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Pope Benedict's Pilgrimage to Cuba: Actions Risk Drowning Words (4398)

Regime wanted the benefits of a papal visit, but it seems unwilling to let go of its control over the masses.

03/29/2012 Comments (8)
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Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass in Plaza de la Revolución 'José Martí' on March 28 in Havana, Cuba. A building in the background displays an image of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara.

– L'Osservatore Romano Vatican-Pool/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — As Pope Benedict XVI departed from Havana, Cuba, March 28 in a turbulent rainstorm, the glowering sky seemed a sadly fitting tribute to a visit marred by violence.

Throughout his three-day pilgrimage, the Holy Father’s goal of preaching the Gospel to an embattled people was grossly undermined by the heavy-handed tactics of government security agents who forcibly prevented many people from hearing the Holy Father’s message.

More than 150 Cuban human-rights activists were detained, typically sequestered in police stations, during the Pope’s pilgrimage to prevent them for expressing opposition to the Castro regime, according to Amnesty International.

At least one protester at...READ MORE

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Challenging Islam, Catholic Apps: iPieta, Baptist Convert: Steve Ray, Jesus from Texas, and more! (4613)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/29/2012 Comment

Challenging Islam. Click on the link by Fr. Michael P. Orsi to read and learn more.

Challenging Islam - Fr. Michael P. Orsi, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Catholic Apps: iPieta - Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Baptist Convert: Steve Ray - Why I’m Catholic

If Jesus Was From Texas. . . - The Larry D, Acts of the Apostasy

Gregorian Chant Used in Pope’s Mexico Mass - Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Catholic World Report

The Rise and Fall of a Great Catholic Literary Revival - Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

Teresa Musco -Stigmatic, Mystic & Victim Soul - Mystics of the Church

The Differences the Pill has Made - George Weigel, Archdiocese of Denver/The Catholic Difference

Philadelphia Sex Abuse Accuser Has Lengthy Criminal Record & a History of Filing False...READ MORE

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Pope Leaves Cuba With Call to Renew Faith, Build Up Society (2257)

03/28/2012 Comments (2)
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Pope Benedict XVI seen giving his farewell address from Havana March 28.

– EWTN/CNA World Catholic News

HAVANA, Cuba—As he concluded his historic trip to Cuba, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged the people of the island nation to “look again to the faith of your elders” and to “draw from that faith the strength to build a better future.”

By allowing the “most noble values” of the Cuban soul to blossom, the country can create “the basis for building a society of broad vision, renewed and reconciled,” he said as he prepared to leave for Rome.

During a March 28 farewell ceremony at José Martí International Airport, the Pope urged the nation to “trust in the Lord’s promises” and be open to the Gospel “so as to authentically renew your personal and social life.”

Looking to the future, the Holy Father...READ MORE

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In Revolution Square, Pope Praises Religious Freedom (1810)

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Pilgrims at the Solemn Papal Mass in Revolution Square.

– Michelle Bauman/CNA

HAVANA, Cuba—Cuba has made progress towards full religious freedom, and the government should continue these advances to strengthen society and to allow the Catholic Church to pursue her mission, Pope Benedict XVI said at a huge public Mass in Havana, Cuba.

“It must be said with joy that in Cuba steps have been taken to enable the Church to carry out her essential mission of expressing her faith openly and publicly,” the Pope said in his homily on March 28.

“Nonetheless, this must continue forwards, and I wish to encourage the country’s government authorities to strengthen what has already been achieved and advance along this path of genuine service to the true good of Cuban society as a...READ MORE

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First Freedom Receives Another Blow in Massachusetts Federal Court (5399)

The USCCB’s contract with HHS for anti-trafficking services is ruled unconstitutional, raising issues for CRS and Catholic Charities contracts.

03/28/2012 Comments (19)

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A federal court in Massachusetts has ruled that the U.S. bishops’ contract with the federal government for the provision of counseling support for trafficking victims was unconstitutional.

In a further blow to the free exercise of church-affiliated institutions, Judge Richard Stearns ruled on March 23 in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, which challenged the constitutionality of the federal government’s contract with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services (MRS).

The court ruled that the Department of Health and Human Services contract with MRS violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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Mathematical Proof that Birth Control Fails, eBook Review of Abp Chaput's Latest, and much more! (4370)

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03/28/2012 Comment

Mathematical Proof that Birth Control Fails. Click on the link by Stacy Trasancos PhD to learn more about the truth behind birth control.

Mathematical Proof that Birth Control Fails - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Accepting Abundance

“A Heart on Fire”, eBook Review - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

How Gothic Art Began - Thomas Beyer, Pop Sophia

Information about and Trailer for “Cosmic Origins” - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Bishop Opens Extraordinary Form Shrine in New Brighton - Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

The Fourth Station: Jesus Meets His Mother - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Benedictine College’s 8-Year “Greatness” Plan - Tom Hoopes, Catholic Vote

Success and Failure in the Church - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

“Your God’s Wrong”: Judge Erupts In Angry Tirade at Pro-lifer - Tony...READ MORE

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Judge Rules on Constitutionality of Defunded USCCB Contract (2370)

Bishops grant to help trafficking victims stated that subcontractors could not provide or refer for abortion services or contraceptive materials for its clients. The District of Massachusetts judge said the case is not about government forcing a religious institution to act contrary to its fundamental beliefs, but about 'the limits of the government’s ability to delegate to a religious institution the right to use taxpayer money to impose its beliefs on others (who may or may not share them).'

03/28/2012 Comments (3)

A federal judge sparked criticism after he ruled unconstitutional the government’s accommodation of pro-life beliefs in an anti-human-trafficking contract with the U.S. bishops.

“The bishops are disappointed and probably will appeal. This is another assault on the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment,” Sister Mary Ann Walsh, spokeswoman for the bishops’ conference, told EWTN News March 27.

The bishops’ contract proposal for a major five-year grant was approved in 2006 under the Trafficking Victims Prevention Act. The proposal contained language ensuring that its victim services are not used to “refer or fund activities that would be contrary to our moral convictions and religious...READ MORE

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A Rough Week at the Supreme Court for Obamacare (3899)

Church leaders await the decision with mixed emotions.

03/28/2012 Comments (12)
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Ron Kirby holds a sign while marching in protest of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in front of the U.S. Supreme Court March 26.

– Mark Wilson/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops advocated for universal health insurance for decades, but could not endorse the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act because of concerns about abortion funding and weak conscience provisions.

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will complete three days of often contentious oral arguments on the constitutionality of the new health bill. And, for Church leaders, the proceedings serve as a painful reminder of the difficulty of securing universal health care in the United States, but also this administration’s failure to embrace the moral concerns of a natural ally on social policy.

Asked to comment on the high-profile case before the court, Sister Mary Ann...READ MORE

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