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Extraordinary Form at Franciscan, Catholic Teaching on the LI Medium, and Much More! (1658)

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11/06/2012 Comment

E. F. Masses at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Click on the link by Shawn Tribe to read and view more pics.

E. F. Masses at Franciscan University of Steubenville – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Position of the Catholic Church on Theresa Caputo, Long Island Medium by Glenn Dallaire of the Mystics of the Church blog – Big Pulpit

An Alternative 50 Books to Read for the Year of Faith – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Minnesota Game Changer Due to Same-Sex Marriage Initiative? – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

20th-Century (and Later) Musical Treasures – Robert R. Reilly, Crisis Magazine

The Sistine Chapel: A Liturgical Classroom – Kathy Schiffer, Catholic Lane

Death, A Part of Life – Bernard Toutounji, Ignitum Today

How Prayer Works, and How It Doesn’t – Thomas L....READ MORE

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U.S. Bishops Launch Religious-Freedom Website (2802)

FirstAmericanFreedom.com encourages education, prayer and public action in support of religious liberty.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has created a new website dedicated to encouraging education, prayer and public action to protect religious freedom at home and abroad.

As our first American freedom, religious liberty is “a founding principle of our country, protected by the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights,” said the U.S. bishops on their new website.

“It's a fundamental human right, rooted in the dignity of every human person, people of any faith or no faith at all,” they added.

Launched just days before the Nov. 6 election, the new website, FirstAmericanFreedom.com, includes sections promoting education, prayer and action regarding the right to freedom...READ MORE

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New Romney Ad Reaches Out to Catholic Voters  (1854)

TV message targets the impact of President Obama's HHS mandate on Catholic schools, hospitals and charities.

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WASHINGTON — The Romney campaign released a new television ad on Nov. 4 to appeal to Catholic voters, citing the Obama administration's controversial Health and Human Services' mandate.

“The Obama administration dictated that every Catholic school, hospital and charity must include services that many Catholics consider immoral,” the ad says.

The administration's Department of Health and Human Services' mandate requires that virtually all employers, even religious ones, provide employees with health insurance that covers contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, despite any moral or religious objections.

Under the mandate, Catholic organizations, such as schools...READ MORE

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Padre Pio's Encounters With Souls From Purgatory, Talking About the Rosary, and More! (3931)

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11/06/2012 Comment

Padre Pio’s Mysterious Encounters with Souls from Purgatory. Follow the link by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

Padre Pio’s Mysterious Encounters with Souls from Purgatory by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog – Big Pulpit

Let’s Talk About the Rosary – Godwin Delali Adadzie, Gadel.info

It’s Not Cooperation with Evil If One Side is Not Evil – Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

New Book Review: ‘The Catholic Tide Continues to Turn’ – David L. Gray, DavidLGray.info

“Serious” Catholics – Amanda Mortus, Ignitum Today

Seeking the Kingdom of God Transcends Politics – Denise Hunnell MD, Truth and Charity Forum

Romney, Not Obama, Best Choice for Pro-Life Latino Voters – Raimundo Rojas, Life News

Democracy and the Gospel of Christ – William Doino Jr., First Things/On The Square


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A Tough Campaign Season: The Bishops' Battle to Overturn the Mandate (4333)

Amid a presidential-election year, the highlights of the U.S. bishops’ high-stakes effort to counter partisan spin and raise the alarm about the HHS mandate.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan speaking to reporters about the HHS controversy outside St. Patrick Cathedral in New York City.

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WASHINGTON — On Nov. 4, The Denver Post published a campaign advertisement, paid for by local Catholics, which included a letter by Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver warning voters that religious freedom was under attack.

“Our Founding Fathers understood that without these freedoms, especially religious liberty, our democratic experiment would fail,” read the archbishop’s Nov. 1 letter, which stated that the federal contraception mandate “undermines the promise of the First Amendment.”

The appearance of Archbishop Aquila’s letter in the campaign advertisement underscored the increasing intensity and unity of the U.S. bishops’ call for action this election year. Amid the presidential...READ MORE

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One Day Before Election, Catholic Vote Remains Good Indicator (3966)

A look at the latest polling.

11/05/2012 Comments (17)
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WASHINGTON — With polls still disagreeing on which presidential candidate holds the lead just one day before the election, political analysts believe Catholics will continue to be an influential indicator of what the general electorate will decide. 

“The Catholic vote, like any number of votes, does have the potential to make an impact,” said Gregory Smith, a senior researcher who specializes in Catholic politics at the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life.

While they do not vote as a unified group, Catholics are significant in elections because of their large numbers, making up approximately one in four U.S. voters, he said.

Final polling numbers show a...READ MORE

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Support for Preserving Marriage Grows in Key States (1694)

Polls indicate black voter shift, as pastors speak out against bids to legalize same-sex ‘marriage.’

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WASHINGTON — Recent polls show increasing support for marriage being the union of one man and one woman in states that will soon cast ballots on whether to legalize same-sex “marriage.”

“Our opponents are hugely outspending us and had a jump-start on us when it comes to getting the message across, though they failed to move the needle much their direction,” explained Thomas Peters, cultural director for the National Organization for Marriage.

“Now that we are on the airwaves as well, we are having success in changing hearts and minds,” Peters said Nov. 2.

In the final days before the election, the National Organization for Marriage is working with other marriage supporters to reach...READ MORE

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How to Spring a Soul From Purgatory, An Election Appraisal, We Cannot Excuse Ourselves and More! (2029)

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11/05/2012 Comment

How to Spring a Soul from Purgatory in Four Steps. Follow the link via Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog to read more.

How to Spring a Soul from Purgatory in Four Steps by Dr. Taylor Marshall of the Canterbury Tales blog – Big Pulpit

An Election Appraisal – Ben, Two Catholic Men and a Blog

We Cannot Excuse Ourselves – Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life™

Hell Freezes Over: New York Newsday Newspaper Endorses Mitt Romney for President – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

The Merit of Limiting Evil – Steve Skojec, Catholic Vote

All That I Didn’t Leave Behind: Pentecostal Convert – Nic Davidson, Ignitum Today

Catholic Reflections on the Endgame of 2012 - George Weigel

In Defense of Intolerance – Thereserita, Celebrating the Year of Faith

32-0 and Counting: Same-Sex "Marriage"...READ MORE

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