcoming Canonization Generates Excitement (5575)

Native American community has strong devotion to saintly Lily of the Mohawks.

01/20/2012 Comments (1)
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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—The recent announcement that Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha has been approved for sainthood is generating great excitement among the Native American community.

“There’s an awful lot of interest,” said Msgr. Paul Lenz, the vice postulator of Blessed Kateri’s cause for sainthood.

Msgr. Lenz told EWTN News on Jan. 19 that he has seen an “unbelievable response” to the news of the canonization, with reactions pouring in from all over the United States and Canada.

Msgr. Lenz, who previously worked in the Black and Indian Mission Office in Washington, D.C., said that Native Americans are extremely excited about having a saint come from within their own community.

Although...READ MORE

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Bishop Conley: Catholics, Share Your Pro-Life Convictions (1834)

'To be serious Christians, we need to be honest. And honesty means telling the truth, in love, about abortion.'

01/19/2012 Comments (5)
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DENVER (CNA)—Catholics must share their pro-life convictions and be serious about helping those who are considering abortion, Bishop James Conley of Denver said ahead of the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

“Each of us is called to witness to the dignity of all human life. As uncomfortable as it might be, we are called to share our pro-life convictions with our neighbors, friends and families,” Bishop Conley said in his Jan. 18 Denver Catholic Register column.

“We need not be combative or polemical — but to be serious Christians, we need to be honest. And honesty means telling the truth, in love, about abortion.”

“Make no mistake about it,” he wrote. “Abortion is the killing of tiny...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Discusses 'Grave Threats' to Religious Liberty With U.S. Bishops (5562)

Holy Father says young American Catholics' convictions should encourage all 'to renew our efforts to mobilize the intellectual and moral resources of the entire Catholic community in the service of the evangelization of American culture and the building of the civilization of love.'

01/19/2012 Comments (6)
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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—Pope Benedict XVI warned today of a “grave threat” to religious liberty in the United States that requires American Catholics to respond with intelligence and courage.

“It is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States comes to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres,” he said Jan. 19 in an address to a group of American bishops visiting the Vatican.

The Pope said he was particularly concerned with “certain attempts being made to limit that most cherished of American freedoms, the freedom of religion.”

Pope...READ MORE

Filed under american catholics, american culture, pope benedict xvi, religious liberty

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