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EWTN Pressing on in Face of Latest HHS Notice (7795)

Statement of Michael P. Warsaw, president and chief executive officer of EWTN Global Catholic Television Network and publisher of the Register, in response to notice of proposed rulemaking by the U.S. government on the HHS contraceptive services mandate issued Friday, Feb. 1, 2013:

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Michael Warsaw, EWTN president and CEO and publisher of the Register


This morning the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on the government mandate that employee health plans must provide contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs as part of their coverage. On Feb. 9, 2012, EWTN was the first organization to file a lawsuit challenging this mandate shortly after the original rules were promulgated by the government. That lawsuit is still pending in the U.S. District Court in Birmingham, Ala.

We have analyzed today’s notice with our legal team from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and the initial conclusions are not promising. First, this is simply a notice of a proposed rule; it is not an...READ MORE

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L.A. Archbishop Relieves Cardinal Mahony of Duties, Asks Prayers for Abuse Victims (4236)

The archdiocese also draws attention to its comprehensive current policies for protecting minors, implemented to guard against any new incidents of abuse.

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Cardinal Roger Mahony

– 2005 Reuters/Max Rossi

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez has relieved retired Cardinal Roger Mahony of his remaining duties after the release of personnel files of priests accused of sexual abuse decades ago.

“We need to acknowledge that terrible failure today. We need to pray for everyone who has ever been hurt by members of the Church,” the archbishop said in a Jan. 31 statement.

"And we need to continue to support the long and painful process of healing their wounds and restoring the trust that was broken.”

Archbishop Gomez noted that, “effective immediately, I have informed Cardinal Mahony” — who served the archdiocese from 1985 to 2011 — “that he will no longer have any administrative...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gomez Letter: Cardinal Mahony Relieved of Public Duties (10711)

In his Jan. 31 statement, issued in the wake of the public release of clergy sex-abuse files, he also accepts the resignation of auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry, former Los Angeles vicar of clergy.

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CNA/Matthew Rarey

Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez

– CNA/Matthew Rarey

Following is the full statement on the release of clergy files, published Jan. 31 by Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez:

My brothers and sisters in Christ,

This week we are releasing the files of priests who sexually abused children while they were serving in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

These files document abuses that happened decades ago. But that does not make them less serious.

I find these files to be brutal and painful reading. The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil. There is no excuse, no explaining away what happened to these children. The priests involved had the duty to be their spiritual fathers, and they failed.

We need to acknowledge that...READ MORE

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Pro-Lifers Urge John Kerry to Support Human Rights (2194)

They call on America’s new secretary of state to oppose ‘the human-rights abuse of today, abortion,’ in the U.S. and abroad.

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Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

President Obama nominates Sen. John Kerry as secretary of state.

– Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

WASHINGTON — As Sen. John Kerry is confirmed as secretary of state for Obama’s second administration, pro-life groups have encouraged the official to protect human rights, especially for the unborn.

“International diplomacy with a central focus on the dignity of the human person will bear tremendous fruit in building a more loving, healthier and more stable world,” Jeanne Monahan, president of the March for Life, told Catholic News Agency Jan. 31.

“The March for Life Education and Defense Fund deeply hopes that the new secretary of state will work to combat the human-rights abuse of today, abortion — both in the U.S. and internationally.”

Kerry was overwhelmingly approved by the...READ MORE

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Pope Gives New Cardinals Their Curia Positions (2746)

U.S. Cardinal James Harvey was appointed to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.

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Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica during the Nov. 24 consistory of cardinals.

– Lewis Ashton Glancy/CNA

VATICAN CITY — The newest cardinals in the Church received their secondary assignments today from Pope Benedict XVI, indicating how he best thinks they can contribute to his ministry.

The new posts for the men, who were elevated to the rank of cardinal on Nov. 24, 2012, were announced in a Jan. 31 Vatican communiqué.

During the ceremony in which the Pope made them cardinals, he told them, “from now on, you will be even more closely and intimately linked to the See of Peter.”

And this will particularly be the case, he said, in the work they do for the departments of the Roman Curia, the administrative offices that assist him in his papal ministry.

Each cardinal will continue to...READ MORE

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Requiem for Sheed & Ward, Help Priests Who Have No Where Else to Turn, Memento Mori and More! (3373)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Requiem for Sheed & Ward. Follow the link by Todd Aglialoro of the Catholic Answers blog to read more.

Requiem for Sheed & Ward by Todd Aglialoro of the Catholic Answers blogBig Pulpit

Opus Bono Sacerdotii: Help Priests Who Have No Where Else to Turn – Fr. Z’s Blog

Memento Mori - Colin Gormley, Ignitum Today

U. S. Justice Dept Enjoys Close Relationship with Anti-Christian Hate Group – Ben Johnson, LifeSiteNews

Holy Apostles College, Setting a Trend for Catholic Schools – Catholic Stand

Jesus is Hardly a Pacifist; Neither is St. Michael Nor Gandalf – Jacob Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

The Case for Calling Mary “Mother of God” – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

My Faulty Imagination and the Infinite God - Ariel McKinney, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Can a Pope be Removed...READ MORE

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No Final Agreement Yet Between the Holy See and Israel (2515)

Vatican spokesman downplays a published report that a deal is imminent, but affirms progress is being made in bilateral discussion.

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Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi

– CNA/Alan Holdren

VATICAN CITY — The Holy See is giving a cautious but positive assessment of the outcome of the latest bilateral talks with Israel after the leading Israeli representative in the negotiations said an agreement was very close.

In comments to The Jerusalem Post, outgoing deputy foreign minister Daniel Ayalon is reported to have said the Holy See and Israel were “on the verge of signing” the agreement that would fully formalize diplomatic relations, after a bilateral working commission held its plenary meeting in Jerusalem Jan. 29. He added that any final agreement was “subject to final approval by the government of Israel and the Holy See.”

But Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi...READ MORE

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Anger Over a Devoted Priest’s Transfer, The Angelic Cord of Aquinas for Holy Purity and More! (2983)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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"The Bishop Took Away Our Priest!" Follow the link by Jacob Tawney of Roma Locuta Est blog to read more.

"The Bishop Took Away Our Priest!" by Jacob Tawney of Roma Locuta Est blogBig Pulpit

How to Enroll in the Angelic Cord of Thomas Aquinas for Holy Purity – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Ten Things To Remember About Abortion – Stacy Trasancos PhD, Catholic Stand

Solemn Pontifical Mass, Sint-Agneskerk, Amsterdam – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Why Jesus Wouldn’t Have Been A Blogger – Jeffrey A. Miller, The Curt Jester

My Personal Experience With the Health and Wealth Gospel – Russ Rentler MD, Crossed The Tiber

The Long War Against the Family (Part II) - Ryan N. S. Topping DPhil, Crisis Magazine

Parenting for the Sterile – Marie Meaney PhD, Truth and Charity...READ MORE

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