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Pope: Faith and Science Needed for Peace and Humanity's Destiny (2481)

Benedict XVI addresses the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

11/09/2012 Comments (3)

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Pope Benedict XVI said cooperation between science and faith is necessary for world peace and man's destiny, as he addressed the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

“I am convinced of the urgent need for continued dialogue and cooperation between the worlds of science and of faith in the building of a culture of respect for man, for human dignity and freedom, for the future of our human family and for the long-term sustainable development of our planet,” he said in a speech given Nov. 8 at Clementine Hall.

“Without this necessary interplay, the great questions of humanity leave the domain of reason and truth and are abandoned to the irrational, to myth or to indifference, with great...READ MORE

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2012 Election Year Offered Dueling Visions of Society (4997)


11/08/2012 Comments (30)
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WASHINGTON — With President Barack Obama securing another four years in the White House, Democrats retaining the Senate and Republicans still in control of the House, the 2012 election takes nothing off the table for Catholics.

They must continue their campaigns to overturn the Health and Human Services’ mandate, back the Defense of Marriage Act and block federal subsidies for abortion.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, wrote to Obama offering prayers “that you will exercise your office to pursue the common good, especially in care of the most vulnerable among us, including the unborn, the poor and the immigrant,” Cardinal...READ MORE

Filed under 2012 presidential election, george weigel, gerard bradley, maggie gallagher, mitt romney, president obama,

Vatican II Turns 50: Catholics and Culture Collide, Beautiful Pontifical Black Vestments, and More! (3518)

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11/08/2012 Comment

Vatican II Turns 50: Catholics and Culture Collide. Click on the link by Fr. Gordon J. MacRae to read more.

Vatican II Turns 50: Catholics and Culture Collide – Fr. Gordon J. MacRae, These Stone Walls

Beautiful Pontifical Black Vestments via Fr. Z's Blog – Big Pulpit

All Souls Day at Wyoming Catholic College – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The Other Cafeteria Catholic, Part II – Elizabeth Hoxie, Ignitum Today

New Book Review: The Four Sings of a Dynamic Catholic – Devin Rose, St. Joseph's Vanguard

Church Jackers: Nominal Orthodoxy – Fr. Vassilios Papvassiliou, Orthocath

The Body of Christ: Concerning Protestants, Christians, and Ideology – Matthew Heinrich, In and Out of the Ditch

Catholic Tinker, Tailor, Soldier. . .Theologian – Fr. Tim Finigan, The Hermeneutic of...READ MORE

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HHS Threat Undiminished (5725)


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The Affordable Care Act’s threat to religious liberty remains undiminished with the re-election of President Barack Obama.

Prior to Election Day, the number of lawsuits against the federal mandate to provide free insurance for contraception, sterilization and abortion-causing drugs had grown to 40, on behalf of some 100 plaintiffs — including the University of Notre Dame, the Archdiocese of Washington, Wheaton College, EWTN (the Register's parent company) and Hobby Lobby stores.

Decisions had begun to trickle out of federal courts: Two had already issued injunctions on behalf of religious business owners to prevent them from being forced to subsidize...READ MORE

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Pope Reflects on Finding Faith in a Secular World (2212)

At his weekly general audience, the Holy Father says human hearts continue to yearn for God’s love.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI continued his series of teachings on faith by observing that although secularism is on the rise, everyone has a desire for God, and this can be seen in the experience of love.

“Even in today’s secularized society, this desire for God continues to make itself felt, above all in the experience of love,” he told thousands of pilgrims assembled in St. Peter’s Square for the Nov. 7 general audience.

The Pope quoted St. Augustine’s famous words about hearts remaining restless until they rest in God. And love, he noted, is the way to begin satisfying that longing, which finds its fulfillment in faith in God.

Love by its very nature means encountering...READ MORE

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Boston Cardinal Lauds Rejection of Assisted-Suicide Bill (2305)

Following defeat of Mass. ballot measure, the cardinal calls for more compassionate care for the seriously ill.

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BOSTON — Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston applauded the defeat of a Massachusetts ballot measure to legalize physician-assisted suicide, calling for more compassionate care of those who are seriously ill.

“It is my hope and prayer that the defeat of Question 2 will help all people to understand that for our brothers and sisters confronted with terminal illness we can do better than offering them the means to end their lives,” said the cardinal in a statement responding to the vote.

He said that the results show that “the people of the commonwealth recognize that the common good was best served in defeating Question 2.”

The so-called “Death With Dignity” initiative on the Nov. 6...READ MORE

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Mary's Special Role for Those in Purgatory; Person, Body, Love and Sex; Modesty, and Much More! (2680)

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11/08/2012 Comments (2)

Mary’s Special Role for Those in Purgatory. Follow the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

Mary’s Special Role for Those in Purgatory by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog – Big Pulpit

A Person is More than His Body, and Love is More than Sex – Melanie Baker, Truth and Charity Forum

The Butchered Writing of the New American Bible – George Weigel, First Things/On The Square

Modesty, A Sign of Respect for Men and Women – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

Five Blessings of the Table in Both Latin and English – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

A Mighty Heart (Mark 12:38-44) - Fr. John Bartunek, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

St. Philip’s School, London Makes Pilgrimage to Rome – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Saving Natural Law from Itself – R....READ MORE

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Religious-Freedom Amendments Tumble (7726)

Four States Affirm Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

11/07/2012 Comments (28)
Florida House of Representatives

– Florida House of Representatives

A religious-freedom measure on the Florida state ballot failed on Election Day.

Amendment 8, which was one of two state ballot questions supported by the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, was defeated, with only 44% of voters in favor. The measure required 60% of people voting Yes in order to amend the state's constitution.

Supporters said Amendment 8 would have allowed faith-based organizations, such as Catholic Charities, to continue delivering social services without the threat of lawsuits because of a 19th-century law, rooted in anti-Catholic bias, which bans public funding for all religiously affiliated groups.

“Floridians deserve the opportunity to benefit from programs...READ MORE

Filed under ballot initiatives, ballot measures, marriage amendment, religious freedom, same-sex 'marriage' and religious freedom

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