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State-Level Contraceptive Mandates Call for National Solution (5455)

Even if the HHS requirement disappeared, local problems would persist for bishops, faithful Catholics.

03/02/2012 Comments (12)
Thomas More College

William Fahey, president of Thomas More College, discovered that self-insurance offered the best solution to avoid covering contraceptives in the college's health insurance plan. But the New Hampshire institution may not be able to do that for long.

– Thomas More College

Every bishop in the country, representing all 180 dioceses, has publicly denounced the federal government’s contraceptive mandate, and the bishops have jointly called for it to be rescinded. But even if the Health and Human Services requirement for contraceptive coverage in health plans disappeared tomorrow, many of those same bishops would still have a problem in their own back yards.

Not only are state-level mandates in place, but many insurance companies are unwilling to offer plans without contraceptive coverage, particularly for smaller institutions. The result is that Catholic institutions that want to eliminate contraceptive coverage in their health plans have found it increasingly...READ MORE

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Knowledge Without Wisdom, Catholic Media Matters, Of Men and Marriage, Listening Up, and much more! (3371)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

03/02/2012 Comment

Knowledge without Wisdom. Click on the link by Steven Schwartz to read and learn more.

Knowledge without Wisdom - Steven Schwartz, Crisis Magazine

Catholic Media Matters - Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

Of Men and Marriage - Tess, The Feminine Gift

Listening Up (Mark 9:1-13) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Being Catholic at Work - Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Filling the God-Shaped Hole - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

7 Reasons for Classical Catholic Education - Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

Peter Shrugged - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

What’s at Stake in the Same-Sex “Marriage” Debate? - Melanie Baker, LifeSiteNews.com

Infanticide: Logical Outcome of Commitment to Right to Abortion - Lucia Muchova, Turtle Bay and Beyond


Filed under al jazeera, barack obama, catholic blogosphere, catholic media, classical catholic education, infanticide, knowledge, sacred heart of jesus, same-sex "marriage", wisdom

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! (3881)

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

Filed under catholic blogosphere, fasting, lent, logic, philosophy, priesthood, redemptive suffering, st. francis de sales, theology, women

Scientism, Utilitarianism and Materialism (6673)

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

03/01/2012 Comments (8)

– Shutterstock

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

Filed under blessed pope john paul ii, fides et ratio, lent

Archbishop Nienstedt Fights the Attempt to Redefine Marriage in Minnesota (5571)

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.

03/01/2012 Comments (13)
Dave Hrbacek / The Catholic Spirit

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

– Dave Hrbacek / The Catholic Spirit

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

Filed under archbishop john nienstedt, archdiocese of st. paul and minneapolis, bishops, civil unions, homosexuality, marriage, minnesota, politics, same-sex 'marriage'

4 Reasons God Gave Us Scripture, The University According to Liberal Arts, Subsidiarity, and more! (2600)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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

Filed under bible, canon 915, cardinal wuerl, catholic blogosphere, g. k. chesterton, holy communion, sacred scripture, subsidiarity

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

Filed under chastity, education, jason evert, true love

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