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Bishops Speak Out Against HHS Mandate and Urge Faithful to Do Likewise As Deadline Looms (8909)

Update: Bishop Conley writes column in opposition. Comments deadline is Sept. 30.

09/28/2011 Comments (31)

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New HHS rules mandating contraception and sterilization insurance coverage could cause the ‘persecution’ of Catholic institutions, Auxiliary Bishop James Conley of Denver has said. However, Catholics should imitate the Christian leadership of Vietnamese Bishop Nguyen Van Thuan, who used his unjust imprisonment to witness to the Gospel.

“In opposing unjust laws, we can positively articulate the truth we have been given. In the weeks and months to come, we can witness to the Catholic belief that sexual relations are a beautiful and integral part of marriage, and that contraceptives rob them of their true and full meaning,” he said in his latest Denver Catholic Register column.

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Catholics Called to Action in Bishops' Respect Life Month Letter (2279)

Cardinal DiNardo: 'Catholics must not shrink from the obligation to assert the values and principles we hold essential to the common good, beginning with the right to life of every human being and the right of every woman and man to express and live by his or her religious beliefs and well-formed conscience.'

09/28/2011 Comments (1)

WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News)—Respect Life Month is a time for prayer, reflection and action to advance the right to life and to resist efforts to “silence” moral truth and violate religious liberty, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston has said.

“We will voice our opposition to the injustice and cruelty of abortion on behalf of those victims whose voices have been silenced,” he said. “At the same time, we will remind the living victims of abortion — the mothers and fathers who grieve the loss of an irreplaceable child — that God’s mercy is greater than any human sin.”

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National Organization for Marriage Names John Eastman Chairman of the Board (4589)

The constitutional scholar took the reins Sept. 22.

09/28/2011 Comments (5)

Constitutional scholar John Eastman was just named chairman of the board for the National Organization for Marriage. A former dean of Chapman University Law School and the founding director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, Eastman spoke with Register senior writer Tim Drake about the new appointment.

What expertise will you bring to the position?

I’m a constitutional scholar and a former Supreme Court law clerk. I’ve been involved in some 60 cases before the high court, a number of which have focused on religious freedom, the 14th Amendment and equal protection. I have also been heavily involved in the structure of the Constitution regarding federal law vs. the states,...READ MORE

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The Crown and the Cross, Liturgy Answers Evil, Social Justice, Catholic New Media, and much more! (3867)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/28/2011 Comment

Catholic in the NFL: A Philip Rivers Interview. Click on the link by Eric Porteous to read on this faithful Catholic.

The Crown and the Cross: Royal Families and Their Religion - Rome Reports

The Liturgy Answers the Problem of Evil - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Social Justice is About Redemption, Not Mandating Contraception - Tom Crowe, Catholic Vote

Natural Family Planning with a “Contraceptive Mentality”? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Conversion Envy - Joseph, VirtuousPla.net

Madrid Profits over $200 million from World Youth Day - Catholic News Agency

A Catholic Call to Abolish the Death Penalty - Tobias Winright, Catholic Moral Theology

When Bush put JP2’s Letter on the Side Table without Opening It - Gerard O’Connell, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

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No More Foster Care for Illinois Catholic Charities? (2761)

A local judge refused to change his ruling that the state has the right to stop referring children to charities in four dioceses.

09/27/2011 Comments (11)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CNA/EWTN News)—Illinois Catholic Charities’ foster-care services may eventually cease to exist after a local judge refused to change his ruling that the state has the right to stop referring children to charities in four dioceses.

“If you don’t have new referrals, the system basically just atrophies,” Robert Gilligan, executive director of the Illinois Catholic Conference, told CNA on Sept. 27.

“We can’t continue to fight this in court if there are no children in the system.”

On Sept. 26, Illinois Circuit Court Judge John Schmidt reiterated his Aug. 18 ruling, which held that “no citizen has a recognized legal right to a contract with the government.”

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Atheism and Multiple-Choice Truth (4204)

… And Nothing but the Truth: Atheism and the Audacity of the Catholic Worldview, Part 4

09/27/2011 Comments (21)

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In school, there are two types of tests — objective tests and essay tests. On objective tests, there is a right answer for each question and, typically, no partial credit is given.  Either your answers are right or wrong. There is no gray area.  Right.  Or, wrong. That‘s it.

And, on multiple choice tests, the answer is right there in front of us.  We just have to find it.

Well, in life, we face the same choice. If all the possible answers are on a list, we just have to find the right one. And, if the list is comprehensive and the choices are clear and mutually exclusive, we can know with certainty the right answer is there on the list. This goes for the answers to the big questions of...READ MORE

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Why the Papacy Endures, Conversion of a Lustful Satanist Magician, and much more! (6008)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/27/2011 Comment

The Conversion of a Lustful Satanist Magician. Click on the link by Taylor Marshall to learn more about two amazing saints.

Why the Papacy Endures - William Doino Jr., First Things/On the Square

The Conversion of a Lustful Satanist Magician - Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Papal German Visit Will Remain Important for Many Years to Come - Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner

Practical Distributism: Subsidiarity & Social Security - David W. Cooney, Distributist Review

1001 Questions to Ask Before You Get Married - Julie Robison, VirtuousPla.net

Black Market Babies and the Church - Mary Jo Anderson, Crisis Magazine

Loving the Whole Person: Integration and Affirmation - Brendan Dudley, HLI America

Media say Pope may Resign in April: Not True - Andrea Tornielli, La Stampa/Vatican Insider

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New Project Defends Those Who Defend Marriage (2654)

The National Organization for Marriage has launched the Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance to support the freedom to express one’s belief that marriage should be the union of a man and woman without fear of harassment or punishment.

09/27/2011 Comments (11)

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WASHINGTON (EWTN News/CNA)—The National Organization for Marriage announced Sept. 23 that it is launching the Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance, a new project to defend the freedom to express one’s belief that marriage should be the union of a man and woman without fear of harassment or punishment.

“My sense is that there are too many of us who believe that marriage is the union of husband and wife to stigmatize or marginalize if we come together,” said Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of National Organization for Marriage.

Gallagher told EWTN News Sept. 26 that the alliance was created in response to “increased reports, both public and private, of people whose livelihoods are being...READ MORE

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