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First Secular Business Sues Over HHS Mandate (3396)

A Missouri business owner says his right to religious freedom is being threatened.

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ST. LOUIS (CNA/EWTN News)—A Missouri business owner has become the first employer of a for-profit, secular company to bring a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s contraception mandate.

“Religious liberty is not limited to institutions,” said attorney Francis Manion, who says his client believes the administration is forcing him to violate his conscience under the new federal rule.

Manion told CNA on March 15 that the lawsuit is important for private business owners because it asserts that “they too have religious rights, and the government has to respect those rights under the Constitution.”

The most recent lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was...READ MORE

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Is the Church Too Trusting? (3975)

Arrest of Philadelphia archdiocesan financial officer renews questions about protecting the Church from mismanagment.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia: 'People are angry about this loss, and they’re right. So am I. There’s no excuse for it.'

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PHILADELPHIA —  The former chief financial officer of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Anita Guzzardi, turned herself in this week to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office on charges relating to the alleged embezzlement of more than $900,000.

She faces charges of theft, forgery, unlawful use of a computer and related crimes.

Guzzardi was promoted to CFO last July, but before even one month on the job, the D.A.’s office alerted the archdiocese to certain accounting irregularities reported to the D.A.’s office by a credit-card company. After a preliminary internal forensic financial investigation by the archdiocese, she was terminated a week later, according to the archdiocese. The...READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Appeal for Peace in the Middle East (1955)

“We insist that peace, which is ultimately a gift of God, must be made the goal of every nation,” said the USCCB in a March 14 statement.

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The U.S. bishops appealed for peace in the Middle East amid escalating violence in regions such as Syria, calling on political leaders to work for a swift and just resolution to the conflict.

“We insist that peace, which is ultimately a gift of God, must be made the goal of every nation,” said the Administrative Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a March 14 statement.

In their remarks, the bishops underscored that peace must be sought “not only internally, but in consort with all the nations and peoples of the region.”

Bloodshed and tensions in the Middle East have risen in recent weeks as government repression of a Syrian uprising has now cost more than 8,000...READ MORE

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Bishop Aquila Finds an Ally for Changing the Order of the Sacraments (5806)

Fargo, N.D., bishop discusses his meeting with Pope Benedict — and the Pontiff’s interest in confirming young people earlier.

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Bishop Samual Aquila concelebrating Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran during his ad limina visit to the Holy See March 8.

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Last week, Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo, N.D., was in Rome for the Minnesota and North and South Dakota bishops’ ad limina visit — in which bishops are required to meet with the Pope every five years to report on the status of their dioceses — with Pope Benedict XVI. During the visit, Bishop Aquila took time to speak about his diocese’s decision, seven years ago, to restore the order of the sacraments of initiation in their proper order as the Catechism has them listed — baptism, confirmation, and First Holy Communion. He estimated that there are approximately 20 to 25 dioceses that have restored the order of those sacraments to “the age of reason,” when persons are deemed to begin to be...READ MORE

Filed under adolescents, bishop samuel aquila, confirmation, pope benedict xvi, sacraments of initiation, the order of sacraments, young adults, youth

Bishop's Ordination at an Aztec Handball Court?, Suffering Rejection, False Profits, and more! (1496)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Will Fr. Liam Cary's Ordination Be at an Aztec Handball Court? Click on the link by Jay Boyd Ph.D. to read more.

Will Fr. Liam Cary’s Ordination Be at an Aztec Handball Court? - Jay Boyd PhD, Philothea on Phire

A Lenten Meditation On Suffering Rejection - The Passionate Papist

False Profits - John B. Buescher, Catholic World Report

Cellphones, Church, Hell and You - Fr. Z’s Blog

The Pillars of Unbelief: Marx - Dr. Peter Kreeft, Integrated Catholic Life™

Religious Freedom: It’s Not Just Pakistan and China - George Weigel, Archdiocese of Denver

The Musical Shape of the Liturgy - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Solemn Pontifical Mass in Libreville, Gabon - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Naaman the Leper and the Sacrament of Baptism - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

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10th Group of U.S. Bishops to Go to Rome Are Encouraged in Evangelization (2200)

Bishops must strengthen their unity in order to work for the New Evangelization, San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said March 15.

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Bishops must strengthen their bonds of unity in order to evangelize the world, San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said in a March 15 homily at the tomb of St. Peter.

“In this work towards New Evangelization, our unity is an imperative,” the archbishop told more than 20 of his fellow bishops from Texas and surrounding regions.

On March 15, they began their ad limina visit to discuss the state of their local Churches with Pope Benedict XVI and Vatican officials.
“In the supercharged environment in which we minister today, my brothers, let us not allow others to divide us — to set us against one another,” the archbishop of San Antonio told his fellow participants in the...READ MORE

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Cardinal Wuerl to Catholics: 'Seek First the Kingdom' in Order to Challenge the Culture (3218)

In interview about his new book, Washington's archbishop encourages the faithful to be part of the New Evangelization in response to Christ’s commission to witness to the world.

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For Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, the Church’s ongoing battle for religious freedom in America highlights the need for Catholics to bring their faith into the public square.

In his latest book, the cardinal challenges lay Catholics to participate in the New Evangelization through their daily activities, a task that he describes as particularly important in a democratic society like that in the United States.

Cardinal Wuerl told CNA that the Obama administration’s contraception mandate illustrates an “erosion of religious liberty” that is “one of the most worrisome” challenges ever faced by our nation.

“Never before in the history of our country have we been told you can’t...READ MORE

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Why Does Santorum Appeal More to Evangelicals Than Catholics? (15730)

The presidential hopeful’s strength grows on the campaign trail, with 2 more wins.

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Rick Santorum attends a prayer service at the Path of the Cross Evangelical Church on March 14 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Rick Santorum is showing surprising support from evangelicals, despite making no bones about diligently practicing his Catholic faith.

The former Pennsylvania senator is tenaciously maintaining second place in the campaign to be the Republican Party’s presidential candidate, especially following primary victories in Alabama and Mississippi this week.

Even more surprising, perhaps, is his relatively poor showing among Catholic Republicans, who are demonstrating a distinct preference for front-running Mitt Romney, a Mormon and former governor of Massachusetts.

Does it mean the wish expressed by the only Catholic ever elected president in his pre-election speech to the Greater Houston...READ MORE

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