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Religious Freedom vs. Totalitarianism (5978)


04/18/2013 Comments (29)
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Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., helped introduce the Health Care Conscience Rights Act last month to protect U.S. citizens and organizations that oppose the HHS mandate.

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Over the past few decades, attempts to limit religious freedom in the public square have expanded into what is nearing a hostile exile. 

This hostility led the then-sitting Congress to overwhelmingly enact the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act to further protect First Amendment freedoms. And it is what has now led a much smaller number in Congress to introduce the Health Care Conscience Rights Act  to further protect those freedoms against the Affordable Care Act’s  abortion-pill mandate and other mandates that threaten freedom of conscience.

But the abortion-pill decree is perhaps the most serious and recent incarnation of the administration’s hostility to religion. 

At the...READ MORE

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The Slate Argues for Polygamy; What Is Man? It's Fine. I'm Fine . . . and Much More! (3829)

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04/18/2013 Comment

Slate Writer Argues for Polygamy. Follow the link by R. P. George, DPhil, of the First Things website to read more.

Slate Writer Argues for Polygamy by R. P. George DPhil of the First Things website - Big Pulpit

What is Man? – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Truth and Charity Forum

It’s Fine. I’m Fine. We’re All Fine. – Tim Glenkowsky, Ignitum Today

Aidan Hart’s New Book on Sacred Iconography – Deacon Paul O. Iacono, Fra Angelico Institute for the Sacred Arts

Relics of Barbarism – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

A Reformed (and Re-Formed) College of Cardinals – George Weigel, First Things/On the Square

Encounters with the Risen Lord in Prayer – Anthony Lilles, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Super Cardinals Group is a ‘Daughter’ of Vatican II – Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican...READ MORE

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Human Goodness Shines Through, as Boston Reacts to Unspeakable Evil (3670)

Heroism and selflessness were manifested widely in the aftermath of Monday’s terror attack at the Boston Marathon.

04/17/2013 Comment
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Former New England Patriots’ lineman Joe Andruzzi carried an injured woman from the scene of the bomb explosion at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

– 2002 Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

BOSTON — One or more suspects created incredibly evil acts in setting off two bombs that killed three people and wounded dozens more at the Boston Marathon.

But many more people acted heroically afterward to save lives and aid victims.

Wearied runners who had just completed 26 grueling miles continued running several more miles to nearby hospitals to donate blood.

Other runners jumped over fences and stepped around debris to assist the fallen and tend to their wounds.

Perhaps most iconic of the selfless heroism of that day is Carlos Arredondo, a resident of Roslindale, Mass., who went to Boston on Monday, a state holiday, to watch National Guardsmen run the race in honor of fallen...READ MORE

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Archbishop Lori: ‘We Cannot Evangelize If We Cannot Engage’ (6605)

The U.S. bishops’ point man on religious liberty affirms the continuing need for Catholics to live out their faith-based values in the public square.

04/17/2013 Comments (25)
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During a recent appearance at Harvard University’s School of Public Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius signaled that the HHS mandate’s narrow religious “exemption” would soon be finalized.

“As of Aug. 1, 2013, every employee who doesn’t work directly for a church or a diocese will be included in the benefit package,” Sebelius stated.

Her remarks came just one day after the government closed the “open comment period” it established to allow U.S. citizens and organizations to register their concerns regarding the HHS mandate, which mandates coverage of contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs.

The Obama administration has not...READ MORE

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Ed the Combox Atheist; Are You Ready for Marriage? Social Justice, Francis, Benedict and Much More! (3415)

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04/17/2013 Comment

Ed the Combox Atheist. Follow the link by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of the Standing on my Head blog to read more.

Ed the Combox Atheist by Fr. Dwight Longenecker of the Standing on my Head blog - Big Pulpit

Are You Ready for Marriage? - Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Catholic Answers

Social Justice, Francis, Benedict, Misrepresentation - Jacob Tawney, The American Catholic

32% of Americans want Christian Constitutional Amendment - John Fea, First Things/First Thoughts

The Heroic Minute – Lauren Meyers, Ignitum Today

Chora Church, Istanbul – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Conquering the World from a Cross – Emmanuel Joseph, Catholic Stand

The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Second Album from The Benedictines of Mary - Adam Bartlett, The...READ MORE

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Vatican Unveils Plans for International Family Center in Nazareth (2979)

The center’s mission is a place that encourages the spirituality of the family, provides formation of parental and family life and helps families prepare to engage in the New Evangelization.

04/17/2013 Comment
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Archbishiop Vencenzo Paglia presents the International Family Center in Nazareth on April 16.

– Stephen Driscoll/EWTN News

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is moving ahead with plans to build the International Family Center in Nazareth, a complex that will include a church, meeting spaces, a hotel for visitors and play areas for children, all as part of an effort to build up the family in the Holy Land.

The project was presented April 16 at a Vatican press conference by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Salvatore Martinez from the Renewal in the Holy Spirit movement, and auxiliary Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo of the Latin rite in Jerusalem.

“There are places endowed with an extraordinary evocative and symbolic strength. Nazareth is one of those. It is the place where Jesus...READ MORE

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Jesus’ Ascension Means We Are Never Alone, Pope Says (4032)

Pope Francis is continuing Benedict XVI’s practice of reflecting on the Catholic statement of belief at his weekly general audiences as part of the Year of Faith.

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Pope Francis holds his first general audience on March 27 in St. Peter's Square.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis proclaimed “we are never alone” and that Jesus is our defender, as he reflected on the Ascension during his Wednesday general audience.

“We are never alone in our lives; we have this advocate who waits for us,” the Pope told tens of thousands of pilgrims gathered at St. Peter’s Square to participate in his April 17 audience.

The Pope centered his teaching on the line from the Creed that says, “He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.”

Pope Francis is continuing Benedict XVI’s practice of reflecting on the Catholic statement of belief at his weekly general audiences as part of the Year of Faith.

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Pope Francis Assures Iran, Pakistan Quake Victims of Prayers (3557)

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit the border of Iran and Pakistan on April 16.

04/17/2013 Comment
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Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is praying for the victims of the earthquake that killed 35 and injured 100 in Iran and Pakistan.

“I raise a prayer to God for the victims and for all those who are in pain, and I wish to express my closeness to the Iranian and Pakistani people,” he said during his April 17 general audience at the Vatican.

“I learned with sadness of the violent earthquake that struck the peoples of Iran and Pakistan, bringing death, suffering and destruction,” he said.

The earthquake hit the border of Iran and Pakistan on April 16 at 3:44pm local time.

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake caused 35 deaths in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province, and around 150 have been found...READ MORE

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