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Archbishop O'Brien Asks Catholic Gov. O'Malley Not to Support Same-Sex 'Marriage' (12505)

'I write to urge you to refrain from using the power of your office to promote the redefinition of marriage in Maryland,' the archbishop wrote to the governor.

08/12/2011 Comments (10)
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BALTIMORE (EWTN News) — Archbishop Edwin O’Brien of Baltimore has appealed to Catholic Gov. Martin O’Malley to act in line with his faith and retract his support for proposed same-sex “marriage” legislation.

“I write to urge you to refrain from using the power of your office to promote the redefinition of marriage in Maryland,” Archbishop O’Brien wrote in a letter to the governor, calling it “a goal that so deeply conflicts with your faith, not to mention the best interests of our society.” 

The archbishop sent his letter two days before Gov. O’Malley decided on July 22 to include same-sex “marriage” in a package of bills that he will sponsor during the 2012 General Assembly.

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Catholic Heroes for Today: Part 6 (2420)

U.S. sainthood causes flourish in 2011.

08/12/2011 Comment

It’s “American Saints Week” at the Register.

Today we conclude our miniseries on sainthood causes of American men and women with a portrait of a Venezuelan woman who made her home in New Jersey. We also hear from an expert on saints about the importance of recognizing holiness in people of our time.

Maria Esperanza de Bianchini

The spiritual example of Maria Esperanza de Bianchini resonates with many people around the world.

The Venezuelan wife of Geo Bianchini, mother of seven and grandmother of 20, she spent a lot of time in the United States, including the last eight months of her life, and died in Long Beach Island, N.J., in 2004.

In addition to being a loving wife and mother,...READ MORE

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U.S. Ordinariate is Next, Indulgence for WYD Participants, Greatest Shakespeare Movies, and more! (2734)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/12/2011 Comment

What Are the Greatest Shakespeare Movies? Click on Joe Carter's link and find out.

U.S. Ordinariate to be Established Next - Fr. Christopher Phillips, The Anglo-Catholic

Indulgence Available for World Youth Day Participants - CatholicCulture.org

What Are the Greatest Shakespeare Movies? - Joe Carter, First Things/First Thoughts

Astounding Subterranean Salt Cathedral in Poland - Thomas Peters, Catholic Vote/American Papist

Why are Catholic Schools so Good at Sports? - Brian Fraga, Our Sunday Visitor

Cluniac art at Berzé-la-Ville - John Whitehead, Once I Was A Clever Boy

The Old Testament Was Made for Man - Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

Just Sex: Contractual Obligation II - Melinda Selmys, Sexual Authenticity

Fatherless Youths Run Riot - Joanne Bogle,...READ MORE

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Making the Gospel 'Go Viral', Fr. Emil Kapaun, G.K. Chesterton's Distributism, and more! (3217)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/11/2011 Comment

An unusual priest and hero, Fr. Emil Kapaun. Click on Fr. Simon Henry's link to learn about this great military chaplain.

Making the Gospel ‘Go Viral’ - Phil Lawler, CatholicCulture.org/On the News

Does a Parish Priest Have Time to Blog? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, The New Theological Movement

An Unusual Priest and Hero, Fr. Emil Kapuan - Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

G.K. Chesterton’s Distributism - Dale Ahlquist, The Distributist Review

London Riots: Society has Undermined the Family - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

Sioux Falls Celebrates Restoration of St. Joseph Cathedral - Catholic News Agency

How to Respond to Anti-Catholic Comments Made in the Workplace - Eric Sammons, Our Sunday Visitor

Trying to Fly with One Wing: 13 Principles of Discovering the Truth - Stanley D. Williams PhD, Catholic...READ MORE

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Mandated Contraception: Preventing the Unthinkable (4760)

News Analysis: Can Church leaders avoid a clash between Obamacare and Catholic doctrine?

08/11/2011 Comments (19)

Sister Carol Keehan

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WASHINGTON — Catholic leaders have joined the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to protest new rules that mandate contraceptive services for employee health insurance. And they are seeking to avoid an impasse that could force a drastic resolution. 

The USCCB has asked the Department of Health and Human Services to broaden the rule’s religious exemption, characterizing it as too “narrow.” HHS has not signaled whether it will review the exemption; it has provided a 60-day period to register comments.

The definition of what constitutes a religious organization that could be exempted from the coverage requirements is a main cause of concern for Church leaders.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo,...READ MORE

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Christians Moving Back to the Holy Land (5869)

There are signs of a reversal of the massive emigration that has been caused by war and economic hardship.

08/11/2011 Comments (3)
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Palestinian Christians and other pilgrims at Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem light candles celebrating the Holy Fire ritual the day before Easter.

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JERUSALEM — In 2003, Margo Tarazi from East Jerusalem couldn’t make a living, so she decided to move to Holland, her mother’s birthplace.

“I worked at my family’s incoming travel agency until 2002, but there wasn’t any work because of the second intifada,” Tarazi, now 35, said recently. She was referring to the Palestinian uprising that brought tourism to the Holy Land almost to a standstill. “Then I spent a year and a half working for an NGO [non-governmental organization], but I didn’t like it,” she said.

Eager to start a life away from Israeli military checkpoints and Palestinian suicide bombers, Tarazi utilized her Dutch passport. Then, her maternal grandmother, the person she had...READ MORE

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Bishops Request Support for Catholic Relief Services' African Drought Relief (2551)

Archbishop Dolan and Bishop Kicanas: CRS 'can use all the help we can offer in this current tragic situation.'

08/11/2011 Comments (1)
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WASHINGTON (EWTN News) —Two leading Catholic bishops have asked their fellow bishops to encourage pastors and parishioners to support Catholic Relief Services’ emergency-relief efforts in the Horn of Africa, suggesting that churches hold a second collection to address the need.

“Every day we are seeing more and more heartbreaking news about the drought and famine in Somalia and the eastern parts of Africa. We see millions of people being forced from their homes, leaving behind what meager possessions they had, and walking for days over rough terrain,” Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York and Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., wrote.

Archbishop Dolan heads the U.S. Conference of...READ MORE

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The Great Catholic Historian Christopher Dawson, Protect the Poor, Cardinal Pell, and more! (2878)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/11/2011 Comment

The indomitable George Cardinal Pell of Australia. Click on the two links about him to read why.

For Christopher Dawson is More Like a Movement than a Man - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Protect the Poor, Not Poverty Programs - John Couretas, Acton Institute/Acton Commentary

Myth Busters: Catholics Worship Mary - Brent Stubbs, Almost Not Catholic

Contraception & Healthcare Rights - Christopher O. Tollefsen, Public Discourse

Pundits want Pope to Change His “Policies”, How to Explain He Can’t? - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

Eclectic Convert: Julie Nicholson - Why I’m Catholic

Pope Benedict XVI Rebuts Criticism of World Youth Day - Patrick Madrid

Cardinal Pell on ‘Authentic Catholicism vs Cafeteria Catholicism’ - Lux Occulta

Cardinal Pell: A Good Old-Fashioned Irish...READ MORE

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