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Sacred Image of the Sun, Potentialites for English Chant, Home Schools vs. Public Schools, and More! (1388)

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A Sacred Image of The Sun of Justice, Jesus Christ. Click on the link by Deacon Paul O. Iacono to read more.

A Sacred Image of The Sun of Justice, Jesus Christ – Deacon Paul O. Iacono, Fra Angelico Institute for the Sacred Arts

Potentialites for English Chant & Polyphony – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Home Schools Vs. Public Schools – Marcel LeJeune, Aggie Catholics

Cardinal Dolan’s Head Scratching Invite to Obama – Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

In Defense of Cardinal Dolan – Louie Verrecchio, Catholic Lane

Echoes of Nazi Germany: Today's Netherlands Euthanasia on Wheels – Russ Rentler MD, Crossed The Tiber

Receiving Communion in the Hand by Andrew Lynch of the Orate Fratres blog – Big ulpit

Ancient Testimonies Against Abortion – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of...READ MORE

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Obama, in Denver Campaign Stop, Reaffirms Support for Mandatory Contraception Coverage (4799)

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President Obama speaking in Colorado.

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DENVER — President Barack Obama reaffirmed his support for mandatory contraception coverage in a Wednesday campaign stop in Denver, drawing criticism from a lawyer representing a Colorado company fighting the mandate on religious-freedom grounds.

Matt Bowman, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, objected to the president’s contention that offering exemptions to the mandatory coverage allows employers to control women.

“The only ‘controlling’ actions in this case involve the president's command that families abandon their faith just because they want to earn a living or serve their community,” Bowman told Catholic News Agency Aug. 8. “The government is picking and choosing...READ MORE

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Missouri 'Right to Pray' Amendment Passes (2562)

Amendment 2 was supported by the bishops, who said: 'True religious freedom does not just constitute freedom to worship on Sunday, but also includes the freedom to express one’s faith publicly.'

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A constitutional amendment protecting Missouri residents’ right to pray in public passed by large margins in the Aug. 8 election.

Mike Hoey, executive director of the Missouri Catholic Conference, said the vote “repudiated religious intolerance.”

“You don't have to see bringing religion to the public square as a threat,” Hoey told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “We see it as positive thing, and most Missourians did too.”

About 83% of voters, almost 780,000 people, favored the measure, while 17% were opposed.

Amendment 2 says that government will not impose religion on Missouri residents or force any citizen to participate in religious activity. It also secures the right of...READ MORE

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New Monastic Beer from Norcia, When Your BFF Becomes a Nun, English Hymns You Should Know, and More! (3148)

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08/09/2012 Comment

New Monastic Beer from Norcia Monastery: Birra Nursia. Click on the link by Shawn Tribe to read more.

New Monastic Beer from Norcia Monastery: Birra Nursia – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

When Your BFF Becomes a Nun – Bonnie Engstrom, Learning to Be a Newlywed

Five English Hymns Every Catholic Should Know – C. L. David, Saint Peter’s List

Cardinal Dolan's Archdiocese Defends President Obama's Invitation to Al Smith Catholic Charities Dinner by Steven Ertelt of the LifeNews.com website – Big ulpit

From Wissenschaft to Bildung – Matthew Cantirino, First Things/First Thoughts

The Death-Haunted Art of Friendship – Eve Tushnet, Catholic Lane

The Bioethics of Organ Donation – Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, OSV Newsweekly

Red Herrings, But We Are Not Dogs - J. Q. Tomanek,...READ MORE

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Catholic Hospital Chain's Employee Benefits Include Coverage of NFP Training Costs (6697)

Move is alternative to HHS 'contraceptive mandate,' which Franciscan Alliance is continuing to fight in court.

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While the nation is embroiled in a battle over whether Catholic employers can be forced to provide contraception coverage, the Mishawaka, Ind.-based Franciscan Alliance has taken a pioneering step to provide witness to the Catholic alternative to contraception. As of July, the alliance began offering a natural family planning benefit to all employees.

“We have to credit an employee with coming up with the idea. Sometimes the best ideas come from employees,” said Franciscan Sister Jane Marie Klein, chairman of Franciscan Alliance, which operates 14 hospitals in Indiana and Illinois. After an employee raised the possibility, the alliance acted on the suggestion.

Pending the outcome of a...READ MORE

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Equal Persons Unequal Acts, Church Architecture: Columns, Padre of Guadalcanal, and Much More! (1530)

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Equal Persons, Unequal Acts. Click on the link by Dale O’Leary to read more.

Equal Persons, Unequal Acts – Dale O’Leary, Catholic Lane

Church Architecture: Columns – Denis McNamara, Creative Minority Report

Padre of Guadalcanal - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

How My Desire for Christian Unity Lead Me To The Church – Tiffany P, Catholic Sistas

What is Cardinal Dolan Up To? by Charlie Spiering of Crisis Magazine – Big ulpit

Gay Marriage Advocates Use Political Intimidation to Stifle Research – Karl D. Stephan, Crisis Magazine

Facing Secular Fundamentalism with the Courage of Sanctity – Joseph Pearce, Saint Austin Review/Ink Desk

Video: Abortionist Talks of the “Ugly Black Babies” He Aborts – Jean McCarthy, LifeSiteNews

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Pope: St. Dominic's 9 Ways of Prayer Are Model for Christians (2202)

The Holy Father's Aug. 8 address from his summer residence.

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On the feast of St. Dominic, Pope Benedict XVI praised the founder of the Order of Preachers as “a man of prayer, in love with God,” whose nine ways of prayer are an example for Christians’ daily life.

St. Dominic, the Pope said, united the proclamation of the Gospel with “witness to a life of poverty.”

“In every moment, prayer was the force that renewed and rendered fruitful his apostolic works,” the Pope said Aug. 8 at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

Prayer is the “origin of witnessing to the faith” in every aspect of life, he continued. The Pope stressed the need to find moments “to pray quietly every day for our spiritual life,” particularly during vacations.


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Time's Up: Catholic Business Owners Weigh Moral Options in HHS Mandate (6725)

National Catholic Bioethics Center issues guidelines for navigating First Amendment threat.

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joins Democratic senators at a news conference on Capitol Hill July 31 as preventive health coverage for women was set to take effect.

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PHILADELPHIA — Time has run out for non-exempt lay business owners who must soon document their compliance with the federal contraception mandate.

Whenever their company’s next health plan kicks in, these employers must prove that their workers have access to co-pay-free contraception, sterilization and abortion drugs, or they’ll incur heavy fines.

Meanwhile, a growing number of Catholic plaintiffs who run for-profit companies have already filed legal challenges to the mandate, signaling that the First Amendment battle has broader implications for ordinary lay businessmen.

Enter the National Catholic Bioethics Center’s newly published “Options for Non-Exempt Employers Under the...READ MORE

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