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Unprecedented Legal Action Takes HHS Mandate Battle to the Courts (15142)

Bishops say the federal law is still 'unjust' and 'coercive,' as 43 Catholic dioceses and institutions file lawsuits May 21.

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THAT WAS THEN. In 2009, the University of Notre Dame presented President Obama an honorary law degree. Now, the university has joined scores of other institutions suing the Obama Administration over religious liberty.

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WASHINGTON — In an unprecedented action, 43 Catholic dioceses, institutions and laypeople filed a dozen lawsuits May 21 in federal courts throughout the country, challenging the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s "contraception mandate."

The action signaled the inability of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and President Barack Obama to come to an agreement over a controversial federal rule that has ignited a groundbreaking First Amendment battle. The rule requires Catholic institutions to provide co-pay-free abortion drugs, contraception and sterilization in their employee health plans, and it includes a narrow definition of what constituted a religious institution...READ MORE

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Pope: 'The Ascension Marks the Fulfillment of Salvation Which Began With the Incarnation' (816)

On May 20, the Holy Father also prayed for the Church in China and victims of a bombing in Italy and an earthquake in Italy.

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The Ascension of Jesus should remind Christians of the promise of heaven and the power of earthly prayer, Pope Benedict XVI said at the Sunday Angelus May 20.

When he ascended into heaven, Jesus “did not separate himself from our condition; in fact, in his humanity, he took mankind with him in the intimacy of the Father and so has revealed the final destination of our earthly pilgrimage,” the Pope told pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square.

“Just as he came down from heaven for us and for us suffered and died on the cross, so for us he rose again and ascended to God, who, therefore, is no longer distant, but ‘Our God,’ ‘Our Father.’”

The Pope spoke to several thousand people who gathered...READ MORE

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The Wait Was Well Worth It, Best Catholic Novel Ever, the Birth of Relativism, and more! (4028)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Wait was well Worth It. Click on the link by Bonnie Engstrom to read and learn more.

The Wait was well Worth It - Bonnie Engstrom, Learning to Be a Newlywed

". . .the Best Catholic Novel of the Twentieth Century" - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Why I Don’t Care pt. 2 or The Birth of Relativism - Marc Barnes, Bad Catholic

Mysterious Chamber Found in English Church - Thomas L. McDonald, God and the Machine

Chant and Improvisation in the Liturgy - Arlene Oost-Zinner, The Chant Café

Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio - Mitchell Kalpakgian, Crisis Magazine

St. Paul Was Right: Drink Wine for Your Health - Matthew Schmitz, First Things/First Thoughts

Karol Wojtyla’s Former Classmate Shares Memories - Marek Lehnert, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

"Partner", Not "Wife" or...READ MORE

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Remembering Catholic Psychiatrist Conrad Baars (6316)

Sue Baars reflects on her father’s contributions to psychiatry and the Church.

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It is the 40th anniversary since Catholic psychiatrist Conrad Baars (1919-1981) joined with Anna Terruwe to release the book The Role of the Church in the Causation, Treatment and Prevention of the Crisis in the Priesthood. A synthesis of ideas which they had presented to the 1970 Synod of Catholic Bishops, the book described what is today termed emotional deprivation disorder and warned that priests and religious with emotional repression and love deprivation could lead to disaster in the Church. Champions of Baars’ beliefs included Pope Paul VI.

The psychiatrist’s daughter, Sue Baars, is a therapist at In His Image Christian Counseling Service in Irving, Texas, and continues to keep...READ MORE

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The Holy Spirit’s Top 7 and the Ascension’s Top 10 (1615)

User's Guide to Sunday, May 20.

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– Wikipedia

Sunday, May 20, is Ascension Sunday in most of the United States. The Archdioceses of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia and the dioceses of the state of Nebraska all celebrate Ascension Thursday (May 17), as does Rome.

The time between the Ascension and Pentecost is traditionally a time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Click here for a great novena EWTN offers for the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Day 1: The novena begins.
Day 2: The gift of fear of the Lord, or reverence for God and distaste for sin.
Day 3: The gift of piety, consolation from spiritual things.
Day 4: The gift of fortitude, courage to do the right thing.
Day 5: the gift of knowledge,...READ MORE

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Called to Hope (4283)

Introducing our new singles column: Author Emily Stimpson of The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years: The Nuts and Bolts of Staying Sane and Happy While Waiting for Mr. Right on why singles should be hopeful for God's plan for their love lives.

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Recently, one of my younger friends, feeling the sting of singleness rather acutely, sent me an email.

“I don’t know how you do this single thing so well,” she wrote. “I’m frustrated, angry and tired of hoping.”

Then came my favorite line.

“How did you get to be 36 and single without going crazy?”

Once I got my laughter under control, I wrote back, telling her that I don’t always do it so well. I have more than my share of days when I’m lonely, confused and shaking my fist at the picture in my hallway of the Sacred Heart. Most of us do.

I also explained that the only way I’ve gotten to be 36 and single without going crazy is by not spending the past 10 years thinking about being...READ MORE

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Mother Angelica’s Monastery at 50: Southern Hospitality Meets Divine Providence (13021)

The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration celebrate a major milestone: May 20 issue feature.

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On May 20, the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration mark the 50th anniversary of the foundation of Mother Angelica’s Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Alabama. Mother Angelica’s Poor Clares are part of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration order which originated in France.

On May 20, 1962, Archbishop Thomas Toolen of Mobile, Ala., dedicated the monastery in Irondale, Ala. Twelve days earlier, on May 8, Mother Angelica, along with four other sisters, left Sancta Clara in Canton, Ohio, for this new foundation of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in the suburbs of Birmingham.

Facing a serious spinal operation, Mother Angelica — who celebrated her 89th birthday on April 20 — had promised...READ MORE

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Mary, Mother of Mercy, Intercede for Us (4951)

May is the ideal time to honor the Blessed Mother under this title: May 20 issue feature.

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May is the month traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

We should look for special ways to honor her. One way is devotion to her under one of her titles.

As she told St. Faustina Kowalska, recorded in Divine Mercy in My Soul: Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, “I am not only Queen of Heaven, but also the Mother of Mercy.”

Devotion to Mary as Mother of Mercy continues the great connection with the feast of Divine Mercy, which often falls in May during the Easter season (this year it was April 15).

Robert Stackpole, director of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy, explains four ways in which Mary is rightly called our Mother of Mercy.

First of all, through...READ MORE

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