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House Hearing on HHS Mandate Raises Objections, Previews Election-Year Spin (5497)

Religious leaders outline concerns, while Democrats defend need for contraception. Some in the GOP want ‘Obamacare’ on trial.

02/17/2012 Comments (16)

Bishop Lori testifying on Capitol Hill.

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WASHINGTON — Speaker of the House John Boehner has vowed to pass legislation to remedy the First Amendment concerns posed by a federal law requiring private employers to provide contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs in their health-insurance plans.

Yesterday, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform invited religious leaders to a high-profile hearing, “Lines Crossed: Separation of Church and State. Has the Obama Administration Trampled on Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Conscience?” . The aim was to showcase how the new policy threatened the free exercise of religion, and GOP members of the committee achieved that goal — in part.

Bishop William Lori...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, bishop william lori, contraception, house oversight and government reform committee, lutheran church, missouri synod, obamacare, religious freedom, rick santorum, u.s. conference of catholic bishops, usccb ad hoc committee on religious liberty

St. Pius X: Study Aquinas!, How the Catholic Church is Cool, The Black Nazarene, and much more! (4069)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/17/2012 Comment

Justice Kennedy, Abortion, and Same-Sex Marriage. Click on the link by Carson Holloway to read more.

6 Quotes of St. Pius X’s Exhortation to Study Aquinas - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Vatican Should Create Commission on Sacred Music - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

The Black Nazarene - Fr. Joe, Southern Fried Catholicism

Justice Kennedy, Abortion, and Same-Sex Marriage - Carson Holloway, Public Discourse

Catholic Universities: Steps on the Way Back - Dr. Jeff Mirus, Cthlc Culture/On the Culture

The Canon of the Old Testament - Russ Rentler MD, Crossed The Tiber

The Lack of Catholic Identity in Europe - Super Trad Mum, Etheldredasplace

New Fake Rights Trump Old Real Ones - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

How the Catholic Church Became Cool Overnight - Marc...READ MORE

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Religious-Exemption Amendment Stalls in Senate (3139)

Legislation to ensure religious liberty in HHS mandate did not come to a vote this week.

02/17/2012 Comments (11)

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WASHINGTON (EWTN NEWS)—An amendment providing a religious exemption to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate was prevented from coming to a vote in the U.S. Senate on Feb. 15.

“This is supposed to be a body where we have open discussion, where any member can offer any amendment to any bill at any time,” said Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind.

He criticized the Senate’s majority leader, Harry Reid, D-Nev., for shutting off the opportunity to introduce new amendments to a bill that was under discussion in the Senate.

“I think the American people want more than that,” he said.

Coats is one of several senators who has spoken out strongly against a controversial insurance mandate announced...READ MORE

Filed under congress, contraceptive mandate, hhs, religious liberty

The Mayan Calendar 2012: End Timing Is Not Everything (8217)

For Catholics, the exact date of the end times is not the point.

02/17/2012 Comments (13)


The end of the world is once again nigh.

Or so claim interpreters of the so-called Mayan calendar.

But Catholics are advised to ignore this year’s end-times fantasy, just as they did regarding last year’s Bible-inspired prediction promoted by Protestant radio-show host Harold Camping.

Regis Martin, professor of theology at Franciscan University at Steubenville, Ohio, and author of The Last Things: Death, Judgment, Hell, Heaven, told the Register that “The surest thing we know about the end of the world is what Jesus said about it: ‘No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.’”

Given that Jesus, “in his divine humanity,” did not...READ MORE

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Big Familes Source of Wealth to Nation, Forgiveness Lead to Love, Share the Love of Chant, and more! (3824)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/17/2012 Comment

Share the Love of Chant this Lent. Click on the link by Jeffrey A. Tucker to read more.

B16: Big Families a Witness to Faith, Source of Wealth & Hope to Nation - Kathleen Gilbert, LifeSiteNews.com

Can This Be the Catholic Moment in the Arts? - Daniel McInerny, High Concepts

Forgiveness Leads To Love - Godwin Delali Adadzie, Ignitum Today

Share the Love of Chant this Lent - Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

You Can Look It Up, A Dictionary for Philosophers - Joseph R. Wood, The Catholic Thing

Photo of Pope Pius XI, Consistory - Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Newly Designed Ring for Cardinal-designate Dolan - Kathy Schiffer, Seasons of Grace

Santorum: A Brave Heart Needed For What Is Coming His Way - The Ordinary Catholic, Peter’s Barque

Reproductive Medicine...READ MORE

Filed under altar boys, catholic blogosphere, contraception, homosexuality, love, religious liberty, reproductive medicine, rick santorum, same-sex "marriage", washington state

The Parable of the Kosher Deli (35233)

Bishop Lori Testifies Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

02/16/2012 Comments (100)
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For my testimony today, I would like to tell a story. Let’s call it The Parable of the Kosher Deli.

Once upon a time, a new law is proposed, so that any business that serves food must serve pork.

There is a narrow exception for kosher catering halls attached to synagogues, since they serve mostly members of that synagogue, but kosher delicatessens are still subject to the mandate.

The Orthodox Jewish community — whose members run kosher delis and many other restaurants and grocers besides — expresses its outrage at the new government mandate.       

And they are joined by others who have no problem eating pork — not just the many Jews who eat pork, but people of all faiths —...READ MORE

Filed under department of health and human services, hhs contraception mandate, obamacare, president obama, religious freedom, religious liberty, u.s. conference of catholic bishops, usccb ad hoc committee for religious freedom

Is It Lawful to Ambush in War, Church's Role in Civil Society, Contraception, and much more! (3477)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/16/2012 Comment

Is It Lawful to Lay Ambushes in War (St. Thomas Aquinas "Just Tactics"). Click on the link by H. H. Ambrose to learn more.

Is It Lawful to Lay Ambushes in War (St. Thomas Aquinas “Just Tactics”) - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Why Can’t Deacons Confer Anointing of the Sick? - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

The Current Crisis & the Deepest Truths About Our Being - Fr. James V. Schall SJ, Ignatius Insight Scoop

On Compromise & the Church’s Role in Civil Society - Fr. Robert John Araujo SJ, Mirror of Justice

Cardinal George on Obama’s Attacks, Catholics Who Don’t Stand with the Bishops - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Sweden is Hostile to Homeschooling Families - Super Trad Mum, Etheldredasplace

Christian Equality Irritates the Caste System - Giacomo Galeazzi, La...READ MORE

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12 Attorneys General Intend to Sue Over HHS Mandate (6647)

They submit letter against policy that 'tramples on religious freedom.'

02/16/2012 Comments (8)

WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN NEWS)—Attorneys general from a dozen states say they intend to sue over the Obama administration’s contraception mandate that requires many religious employers to violate the teachings of their faith.

In a Feb. 10 letter, the attorneys general voiced their “strong opposition” to the mandate, which they called “an impermissible violation of the Constitution’s First Amendment virtually unparalleled in American history.”

They said that if the mandate is implemented, they are prepared to “vigorously oppose it in court.”

The letter was sent to the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebilius, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Labor Secretary...READ MORE

Filed under hhs, obama administration

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