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A Rough Week at the Supreme Court for Obamacare (3963)

Church leaders await the decision with mixed emotions.

03/28/2012 Comments (12)
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Ron Kirby holds a sign while marching in protest of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in front of the U.S. Supreme Court March 26.

– Mark Wilson/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops advocated for universal health insurance for decades, but could not endorse the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act because of concerns about abortion funding and weak conscience provisions.

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will complete three days of often contentious oral arguments on the constitutionality of the new health bill. And, for Church leaders, the proceedings serve as a painful reminder of the difficulty of securing universal health care in the United States, but also this administration’s failure to embrace the moral concerns of a natural ally on social policy.

Asked to comment on the high-profile case before the court, Sister Mary Ann...READ MORE

Filed under barack obama, healthcare reform, obamacare, patient protection and affordable care act, united states conference of catholic bishops, universal healthcare

Blessed Karl von Habsburg, Are Mormons Christians, A Dominican and Jesuit Walk Into a Bar, and more! (4718)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/28/2012 Comment

Blessed Karl von Habsburg. Click on the link by Denis Kitzinger to read more of this holy and pious man.

Blessed Karl von Habsburg - Denis Kitzinger, Crisis Magazine

Quæritur: Are Mormons Christians? - Fr. Z’s Blog

A Dominican and a Jesuit Walk Into a Bar. . .4 Catholic Jokes - Saint Peter’s List

“The Mystery of the Annunciation is the Mystery of Grace” - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Ignatius Insight Scoop

How can We Mature through the First Few Rooms of the Interior Castle? - Sr. Carmen Laudis OCD, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Questions Answered: Does Hell Exist & Civil Law vs. Moral Law - Fr. Brian Mullady OP, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Church in America: Low Grade Civil War - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Understanding “Tolerance” - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of...READ MORE

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Medieval Music Documentary, New Evanglelization Tips, Thriving Catholic Schools, and much more! (3651)

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03/27/2012 Comments (2)

Medieval Music Documentary on the BBC. Click on the link by Webmaster Gareth to read, listen, and learn more.

Medieval Music Documentary on the BBC - Webmaster Gareth, Catholic & Welsh

New Evangelization Tips - Fr. John A. Leies SM, HLI America/Truth & Charity Forum

Thriving Catholic Schools Profiled - Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

Great Idea: A Monastic Community Visits Your Parish - New Catholic, Rorate Cæli

Top 10 Questions You Never Hear at Franciscan University, Steubenville - J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

B16-Watchers: Gallery of People with Canes Who Are Not Retiring - Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

Mystery Marian Shrine Has More Pilgrims than Guadalupe & Lourdes - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Five Practical Ways to Pray with Mary - Marge Fenelon, Catholic Lane


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Priest Ordained Early to Fulfill Father's Wish (4451)

March 25 issue feature: Father Richard Dyer was ordained early to fulfill his dying father’s wish to be present.

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Stacy Rausch

BLESSED DAY. Father Richard Dyer was ordained early so that his father could attend.

– Stacy Rausch

In the past several months, new priest Father Richard Dyer has experienced deeply the highs and lows of the Christian life.

In late December, he was ordained a priest six months early for the Diocese of Arlington, Va., by Bishop Paul Loverde to fulfill his dying father’s wish to be present at his ordination.

After seeing his son become a priest, Father Dyer’s father, Richard Dyer Sr., passed away the following day — at almost the same time his son finished celebrating his first Mass.

“Even amongst the sadness, there’s so much grace being poured out on me, my dad and my family,” Father Dyer said. “We do have our moments of sadness and deep sadness, of course, on the natural level, but...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict's First Day in Cuba: Face-Off of Worldviews (6129)

As papal Mass begins, a man in the crowd doesn’t get far in a vocal protest of communism.

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A protester is taken away during Mass in Revolution Square in Santiago de Cuba on March 26. Tensions are high in Cuba between dissidents and the government as activists hope the international exposure of the papal visit will result in renewed attention to their struggle for greater freedoms.

– Spencer Platt/Getty Images

On his first day in Cuba, images of joy and beauty inspired by Pope Benedict XVI’s pilgrimage to the island were offset by sinister, controlling gestures from the Cuban regime. 

And just below the surface roils a culture clash, a weltanschauung face-off, pitting two comprehensive philosophies of the universe against each other: Christianity vs. communism.

From the Pope’s first hour in Cuba, the afternoon of March 26, observers could sense the deep contrast.

The Holy Father, dazzling in white from head to ankle, projecting his typically humble demeanor, was met by the intense visage of President Raul Castro in a business suit and rose-tinted sunglasses.

Twenty-one old cannons...READ MORE

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Catholicism and Suffering, New Catholic Forum Website, Why Church Bells Ring 3 Times/Day, and more! (9644)

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03/27/2012 Comments (1)

Catholicism and Suffering. Click on the link by Howard Kainz to read and learn more.

Catholicism and Suffering - Howard Kainz, The Catholic Thing

New Catholic Forum Website - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

Why Do Church Bells Ring Three Times a Day - Kathy Schiffer, Patheos/Seasons of Grace

A Lesson Learned in Immersion of the Spirit of Vatican II - Emily Zanotti, Ignitum Today

Of Penance and Preparation and Pilgrimage - Fr. Z’s Blog

God’s Game Plan (John 3:16-21) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over: My Mother’s Deathbed Conversion - Rob. Struble Jr., Catholic Lane

Euclid’s Geometry as an Intellectual & Moral Exercise - Dr. Michael Bolin, Wyoming Catholic College/Cowboys, Philosophers, & Poets

Thomas More...READ MORE

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Catholic Entities Undermine U.S. Bishops' Authority (8768)

In the case of the HHS contraception mandate, groups like the Catholic Health Association and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious have assumed authority where there is none, and the Obama administration has pounced on the opportunity to divide and conquer.

03/27/2012 Comments (53)

Recent headlines have told the story “Catholic Hospitals, Bishops Split on Health Care” and “Catholic Bishops Fight for Authority Over U.S. Flock.”

These volatile headlines refer to the fact that some Catholic individuals and organizations publicly disagree with the U.S. bishops about provisions of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. This opposition from within the Church makes the bishops’ effort to preserve religious freedom much more difficult, for the Obama administration and some Democrat congressmen have been quick to use a “divide and conquer” strategy by invoking these dissident groups as if they are legitimate Catholic authorities.


Filed under abortion mandate, catholic health association, catholic politicians, contraception mandate, kathleen sebelius, leadership conference of women religious, natural law, obamacare, sister carol keehan

Vatican Approves 'Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb' (5597)

This prayer is intended to support parents awaiting the birth of their child and to encourage prayers for the child in the womb, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says.

03/27/2012 Comments (13)

The U.S. bishops are encouraging parishes to incorporate into their communities a new blessing for a child in the womb, which the Vatican approved on March 25.

“I’m impressed with the beauty of this blessing for human life in the womb,” said Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities.

“I can think of no better day to announce this news than on the feast of the Annunciation, when we remember Mary’s Yes to God and the Incarnation of that child in her the womb that saved the world.”

The prayer, titled “Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb,” is intended to support parents awaiting the birth of their child and to encourage...READ MORE

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