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Obamacare: Mandated Contraception Collides With Religious Freedom (7434)

Will ‘preventative services for women’ that must be covered by insurance companies include contraception and sterilization? We’ll find out Monday.

07/28/2011 Comments (16)

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius

– HHS.gov

Has the Obama administration found a cure for the common conscience?  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is expected to let us know on Monday.

HHS is preparing a list of “preventative services for women” that every insurance plan must cover, without co-pay or deductible, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, popularly known as “Obamacare.” In a time-honored bureaucratic maneuver, HHS referred the question of what to include to a tame outside organization it could count on to give it the advice it wanted: It asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a nominally independent, if pliant, nonprofit, to identify the services that should be mandated.


Filed under abortion, barack obama, becket fund, contraception, contraceptive mandates, healthcare, insurance, kevin 'seamus' hasson, obamacare, planned parenthood

St. Philip's Tomb Found? (5936)

An archaeological team believes they have discovered the final resting place of the apostle in southwest Turkey.

07/28/2011 Comments (16)

– Wikipedia

DENIZLI, Turkey (EWTN News) — An archaeological team working in southwest Turkey says it has uncovered the tomb of St. Philip the Apostle.

Italian professor Francesco D’Andria, head of the excavation team at the ancient city of Hierapolis in the province of Denizli, told reporters on July 26 that experts had reached the apostle’s tomb.

Archaeologists had been working for years to find the tomb, he said. They reached the monument while working on the ruins of a newly unearthed church in Hierapolis, the Turkish news agency Anadolu reports. The city of Hierapolis, whose name means “sacred city,” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is famous for its historical hot springs and was used as a...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Pray for Norway (1685)

Archbishop Dolan: 'The almost unfathomable tragedy and the deaths of so many innocent people touch the hearts of people all around the world and call us to special prayer for the victims, their families and the people of Norway especially.'

07/28/2011 Comment

Norwegian flag

– Wikipedia

WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News) — The U.S. Catholic bishops have offered their prayers and “deepest condolences” to the people of Norway in the aftermath of the bombing and mass-murder spree which killed dozens.

“The assault on government buildings in Oslo and a neighboring youth camp reminds us again of the fragility of life and the challenge to overcome evil in its many forms,” Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York said in a July 26 letter to Bishop Anders Arborelius of Stockholm, who heads the Scandinavian Episcopal Conference, and Bishop Bernt Ivar Eidsvig of Oslo.

“The almost unfathomable tragedy and the deaths of so many innocent people touch the hearts of people all around the world and...READ MORE

Filed under norway attacks, usccb

Youth Speak Up for Morality at the U.N. (2210)

'Statement of Youth to the U.N. and the World' met with applause at United Nations' General Assembly.

07/28/2011 Comment

– Wikipedia

NEW YORK (CNA) — “Usually when that sort of thing is read, there’s booing or hissing. But it was all applause,” said Tyler Ament, director of the International Youth Coalition, about the initial reaction to the presentation of his group’s “Statement of Youth to the U.N. and the World” at the U.N.’s General Assembly on July 25.

“There was a voice missing from the discussion when this (U.N.) International Year of Youth started,” said Ament at a July 26 press conference. “We wanted to make sure, through the International Youth Coalition, that the voice which promotes life and family and integrity would be heard in the conversation.”

The International Youth Coalition gathered in New York from...READ MORE

Filed under “statement of youth to the u.n. and the world”, international youth coalition, united nations, youth

Why is Francis Xavier Ford Not a Saint?, Youth Get Set for Madrid, Why We Need NFP, and much more! (3036)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/28/2011 Comments (2)

Bishop Francis Xavier Ford was a Maryknoll Missionary to Communist China where he was tortured to death by the Communist Authorities and died a martyr. To learn more about him, click on George Weigel's link.

Why Hasn’t Francis Xavier Ford Been Beatified? - George Weigel, Archdiocese of Denver

The Beautiful Youth Get Set for Madrid - Antonine-Marie Izoard, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Why We Need Natural Family Planning - H.L.I. America

The Extraordinary Challenge of Being Counter-Cultural - Pat Lencioni, The Integrated Catholic Life™

One Man, One Woman, & the Common Good: Marriage’s Public Purpose - Austin R. Nimocks, Public Discourse

Self-Forgetting Love (Gospel of Saint Matthew 14:13-21) - Father John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

The Catholic Faith Will Not Disappear from Ireland - Mary Kenny, The Daily Telegraph

A Saint Who Had an Abortion - Kathleen Gilbert, LifeSiteNews.com


Filed under anders breivik, catholic blogosphere, dorothy day, francis xavier ford, ireland, marriage, natural family planning, new media, world youth day 2011

Church Leaders: Budget Cuts Hurt the Poor (4528)

As default looms, fiscal conservatives stress wealth creation over redistribution.

07/27/2011 Comments (12)

Courtesy of the Office of Rep. John Boehner

WASHINGTON — An alliance of American churches, including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, met with President Obama last week, urging that programs aiding the poor be exempted from any spending cuts.

The ecumenical appeal was cast as a non-partisan initiative, but some critics viewed it as a wrong-headed measure that will keep taxes high and prevent investments by small businesses that would lead to job creation.

After meeting with Obama, the group held a teleconference with members of the media emceed by John Carr, the executive director of the USCCB’s Department of Justice Peace and Human Development. He called the alliance “unprecedented,” adding, “Across a broad...READ MORE

Filed under barack obama, budget defecit, congress, john boehner, politics, robert sirico

A Defense of Speaker Boehner (2783)

Careless references to Catholic social teaching confuse rather than enlighten.

07/27/2011 Comments (9)
Courtesy of the Ethics and Public Policy Institute

James C. Capretta

– Courtesy of the Ethics and Public Policy Institute

In May, a group of academics wrote an open letter that was highly critical of House Speaker John Boehner, who was scheduled to address Catholic University’s graduates and receive an honorary degree. 

Boehner’s offense?  According to those who wrote the letter, he violated the principles of Catholic social teaching by pushing for budget policies that cut spending for a number of domestic programs, some of which are aimed at low-income households.

But is it really a violation of Catholic social teaching for a leading national politician, in good conscience, to support a budget plan that tightens the government’s belt — even if it means reducing funds for some programs that aid the poor?


Filed under budget talks, catholic charities, catholic social justice, speaker boehner, welfare reform

Before There Was Gregorian Chant There Was Roman Plain Chant, The Bridgettine Order, and much more! (2695)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

07/27/2011 Comment

Communist Vietnam Re-Education Agents Re-Arrests Ailing Father Van Ly. Click on the link to learn more.

The Pope’s Latest Encouragement to Mercy and Spiritual Direction - Catholic Spiritual Direction

Before There Was a Gregorian Chant, There Was Roman Plain Chant - The Catholic Knight

What do the Standard English Propers Sound Like in Real Life? - Adam Bartlett, The Chant Café

A Commentary on the First Spiritual Truth of Courage, the Catholic Apostolate - Lisa Graas

The Bridgettine Order - Alberto Carosa, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

True Nature of the Kingdom - Doctor Edward Sri, The Integrated Catholic Life™

The New Evangelization in Europe - Archbishop Rino Fisichella, News.va/L’Osservatore Romano

Poland Abortion Ban Complies with International/European Law - Grégor Puppinck Ph.D.,...READ MORE

Filed under bishop tod brown, bridgettine order, catholic blogosphere, crystal cathedral, fr. van ly, mercy, new evangelization, robert cardinal sarah, roman plain chant, spiritual direction

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