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Beating Strong at UConn (2143)

Feb. 26 issue feature about University of Connecticut Catholic campus ministry.

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– Wikipedia

There is something symbolic about the campus footprint of the University of Connecticut at Storrs.

Almost at its very center — UConn’s heart, one might say — is “Religious Row,” building after building along North Eagleville Road that are spiritual homes for the university’s nearly 20,000 students. There’s a new Islamic center. Hillel is the center for Jewish life. And there are homes for Congregationalists, Episcopalians and others, including Catholics, who are estimated to make up more than half of student enrollment.

“There is a large religious presence here,” said Father John Antonelle, parochial vicar of the university’s St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel, the parish for UConn’s Catholic...READ MORE

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Papa Bene Tweets for Lent, Richard Dawkins is Agnostic?, Why Study Latin and Greek, and much more! (3684)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Overblown Reaction to Dawkins’ “6.9 out of 7″ Certainty There is No God. Click on the link by Jeffrey Miller to read more.

Overblown Reaction to Dawkins’ “6.9 out of 7″ Certainty There is No God - Jeff Miller, The Curt Jester

Why Study Latin and Greek? - Fr. John McDermott, Homiletic & Pastoral Review

Pope Tweets For Lent 2012 - Vanessa Barnes, Gulf Coast Catholic

If Christ Could Not Sin, How Was He Tempted in the Desert? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Sights & Sounds of Ash Wednesday Papal Liturgy from Rome - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

How We Used to Sleep in Medieval Days - Matthew Schmitz, First Things/First Thoughts

Justice and Faith: the Catholic Both/And - Omar F. A. Gutierrez, Regnum Novum

Turn Away From Sin: My Thoughts - Joe Sales, Ignitum Today

Thank You, BBC, for a...READ MORE

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Obama Overreaches on HHS Mandate (6260)

Obamacare gives the federal government a blank check to impose its will upon health-care delivery in this country.

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– Joe Raedle/Getty Images

It’s an understatement to say that the Obama administration’s announcement that it will require all health-care plans to include free coverage for contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs (abortifacients) and sterilizations did not go over as smoothly as planned.

While the new rule is similar to provisions already in place in 28 states, the administration distinguished itself by failing to include an adequate religious exemption.

As a result, Catholic charities, colleges and hospitals will be required to provide services that violate their religious beliefs.

The lack of a real religious exemption triggered a wave of backlash that appeared to catch the administration by surprise.


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Poor Clare Sister Fundraises for Original Convent (3526)

How a nun's talent, as seen on EWTN, helped a good cause. Feb. 26 issue feature.

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Courtesy the Poor Clares

Sister Marie Antoinette recorded Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with international concert artist Michael Matthes in the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul.

– Courtesy the Poor Clares

When the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration decided to re-open their Cradle Monastery in Troyes, France, they knew it was in need of major renovations, from the chapel to the earliest parts of the monastery, which date to the 14th century.

The goal to rebuild was significant for the Monastere Notre Dame des Anges (Our Lady of the Angels Monastery), which opened in 1856. The order blossomed to nearly 40 monasteries in eight countries.

The sisters re-opened the Cradle Monastery in 2007. Thanks to a major benefactor, the chapel was renovated in 2011. On Dec. 7, 2011, the vigil of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Troyes Bishop Marc Stenger consecrated the altar at the Mass to re-open...READ MORE

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GOP Candidates Affirm Faith and Family Values While Denouncing Administration's Policies (2524)

The latest news from the campaign trail.

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– Shutterstock

The Republican presidential candidates denounced the Obama administration’s contraception mandate as an attack on family and religious freedom, which they described as fundamental pillars of society.

“I don’t think we’ve seen in the history of this country the kind of attack on religious conscience, religious freedom, religious tolerance that we’ve seen under Barack Obama,” said former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

At a Feb. 22 debate at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Ariz., the candidates condemned a federal mandate that would require employers to offer health-insurance plans that include contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, even if doing so violates their...READ MORE

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7 States and 5 Catholic Plantiffs Sue Over HHS Mandate (4209)

The lawsuit is the fifth and largest so far over the contraception rule.

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– Shutterstock

President Obama’s contraception mandate is facing its biggest legal challenge yet, in a lawsuit brought by seven state attorneys general, a school, two women, a charitable group and a major Catholic insurer.

In their lawsuit filed Feb. 23 against the federal government, the 12 plaintiffs challenge the rule they say “would coerce religious organizations … to directly subsidize contraception, abortifacients, sterilization and related services in contravention with their religious beliefs.”

They maintain that the administration’s rule, requiring insurance coverage of the controversial drugs and devices, is an “unprecedented invasion” of their “First Amendment rights to free speech, free...READ MORE

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CUA President on 'Recent Abandonment of the American Tradition of Conscience Protection' (1976)

Respecting religious beliefs is fundamental to America, says John Garvey.

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In its failure to allow for religious freedom, the Obama administration has abandoned the long-standing American tradition of protecting the consciences of religious citizens, said John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America.

In a Feb. 19 article in the Chicago Tribune, Garvey attributed “the recent indifference to religious scruples” to a reliance upon administrative agencies rather than the normal political process.

He explained that the American founders entrusted religious freedom, which they greatly cherished, to a political process involving the interaction of multiple governmental bodies.

In a “heavily regulated” society such as America, he said, there is a need...READ MORE

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Ultrasound Bill Continues to Make Its Way Through Virginia Legislature (1582)

The Virginia House of Delegates approved a revised version of a bill requiring a woman to receive an external, transabdominal ultrasound before an abortion. It passed by a vote of 65-32 on Feb. 22.

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– Shutterstock

The Virginia House of Delegates approved a revised version of a bill requiring a woman to have an ultrasound and be offered the chance to see the image before having an abortion.

Victoria Cobb, president of the Family Foundation of Virginia, said she was disappointed that the bill was amended but applauded the passage of the legislation, which she described as “essential” to the pro-life cause.

The altered bill, which states that a woman must receive an external, transabdominal ultrasound before an abortion, passed by a vote of 65-32 on Feb. 22.

The initial legislation was amended to exclude the requirement for an internal, transvaginal ultrasound after Gov. Bob McDonnell indicated that...READ MORE

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