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Bishop Denounces Health Network’s Compliance With Mandate (3067)

Catholic health-care provider Avera made the decision to comply with the federal contraception mandate without seeking diocesan counsel or authorization.

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Bishop Paul J. Swain of Souix Falls

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The bishop of a South Dakota diocese criticized a Catholic health-care provider’s decision to comply with the federal contraception mandate without seeking diocesan counsel or authorization.

Jerry Klein, delegate for social outreach for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, told CNA that “there is a continued dialogue between the diocese and Avera” Catholic health-care systems, but that a response from the health-care provider is “not anticipated.”

Avera, a regional health network in South Dakota operated by the Benedictine and Presentation sisters, runs more than 100 hospitals, clinics and nursing homes throughout the area.

On March 1, Bishop Paul Swain of Sioux Falls...READ MORE

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Is the GOP Caving on Defense of Marriage? (5651)

As the Supreme Court prepares to consider the issue, some prominent Republicans publicly support a redefinition to include same-sex unions.

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Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, reversed his stance on same-sex 'marriage.'

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WASHINGTON — Is the GOP leadership weighing a retreat from its defense of traditional marriage?

With the U.S. Supreme Court preparing to hear oral arguments this month for two high-profile marriage cases, more than 80 Republicans have signed a legal brief supporting the repeal of Proposition 8, the ballot referendum passed by California’s voters to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Jon Huntsman, a former Utah governor and GOP presidential candidate, along with fellow former Govs. William Weld (Massachusetts) and Christie Todd Whitman (New Jersey), and one-time National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman were among the signatories of the brief.

Then Sen. Rob Portman,...READ MORE

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Rome’s Mayor ‘Touched’ by Pope’s Simplicity (2972)

Gianni Alemanno said the Pope inspired him to reflect on being simple and pay more attention to people.

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Pope Francis rides through St. Peter's Square on March 19, 2013 before his Papal Inauguration Mass.

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ROME — The mayor of Rome said that the simple humility of Pope Francis “really touched” his heart after the inauguration Mass.

“He is a beautiful example, and I really believe this is the right Pope for this time because there is so much crisis and people need hope,” said the mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, at St. Peter’s Square.

The mayor also said the Pope inspired him to “reflect on being more simple and paying more attention to people.”

“I feel very happy because Pope Francis is truly a person that is immediately endearing,” he told CNA.

He noted that it is “beautiful to listen to him” and that the Mass had been “wonderful and astonishing.”

“We weren’t expecting this kind of...READ MORE

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NY Bishops Meet With Cuomo, Reaffirm Stance Against Abortion (4351)

The the governor respectfully listened to the bishops’ concerns, but they did not agree on the abortion proposal.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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New York City — The bishops of New York met recently with the state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, to discuss their objections to his “unacceptable” abortion proposals, as well as other legislative topics.

“We ended up saying, ‘If you do this, we will oppose it, and we intend to oppose any such bills from the moment they become public,’” said Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre.

“This is not something that New York needs, and I’d go as far as to say that it’s not what New York wants” he added.

Among other issues, the New York bishops met with Cuomo and several state lawmakers on March 19 to discuss the reintroduction of New York’s “Reproductive Health Act” in the state Legislature....READ MORE

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Maryland Catholics Call Death Penalty Repeal a Pro-Life Victory (2487)

Pro-lifers are hopeful that all the effort focused on ending the death penalty will now be refocused on ending abortion in the Old Line State.

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Annapolis, Md. — Catholics in Maryland are welcoming the repeal of the death penalty in the state as a step towards a culture of life that respects the dignity of all human persons, from conception to natural death.

“As Catholics we recognize the intrinsic dignity of every human life, said Linda Brenegan, respect life program director for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

“Repealing the death penalty acknowledges in law that value (of every human life) — even of those who have degraded themselves by committing serious crimes,” she told CNA. 

“Could Maryland now begin to move toward acknowledging the obvious dignity of the most innocent among us — the child in the womb? We hope, pray and...READ MORE

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Walking With Lily (2893)

Catholic novelist celebrates people with Down syndrome, sharing that every life has a purpose; every person is invaluable.

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Courtesy of Sherry Boas

The author with her novel.

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With World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, a celebration of these special people comes in the form of a new novel, The Things Lily Knew (Caritas Press), by Sherry Boas.

Boas, a Catholic stay-at-home mother of four adopted children, including a daughter with Down syndrome, was inspired to begin the story of Lily from her own family’s experiences and from imagining her daughter’s future.

The book, part of a series, has received positive feedback from critics and readers alike. “Sherry Boas captures our imagination, plants a sense of expectation and then draws it all together for a beautiful ending,” Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix remarked. “It is marvelous the way Boas weaves in the...READ MORE

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Curia and Curiouser; Church Architecture, Tradition in Continuity, Kermit Gosnell and Much More! (2757)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/21/2013 Comment

Curia and Curiouser. Follow the link by Jeffrey Miller of The Curt Jester blog to read more.

Curia and Curiouser by Jeffrey Miller of The Curt Jester blog – Big Pulpit

Duncan Stroik: Church Architecture, Tradition in Continuity – Amanda C. R. Clark PhD, The Catholic World Report

Kermit Gosnell: Symbol of Our Times – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Some Musical Moments at the Inauguration – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Confessions of a Wanna-Be Orthodox Catholic High School Teacher – Tim, Catholic Stand

Passion Sunday, Toledo, Spain – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

“But Instead Give the Money to the Poor” – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Music for Passiontide: Stabat Mater – Matthaeus, Sub Umbra Alarum Suarum

Sacred Images: A Pictorial Guide...READ MORE

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Ecumenical Patriarch Asks Pope to Meet Next Year in Holy Land (6717)

Orthodox leader hopes to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their predecessors’ famous embrace in Jerusalem.

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VATICAN CITY — Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said March 20 he hopes he and Pope Francis can meet in Jerusalem to mark the 50th anniversary of the famous embrace in 1964 between their predecessors, Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras.  

The Orthodox leader invited the Holy Father in a private audience a day after he made history by becoming the first ecumenical patriarch to attend a papal inauguration in over a millennium.

The meeting between Paul VI and Athenagoras in Jerusalem in 1964 resulted in the mutual lifting of the anathemas that had separated Orthodox and Catholics since 1054. The symbolic gesture opened the possibility of authentic dialogue between the two Churches for the...READ MORE

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