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Irish Pro-Lifers: Abortion Legislation Will Have Election Consequences (1144)

Pro-life leaders warn that Irish voters will punish Irish Prime Minister Enda Kelly and his party for breaking a pro-life pledge they made before the 2011 election.

12/19/2012 Comment
Youth Defence

Dec. 4 pro-life vigil in Dublin opposing legislation to make abortion more available in Ireland.

– Youth Defence

DUBLIN — Pro-life leaders in Ireland have warned that the Fine Gael-run government’s introduction of legislation to legalize abortion will have consequences for the party at the next election.

Rebecca Roughneen, a spokeswoman for Youth Defence, said Dec. 18 that her organization will make sure the Irish public does not forget that Prime Minster Enda Kenny and his party “broke the pro-life promise” they made before the 2011 election.

“The pro-life majority in Ireland will not tolerate this, and Youth Defence will make sure that every Fine Gael voter in the country is made aware of the party’s political cowardice,” she said. “They are bowing to the demands of the Labour Party and other...READ MORE

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Bibles, Badges and Business (2008)

A campaign to place comprehensive immigration reform high on the national agenda forges new national alliances in pursuit of its goals.

12/19/2012 Comments (12)

Ali Noorani, executive director of the lobby group Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and America,

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WASHINGTON — “Americans are not divided by the immigration issue. Politicians use the issue to divide Americans.”

That bold statement by Ali Noorani, executive director of the lobby group Forging a New Consensus on Immigrants and America, opened the organization’s Dec. 4-5 “National Strategy Session” in Washington.

Forging Consensus is unique in that it has brought together “Bibles, badges and business” — that is, religious leaders, law enforcement and business people — who have general agreement on what immigration reform should look like to advocate for reform. Two hundred and fifty of them were at the Washington meeting, many of whom had participated in preparatory regional forums....READ MORE

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How Our Family Celebrates Advent, The Imitation of Christ and Much More! (1937)

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12/19/2012 Comment

How Our Family Celebrates Advent. Click on the link by Kathleen Vogt to read more.

How Our Family Celebrates Advent - Kathleen Vogt, A Knotted Life

The Imitation of Christ – Vicki Burbach, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Jesuit Priest Who said His Cancer was a ‘Gift from God’ Dies Aged 83 – Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald

Man Angry That Only Women Can Become Female Priests by the Eye of the Tiber blogBig Pulpit

A New Altar Rail in Connecticut – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

December 14, 1862: The Angel of Marye’s Heights – D. McClarey, The American Catholic

Solzhenitsyn: The Courage to be a Christian – Joseph Pearce, Crisis Magazine

Squeaky Clean - Sarah Babbs, Ignitum Today

The Christian and the Cave – Br. Mannes Matous OP, Dominicana


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Rights and Wrongs (1559)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Obama’s second-term agenda will likely include an international push for greater access to contraception and abortion.

12/18/2012 Comments (2)
C-FAM Website

Susan Yoshihara, senior vice president for research for the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM)

– C-FAM Website

NEW YORK — As policy analysts consider the implications of Barack Obama’s re-election and make predictions about his second-term agenda, it is clear that access to contraception will be a high priority both at home and abroad.

In mid-November, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released its 2012 world-population report. According to the report, "By Choice, Not By Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights and Development," “an estimated 222 million women lack access to reliable, high-quality family-planning services, information and supplies, putting them at risk of unintended pregnancy.”

While UNFPA is an international agency, it relies heavily on support from the United States....READ MORE

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FBI Report Finds 68 Anti-Catholic Crimes in 2011 (3736)

Offenses included three simple assaults, three acts of intimidation, four burglaries, 11 acts of larceny-theft, one arson attack and 46 acts of destruction, damage or vandalism.

12/18/2012 Comments (5)

WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s crime statistics for 2011 showed 68 anti-Catholic hate crimes took place in the U.S. last year.

In 2011, there were 68 anti-Catholic criminal offenses and 21 known offenders, with 84 victims. Offenses included three simple assaults, three acts of intimidation, four burglaries, 11 acts of larceny-theft, one arson attack and 46 acts of destruction, damage or vandalism.

The new figures, released Dec. 10, come from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program, which collects incidents from participating law enforcement agencies across the U.S.

In 2010, there were 61 anti-Catholic offenses, including five simple assaults, seven acts of...READ MORE

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Humility Is ‘Secret of Victory,’ Pope Tells Italian Olympians (1352)

The Holy Father cites Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati as a model and recommends his biography as a saint who was passionate about sport.

12/18/2012 Comment

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI received Italy’s Olympic athletes in audience at the Vatican’s Clementine Hall and impressed upon them the importance of humility.

“All this presupposes a path of authentic human development, requiring renunciation, tenacity, patience and above all humility, which does not receive applause, yet is the secret of victory,” the Pope said Dec. 17.

He spoke to the athletes who represented Italy at the 2012 Olympics in London and to the directors of the Italian National Olympic Committee.

“Any sporting activity, be it at an amateur or professional level, requires loyalty in competition, respect for one’s own body, a sense of solidarity and altruism; and it...READ MORE

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St. Leo the Great Meets Atilla the Hun, Redefing Marriage Marks Entrance in the Dark Age and More! (1773)

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12/18/2012 Comments (1)

St. Leo the Great Meets Attilla the Hun. Click on the link by Matthaeus of the Sub Umbra Alarum Suarum blog to read more.

St. Leo the Great Meets Attilla the Hun – Matthaeus, Sub Umbra Alarum Suarum

Redefining Marriage Proves We are Entering a Real Dark Age by Dylan Parry of A Reluctant Sinner blogBig Pulpit

Syrian Christians Tortured, Killed, Driven From Ancient Home – Catholic Online

The Slaughter of Innocents – Bonchamps, The American Catholic

Generic Armenians Fleeing Syria for No Particular Reason – Terry Mattingly, Patheos/Get Religion

Byzantine Christians in Italy – Gregory DiPippo, New Liturgical Movement

Catholics, Awake! Marriage Doesn’t Just Happen! – Anthony Esolen, St. Elias Today

France Threatens Catholic Pro-Family Activists for Violating Secularism – Matthew Cullinan Hoffman,...READ MORE

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Domino’s Founder Sues Over Contraception Mandate (1051)

Tom Monaghan’s lawsuit describes the mandate as 'an unprecedented despoiling of religious rights' that both 'attacks and desecrates a foremost tenet of the Catholic Church.'

12/18/2012 Comments (4)

WASHINGTON — Tom Monaghan, the founder and former owner of Domino’s Pizza, is suing the federal government over a controversial mandate that requires him to violate his Catholic faith in his business decisions.

The lawsuit described the contraception mandate as “an unprecedented despoiling of religious rights” that both “attacks and desecrates a foremost tenet of the Catholic Church.”

It pointed to Thomas Jefferson’s statement: “No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.”

Filed Dec. 14 by Thomas More Law Center, the lawsuit challenges a federal mandate requiring...READ MORE

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