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Thanksgiving Day Shopping Called ‘Assault’ on Family Life (6710)

Employees and Church leaders object to the commercialization of the November holiday.

11/22/2012 Comments (19)
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Shoppers wait to enter a Best Buy store on Nov. 25, 2011 in Naples, Fla.

– Spencer Platt/Getty Images

DENVER — The expansion of Thanksgiving weekend shopping to the holiday itself has raised concerns among both workers and clergy who worry that the change puts family time at risk.

Father Sinclair Oubre, spiritual moderator of the Texas-based Catholic Labor Network, said the store openings are a “disturbing trend” that is “an assault on the family.”

“We have almost completed the evolutionary process of having two classes of workers: those who get holidays off and can stay with their families and those who are forced to work so that those who have holidays off won’t have to stay with their families,” Father Oubre said.

Retailers such as Sears, Walmart, Target, Kmart, Toys “R” Us and...READ MORE

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Pope: Faith Is Reasonable, Leads to Joyful Life (1796)

Nov. 21 general audience

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– Estefania Aguirre/CNA

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of teachings on faith by examining how it is “reasonable and not in conflict with science.”

People from all over the world gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI audience hall on Nov. 21 to hear the Pope’s catechesis, which he delivers every Wednesday.

“The Catholic faith is reasonable and also nurtures trust in human reason,” he told the audience of thousands. “It’s crucial for people to open up to faith and know God and his plan of salvation in Jesus Christ.”

Pope Benedict explained that there is a fruitful link between understanding and believing, which is rooted in the harmonious relationship between science and faith. Scientific...READ MORE

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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Appeal in First Amendment Case (7983)

Religious-freedom advocates welcome outcome, but say it has limited applicability for high-stakes HHS mandate challenges or most parish-based Catholic religious-education programs.

11/21/2012 Comments (9)

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WASHINGTON — In a blow to advocates of strict separation of church and state, the U.S. Supreme Court denied an appeal in a First Amendment case that challenged a state public-school program that accommodated students’ religious beliefs.

On Nov. 13, the high court rejected a request for an appeal in Moss v. Spartanburg Co. School District Seven, after a federal appeals court in July backed a lower-court ruling that favored the South Carolina school district, which allowed high-school students to take off-site religious-education classes and receive academic credit. In 2009, the Freedom From Religion Foundation and two parents in the Spartanburg school district filed a legal challenge to...READ MORE

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The Anglican Ordinariate and New Evangelization, the ‘Glee Effect’ on the US and More! (2515)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/21/2012 Comment

Fr. Aidan Nichols on the Anglican Ordinariate and the New Evangelization. Click on the link by Shawn Tribe to read more.

Fr. Aidan Nichols on the Anglican Ordinariate and the New Evangelization – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The Glee Effect: How America Went Gay by John StonestreetBig Pulpit

Anglo-Catholics, Your Time is Up – Damian Thompson, Daily Telegraph/Holy Smoke

Whatever Became of “Communio”? – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Keeping an Advent Attitude – Marge Fenelon, OSV Newsweekly

Cloistered Nuns Secure Worldwide Music Distribution – Royce Hood, Ignitum Today

When Culture Abandons Reason (and Faith) – Donald DeMarco PhD, Crisis Magazine

How Are Priests Selected to be Bishops? – Cathy Caridi JCL, Canon Law Made Easy

New Book: Christianity, Islam and Atheism:...READ MORE

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Pope Appeals for Peace in Gaza Conflict (2054)

The Holy Father said Nov. 21: 'Along with my prayerful recollection of the victims and for all those who are suffering, I feel the duty to reiterate, once again, that hatred and violence are not the solution to problems.'

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI is warning violence could spread through the Middle East region, after Israel continued bombing Gaza and a suicide bomb rocked Tel Aviv.

The Pope appealed for a halt to violence in his Nov. 21 general audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI audience hall, as the fighting between the Palestinians and Israelis continued for the eighth day.

“I am following with great concern the escalation of violence between Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip,” said Pope Benedict.

“Along with my prayerful recollection of the victims and for all those who are suffering, I feel the duty to reiterate, once again, that hatred and violence are not the solution to...READ MORE

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New March for Life President Plans Increased Youth Appeal (1924)

Jeanne Monahan: 'Abortion is not good for women and obviously not good for the babies who aren't allowed a right to life.'

11/21/2012 Comments (7)
Family Research Council

Jeanne Monahan

– Family Research Council

WASHINGTON — After being named the president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, Jeanne Monahan says she plans to increase the annual pro-life march's appeal to young people.

Monahan said in a Nov. 20 interview with Catholic News Agency that her “immediate goal is to do the best job possible to commemorate this somber 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which is rapidly hitting us here in January, to do what we can to make the rally very youth-accessible and interesting and to make the march as fruitful as possible.”

The fund organizes and runs the annual March for Life in Washington, which will be held Jan. 25, 2013, on the National Mall.

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Becket Fund: Anxieties Mounting Over Contraception Mandate (3056)

The potential threat of massive fines for non-compliance is a key concern for religious groups and businesses.

11/21/2012 Comments (12)

Eric Baxter, senior counsel at the Becket Fund

WASHINGTON — A religious-freedom attorney says the threat of massive fines is causing anxiety among religious groups and businesses that object to government-mandated insurance coverage of contraception.

Eric Baxter, senior counsel with the Washington-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty that aims to defend religious liberty nationwide, said many concerns focus on financial questions.

“How do you take account of the risk that you could have millions of dollars in fines imposed against you?” he told EWTN News Nov. 16.

“That anxiety is only increasing as the implementation date approaches.”

The Department of Health and Human Services has mandated that most employers of 50...READ MORE

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Church of England Votes Against Ordaining Female Bishops (1546)

A two-thirds majority was not reached at the church's synod this week.

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Archbishop-designate Justin Welby of Canterbury

– Lambeth Palace-Picture Partnership

LONDON — In an unexpected move, the Church of England narrowly voted against allowing women to be ordained as bishops 18 years after its approval of ordaining of women to the priesthood.

Archbishop-designate Justin Welby of Canterbury has voiced support for the ordination of women bishops and voted in favor of the measure during the church's General Synod Nov. 20.

He told the gathering that “the Church of England needs to show how to develop the mission of the church in a way that demonstrates that we can manage diversity of view without division; diversity in amity, not diversity in enmity.”

Although ordination of female priests was approved at the 1992 synod, the measure regarding...READ MORE

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