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Moving Target: The Obama Administration's Shifting Message on the HHS Mandate (6015)

News Analysis: Contraception has long been pitched as a ‘solution’ for poverty; now that argument is being adapted to mainstream America.

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Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke (l) is greeted by U.S. U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), House Minority Leader U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) after a hearing before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee Feb. 23.

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WASHINGTON — When the Obama administration first unveiled its contraception mandate last August, Americans were told that medical experts had compiled the list of co-pay-free “preventive services for women” and that “cost-effectiveness” played no role in the decision-making process.

Last week, the administration appeared to contradict its earlier message when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and claimed that expanded access to contraception would bring costs “down, not up” for insurance carriers.

Additional justification for the controversial policy was offered at another House hearing, which...READ MORE

Filed under abortion;contraception;health and human services;obamacare;patient protection and affordable care act;sandra fluke;nancy pelosi;barack obama;healthcare;contraceptive mandate;population control;religio

Love Those Who Hate You, Contraception and Contradiction, Quærere Deum, Adam and Eve, and more! (2404)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/06/2012 Comment

Love Those Who Hate You. Click on the link by Fr. Philip Neri Powell O.P. Ph.D. to read more.

Love Those Who Hate You. . . - Fr. Philip Neri Powell OP PhD, Domine da mihi hanc aquam!

Contraception and Contradiction - Michael Baruzzini, Catholic Lane

Quærere Deum - Fr. Lawrence Lew OP, New Liturgical Movement

Adam & Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

The Desert Struggle - Fr. Stephen, Glory to God for All Things

Saint Dominic (1170-1221) On Prayer, Part I - Fr. Paul Wharton, Hearts on Fire

Does St. Louis de Montfort Forbid Us From Praying for Family? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

7 Observations on Church & State by Cardinal Ratzinger - H. H. Ambrose, St. Peter’s List

Same-Sex “Marriage”: Logical...READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogosphere, church and state, ember days, lent, love, new york times, rick santorum, same-sex "marriage", st. dominic, st. louis de montfort

Virginia Legislature Passes Bill to Protect Child-Care Agencies That Decline Homosexual Adoptions (3766)

Bishops of the state hail passage as victory for religious liberty.

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

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A bill that ensures that faith-based adoption agencies in the state of Virginia won’t be forced to place children in households led by same-sex couples has passed both houses of the General Assembly and is heading to the desk of Gov. Robert McDonnell, a supporter of the legislation, who is expected to sign it soon.

The bill passed in the state Senate on a 22-18 vote and by 71 to 28 in the House of Delegates.

Speaking on behalf of Virginia’s Catholic bishops, who strongly supported the bill, Jeff Caruso, executive director of the Virginia Catholic Conference, called passage of the bill “a tremendous victory for our first freedom, religious liberty.”

“Private, religious-based adoption...READ MORE

Filed under marriage;gov. bob mcdonnell;virginia;adoption;religious liberty;catholic charities;homosexuals

Catholics Help Midwest Tornado Victims (3254)

Indianapolis Archdiocese's Catholic Charities assists the displaced. The local St. Francis Xavier Church survived the storms and serves as a command center.

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A sign is seen outside of St. Francis Xavier Church, which has become the main center for tornado victims to get help after the devastating tornadoes hit the area.

– John Sommers II / Reuters

Indiana Catholics are committed to helping victims recover from the March 2 outburst of tornadoes that killed at least 13 people in the southern part of the state.

Jane Crady, the disaster response coordinator for Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, has visited several of the worst-hit areas. She said the devastation is comparable to that witnessed in the first day of Hurricane Katrina.

National Weather Service coordinator Bill Whitlock reported “extreme damage” in the area of Henryville, a town of about 3,000 people, while the local sheriff’s office described the town of Marysville, population 1,900, as “completely gone.”

Aside from the damage to Henryville, there are...READ MORE

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Interfaith Bible Exhibit Opens in St. Peter's Square (3265)

Verbum Domini Runs Through Lent. A working Gutenberg press. Seeing early scriptural papyrus led one viewer to quip: ‘I feel like Indiana Jones.’

