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Religious-Freedom Amendments Tumble (7602)

Four States Affirm Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

11/07/2012 Comments (28)
Florida House of Representatives

– Florida House of Representatives

A religious-freedom measure on the Florida state ballot failed on Election Day.

Amendment 8, which was one of two state ballot questions supported by the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, was defeated, with only 44% of voters in favor. The measure required 60% of people voting Yes in order to amend the state's constitution.

Supporters said Amendment 8 would have allowed faith-based organizations, such as Catholic Charities, to continue delivering social services without the threat of lawsuits because of a 19th-century law, rooted in anti-Catholic bias, which bans public funding for all religiously affiliated groups.

“Floridians deserve the opportunity to benefit from programs...READ MORE

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How to Resist an Aggressive Secularism, Behind the Scenes at Vatican II, and Much More! (2070)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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How To Resist an Aggressive Secularism. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to read more.

How To Resist an Aggressive Secularism – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

Behind the Scenes at Vatican II: Yves Congar Captures a Historic Moment by Kathy Schiffer of the Seasons of Grace blog – Big Pulpit

Coexisting with People who have Coexist Bumper Stickers – Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

The Borrowed Baby – Rebecca Frech, Ignitum Today

Saints, Sinners, and the Perspective of Eternity – Carl E. Olson, Catholic World Report

Kipling and Brown Bess – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Cardinal Cañizares: I Celebrate the E. F. Mass Because It is Normal to Do So – Fr. Z’s Blog

“My Worst Nightmare”: Falsely Accused Priest Rues Church Response – David Pierre, The Media...READ MORE

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Catholic Leaders Call on Obama to Respect Life, Liberty (3639)

Cardinal Dolan and Pope Benedict XVI offer prayers for the president and the country.

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Catholic leaders are calling on President Barack Obama to respect the fundamental American principles of life and religious liberty after he won a second term in office.

“We will continue to stand in defense of life, marriage and our first, most cherished liberty, religious freedom,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In a letter congratulating Obama on his re-election, Cardinal Dolan noted the “great responsibility” with which the American people have entrusted the president and assured him of the prayers of the U.S. bishops.

“In particular, we pray that you will exercise your office to pursue the common good, especially...READ MORE

Filed under election 2012, president obama, pro-life, religious freedom

Post-Election Catholic Punditry and Analysis Roundup (2588)

A look at the postmortems of the presidential election results from the thoughtful, rhetorical and informative.

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“Be Content to Trust in the Lord” - Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Difficult Days Ahead for the Church? – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Obama Wins Catholic Vote: 50%-48% - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Cardinal Dolan’s Letter to Obama - Anna Williams, First Things/First Thoughts

A Mother’s Promise to the Nation - Stacy Trasancos PhD, The American Catholic

What the Unthinkable Means - Jill Stanek, LifeSiteNews

Obama’s Re-election is a Tragedy, for the US and the World - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

Jesus Sums Up Politics - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

Politics: The Substance of the Secular, Not the Sacred – Tom...READ MORE

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Second Storm Approaches NJ Coast as Catholics Continue Relief Work (2522)

A storm is expected to pass by New Jersey today, bringing high winds, coastal flooding, rain and snow.

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Trisha McAvoy of Brick Township, N.J., evacuates her home due to an approaching storm Nov. 6.

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CAMDEN, N.J. — Catholic Charities affiliates are continuing to respond to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy as another storm heads for the region.

“While the storm has passed, the aftermath continues, as thousands are still without power, communities face the risk of floods, and those living on the margins of society struggle to stay afloat,” Father Larry Snyder, Catholic Charities USA president, said Nov. 6.

Kevin Hickey, executive director at Catholic Charities of Camden, N.J., echoed Father Snyder’s sentiments.

“Ever since Sandy hit, it’s been very cold here,” Hickey said on Nov. 6. “You can imagine folks without power. There’s some real suffering going on.”

He said that New...READ MORE

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Americans Share Same Hopes for Future, Obama Says (2186)

In the end, Catholic voters favored the president, 52%-45%. Mitt Romney encouraged Republicans to pray for the president and the nation: 'I believe that the principles upon which this nation was founded are the only sure guide to a resurgent economy and to a new greatness.'

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

– Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

WASHINGTON — During his victory speech after being elected to a second term Nov. 6, President Barack Obama said that Americans are united in their values as a nation.

“Despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America's future,” he said Nov. 6.

“We want our children to live in an America not burdened by debt, weakened by inequality ... that isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet. We want to pass on a country that's safe and respected and admired around the world.”

A country “built on the promise of freedom and dignity for every human being,” the president added. “We believe in generous, compassionate, tolerant America.”

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Top 10 Rejected Catholic Hymns, Humility and Holy Forgetfulness, Fly Middle Earth Air, and More! (4169)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/07/2012 Comment

Top Ten Rejected Catholic Hymns. Follow the link by The Larry D of the Acts of the Apostasy blog to read more.

Top Ten Rejected Catholic Hymns by The Larry D of the Acts of the Apostasy blog – Big Pulpit

Humility, Holy Forgetfulness – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Integrated Catholic Life™

Fly Middle Earth Air – D. McClarey, The American Catholic

Keeping First Things First Puts Everything Else in Proper Order – Joel Schmidt, The Practicing Catholic

From the Belly of the Dragon – Emi Parker, Ignitum Today

New Age Convert: Cari Donaldson – Why I’m Catholic

The Catholic Identity of a Retirement Community – Dr. Robert Gotcher, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The French Revolution and the Struggle for Religious Liberty – Donald Prudlo PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

Two Controversial 20th...READ MORE

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Hope in God (12550)


11/07/2012 Comments (82)

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“The world itself now bears witness to its approaching end by its fading powers. […] The peasant is failing and disappearing from the fields, the sailor at sea, the soldier in the camp, uprightness in the forum, justice in the court, concord in friendships, skill in the arts, discipline in morals.”

Someone might think these words were written today in response to a decline in American society witnessed by the attempt to so centralize the government that the freedom of the Church is threatened. Yet these words were written by St. Cyprian, an early Church Father, around the year 250.

At the time, the Christians thought that the world was coming to an end as they knew it. Yet St....READ MORE

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