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Community Continues to Support Franciscan U. Amid Steubenville City Logo Controversy (930)

Online petition to keep Catholic college's chapel in logo gains signatures.

08/10/2012 Comments (3)

The Steubenville City Council's decision to remove the silhouette of the Franciscan University chapel from the city’s logo has been met with opposition from the local community.

“A town should be able to define itself as it sees fit without being dictated to by an out-of-state special-interest group (that has) no knowledge or understanding towards our community,” local business owner Chris Wendt told Catholic News Agency Aug. 8.

The city's July 24 announcement that it would remove Franciscan University's chapel from its new logo was made after the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened legal action.

Local residents responded to the decision with concern, and...READ MORE

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Blessing of Big Families, Why Are We Badly Dressed for Mass?, Humanae Vitae Prophecies, and More! (3990)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/10/2012 Comments (2)

The Blessing of Big Families. Click on the link by Jim Graves to read more.

The Blessing of Big Families – Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

Why Are We So Badly Dressed at Church? – Ryan Service, Catholic Herald

The Prophecies of Humanae Vitae – Steven W. Mosher, Catholic Lane

Perinatal Loss: The Rest of the Family – Catholic Sistas

Seamless Garment: Vatican, LCWR, and US Catholic Higher Education – The Motley Monk, The American Catholic

Opposing Gay Marriage Is Rational, Not Religious – Leroy Huizenga, First Things/On the Square

It is Required that You Kneel During the Consecration by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf – Big ulpit

Youth Support for Gay Marriage Weaker Than You Think – Matthew Schmitz, First Thing/First Thoughts

A Brief Note On Violence In The...READ MORE

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Lord Guthrie Follows Path of Sts. George and Martin of Tours (5448)

Britain’s highest-ranking soldier converted to the faith in the 1980s.

08/09/2012 Comments (2)

– Niall Keenan

Field Marshal Lord Charles Guthrie of Craigiebank, 73, is Britain’s highest-ranking army general who was head of the country’s armed forces from 1997 until 2001, under the government of Tony Blair. He also happens to be a convert to Catholicism, received into the Church in his 40s.

Over the course of his career, Lord Guthrie has served in, among other countries, Malaysia, the Persian Gulf, the Balkans, East and West Africa and Northern Ireland. From 2000 until 2009, he was colonel commandant of the SAS, Britain’s special forces; and in June this year, Queen Elizabeth II raised him to the rank of field marshal.

Speaking to the Register at his residence in London July 20, Lord Guthrie...READ MORE

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Sacred Image of the Sun, Potentialites for English Chant, Home Schools vs. Public Schools, and More! (1421)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/09/2012 Comment

A Sacred Image of The Sun of Justice, Jesus Christ. Click on the link by Deacon Paul O. Iacono to read more.

A Sacred Image of The Sun of Justice, Jesus Christ – Deacon Paul O. Iacono, Fra Angelico Institute for the Sacred Arts

Potentialites for English Chant & Polyphony – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Home Schools Vs. Public Schools – Marcel LeJeune, Aggie Catholics

Cardinal Dolan’s Head Scratching Invite to Obama – Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

In Defense of Cardinal Dolan – Louie Verrecchio, Catholic Lane

Echoes of Nazi Germany: Today's Netherlands Euthanasia on Wheels – Russ Rentler MD, Crossed The Tiber

Receiving Communion in the Hand by Andrew Lynch of the Orate Fratres blog – Big ulpit

Ancient Testimonies Against Abortion – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of...READ MORE

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Obama, in Denver Campaign Stop, Reaffirms Support for Mandatory Contraception Coverage (5030)

08/09/2012 Comments (6)
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President Obama speaking in Colorado.

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DENVER — President Barack Obama reaffirmed his support for mandatory contraception coverage in a Wednesday campaign stop in Denver, drawing criticism from a lawyer representing a Colorado company fighting the mandate on religious-freedom grounds.

Matt Bowman, legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, objected to the president’s contention that offering exemptions to the mandatory coverage allows employers to control women.

“The only ‘controlling’ actions in this case involve the president's command that families abandon their faith just because they want to earn a living or serve their community,” Bowman told Catholic News Agency Aug. 8. “The government is picking and choosing...READ MORE

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Missouri 'Right to Pray' Amendment Passes (2720)

Amendment 2 was supported by the bishops, who said: 'True religious freedom does not just constitute freedom to worship on Sunday, but also includes the freedom to express one’s faith publicly.'

08/09/2012 Comments (3)

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A constitutional amendment protecting Missouri residents’ right to pray in public passed by large margins in the Aug. 8 election.

Mike Hoey, executive director of the Missouri Catholic Conference, said the vote “repudiated religious intolerance.”

“You don't have to see bringing religion to the public square as a threat,” Hoey told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “We see it as positive thing, and most Missourians did too.”

About 83% of voters, almost 780,000 people, favored the measure, while 17% were opposed.

Amendment 2 says that government will not impose religion on Missouri residents or force any citizen to participate in religious activity. It also secures the right of...READ MORE

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New Monastic Beer from Norcia, When Your BFF Becomes a Nun, English Hymns You Should Know, and More! (3213)

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08/09/2012 Comment

New Monastic Beer from Norcia Monastery: Birra Nursia. Click on the link by Shawn Tribe to read more.

New Monastic Beer from Norcia Monastery: Birra Nursia – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

When Your BFF Becomes a Nun – Bonnie Engstrom, Learning to Be a Newlywed

Five English Hymns Every Catholic Should Know – C. L. David, Saint Peter’s List

Cardinal Dolan's Archdiocese Defends President Obama's Invitation to Al Smith Catholic Charities Dinner by Steven Ertelt of the LifeNews.com website – Big ulpit

From Wissenschaft to Bildung – Matthew Cantirino, First Things/First Thoughts

The Death-Haunted Art of Friendship – Eve Tushnet, Catholic Lane

The Bioethics of Organ Donation – Maryann Gogniat Eidemiller, OSV Newsweekly

Red Herrings, But We Are Not Dogs - J. Q. Tomanek,...READ MORE

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Catholic Hospital Chain's Employee Benefits Include Coverage of NFP Training Costs (6996)

Move is alternative to HHS 'contraceptive mandate,' which Franciscan Alliance is continuing to fight in court.

08/08/2012 Comments (25)
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While the nation is embroiled in a battle over whether Catholic employers can be forced to provide contraception coverage, the Mishawaka, Ind.-based Franciscan Alliance has taken a pioneering step to provide witness to the Catholic alternative to contraception. As of July, the alliance began offering a natural family planning benefit to all employees.

“We have to credit an employee with coming up with the idea. Sometimes the best ideas come from employees,” said Franciscan Sister Jane Marie Klein, chairman of Franciscan Alliance, which operates 14 hospitals in Indiana and Illinois. After an employee raised the possibility, the alliance acted on the suggestion.

Pending the outcome of a...READ MORE

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