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Bishops Urge Senate to Stop Funding Abortions, New USCCB Appointments and Anglican Ordinariate News (2094)

'At a time when Congress is tempted to reduce even vitally important programs that serve the poorest and neediest people here and abroad, the moral wrong of expanding subsidies for direct violations of human life and dignity is especially egregious,' Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the U.S. bishops’ conference, said in a Nov. 14 letter to senators.

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The U.S. Catholic bishops are calling on the Senate to amend a bill whose abortion-funding provisions pose “a direct threat to innocent human life.”

Provisions in the current bill would allow taxpayer-funded elective abortions in the District of Columbia and would permit federal employee health plans to fund elective abortions. One provision would also permanently ban the Mexico City Policy that restricts U.S. funding for foreign groups involved in abortion.

“At a time when Congress is tempted to reduce even vitally important programs that serve the poorest and neediest people here and abroad, the moral wrong of expanding subsidies for direct violations of human life and dignity is...READ MORE

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Use More Video!, Parables Lost, Wasted for Love, Getting Out of Patterns of Sin, and much more! (2984)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/16/2011 Comment

Parables Lost: “Once Upon a Time. . . ” Click on the link by Sr. Jeannine Marie OCD to learn more.

Want to Spread the Faith? Use More Video - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Parables Lost: “Once Upon a Time. . . ” - Sr. Jeannine Marie OCD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Wasted for Love - Sr. Lisa Marie Doty FDCC, VirtuousPla.net

How Can I Get Out of Patterns of Sin!? - Sr. Carmen Laudis OCD, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Sacrament Houses: Fürstenwalde Cathedral - Gregor Kollmorgen, New Theological Movement

Catholic Charities: The Bishop of Springfield Gets it Right - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the Culture

Jesus and Mithras, Debunked - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

St. Albert the Great and the Philosopher’s Stone - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

The Primetime Blues - Arland...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop-emeritus john francis donoghue, catholic blogosphere, fürstenwalde cathedral, health and human services, jesus, mithras, parables, philosopher's stone, st. albert the great

Blesseds John Paul II and Marianne Cope Added to U.S. Proper of Saints (2468)

More from the USCCB meeting.

11/15/2011 Comments (1)

The U.S. bishops approved adding optional memorials for Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed Marianne Cope to the U.S. Proper of Saints calendar.

The memorials were discussed and approved on Nov. 15 by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops during their fall General Assembly, which was held in Baltimore.

By a vote of 154-2, the bishops approved placing a memorial for Blessed John Paul II on the calendar for Oct. 22, the anniversary of his election as Pope in 1978.

At the time of his death on April 2, 2005, devotion to Pope John Paul II was already widespread and cries of “Santo Subito!” (Saint Now!) were heard in St. Peter’s Square following his passing.

He was beatified by Pope...READ MORE

Filed under blessed john paul ii, blessed marianne cope, proper of saints, usccb

U.S. Bishops Establish Permanent Subcommittee on Health Care Issues (1956)

More on Nov. 14 USCCB vote.

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BALTIMORE (EWTN News/CNA)—The U.S. Catholic bishops have voted to establish a permanent Subcommittee on Health Care Issues to address ongoing concerns about one of the country’s most politically charged and debated topics.

The bishops overwhelmingly approved the subcommittee by a vote of 214-15 on Nov. 14, the first day of their fall General Assembly in Baltimore. The new subcommittee will fall under the jurisdiction of the Committee on Doctrine.

As head of the doctrine committee, Cardinal Donald Wuerl will appoint the chairman of the new subcommittee.

The creation of a permanent subcommittee was recommended by a task force on health-care issues, which held its last meeting in June 2011....READ MORE

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New Jersey's 'Nurses of Conscience' (3036)

Congressman Chris Smith urges the University of Medicine and Dentistry to allow health-care professionals to opt out of abortions.

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New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith joins nurses in front of the hospital where they've been required to assist at abortions.

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NEWARK, N.J. — The head of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus warned that a university hospital in his state is in violation of federal and state conscience-protection laws.

And the attorney for 12 nurses suing the hospital vowed to fight a new policy that requires all nurses to train for and assist in abortions.

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and Matt Bowman, legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, joined some of the 12 nurses at a press conference yesterday, Nov. 14, outside of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, N.J.

The nurses are suing the University of Medicine and Dentistry after a change in policy requires them to participate in abortions. Previously,...READ MORE

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DOMA vs. Respect for Marriage Act (4556)

A bill to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act passed the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 10 to 8 on Nov. 10.

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—Despite multiple legislative and judicial efforts to fight the Defense of Marriage Act, senators and legal experts agree that the law will most likely not be repealed in coming months.

“People understand what marriage is in their gut, but they struggle expressing it,” said William May, founder and chairman of Catholics for the Common Good.

He pointed to the fact that in all 31 states where the issue has been put before the people, they have voted against redefining marriage.

“They know marriage is a reality that can only be between a man and a woman,” he said. “And that’s why every time it’s put to a vote of the people, marriage is protected.”

But despite the...READ MORE

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Love and Responsibility, A Nation with a Soul of a Church, Beauty in Medicine, and much more! (2547)

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11/15/2011 Comments (1)

Love & Responsibility: A Work that is Ahead of Its Times. Click on the link by Carl Olson to learn more.

Love & Responsibility: A Work that is Ahead of Its Times - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

A Nation with the Soul of a Church - Jason Jones, Crisis Magazine

Searching for Beauty in Medicine - Redazione, Ilsussidiario

Pope to use iPad to Light up Christmas Tree (video) - Catholic Herald

Abp. Thomas Wenski of Miami to Celebrate Pontifical High Mass - Lex et Libertas, COALT

England & Wales: Efforts to Bring Back Lapsed Catholics - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, WDTPRS?

Thoughts On The Preferential Option for the Poor & Vulnerable - Teresa Rice, Catholibertarian

How can I Learn more about the early Christian Fathers? - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Church & Media: The Story of an Old...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop thomas wenski, beauty, catholic blogosphere, facebook, g.k. chesterton, judgement day, love and responsibility, medicine, pontifical high mass, preferential option for the poor

Illinois Dioceses Drop Lawsuit Against State and Shut Down Adoption Services (2837)

'The decision not to pursue further appeals was reached with great reluctance, but was necessitated by the fact that the state of Illinois has made it financially impossible for our agencies to continue to provide these services,' said Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville and Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Joliet.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CNA/EWTN News)—Bishops in three Illinois dioceses announced Nov. 14 that they have dropped their lawsuit against the state and will shut down their adoption and foster-care programs, after a civil-union law required them to provide their services to same-sex couples.

“The decision not to pursue further appeals was reached with great reluctance, but was necessitated by the fact that the state of Illinois has made it financially impossible for our agencies to continue to provide these services,” said Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville and Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Joliet.

“Since we now need to close offices and lay off employees,...READ MORE

Filed under adoption services, catholic charities, diocese of belleville, diocese of joliet, diocese of springfield, foster care, illinois

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