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Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Defense of Marriage Act (2351)

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! (2209)

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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 (1853)

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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Catholic School Doubled Enrollment After Introducing Classical Curriculum, New Media, and Much More! (2012)

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10/18/2012 Comment

Catholic School Doubled Enrollment after Introducing Classical Curriculum. Click on the link by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf to read more.

Catholic School Doubled Enrollment after Introducing Classical Curriculum – Fr. Z’s Blog

Fr. Robert Barron Video Interview On New Evangelization and New Media – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

Source ‘Close to Dolan’ Claims N.Y. Cardinal Questions Obama Invite by Johanna Dasteel of the LifeSiteNews website – Big Pulpit

Our Lady of the Rosary and the Neglected Masculine Genius – Donald Prudlo PhD, Truth and Charity Forum

Desert of Godlessness and the “New Evangelization” and New Media – Emily C. Hurt, Ignitum Today

On the “Beauty” of Dying – Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Introduction to Eastern Monastic Spirituality: Solitude – Wolfsbane, Θησαυρος της Εκκλησίας


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Pope Sending Cardinal Dolan on Peace Mission to Syria (4351)

He will serve on a Vatican delegation that will travel next week to the war-ravaged country.

10/18/2012 Comments (4)

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VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York will be part of a papal delegation to Syria that will voice “fraternal solidarity” with the Syrian people and encourage peace amid the country’s violent conflict.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Holy See’s secretary of state, said Oct. 16 that the world’s Catholic bishops cannot be “mere spectators of a tragedy such as the one that is now unfolding in Syria.”

He said a political answer is “the only possible solution to the crisis.” The Syrian population and displaced persons have endured “immense suffering.”

Cardinal Bertone said the delegation will travel to Damascus next week.

“In the meantime, we pray that reason and compassion...READ MORE

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Religious Freedom (Briefly) Surfaces During Debates, Stirring Frustration (4826)

Where the HHS mandate stands in the midst of pre-election sound bites and strategy.

10/18/2012 Comments (16)

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Throughout much of the 2012 presidential campaign season, Catholic leaders and their allies have struggled to explain to the public how the federal contraception mandate threatens the free exercise of religion enshrined in the Constitution.

The two presidential debates on domestic issues and one vice-presidential debate looked like an ideal opportunity to break through partisan efforts to frame opposition to the mandate as a “war on women.” After all, both the GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, and his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, have continuously spoken out against the mandate and its narrow religious exemption that forces Catholic institutions to provide co-pay-free...READ MORE

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Obama vs. Romney, Round 2 (2136)

A look at the postmortems of presidential debate No. 2, from the thoughtful to the rhetorical.

10/18/2012 Comment

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Contraception and the Presidential Debate between Obama and Romney - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Doubts About Mitt - Anna Williams, First Things/First Thoughts

The Case for Voting for the Non-Intrinsic Evil Candidate - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

Did Romney Just Betray Social Conservatives? - Matthew Schmitz, First Things/First Thoughts

I Was Watching a Townhall and a Fight Broke Out - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

Debate Takeaways - John White, Catholic Vote

Some Quick Post Debate Thoughts - Darwin Catholic, The American Catholic

Scoring The Debates, For Real - Patrick Archbold, Creative Minority Report

A Dime’s Worth of Difference:...READ MORE

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Clashing Views of Women Emerge in Presidential Debate (5868)

News analysis on courting the women's vote before Election 2012.

10/17/2012 Comments (17)

Just before yesterday’s debate, a USA Today/Gallup poll showed Gov. Mitt Romney taking the lead over President Barack Obama. The lead was largely attributed to more women giving their support to the governor. As I wrote yesterday, this suggests that maybe, just maybe, women care about more than “pelvic politics” (abortion, contraception, abortion and abortion).

The debates gave considerable evidence of each candidate’s view of women. When asked about pay equity, Obama started with a personal story about his grandmother and wound up talking about Planned Parenthood. Romney, on the other hand, spoke about what he’d done as governor in Massachusetts. Yes, he made an awkward statement about...READ MORE

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