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The Blunt Amendment: How Your Senator Voted (8811)

Senate tables effort to defend conscientious objection to providing contraception and abortion coverage.

03/01/2012 Comments (32)

WASHINGTON — Efforts to secure religious freedom for employers and insurers who object on moral and religious grounds to the federal mandate for contraception and abortion coverage stalled in the U.S. Senate today.

The Senate voted 51-48 to table the bipartisan Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (S. 1467), sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and 37 other senators.

The Blunt amendment was attached to a critical highway bill.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement saying the vote “impels the Church to strengthen its resolve to support religious freedom.”

“The need to defend citizens’ rights of conscience is the most critical issue before our country right now,”...READ MORE

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Women and the Priesthood, Human Face of Suffering, Blaise Pascal in "Rum Diary", and more! (3880)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/01/2012 Comment

Women and the Priesthood. Click on the link by Renee Pomarico to learn more.

Women and the Priesthood - Renee Pomarico, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Human Face of Suffering - Jake Tawney, The American Catholic

Blaise Pascal in “The Rum Diary” - By Way of Beauty

How to Recognize Logical Problems in Theology & Philosophy - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Book Review: New 3-volume (Extra Ordinary) Roman Breviary in Latin & English - Fr. Z’s Blog

St. Francis de Sales Sermon on Fasting - Jay Boyd PhD, Philothea on Phire

The Catholic Diaspora & the Tragedy of Secular Catholicism - George Weigel, Archdiocese of Denver

On “Things Not Subject to Human Government” - Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Catholic World Report

Contraception and the Laws - Hadley Arkes, The...READ MORE

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Scientism, Utilitarianism and Materialism (6671)

Being One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic: part 2 of a Register series for Lent

03/01/2012 Comments (8)

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When we recite the Creed each Sunday and say, “I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church,” most of us don’t imagine that it has much to do with our everyday lives.

Stop! Every aspect of our faith has a practical application. Faith works. Our beliefs are held for good reasons. If we practice them, our life changes for the better. If we neglect them, our life dwindles into chaos and emptiness. The Creed teaches us not only what to think, but how to think.

The words “one, holy, catholic and apostolic” connect with foundational philosophies in our lives. In this series of articles for Lent, we are exploring 12 “isms” that lie at the foundation of our country’s secular worldview....READ MORE

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Archbishop Nienstedt Fights the Attempt to Redefine Marriage in Minnesota (5567)

The archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis discusses the true importance of God’s plan as a vote on the nature of marriage comes to a vote in November.

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Archbishop John Nienstedt with school children in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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In November, the people of Minnesota will vote on a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as one man and one woman. The Minnesota Marriage Amendment was passed by a bipartisan majority of the state Legislature and is supported by a broad coalition of people and religious faiths.

The Minnesota Catholic bishops have been among the strongest supporters of the Marriage Amendment, and Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been at the forefront of this support. As efforts to legalize same-sex marriage advanced in Washington state, New Jersey and Maryland, Archbishop Nienstedt addressed the issue with Register correspondent Barb Ernster.

Why is this such an...READ MORE

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4 Reasons God Gave Us Scripture, The University According to Liberal Arts, Subsidiarity, and more! (2598)

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03/01/2012 Comments (1)

4 Reasons God Gave Us Scripture. Click on the link by H. H. Ambrose to learn more.

4 Reasons God Gave Us Scripture - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

The University According To The Liberal Arts - Nathaniel Gotcher, Ignitum Today

Judging Our Neighbor; Principle of Subsidiarity - Fr. Brian Mullady OP, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Wisdom for Families Struggling in Stressful Times - Sr. Laus Gloriae OCD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Chesterton: Apostle of the Home - Matthew Chominski, Crisis Magazine

Wood Already Touched by Fire is Not Hard to Light: Evangelization - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

It Takes A Family - Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Why Modernist Vagabonds Idolize Science - Stacy Trasancos PhD, Accepting Abundance

Boys Town Founder Up...READ MORE

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Getting to the Heart of Chaste Love (6707)

From our Feb. 26 issue: New chastity program for children and the latest project from Jason Evert.

02/29/2012 Comments (2)

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Two mothers from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis want to make sure that young people know what real love is. That set them on a course four years ago to develop a Catholic school program.

Purely You is designed for children in their pre-adolescent and adolescent years (as early as fourth grade) to understand who they are, what it means to be made in God’s image, and how their bodies and relationships are made for chaste love, modeled after God’s free, total, faithful and life-giving love for us. The material, based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality and other Church sources, includes six lessons on physical, emotional, moral and...READ MORE

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Biblical Reasons for Fasting, Should Government Be Involved In Marriage, Purgatory, and much more! (3531)

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02/29/2012 Comment

Three Biblical Reasons for Fasting and Self-Denial. Click on the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall to read and learn more.

Three Biblical Reasons for Fasting and Self-Denial - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Should the Government be Involved in Marriage? - Thomas Patrick Burke, Crisis Magazine

Did Christ Erase the Need for Purgatory? - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Because Water Washes, Baptism Forgives Sins - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

The Strict Passionist Once Known as ‘The Dancer’: St. Gabriel Possenti - Catholic Herald

The Baltimore Catechism and Blue-Collar Catholicism - Mark Stricherz, Catholic Vote

Alaska 40 Days for Life: Volunteers Brave Eight Foot Snowdrifts - Shawn Carney, LifeSiteNews.com

Lessons from the Front Pew - Matt Swaim, Integrated Catholic Life™

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Pope's Brother Offers Inside Look at Holy Father's Life in New Book (1823)

Preview of My Brother, the Pope.

02/29/2012 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI’s brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, is due to publish a memoir reflecting on his relationship of eight decades with the current successor of St. Peter.

My Brother, the Pope, published by the Pope’s official English-language publisher, Ignatius Press, will be released worldwide on March 1. It features Msgr. Ratzinger’s recollections of life with his brother Joseph, recorded for posterity in a collaboration with the journalist and historian Michael Hesemann. (See Register review here.)

Msgr. Ratzinger and his younger brother were born in 1924 and 1927, respectively. The Pope has described his older brother as a formative influence, saying in August 2008 that “from the...READ MORE

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