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12 Attorneys General Intend to Sue Over HHS Mandate (6457)

They submit letter against policy that 'tramples on religious freedom.'

02/16/2012 Comments (8)

WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN NEWS)—Attorneys general from a dozen states say they intend to sue over the Obama administration’s contraception mandate that requires many religious employers to violate the teachings of their faith.

In a Feb. 10 letter, the attorneys general voiced their “strong opposition” to the mandate, which they called “an impermissible violation of the Constitution’s First Amendment virtually unparalleled in American history.”

They said that if the mandate is implemented, they are prepared to “vigorously oppose it in court.”

The letter was sent to the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebilius, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Labor Secretary...READ MORE

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Changes Seen Within Regnum Christi (2976)

A leader of consecrated women in the Legionaries of Christ’s lay branch, Regnum Christi, has submitted her resignation. Some consecrated women within the congregation have asked the Vatican to let them live out their vows under a bishop, not as part of the Legion.

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ROME (EWTN NEWS/CNA) — Malén Oriol, a major leader of consecrated women in the Legionaries of Christ’s lay branch, Regnum Christi, announced Feb. 14 that she has submitted her resignation.

Oriol, the assistant for consecrated life to the Legion’s general director, Father Alvaro Corcuera, submitted her resignation to Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the papal delegate overseeing the reform of the religious congregation.

Oriol also revealed that some consecrated women within the congregation have asked the Vatican to let them live out their vows under a bishop, not as part of the Legion. Jim Fair, communications director for the Legion of Christ, said, “At the beginning of 2012 there are were...READ MORE

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Marriage Fight Continues in Washington State (2879)

UPDATE: Abortion coverage in insurance is also at stake. Same-sex 'marriage' was signed into law by the governor Feb. 13, and traditional-marriage groups have filed a referendum as Catholics and Christians speak up for God's plan for marriage.

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The Washington state governor has signed into law a bill that recognizes same-sex “marriage,” prompting those who support the traditional definition to file a referendum to challenge the law.

“Preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman is worth fighting for,” said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, Feb. 13.

“Marriage is a cornerstone of society that not only unites a couple to each other, but ensures that any children born of their union will have the best opportunity to be raised by their own mother and father. We’re committed to giving Washington voters the right to decide the definition of marriage in their state, just as voters in 31 other...READ MORE

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Abortion, Contraception and the Church Fathers (28010)

Despite what some commentators and politicians think, Church teaching on abortion and contraception has remained unchanged.

02/16/2012 Comments (79)

Fragment of the Didache

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The recent indignity by which the Obama administration wants to mandate everyone, including all Catholic institutions or their insurers, to pay for contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, has raised the issue of Catholic teaching on these issues.

Some commentators have mistakenly asserted that the Catholic ban on these practices only goes back to Humanae Vitae (On the Regulation of Birth), by Pope Paul VI in 1968, or as far back as Casti Connubii (Of Chaste Wedlock), by Pope Pius XI in 1931.

The latter encyclical was written in response to the change of moral doctrine by the Anglican Church, which undermined centuries of Protestant condemnation of contraception by...READ MORE

Filed under church fathers, hhs contraception mandate, humanae vitae, pope john paul ii, pope paul vi, president barack obama

Does the Church Know How to Reach the Modern World, When Dickens Had a Marian Vision, and much more! (3939)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/16/2012 Comment

The Night Dickens had a Marian Vision. Click on the link by William Oddie to learn more.

Does the Church Know How to Reach the Modern World? - Brandon Vogt, Catholic Exchange

Going Through the Roof (Mark 2:1-12) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

New Book: The True Icon: From Shroud of Turin to Veil of Manopello - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Pope Pius II: 7 Quotes On Educating Young Catholic Men - Saint Peter’s List

The Night Dickens had a Marian Vision - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

A Protestant Historian Discovers the Catholic Church - A. David Anders PhD, the Coming Home Network

A Tale of Two Concerts - Anthony Esolen, The Catholic Thing

Woe to the Solitary Man - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

6 Reasons Why Contraception is...READ MORE

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How to Deepen Your Relationship with Christ this Lent, B16 Shares Remarks on US Culture, and more! (3367)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/15/2012 Comment

How to Deepen Your Relationship with Christ this Lenten Season. Click on the link by Dan Burke to read more.

How to Deepen Your Relationship with Christ this Lenten Season - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Homeschooled Kids: Last Line of Defense Against Zombie Apocalypse - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

B16 Shares Sober Remarks on American Culture - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Quæritur: Can Parishes Stop Baptizing During Lent?- Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Women’s Revenge: To Torture Without Guilt - Alice von Hildebrand, New Oxford Review

Holy See British Delegation: Muslim Delegate to Defend Christendom - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Here is What a Pro-Life Democrat Looks Like - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic


Filed under bishop jenky, catholic blogosphere, hagia sophia, homeschool, kathleen sebelius, lent, nancy pelosi, pro-life democrat, religious liberty, scandal

Pope Reassures the Faithful: 'We Never Fall From the Hands of God' (2509)

Benedict XVI focuses Feb. 15 audience on the three last prayers of Jesus from the cross.

02/15/2012 Comments (1)

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN NEWS/CNA)—The final words of Jesus Christ as he died on the cross should prompt Christians to pray for those who have hurt them, Pope Benedict XVI said on Feb. 15.

“Jesus, by asking the Father to forgive those who are crucifying him, invites us to the difficult act of praying for those who do us wrong, who have damaged us, knowing always how to forgive,” the Pope told more than 6,000 pilgrims attending the general audience in Paul VI Hall.

The Pope urged people to pray that “the light of God may illuminate their hearts, inviting us, that is, to live in our prayers the same attitude of mercy and love that God has towards us.”

This attitude, he explained, is summed up...READ MORE

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Anglican Clergymen Become Catholic Priests: Taking the Final Steps to Ordination (8231)

Anglican Ordinariate’s new chief priest oversees course of studies, teleconferencing of married men.

02/15/2012 Comments (6)
Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson was installed as ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter on Feb. 12.

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CLEBURNE, Texas — Charles Hough already had quite a career, including 18 years in the prestigious post of canon to the ordinary in the Episcopal Church’s Fort Worth Diocese. Now he wants to become a Catholic priest.

Hough hopes to lead a group of former Episcopalians in Cleburne, Texas, who have asked to belong to the new Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, created by Rome for former Episcopalians. Every Saturday, from 9 to 4, he participates in a newly developed program of training for former Episcopal clergy.

He and approximately 60 other former Episcopal priests around the United States, many of whom are married, are studying for the priesthood using a teleconferencing...READ MORE

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