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Installed at Baltimore’s Cathedral, Archbishop Lori Draws Line in Sand for Courageous Faith (4835)

‘We must be loyal Americans by being bold and courageous Catholics,’ he states, as the U.S. bishops formally rejected Obama’s proposed ‘accommodation’ to the HHS mandate.

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Archbishop William Lori moments before his installation Mass on May 16 in Baltimore.

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BALTIMORE — During an installation replete with striking pageantry, sounding trumpets and an enthusiastic crowd of 2,000, Archbishop William Lori passionately defended the cause of religious freedom as a defining issue for the American people and the Catholic faithful.

“We do not seek to defend religious liberty for partisan purposes, as some have suggested; we do this because we are lovers of a human dignity that was fashioned and imparted not by the government, but by the Creator,” Archbishop Lori said in a May 16 homily designed to bring the campaign from Capitol Hill to the parishes of Baltimore.

Addressing the congregation from the pulpit at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in...READ MORE

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A Tough Week for Anti-Christian Entertainment, Franciscan University Drops Health Plan, and more! (2777)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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A Tough Week for Anti-Christian Entertainment. Click on the link by Matthew Archbold to read more.

A Tough Week for Anti-Christian Entertainment - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Franciscan University of Steubenville Drops Student Health Plan over Mandate - Matthew Archbold, The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Notes

Why are Catholic Priests Blessing Same-Sex Unions in New York? - The Pulpit

The French Elections at the Cost of Subsidiarity is Disturbing - Matt Salisbury, Solidarity with Salisbury

Do Good Works Merit the Soul in Mortal Sin & Other Questions on Indulgences - Saint Peter's List

Please: Prosecute Abusers, But Also False Accusers - Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture/On the News

Robert George: Same-Sex Marriage Ushering in Legal Trainwreck - Susan...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict: St. Paul Teaches Us to Pray With the Holy Spirit's Help (1333)

Heavenly aid helps us pray, the Holy Father said May 16.

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Pope Benedict XVI says Christians should avail themselves to the Holy Spirit in prayer, particularly when they cannot find the words or inspiration to pray. 

“St. Paul teaches us that in our prayer we must open ourselves to the presence and action of the Holy Spirit, who prays in us with inexpressible groanings, to bring us to adhere to God with our whole heart and with all our being,” the Pope said May 16.

“The Spirit of Christ becomes the strength of our ‘weak’ prayer, the light of our ‘dimmed’ prayer, the focus of our ‘dry’ prayer, giving us true inner freedom, teaching us to live by facing our trials, in the certainty we are not alone.”

Continuing his weekly catechesis on...READ MORE

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Yankees First Baseman Mark Teixeira on the Importance of Fatherhood (9860)

Catholic ball player recalls ideal childhood, strives to provide the same for his own kids.

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– Keith Allison/Wikipedia

Mark Teixeira is widely known as one of the best all-around players in baseball. After being awarded the 2000 Dick Howser Trophy, college baseball’s equivalent of college football’s Heisman Trophy, he was taken in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft in 2001.

His professional career includes a World Series championship, two All-Star Game appearances, three Silver Slugger Awards and four Gold Glove Awards.

Teixeira is also known for his generosity. He has established multiple scholarships, including one named after a friend who was killed in a car accident while in high school. Generosity is something he learned at the side of his father, John, along with a strong work...READ MORE

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Chaste Dating: How Far is Too Far?, Housewives Desperate for Sanctification, and much more! (4902)

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05/17/2012 Comment

How Far Is Too Far? Physical Boundaries For Chaste Dating. Click on the link by Emily Stimpson to read more.

How Far Is Too Far? Physical Boundaries For Chaste Dating - Emily Stimpson, Catholic Match Blog

Housewives Desperate For Sanctification - Marissa Nichols, Theology of Laundry

Why are Catholic Priests Blessing Same-Sex Unions in New York? - The Pulpit

Our Awful Objectification of Men With Same-Sex Attraction - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Changing "I Can't" Into Sacred Parenting - Hospice Nurse, Ignitum Today

Ancient Ambrosian Rite in Erba - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Archdiocese of Washington Speaks Out Against Georgetown - Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Sent to Conquer (Mark 16:9-20) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

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Vatican Schedules Separate Talks With Society of St. Pius X Bishops (1251)

Latest statement released May 16.

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The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has announced it will hold separate talks with the superior general of the breakaway traditionalist Society of St. Pius X and each of its three other bishops to try and acheive reconciliation.

“The text of the response of Bishop Bernard Fellay, received on 17 April, 2012, was examined, and some observations, which will be considered in further discussions between the Holy See and the Society of St. Pius X, were formulated,” said a communiqué issued May 16.

The statement was published after a quarterly meeting of the Ordinary Session of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The 16-person committee, known as Feria...READ MORE

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Peter Maurin: A Fool for Christ, The Effectiveness of NFP, That Seventies Church, and much more! (1826)

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05/16/2012 Comment

Peter Maurin: A Fool for Christ. Click on the link by Christopher Shannon to read more.

Peter Maurin: A Fool for Christ - Christopher Shannon, Crisis Magazine

The Effectiveness of Natural Family Planning (Subtitled: 99%. . .Really?!) - Jake Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

That Seventies Church: From Wreckovation to Reverence - Fr. Joe, Southern Fried Catholicism

Why are Catholic Priests Blessing Same-Sex Unions in New York? - The Pulpit

The Dead Sea Scrolls: How it Changed the View of the Septuagint Greek - Dr. John Bergsma, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

New Vestment Work from Simone Silvagno: Marian Blue - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Video Shows Kathleen Sebelius’ Role in Shredding Planned Parenthood Evidence - Kathleen Gilbert, LifeSiteNews

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Franciscan University Drops Student Health Insurance Due to HHS Mandate (3847)

According to Catholic school's website, decision was made so as not to participate 'in a plan that requires us to violate the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacredness of human life.'

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– Franciscan Facebook

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio--Rather than compromise its Catholic values by complying with the federal contraception mandate, Franciscan University has decided to drop its student health insurance.

According to the school's website, Franciscan University of Steubenville chose to cut student health insurance altogether instead of participating “in a plan that requires us to violate the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacredness of human life.”

The small Catholic university in Ohio, whose well-known faculty includes Scott Hahn, who was just named to the endowed Father Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization, currently excludes contraception,...READ MORE

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