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More Opposition to Contraception Mandate Comes From Obama-Supporting Catholics (2847)

Group of professors known for supporting the administration's policies calls for revisions.

08/30/2011 Comments (4)

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WASHINGTON (CNA) — Several Catholics known for supporting Obama administration policies are opposing the lack of religious-conscience protections in rules requiring most new health plans to cover contraception and sterilization.

In an open letter issued Aug. 26, the self-described “ad hoc group of Catholic leaders and professors” called on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius “to extend conscience protection to religious charities, religious hospitals and religious schools in regards to mandated health-insurance coverage” under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

The signatories, many of whom also signed an earlier letter criticizing House Speaker John Boehner in May, cited the...READ MORE

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Vote Expected on California's Controversial Vaccine Bill (2134)

Catholics call of citizens to voice concern over legislation that would allow children as young as 12 to consent to Gardasil vaccines without parental permission.

08/30/2011 Comments (4)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNA) — Public action is needed to defeat a California bill that would allow children as young as 12 to consent to Gardasil vaccines without parental permission. Opponents say the proposal is a violation of parents’ rights and is motivated by the desire to prepare children for sexual activity.

“We’re encouraging people to spread the word, to write letters to the editor, to contact state senators,” said Bill May, chairman of the San Francisco-based Catholics for the Common Good. “This bill has not received very much publicity in the mainstream press.”

“It’s a blatant violation of parental rights to put children in a position of being coerced into receiving vaccinations...READ MORE

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Abp. O'Brien Elevated to Equestrian Order, How to Behave at Mass, Young Guns, and much more! (2532)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/30/2011 Comment

Archbishop Edwin O’Brien has been elevated to the Equestrian Order, Care of Holy Land. Click on Tom Crowe's link to learn more.

The Bedroom in the Classroom: Clio is Not Amused - Dr. Jason R. Edwards, Catholic Lane

Abp. Edwin O’Brien Excellent for Equestrian Order, Care of Holy Land - Tom Crowe, Catholic Vote

The New Film Version of Brighton Rock - Shmuel Ben-Gad, First Things/First Thoughts

Young Guns - Devin Rose, VirtuousPla.net

How to Behave at Mass - Dorothy Pilarski, Catholic Exchange

How You Ask the Question - Matthew J. Franck, First Things

Is Solution to Sex Crisis to be Found Pre ‘60s? - Jake Tawney, Roma locuta est

The World’s Slow Stain - Fr. Bevil Bramwell OMI, The Catholic Thing

Disappointed by Jason Berry’s Render Unto Rome - Phil Lawler, CatholicCulture.org

Catholic College Hired Expert in...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop edwin o'brien, brighton rock, catholic blogosphere, graham greene, homosexuality, mass, new evangelization, new media, render unto rome, sex

Archbishop O'Brien Named to Vatican Post (10821)

From heading Baltimore to overseeing the Holy Land.

08/29/2011 Comments (11)
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BALTIMORE (CNA/EWTN News) — Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Archbishop Edwin O’Brien of Baltimore as the grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Archbishop O’Brien will move to the headquarters of the order in Rome, where he will be elevated to the rank of cardinal.

“It has been a singular privilege to serve as archbishop of Baltimore,” said Archbishop O’Brien at a media conference in Baltimore Aug. 29. “It is with a heavy heart that I will be departing. … I pray that I will carry out the will of God and that of (the Pope) in preserving the faith in the Holy Land.”

Archbishop O’Brien’s new post means that he will leave for Rome immediately, leaving his...READ MORE

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Iconography of St. John the Baptist, the Martyrdom of Evangelization, Vitale Speechless, and more! (4330)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/29/2011 Comment

Read about the beautiful Iconography of St. John the Baptist by clicking on the link by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush.

The Iconography of St. John the Baptist - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

On the Martyrdom of Evangelization - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Benedict Performs Miracle, Renders Dick Vitale Speechless - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

A New Kind of Rebel: The Young Catholic - Colleen Carroll Campell, Catholic Lane

Picking Your Nose & Confession - Brent Stubbs, VirtuousPla.net

Mainstream Media Misunderestimating Archbishop Chaput - Mollie Ziegler, Get Religion

What is the Essence of Catholic Spirituality? - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

2011 Catholic New Media Award Winners - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Our Media are Self-Absorbed...READ MORE

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Hurricane Irene Leaves Mass Destruction in Its Wake (2702)

The devastation included more than 4.5 million people without power, at least 25 dead, many downed trees and severe flooding in parts of North Carolina, New York, New Jersey and Vermont. Many people turned out for Sunday Mass, in spite of dispensations.

08/29/2011 Comments (2)
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Billy Stinson and his daughter Erin comfort each other Aug. 28 as they stand next to a pile of debris which was once their cottage in Nags Head, N.C.

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Irene hit the United States as an 87mph hurricane in North Carolina on Saturday, Aug. 27, and left the country as a weakened 60-mph tropical storm late Sunday, Aug. 28.

In its wake, it left more than 4.5 million people without power, at least 25 dead, many downed trees and severe flooding in parts of North Carolina, New York, New Jersey and Vermont.

In parts of northern New England, New Jersey and upstate New York, the nearly 17 inches of rain turned already swollen creeks and rivers into raging torrents. In New York City, an 8-foot Atlantic storm surge sent floodwater into Lower Manhattan, and the Hudson River was overflowing its banks in places.

Flooding was widespread throughout...READ MORE

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Pius X Society Will Meet With Vatican Next Month (3112)

Three of the group's leaders will have meeting with Cardinal William Levada, the prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, and the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.

08/29/2011 Comments (9)

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News) — The leadership of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X has confirmed that they will meet with Vatican officials next month to discuss their future relationship with the Catholic Church.

“The superior general (Bishop Bernard Fellay) and his two assistants, Father Niklaus Pfluger and Father Alain-Marc Nely have, on 14 September 2011, been asked to a special interview in Rome,” announced the superior of the Society in Germany, Father Franz Schmidberger, on their website Aug. 25.

The three men will meet with Cardinal William Levada, the prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, and the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei. Created in 1988,...READ MORE

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Pope: 'The Christian Follows the Lord With Love When He Accepts His Cross' (2135)

Benedict encourages American seminarians and pilgrims during Aug. 28 Angelus address.

08/29/2011 Comments (1)

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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (EWTN News/CNA) — Pope Benedict XVI has encouraged the new class of seminarians at the Pontifical North American College in Rome to be unafraid to carry the cross of Christ.

“Dear seminarians, do not be afraid to take up the challenge in today’s Gospel to give your lives completely to Christ,” he told the new students during his Sunday Angelus address on Aug. 28 at Castel Gandolfo, his summer residence 15 miles south of Rome.

“Indeed, may all of us be generous in our commitment to him, carrying our cross with faith and courage.”

The Pontifical North American College was founded in 1859 in response to an appeal by Pope Pius IX for an American seminary in Rome. Its...READ MORE

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