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Religious Freedom vs. Aggressive Secularism (5642)

Oct. 21 issue pre-election commentary

10/20/2012 Comments (10)

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Some years ago, the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor coined the term "exclusivist secularism" to describe a disturbing phenomenon in Western societies: the determination of some intellectuals, activists and politicians to scour public life of transcendent religious and moral reference points in the name of "tolerance" and "inclusion."

Taylor’s "exclusivist secularism" is not the benign "secularity" — the separation of religious and political institutions in a modern society — that Pope Benedict XVI has praised for helping Catholicism develop its understanding of the right relationship between church and state.

No, by referring to "exclusivist secularism," Taylor was raising a...READ MORE

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Obama, Romney Trade Humorous Barbs at the Annual Al Smith Fundraiser (5351)

Religious freedom was mentioned — along with the good the Church does — amid the jokes on Oct. 18.

10/19/2012 Comments (16)

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NEW YORK — An annual Catholic fundraising dinner that included both major presidential candidates provided a night of laughter, as well as reminders of the Church’s battle to defend its religious freedom against the federal contraception mandate.

Al Smith, former New York governor and the namesake of the charity dinner, believed that government should aid those in need by “partnering with family, church, parish, neighborhood, organizations and community, never intruding or opposing,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York Oct. 18.

In the final weeks of what has become a very close presidential race, President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took a night...READ MORE

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‘Wake Up and Defend Our Religious Liberty’ (3095)

Phyllis Schlafly continues the fight for religious liberty in her new book, No Higher Power: Obama’s War on Religious Freedom.

10/19/2012 Comments (13)

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Phyllis Schlafly, 88, is an icon in Catholic and Republican circles. The founder and president of the Eagle Forum, Schlafly, a constitutional lawyer, is credited by many as having played the lead role in the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, after a decade-long political fight against the proposed constitutional amendment. But her greatest contribution, in the eyes of many admirers, is her successful drive to include a pro-life plank in the 1976 Republican platform and her ongoing commitment to keeping the platform pro-life ever since.

Recently, Schlafly authored a book with George Neumayr, contributing editor of The American Spectator, called No Higher Power: Obama’s...READ MORE

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St. Francis: A Model for Sacred Artists, Poland's Faith Warrior: Cardinal Wyszynski, and More! (2263)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/19/2012 Comment

The Virtues of St. Francis, A Model For Sacred Artists. Click on the link by Deacon Paul O. Iacono to read more.

The Virtues of St. Francis, A Model For Sacred Artists – Deacon Paul O. Iacono, Fra Angelico Institute for the Sacred Arts

Poland’s Warrior for the Faith: Cardinal Wyszyński - Paul Radzilowski, Crisis Magazine

Support Rocco Palmo or Whispers will Fold! by Rocco Palmo of the Whispers in the Loggia blog – Big Pulpit

Various Examples of Italian Antependia – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Denis McNamara Series on Church Architecture – Leroy Huizenga, First Things

Report on the Manchester Chant Workshops – Adam Bartlett, The Chant Café

No One Expects the Apostolic Inquisition! - Devin Rose, Ignitum Today

Ordinariate Conference November 9th – John Whitehead, Once I Was A...READ MORE

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Synod Fathers Calling for ‘a New Pentecost,’ Says Cardinal Wuerl (3394)

The Washington archbishop serves as a general relator to the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization, which continues through Oct. 28 at the Vatican.

10/19/2012 Comments (6)

Cardinal Donald Wuerl


VATICAN CITY — Mixing old with new, a progress report on the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization was delivered in Latin, the ancient language of the Church.

“Many synod fathers called for a new Pentecost … of seeing the action of the Church today, enlivened by the Holy Spirit, as a reflection of the energy in the early Church, when the apostles set out to bring the first disciples to the Lord,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington said late in the afternoon on Oct. 17.

“Many of the fathers spoke of the similarity between those early days of the Church and our moment in time today.”

The 71-year-old American cardinal is charged by Pope Benedict XVI with steering the work of the...READ MORE

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Defense of Marriage Act (2324)

Dissenting judge highlights case for heterosexual-only marriage in his opinion.

10/19/2012 Comments (4)

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WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has struck down a key portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in a New York case, renewing calls for the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the issue of same-sex "marriage.”

“This is yet another example of judicial activism and elite judges imposing their views on the American people,” said Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, in an Oct. 18 statement responding to the ruling.

He said that the court decision “further demonstrates why it is imperative for the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review in the currently pending DOMA cases as well as to the Proposition 8 case.”

“The American people are entitled to a definitive...READ MORE

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Eucharist and Pro-Life Witness Link, Personally Opposed to "Personally Opposed", and More! (2202)

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10/19/2012 Comments (1)

The Eucharist and Pro-Life Witness, What’s the Connection? Click on the link by Arland K. Nichols to read more.

The Eucharist and Pro-Life Witness, What’s the Connection? – Arland K. Nichols, Truth and Charity Forum

I’m Personally Opposed to “Personally Opposed” – Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

Lutheran Leader Raps Catholic Archbishop’s Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage on the Catholic World News website – Big Pulpit

Rejecting Communism for Christ: One Man’s Story – Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Hawaii Prepares for the Newest Saint – Esther G, A Catholic Mom in Hawaii

Pontifical Mass Coram Summo Pontifice, Sistine Chapel – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

HGH and Contraception – J. Q. Tomanek, Ignitum Today

Looking at this for 2013 Colloquium – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café...READ MORE

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Vatican's Deputy Official for Religious to Shepherd Indianapolis Catholics (1849)

Archbishop Tobin returns from Rome to take charge of Midwest archdiocese.

10/18/2012 Comments (10)

Archbishop Joseph Tobin

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Joseph Tobin as head of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis on Oct. 18.

Archbishop Tobin is taking over leadership of the Indianapolis Archdiocese from Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, who resigned Sept. 21, 2011, at the age of 73, after numerous health problems.

Since Archbishop Buechlein's resignation, auxiliary Bishop Christopher Coyne has served as apostolic administrator of the archdiocese.

The Detroit-born Archbishop Tobin was ordained a priest for the Redemptorist Fathers in 1978.

He served in American parishes until 1991, when he was given a position in Rome with the order. He was superior general of the order from 1997 until 2009....READ MORE

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