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CUA President on 'Recent Abandonment of the American Tradition of Conscience Protection' (1923)

Respecting religious beliefs is fundamental to America, says John Garvey.

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In its failure to allow for religious freedom, the Obama administration has abandoned the long-standing American tradition of protecting the consciences of religious citizens, said John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America.

In a Feb. 19 article in the Chicago Tribune, Garvey attributed “the recent indifference to religious scruples” to a reliance upon administrative agencies rather than the normal political process.

He explained that the American founders entrusted religious freedom, which they greatly cherished, to a political process involving the interaction of multiple governmental bodies.

In a “heavily regulated” society such as America, he said, there is a need...READ MORE

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Ultrasound Bill Continues to Make Its Way Through Virginia Legislature (1538)

The Virginia House of Delegates approved a revised version of a bill requiring a woman to receive an external, transabdominal ultrasound before an abortion. It passed by a vote of 65-32 on Feb. 22.

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The Virginia House of Delegates approved a revised version of a bill requiring a woman to have an ultrasound and be offered the chance to see the image before having an abortion.

Victoria Cobb, president of the Family Foundation of Virginia, said she was disappointed that the bill was amended but applauded the passage of the legislation, which she described as “essential” to the pro-life cause.

The altered bill, which states that a woman must receive an external, transabdominal ultrasound before an abortion, passed by a vote of 65-32 on Feb. 22.

The initial legislation was amended to exclude the requirement for an internal, transvaginal ultrasound after Gov. Bob McDonnell indicated that...READ MORE

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Women to Obama: We Oppose HHS Mandate (3560)

About 2,300 signatures collected in less than a week.

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More than 2,000 women signed an open letter opposing the Obama administration’s contraception mandate in a sharp contrast to those who have sought to represent all women in supporting it.

“Don’t claim to speak for all women,” the Feb. 17 letter tells President Barack Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and members of Congress.

Women from a wide span of political, religious and educational backgrounds joined together to back Catholic organizations protesting a new federal mandate that will require employers to provide health-insurance plans that cover contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs.

Organizers said the letter has received about 2,300...READ MORE

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Latin America Teeters on Edge of Abortion Abyss (4300)

Will the world's most Catholic region capitulate to the culture of death?

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Faithful hold a banner in Portuguese, meaning 'Brazil without abortion' as Pope Benedict XVI presides over Mass opening the 5th general meeting of the Latin American bishops' conference in Aparecida, Brazil, in 2007.

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MEXICO CITY — Although Latin America has been the target of international pro-abortion and anti-family organizations for decades, its Catholic roots have generally held the region fast in its commitment to the culture of life.

The rights of the unborn and the traditional family continue to be protected under law. In some countries, resistance is stronger than ever.

However, in recent months, the region has shown signs of slipping that have begun to concern pro-life activists, who fear that key abortion-rights victories in some countries could easily spread to others, in a “domino effect” that would threaten all of the overwhelmingly Catholic region.

The most immediate concern facing...READ MORE

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Religious Liberty Was Also at Issue in 18th-Century France—Newly Dramatized by Catholic Director (5309)

War of the Vendee released on DVD, with score by up-and-coming Hollywood composer.

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War of the Vendee, the second film by Navis Pictures, is already receiving glowing reviews. It’s being released on DVD Feb. 24—a significant date, as it marks the 219th anniversary of the infamous 1793 French Revolution decree to conscript an army of 300,000 to fight wars triggered by the execution of King Louis XVI.

The King’s death, following in the wake of the revolution’s Reign of Terror, provoked the fiercely loyal and strongly Catholic peasants of the Vendee region in western France to take up arms. Influenced by St. Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort, the Vendee (pronounced Von-day) peasants carried their rosaries as they waged a counter-revolution to restore their religion and the...READ MORE

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Where Does Lent Come From, Humanae Vitae, Fishing Fisherman, Introduction to Fasting, and much more! (2357)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Where Does Lent Come From, & Why Do We Celebrate it? Click on the link by Joe Heschmeyer to learn.

Where Does Lent Come From, & Why Do We Celebrate it? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Humanae Vitae: 12 Quotes On Marital Love & Parenthood - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Google Drops Lent in Favor of Heinrich Hertz. . . Who? - Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Fishing for Fishermen (St. Mark1:14-20) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Key to True Fasting - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Some In Mainstream Media In Full Anti-Catholic Meltdown Mode - Dave Hartline, The American Catholic

Introduction to Lent: Fasting - Mick Aquilina, The Way Of The Fathers

Sterilization at Catholic Hospitals - Sandra Hapenney, The Catholic Thing

Abstinence...READ MORE

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2 Women Defeat Washington Plan B Law (4042)

Pharmacists are no longer forced to dispense abortion-inducing drugs.

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Gov. Christine Gregoire

A federal court in Tacoma, Wash., struck down a state rule requiring pharmacists to dispense Plan B, the “emergency contraceptive” that is also an abortifacient, even if doing so would violate their religious beliefs. The court ruled on Ash Wednesday that the rule violated the First Amendment right to free exercise of religion.

The Feb. 22 ruling declared the Washington State Pharmacy Board’s regulations unconstitutional under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

In 2006, the Washington State Board of Pharmacy voted to protect pharmacists’ right of conscience. Democratic Gov. Christine...READ MORE

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The Ideological Morgue (2421)

Feb. 26 issue column on why the Church's voice is needed in the war on religious freedom.

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Besotted with the preservation and acquisition of power, the Obama administration has executed several political moves that directly or indirectly undermine the Catholic Church. The abandonment of the Defense of Marriage Act, the loss of funds for sex-trafficking victims and the direct assault on religious liberty by the Health and Human Services contraception mandate have caused a soporific American Catholic Church to coalesce around an ancient message: An unjust law is no law at all — we will not comply. Still, standing for the truth is one matter; being able to articulate it is another.

Catholics look upon these political and societal moves with grave caution, as we have seen them before....READ MORE

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