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Moot Point: Voters Reject Obamacare (6613)

Symbolic Gesture Passed in Five States

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In largely symbolic ballot measures, five states allowed voters on Election Day the opportunity to show their disapproval of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare.

The measures were symbolic because the U.S. Supreme Court already ruled this past summer that the federal health-care law is constitutional, thus making moot any state-level efforts to nullify the federal law.

On Nov. 6, similar health-care amendments were on the ballot in Alabama, Florida, Wyoming and Montana. The amendments allowed residents in those states the option to purchase health insurance or not, which the Affordable Care Act compels all Americans to do in what is called the...READ MORE

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Life on the Ballot: Election Results (3923)

The outcome was mixed on four state initiatives involving abortion, physician-assisted suicide and the death penalty.

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Election Day yielded two state ballot-measure wins in defense of the sanctity of life, while two other state initiatives were defeated.

After a contentious campaign battle, Massachusetts’ voters narrowly rejected an attempt to legalize physician-assisted suicide. In Montana, voters accepted a parental-notification restriction on abortion. Meanwhile, an attempt to eliminated state funding for abortion in Florida was rejected. California voters rejected a measure to end the death penalty in favor of life in prison.

Bishops, priests and lay Catholic leaders were actively involved in the four campaigns, hoping to educate voters about the dignity of the human person.


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'Wreck-It Ralph': The Secret Life of Video Arcade Characters (5667)

New Film Provides Little More Than ’80s Nostalgia

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IDENTITY CRISIS. Classic gaming comes to life in Disney’s new 3-D film, where Ralph questions his ‘hero worthiness.’

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Wreck-It Ralph, the latest 3-D offering from Walt Disney Animation Studios, is a pixelated paradox that is both entertaining and underwhelming, frenetic and flat.

Full of visual verve, the zippy digital animation clearly smacks of Pixar, as does the story that derives much of its narrative DNA from Toy Story, the 1995 movie that put Pixar on the map. It’s hardly surprising, given that Pixar veteran John Lasseter — who directed the first two Toy Story installments — executive-produced this film.

Like Toy Story, Wreck-It Ralph revolves around the secret life of toys, only here it’s characters from classic video arcade games.

And a very active life it is, complete with after-hour...READ MORE

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Pope: Faith and Science Needed for Peace and Humanity's Destiny (2403)

Benedict XVI addresses the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

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Pope Benedict XVI said cooperation between science and faith is necessary for world peace and man's destiny, as he addressed the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

“I am convinced of the urgent need for continued dialogue and cooperation between the worlds of science and of faith in the building of a culture of respect for man, for human dignity and freedom, for the future of our human family and for the long-term sustainable development of our planet,” he said in a speech given Nov. 8 at Clementine Hall.

“Without this necessary interplay, the great questions of humanity leave the domain of reason and truth and are abandoned to the irrational, to myth or to indifference, with great...READ MORE

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2012 Election Year Offered Dueling Visions of Society (4926)


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WASHINGTON — With President Barack Obama securing another four years in the White House, Democrats retaining the Senate and Republicans still in control of the House, the 2012 election takes nothing off the table for Catholics.

They must continue their campaigns to overturn the Health and Human Services’ mandate, back the Defense of Marriage Act and block federal subsidies for abortion.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, wrote to Obama offering prayers “that you will exercise your office to pursue the common good, especially in care of the most vulnerable among us, including the unborn, the poor and the immigrant,” Cardinal...READ MORE

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Vatican II Turns 50: Catholics and Culture Collide, Beautiful Pontifical Black Vestments, and More! (3499)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Vatican II Turns 50: Catholics and Culture Collide. Click on the link by Fr. Gordon J. MacRae to read more.

Vatican II Turns 50: Catholics and Culture Collide – Fr. Gordon J. MacRae, These Stone Walls

Beautiful Pontifical Black Vestments via Fr. Z's Blog – Big Pulpit

All Souls Day at Wyoming Catholic College – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The Other Cafeteria Catholic, Part II – Elizabeth Hoxie, Ignitum Today

New Book Review: The Four Sings of a Dynamic Catholic – Devin Rose, St. Joseph's Vanguard

Church Jackers: Nominal Orthodoxy – Fr. Vassilios Papvassiliou, Orthocath

The Body of Christ: Concerning Protestants, Christians, and Ideology – Matthew Heinrich, In and Out of the Ditch

Catholic Tinker, Tailor, Soldier. . .Theologian – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of...READ MORE

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HHS Threat Undiminished (5647)


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The Affordable Care Act’s threat to religious liberty remains undiminished with the re-election of President Barack Obama.

Prior to Election Day, the number of lawsuits against the federal mandate to provide free insurance for contraception, sterilization and abortion-causing drugs had grown to 40, on behalf of some 100 plaintiffs — including the University of Notre Dame, the Archdiocese of Washington, Wheaton College, EWTN (the Register's parent company) and Hobby Lobby stores.

Decisions had begun to trickle out of federal courts: Two had already issued injunctions on behalf of religious business owners to prevent them from being forced to subsidize...READ MORE

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Pope Reflects on Finding Faith in a Secular World (2172)

At his weekly general audience, the Holy Father says human hearts continue to yearn for God’s love.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of teachings on faith by observing that although secularism is on the rise, everyone has a desire for God, and this can be seen in the experience of love.

“Even in today’s secularized society, this desire for God continues to make itself felt, above all in the experience of love,” he told thousands of pilgrims assembled in St. Peter’s Square for the Nov. 7 general audience.

The Pope quoted St. Augustine’s famous words about hearts remaining restless until they rest in God. And love, he noted, is the way to begin satisfying that longing, which finds its fulfillment in faith in God.

Love by its very nature means encountering...READ MORE

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