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Religious Liberty 9, President Obama 0 (9203)

'Hosanna-Tabor' is the most important religious-freedom case in decades: The Supreme Court pushes back on administration's overreaching. Will decision impact HHS rule on contraceptive coverage?

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The Supreme Court decided its most important religious-freedom case in decades yesterday. And President Barack Obama lost, 9-0.

The case, Hosanna-Tabor Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, concerns whether religious groups should be free from government interference when choosing their religious leaders. For decades, the lower courts have applied a doctrine called the “ministerial exception,” which prohibits the government from using discrimination laws to force religious organizations to hire or fire particular individuals for jobs with important religious functions. All the lower courts agreed that the ministerial exception existed, but there was some variation as to whether employees...READ MORE

Filed under becket fund for religious liberty, chief justice john roberts, elena kagan, establishment clause, hhs contraception mandate, obama administration, religious freedom, samuel alito

Court Upholds Sonogram Law in Texas (1860)

Gov. Rick Perry: The ruling is 'a victory for all who stand in defense of life.'

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AUSTIN, Texas (EWTN News)—A federal appeals court has upheld a Texas law requiring a sonogram for women considering abortion.

The ruling is “a victory for all who stand in defense of life,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry said on Jan. 10.

“Every life lost to abortion is a tragedy, and this important sonogram legislation ensures that every Texas woman seeking an abortion has all the facts about the life she is carrying and understands the devastating impact of such a life-ending decision,” he said.

Under the law, doctors must conduct a sonogram on a woman seeking an abortion at least 24 hours before the procedure. The doctor must provide the woman with the opportunity to see the results and to hear...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, sonogram laws, sonograms, texas

Wrapping Up the Visitation of Women Religious (4210)

Mother Clare Millea speaks about what she found during the three-year look at religious life in the United States.

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A three-year apostolic visitation to examine the “quality of life” of women’s religious communities in the United States has closed with a submission of findings to Archbishop Joseph Tobin, secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. Some additional reports are to be completed by spring, though no date for announcing the conclusions has been set by the congregation.

In a statement accompanying a news release about the final phase of the visitation, Mother Mary Clare Millea, apostolic visitor for the Institutes of Women Religious in the United States, said that she had been both inspired and humbled by what she learned and...READ MORE

Filed under apostolic visitation, archbishop joseph tobin, mother mary clare millea, vatican, women religious

All Catholic Parents are Homeschoolers, Bishop Asks for Hour of Confession for Lent, and much more! (2559)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/12/2012 Comment

Bishop Asks for Hour of Confession Every Week in Lent. Click on the link by Madeleine Teahan to read more.

All Catholic Parents are Homeschoolers - Denise J. Hunnell MD, HLI America/Truth & Charity Forum

Why Do Intelligent, Cultured Adults Become Catholic? - George Weigel, Archdiocese of Denver

Bishop Asks for Hour of Confession Every Week in Lent - Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald

The Patron Saint of Good Manners: St. Francis De Sales - Giacomo Galeazzi, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

Of Faith & Doubt & Football - Michael Brown, Spirit Daily

Wanting the Right Thing (John 1:35-42) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Fatherless, The Church in America - Bob Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

Apostolate Fixes Run-Down theater into State-of-the-Art Studio - SueAnn Howell, Charlotte Catholic...READ MORE

Filed under blessed bishop nicholas steno, catholic blogosphere, communist china, descartes, homeschooling, one-child policy, sex, st. francis de sales, tim tebow

Supreme Court Unanimously Backs Hosanna Tabor Church, Decides in Favor of Religious Liberty (20928)

Constitutional scholars hail decision, a defeat for the Obama administration.

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WASHINGTON — Church leaders and advocates for religious freedom hailed today’s unanimous Supreme Court ruling on a closely watched First Amendment case, Hosanna Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

In the case, the justices were asked to decide whether a Lutheran church in Michigan, which fired a teacher at a church school, should be subject to federal anti-discrimination laws protecting disabled employees. The church argued that the constitutional doctrine of “ministerial exception” protected religious institutions from any such intrusion by the courts in the appointment of a church minister.

“The Supreme Court decision marks a victory...READ MORE

Filed under barack obama, bishops, catholic church, faith, first amendment, religious freedom, supreme court of the united states

Illinois Catholic Charities Reorganizes in Response to State Defunding (2319)

Diocese of Springfield's services are more self-reliant now.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CNA)—Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Springfield, Ill., has announced a major reorganization in response to the state’s termination of its foster care and adoption contracts. The agency intends to strengthen its Catholic identity and become more self-reliant in funding its services.

“It is imperative that Catholic Charities is not eliminated from the public consciousness as a result of this unfortunate conflict with the state,” said Steven Roach, the agency’s executive director.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services ended the contracts because the Catholic agencies would not place children in homes of unmarried couples, including homosexual...READ MORE

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Imitating the Holy Family, Ciaobellament of Doctrine, Pope Pius XII is a Friend of Jews, and more! (3310)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

01/11/2012 Comment

Imitating the Holy Family. Click on the link by Anthony Buono to learn more.

Imitating the Holy Family - Anthony Buono, Catholic Lane

On the Ciaobellament of Doctrine - John Zmirak, Crisis Magazine

Pope Pius XII: Friend and Rescuer of Jews - William Doino Jr., The Moynihan Report

The Truth of Fairy Tales - Ink and Quill, Ignitum Today

Abortion & Capital Punishment: Where is the Consistency of Logic? - The Ordinary Catholic, Peter’s Barque

Such a Profitable Non-Profit, Planned Parenthood - Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

The Tortured Rationalization of Torture - Anthony S. Layne, Outside the Asylum

How Does China Enforce Its One-Baby Policy? - Matt Soniak, Mental Floss

Californians Shocked to Hear Prayer at CYO Game - Matt Archbold, Creative Minority Report...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, boston college, canon 216, capital punishment, catholic blogosphere, christine gregoire, ciaobellament of doctrine, communist china, holy family, pope pius xii

Religious-Freedom Concerns Highlighted as Romney Clinches N.H. Primary (4902)

Clarity and competition come out of the New Hampshire vote.

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Mitt Romney (l) and Ron Paul (c) listen while Newt Gingrich makes a point during the debate at St. Anselm College prior to the New Hampshire primary.

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American voters watching the New Hampshire Republican primary saw competing visions on display with clear choices come November. When you have 19 Republican debates, there are opportunities for clarity, and one of them came on a Saturday night in New Hampshire.

During the ABC News Manchester debate Jan. 7, moderators pushed a caricature of GOP candidates, asking about contraception and “gay rights” — seemingly believing that if asked to talk about these things long enough, one of them would crack and admit secret plans to ban birth control nationally and confess to “homophobia.”

Instead, though, in the midst of a grilling of Mitt Romney, during which Romney emphasized the importance of...READ MORE

Filed under catholic church, gop primary, mitt romney, newt gingrich, religious freedom, religious liberty, rick perry, rick santorum, ron paul

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