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Courtesy of The Green Collection

An early Bible displayed in the Verbum Domini exhibit in Rome.

– Courtesy of The Green Collection

VATICAN CITY — Visitors to Rome will have the opportunity to view a free, one-of-a-kind exhibition looking at the Bible at the Braccio di Carlo Magno Museum adjacent to St. Peter’s Basilica in St. Peter’s Square.

The exhibition, “Verbum Domini,” opened March 1 and runs through April 15, and offers a collaboration between the Vatican, the Green Collection (aka Museum of the Bible) and the American Bible Society.

It features more than 150 manuscripts and artifacts from the Catholic, Jewish, Protestant and Orthodox traditions.

The exhibit is the brainchild of business executive Steve Green, with the exhibit under the direction of Scott Carroll, both of whom were motivated by their love...READ MORE

Filed under bible, green collection, gutenberg, king james version, vatican

Natural Sex, Contraception: The Bitter Pill, Capital-T Truth, Most Profound Ideas Ever, and more! (2730)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/06/2012 Comment

Natural Sex: 11 Points on Unity and Life. Click on the link by H. H. Ambrose.

Natural Sex: 11 Points on Unity and Life - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s Lists

Contraception: The Bitter Pill - George Sim Johnston, Crisis Magazine

Capital-T Truth - Calah Alexander, Ignitum Today

The 3 Most Profound Ideas I Have Ever Had - Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

Lenten Veils, History & Symbolism (with pics) - Gregor Kollmorgen, New Liturgical Movement

How I Became a Medieval-Style Anchorite - The Catholic Herald

Why A Religious Model for the State Is Not Good - Fr. Z’s Blog

Monkey Mind, Lent, and E-Asceticism - Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing

Behind the Scenes at the CalCatholic Website - California Catholic Daily

The Church is No Enemy of Science or the...READ MORE

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The JP2 Generation Comes of Age, If America Were a Catholic Country, What Women Want, and much more! (5514)

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03/05/2012 Comment

The JP2 Generation Comes of Age. Click on the link by Fr. Seamus Griesbach to read more.

The JP2 Generation Comes of Age - Fr. Seamus Griesbach, Sparks and Stubble

If America Were a Fully Catholic Country - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

What Women Want - Colleen Carroll Campbell, Catholic Lane

The Dream of a Catholic Center Party - Brennan Pursell, Crisis Magazine

The Persecution of Fr. Marcel Guarnizo - Anita Moore, V for Victory!

Going from Sexual Promiscuity to Chastity - Leticia, Catholic Sistas

Could Watching Certain T.V. Shows Be Against Our Catholic Faith? Part III of III - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Cardinal O’Brien is Right to Speak on Gay “Marriage” - William Oddie, Catholic Herald

#Anonymous Vigilante Hacking Group Defeated by...READ MORE

Filed under catholic blogosphere, catholic center party, fr. marcel guarnizo, jacques fesch, jp2 generation, keith cardinal o'brien, same-sex "marriage", sex, ted turner

Cardinal O'Malley Delivers Strong Message About Why Suicide Is Wrong (3678)

Video homily beginning of archdiocesan effort to counter statewide ballot initiative.

03/05/2012 Comments (14)

BOSTON — The practice of physician-assisted suicide “is being presented as a way for the terminally ill to have greater freedom at the end of life,” said Boston Cardinal Seán O’Malley. “However, it would create pressures to limit our freedom, because it could establish an expectation that certain people will be better served by being dead, a dubious premise indeed.”

So said the cardinal in a videotaped homily distributed to around 300 parishes and other locations where Masses were being celebrated in the Archdiocese of Boston on the weekend of Feb. 11-12.

“The Fifth Commandment states, ‘Thou shall not kill.’ This certainly includes killing to alleviate suffering. Doctor-assisted suicide...READ MORE

Filed under archdiocese of boston, cardinal sean o'malley, massachusetts, physician-assisted suicide

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