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Illinois Court Upholds Conscience Rights for Pharmacists (1828)

Ruling is being hailed as a victory for religious freedom and could offer hope to current lawsuits challenging the federal contraception mandate.

09/26/2012 Comments (1)

WASHINGTON — An Illinois appeals court’s ruling on the conscience rights of pharmacists is being hailed as a victory for religious freedom and could offer hope to current lawsuits challenging the federal contraception mandate.

“Government can’t force pharmacists and pharmacies to violate their religious beliefs to stay in business,” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which has been co-representing the pharmacists for seven years.

Rienzi told Catholic News Agency on Sept. 24 that the ruling provides a “useful” parallel in examining the controversial Health and Human Services mandate that forces many religious employers to violate their sincere...READ MORE

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Eamon Duffy Resigns in Protest, Cultivating the Mind, Adhering to Catholic Music, and More! (3658)

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09/26/2012 Comment

Eamon Duffy Resigns in Protest Over Demotion of Theology School. Click on the link by Madeleine Teahan to read more.

Eamon Duffy Resigns in Protest Over Demotion of Theology School – Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald

The New Sexual Predators by Alana S. Newman of the Public Discourse website – Big ulpit

Catholic Music: It’s Time to Stop Making Stuff Up – Jeffrey A. Tucker, Crisis Magazine

On Cultivating the Mind that is Catholic – Brian Jones, Catholic World Report

Vatican Remains an Active Player in Global Diplomacy – World Politics Review

What is Better than an Exorcism? – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Integrated Catholic Life™

C. S. Lewis on Prayer and Evolution - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Africa: Christians Outnumber Muslims – Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider


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Syria’s Suffering Christians Flood Neighboring Countries as Civil War Continues (3829)

Pope Benedict reminded Christians in the Middle East that the Church has not forgotten them.

09/26/2012 Comments (5)

Lebanon’s Maronite Christian Patriarch, Bishop Beshara Rai

Pope Benedict XVI’s mid-September visit to Lebanon reminded Christians in the turbulent Middle East that the Church has not forgotten them or the challenges they face.

“I am not unaware of the often dramatic situation endured by the populations of this region, which has been torn for too long by incessant conflict,” Benedict said the week before the visit during his weekly Sunday address.

Nowhere in the region are people suffering more right now than in Syria, where the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has been fighting rebel forces since April 2011, at the cost of thousands of lives.

While in Lebanon, the Pope referred twice to the strife in Syria, which threatens to spill over...READ MORE

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Anger Palpable on Liturgical Music, Why Catholic Women Reject Contraception Teaching, and Much More! (2632)

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09/25/2012 Comment

The Anger Is Palpable Still on Liturgical Music. Click on the link by Jeffrey A. Tucker to read more.

The Anger Is Palpable Still on Liturgical Music – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Why Catholic Women Reject Church’s Contraception Teaching by Carolyn Moynihan of the LifeSiteNews website – Big ulpit

A Simple Recipe for Artistic Success – David Clayton, New Liturgical Movement

Not So Complicated - Julie Robison, Ignitum Today

Modernity Is Facing A Crisis – Giacomo Galeazzi, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

In the Land of the Gulag, a Statement of Faith in the Future – Joanna Bogle, Catholic World Report

How Our Fifth Pope Dealt With Church Growth – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Southern Poverty Law Center Attacks Christians – Pro-Life Corner

The Logic of Bullying –...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gomez: Faith Should Guide Catholic Voters (4422)

'Unity of life' and a properly formed conscience are key to making sound political decisions this fall.

09/25/2012 Comments (34)

LOS ANGELES — Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles has called on Catholics to achieve a “unity of life” and let their faith form their political decisions as they prepare to vote this November.

“We have important obligations as citizens. But we have to carry out those obligations always in light of our duty to God,” the archbishop wrote in his Sept. 21 column for The Tidings.

The column is the first in a series he will write on the principles that should guide Catholics in thinking about this year's elections.

Archbishop Gomez observed that Catholics have a dual temptation with regards to faith and politics. They can either separate their beliefs from how they vote, or they can use...READ MORE

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HHS Mandate Allows Minors Free Contraception, Sterilization (3408)

09/25/2012 Comments (14)

WASHINGTON — Minor children on their parents’ health-care plans will have free coverage of sterilization and contraception, including abortion-causing drugs, under the controversial Health and Human Services mandate. And depending on the state, they can obtain access without parental consent.

Matt Bowman, senior counsel for the religious-liberty-focused legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, said the mandate “tramples parental rights” because it requires them to “pay for and sponsor coverage of abortifacients, sterilization, contraception and education in favor of the same for their own children.”

The Department of Health and Human Services ruled in January 2012 that most employers...READ MORE

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EWTN Will Pray Marian Novena Before Election Day (6947)

A special prayer before November.

09/25/2012 Comments (8)
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The EWTN Global Catholic Network (the Register is a service of EWTN) has organized a novena to the Virgin Mary for religious freedom in the U.S. to pray for the country ahead of the November elections.

Father Frederick Miller, chair of systematic theology at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., composed the “Novena to the Mother of God for the Nation” in collaboration with the Catholic network (available in both English and Spanish). It is published at the special novena website, ReligiousLiberties.org/novena.

The novena also appears in the Register's Sept. 23 print edition.

“Catholics have always turned instinctively for help to the Mother of God in times of need,” Father...READ MORE

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Suffering Inspired by JP2, Papa Bene Shuns Leader Who Slammed Church, TV: A Vast Cesspool, and More! (2957)

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09/25/2012 Comments (1)

Christianity Hurts, Suffering Inspired By a Photo of Blessed John Paul II. Click on the link by Jason Liske to read more.

Christianity Hurts, Suffering Inspired By a Photo of Bl. John Paul II – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Pope Benedict XVI Doesn’t Greet Irish Prime Minister Who Slammed Church by Gerard O'Connell of the La Stampa newspaper – Big ulpit

TV: From Vast Wasteland to Vast Cesspool – Catholic in Brooklyn

Is Plastic Surgery Immoral? – Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

The Zeal of a Convert: Father Frederick Faber – John F. Quinn, Crisis Magazine

A Hymn for Those on the Road to Walsingham – Richard Collins, Linen on the Hedgerow

Abortion Pray-ers at the Foot of Calvary – Daniel Mikulsky, Ignitum Today

Everything There Is To Know: Peter Kreeft’s Summa Philosophica Part II...READ MORE

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