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State of Washington Will Appeal Ruling That Recognized Pharmacists’ Conscience Rights (3327)

Pro-life leader fears losing 'the nation we love' as state demands encroach freedom.

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OLYMPIA — The office of Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna will file an appeal on behalf of the state’s Department of Health in response to U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton’s recent decision in favor of protecting pharmacists’ conscience rights.

The Washington State Pharmacy Board, which is under the state’s Department of Health umbrella, had attempted to force pharmacists to dispense abortion-causing drugs, despite their religious objections to the practice. However, Leighton saw the Pharmacy Board’s regulations as targeting religious practice in a way forbidden by the U.S. Constitution, and he granted a permanent injunction against their enforcement in regard to the...READ MORE

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Xavier University Will End Contraception Coverage in Insurance Policy (3169)

Cincinnati Jesuit school takes a stand for Catholic teaching.

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– Xavier University Facebook

 Xavier University president Jesuit Father Michael Graham has directed the Cincinnati Jesuit school to stop its health plan's insurance coverage of contraception and sterilization.

“As a Catholic priest and as president of a Catholic university, I have concluded that, absent a legal mandate, it is inconsistent for a Catholic institution to cover those drugs and procedures the Church opposes,” he said in an April 2 letter to members of the Xavier University community.

Father Graham said he reviewed the university’s policy amid controversy over the Obama administration's federal mandate requiring insurance coverage of contraception and sterilization under the new health-care law.


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A Chronology of the Passion & Death of Jesus, The Thomas Peters Interview, Sheep, and much more! (7697)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

04/05/2012 Comment

A Chronology of the Passion & Death of Jesus. Click on the link by Father Ryan Erlenbush to read more.

A Chronology of the Passion & Death of Jesus - Father Ryan Erlenbush, The New Theological Movement

The Thomas Peters (is the American Papist) Interview: H.H.S. Mandate, Marriage, & Faithful Citizenship - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Sheep - Kevin Bezner, The Catholic Thing

Marketing Infanticide - Mark Pickup, Catholic Lane

Quæritur: Can I Be Godfather to Child of a Former-Catholic, Now Orthodox? - Fr. Z's Blog

Remarkable Insights by C. S. Lewis on Loss of Faith in West - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Spiritual C.P.R. - Michelle Burns, Ignitum Today

61 Abortion Workers Have Quit After 40 Days for Life Campaigns - Shawn Carney, LifeSiteNews

The Dark Gulf...READ MORE

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HHS-Religious Freedom Battle Yields Unexpected Rewards (7826)

Obama administration might not have anticipated it, but fight over ‘contraception mandate’ has given Pope Paul VI’s teaching new life.

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Archbishop-designate William Lori

– Archdiocese of Baltimore

WASHINGTON — Could there possibly be a silver lining in the federal contraception-mandate controversy?

For all the institutional disruption, political spin and vitriol generated by the mandate’s supporters, who have mischaracterized the bishops’ stance as a “war on women,” the crisis has yielded some unexpected fruits. Not only has it aroused the “sleeping giant” of Catholicism in the United States, prompting an energetic defense of the free exercise of cherished institutions, it has provoked a fresh assessment of Church teaching on contraception.

“The main issue remains that of religious liberty. But this whole episode has provided a catechetical opportunity to speak about the...READ MORE

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Collection at Holy Thursday Mass Will Support Syrian Refugees (1718)

The collection will take place during Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. The pontifical council Cor Unum will send the collected money to Caritas Syria.

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Da Vinci's 'Last Supper' via Wikipedia

The Last Supper is recalled on Holy Thursday.

– Da Vinci's 'Last Supper' via Wikipedia

The collection taken at Pope Benedict XVI’s evening Mass on Holy Thursday will go to support humanitarian assistance for Syrian refugees.

The collection is “a very generous gesture by the Pope towards the immense suffering of our people, who also live the consequences of the embargo,” Samir Nassar, the Maronite archbishop of Damascus, told Fides news agency.

“It is a gesture of closeness and solidarity that has a strong meaning for us in this Lenten time and of great suffering: It makes the universal Church feel closer to its faithful in difficulty,” the archbishop continued.

The collection will take place during Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome. The pontifical...READ MORE

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Democrats’ Chosen Witness Derides Catholics (12345)

Anti-Catholicism was on display at the recent ‘feminist mobilization’ forum.

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Barry Lynn, president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State

– 2005 photo from Getty Images

The “religious-liberty claim” of the likes of Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ president, in the debate over the Obama administration’s contraception/sterilization/abortion mandate is “bull****.”

That was the explicit message Barry Lynn, president of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, delivered at a feminist-majority “Women, Money, Power Forum” in Washington, D.C., March 29.

He joked that the word was one he had just learned from Republican presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who recently used the expletive in a confrontation with a New York Times reporter.

Lynn was the final speaker for a panel titled...READ MORE

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Mary with a Club, A Victim becomes a Survivor and Healer, Docility is Not Wimpineness, and more! (2366)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Blessed Virgin Mary with a Club. Click on the link by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf to read more.

The Blessed Virgin Mary with a Club - Fr. Z's Blog

A Victim Becomes a Survivor and Healer - Tony Rossi, Patheos/Christopher Closeup

Docility Is Not Wimpiness - Super Trad Mum, Etheldreda's Place

The Idea of Confession Was Repellent to me as a Protestant, but Now. . . - Brianna Heldt, just showing up

Dei & Knight: Traumatized Soldier-Saint Who Found Healing - Dawn Eden, The Dawn Patrol

New Evangelization Chief: Renewing Catholic Identity - Adam Wilson, The Cardinal Newman Society Blog/Campus Notes

Ballet Diaries - Fabiola Garza, Ignitum Today

Why Opposing the Gay Lobby is Not Anti-gay - Jennifer Roback Morse, LifeSiteNews

Learning Wisdom from the Patron Saint of the...READ MORE

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Conscience Exemption for Me but Not for Thee (10129)

April 8 issue column on the fight for religious freedom in America.

04/04/2012 Comment

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 President Obama’s mandate compelling Catholic institutions to provide contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing pharmaceuticals has drawn far greater support from the Democratic Party leadership (and those who agree with its party platform) than I would have expected, given the obvious challenge it poses to First Amendment rights.

It is truly shocking to watch elected officials like the House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi (a self-identified Catholic), Sen. Barbara Boxer, Rep. Maxine Waters and Sen. Frank Lautenberg back this policy.

It is alarming to watch them aggressively disregard or deny millions of religious believers a broad religious exemption that will shield them...READ MORE

Filed under catholicism, conscience rights, obama administration, obamacare, religious freedom

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