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Cardinal Dolan Issues Letter Hinting at Legal Challenge (19858)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Church recalibrates after negotiations with White House stall and Blunt Amendment is defeated in the Senate.

03/02/2012 Comments (112)

– EWTN News

WASHINGTON — Cardinal Timothy of New York, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a letter to his brother bishops today, reporting that negotiations between the conference and the White House had “stalled” and that he was exploring legal remedies to address the First Amendment threat posed by the contraception mandate approved by the Obama administration.

“[O]ur bishops’ conference, many individual religious entities, and other people of good will are working with some top-notch law firms who feel so strongly about this that they will represent us pro bono. In the upcoming days, you will hear much more about this encouraging and welcome development,” wrote...READ MORE

Filed under barack obama, bishops, cardinal timothy dolan, contraception, health and human services, religious freedom, religious liberty, u.s. conference of catholic bishops

'Survival Guide' for Single Catholic Women, Vocation Video Surpasses 10,000 Views, and more! (4276)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/02/2012 Comments (1)

‘Survival Guide’ for Single Catholic Women. Click on the link by John Norton to read more.

‘Survival Guide’ for Single Catholic Women - John Norton, OSV Newsweekly

Vocation Video Surpasses 10,000 Views - Fr. Benedict Croell OP, Order of Preachers Vocations

Crown of Thorns Centerpiece - Marie, Catholic Sistas

Is Castro Re-Converting to Catholicism? - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

5 Things I Learned From My Internet Fast - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Lying vs. Deception - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

Post-Birth Abortion: Ethicists Argue for Right to Kill Newborns - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Dr. Mengele Can Empathize - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Reproductive Technologies & Quest for Immortality - Alana S. Newman, Public...READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogosphere, deception, euthanasia, fasting, fidel castro, lent, lying, reproductive technologies, single catholic women, zeppelin

Will New Hampshire Restore Traditional Marriage? (3745)

A bill would turn back the 2009 law that legalized same-sex ‘marriage’ in the state. If the bill passes, it would mark the first time that a legislature will have reversed itself on the contentious issue. This comes amid a host of state bills on the issue.

03/02/2012 Comments (13)

– Shutterstock

MANCHESTER, N.H. — New Hampshire State Rep. David Bates, R-Windham, says he wants to restore the real definition of marriage in the Granite State.

“We have, right now, an illegitimate definition of marriage in our state,” said Bates, the lead sponsor of a bill that would turn back the 2009 law that legalized same-sex “marriage” in his state. If the bill passes, it would mark the first time that a legislature will have reversed itself on the contentious issue.

The New Hampshire Legislature is expected to vote later this month on Bates’ bill, which appears to have enough support to pass the Republican-controlled state House and Senate. Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat who opposed same-sex...READ MORE

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Papal Preacher's Lenten Homilies to Focus on the Fathers of the Church (2275)

Theme inspired by Hebrews 13:7: 'Remember your leaders and imitate their faith.'

03/02/2012 Comment

– Shutterstock

VATICAN CITY (CNA)—The preacher to the Papal Household has revealed the topics for the four homilies he will preach to Pope Benedict XVI during Lent.

“Every time we will be at the school of one of the ‘four great doctors of the Eastern Church,’ Athanasius, Basil, Gregory Nazianzen and Gregory of Nyssa, to see what each one says to us today about the dogma” each of them championed, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., said in a statement issued March 1 by the Vatican.

Those teachings were, respectively, “the divinity of Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Trinity and the knowledge of God,” he explained.

The sermons will be held in the Vatican’s Redemptoris Mater chapel at 9am over four Fridays...READ MORE

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How Catholics Voted on the Blunt Amendment (4199)

More on the March 1 vote.

03/02/2012 Comments (18)

An amendment to ensure religious freedom against the recent federal contraception mandate, known as the Blunt Amendment, was voted down in the Senate with the help of 13 Catholic politicians March 1.

Of the 24 Catholic members of the U.S. Senate, 13 Democrats opposed the amendment, while 11 Republicans and three Democrats supported it.

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., expressed his disappointment with the bill’s narrow defeat, but said the “fight is not over” and that he would continue to work to protect the First Amendment.

Chairman of the U.S. bishops’ committee on religious freedom, Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., said that he would continue working to “build on this base of support”...READ MORE

Filed under bishops, blunt amendment, congress, contraception mandate, religious freedom, senate

SDG Reviews 'The Lorax' (9379)

Middling cartoon tries to honor Dr. Seuss's eco-fable, but can't capture its heart.

03/02/2012 Comments (30)
Universal Pictures

– Universal Pictures

In a wasteland
Where Smurfy-smog hangs in the air,
And rodents bust rhymes to a hip-hop beat blare,
And poop jokes are common and smart stories rare …
Is the Dead-End Family Film Street.

Broken family debris litters the grasses
And the smell of innuendo is thick as molasses.
Even Christmas and Easter are stained and debased
Yet parents and kids still throng to this waste.

It isn’t all Grickle-grass and Kitty Galore.
A few bright spots crop up for those who want more.
There are Pixar-y patches
And Muppet-y snatches …
Even Horton the elephant managed to score.

But … The Lorax? From Despicable Me’s fledgling crew?
There are so many ways they could land in the stew.
It’s a classic, but...READ MORE

Filed under animation, dr. seuss, environmentalism, family films, sdg reviews

State-Level Contraceptive Mandates Call for National Solution (5302)

Even if the HHS requirement disappeared, local problems would persist for bishops, faithful Catholics.

03/02/2012 Comments (12)
Thomas More College

William Fahey, president of Thomas More College, discovered that self-insurance offered the best solution to avoid covering contraceptives in the college's health insurance plan. But the New Hampshire institution may not be able to do that for long.

– Thomas More College

Every bishop in the country, representing all 180 dioceses, has publicly denounced the federal government’s contraceptive mandate, and the bishops have jointly called for it to be rescinded. But even if the Health and Human Services requirement for contraceptive coverage in health plans disappeared tomorrow, many of those same bishops would still have a problem in their own back yards.

Not only are state-level mandates in place, but many insurance companies are unwilling to offer plans without contraceptive coverage, particularly for smaller institutions. The result is that Catholic institutions that want to eliminate contraceptive coverage in their health plans have found it increasingly...READ MORE

Filed under bishops, contraception, healthcare, hhs contraceptive mandate, obamacare, religious liberty

Knowledge Without Wisdom, Catholic Media Matters, Of Men and Marriage, Listening Up, and much more! (3182)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/02/2012 Comment

Knowledge without Wisdom. Click on the link by Steven Schwartz to read and learn more.

Knowledge without Wisdom - Steven Schwartz, Crisis Magazine

Catholic Media Matters - Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

Of Men and Marriage - Tess, The Feminine Gift

Listening Up (Mark 9:1-13) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Being Catholic at Work - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Filling the God-Shaped Hole - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

7 Reasons for Classical Catholic Education - Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

Peter Shrugged - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

What’s at Stake in the Same-Sex “Marriage” Debate? - Melanie Baker, LifeSiteNews.com

Infanticide: Logical Outcome of Commitment to Right to Abortion - Lucia Muchova, Turtle Bay and Beyond


Filed under al jazeera, barack obama, catholic blogosphere, catholic media, classical catholic education, infanticide, knowledge, sacred heart of jesus, same-sex "marriage", wisdom

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