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Sebelius's Surprising Plan B Decision (3071)

Was the HHS secretary’s override of allowing emergency contraceptive to be sold over the counter politically motivated?

12/09/2011 Comments (13)
2006 photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images News/Getty Images

The Plan B pill, also known as the 'morning after' pill, is displayed on a pharmacy shelf in Boston.

– 2006 photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images News/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Most observers figured the Food and Drug Administration would rubberstamp a pending application to allow minor girls to purchase Plan B without a prescription.

Plan B is the so-called “morning-after pill” that has abortifacient as well as contraceptive effects.

After all, the Obama administration has been willing to accommodate the vast majority of political demands made over the last three years from its constituency of “reproductive health” advocates.

But Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sprung a major surprise Dec. 7, when she announced she was overruling FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg’s earlier approval and instead was denying the application for...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, barack obama, congress, contraception, emergency contraception, food and drug administration, health and human services, kathleen sebelius, margaret hamburg, plan b

How to Defend the Faith, Marian Visionary Passes Away, Five Cool Catholic Apps, and much more! (4220)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/09/2011 Comments (1)

Five Cool Catholic Apps. Click on the link by Jamie to learn more.

How to Defend the Faith - Austen Ivereigh, Our Sunday Visitor

Visionary who Reported Eight Apparitions of Mary Dies Aged 90 - Madeleine Teahan, Catholic Herald

Five Cool Catholic Apps - Jamie, Roman Catholic Cop

Mother Marianne Cope May Become a Saint! - Rocco Palmo, Whispers in the Loggia

John the Baptist and the Path to Joy - Marcellino D’Ambrose PhD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Re-Branding “Women”? Another Silly Idea Takes Hold - Elise, Kissing the Leper

Is Hand-Holding a Necessary Component of Communion - Anita Moore, V for Victory!

University: Want Your College Degree? Attend “Gay Pride” Parades - Carl Olson, Ignatius Insight Scoop

Vatican Newspaper Addresses SSPX Concerns -...READ MORE

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Evangelicals and Religious Liberty (5338)

As some ask why Catholics seem to be the only ones fighting for religious freedom, a high-profile theological group prepares to issue statement in early 2012.

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Courtesy of BreakPoint

Chuck Colson

– Courtesy of BreakPoint

WASHINGTON — When Rob Schwarzwalder, senior vice president at the Family Research Council, criticized evangelical groups for ignoring threats to religious freedom, he got some pushback.

“[T]o say that these organizations have not spoken out is not true,” concluded one article in the Christian Post, though it also acknowledged that Schwarzwalder might be looking for a “more robust and vocal outcry” than the organizations had provided.

The dispute was aired in online posts on the website of First Things, the journal that offers ecumenical and interreligious commentary on the role of religion in the public square. It signaled that some leading evangelicals have begun to reassess their...READ MORE

Filed under chuck colson, evangelicals, evangelicals and catholics together, religious freedom, richard john neuhaus, rob schwarzwalder, thomas guarino, timothy george, usccb

Hollywood as a Precursor to Faith (4887)

The stories of Jane Wyman and Betty Hutton — and an entrance into the Church on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

12/08/2011 Comments (5)
Register photo illustration by Melissa Hartog

Jane Wyman (left) and Betty Hutton

– Register photo illustration by Melissa Hartog

Hollywood, amazingly, has served as a precursor to faith — as in the case of Jane Wyman and Betty Hutton, who were as different as night and day.

From childhood, Wyman was quiet and reserved.  After her parents divorced and her father died, she was adopted at age 4. In contrast, Betty Hutton was age 3 when she became an entertainer, already belting out songs, accompanied by a warm smile and energetic moves.

The two stars’ paths crossed in 1951 as Hutton’s star was fading and Wyman’s was rising.

At the time, Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer had written In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening expressly for Hutton. But Paramount Pictures used the Oscar-winning song in a different film,...READ MORE

Filed under catholic faith, catholicism, conversion stories, converts, gary cooper, hollywood, patricia neal

Pope: 'In Her Sinless Perfection, Mary Is a Great Sign of Hope' (3950)

Dec. 8's special feast day, a holy day of obligation, honors the patroness of the United States and the Church's mother.

12/08/2011 Comments (12)

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VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—The Church’s nature and destiny are revealed in the Virgin Mary’s perfect holiness, Pope Benedict XVI taught on the Dec. 8 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

“In her sinless perfection, Mary is a great sign of hope for the Church and for the world, a sign of the marvels that God’s grace can accomplish in us, his human creatures,” the Pope said in his remarks at the midday Angelus in St. Peter’s Square.

Christ’s mother, he explained, received the fullest possible measure of the same grace given to believers through the sacraments of the Church.

“The expression ‘full of grace’ indicates the marvelous work of God, who wanted to give us back the life and...READ MORE

Filed under church teaching, dogmas, immaculate conception, mary

Pope Appoints 2 Americans to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization (9376)

Americans Curtis Martin and Ralph Martin discuss their new appointments.

12/08/2011 Comments (7)

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DENVER (EWTN News/CNA)—Catholics must rediscover their religious identity and mission, according to two new American appointees to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization.

“In a certain sense, we don’t have an option,” said Curtis Martin, founder and president of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Focus). He was named as a consultant for the council on Dec. 7, along with Sacred Heart Major Seminary professor Ralph Martin.

“If we continue to do what we’ve been doing the last 40 years, we’re on a course for self-destruction,” Curtis Martin said. “The good news is that the Church has within herself the mechanisms for healing: first and foremost, through the grace of...READ MORE

Filed under curtis martin, focus, new evangelization, pontifical council for the new evangelization, ralph martin, renewal ministries, vatican

That's a Catholic College!, Jesus and His 'Brothers', Charlie Brown Christmas, and more! (3430)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

12/08/2011 Comment

St. Jude and the “Brothers” of Jesus. Click on the link by Joe Heschmeyer to learn more.

Now That’s a Catholic College! - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

St. Jude and the “Brothers” of Jesus - Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Former Swiss Guard Recounts Papal Lessons on Leadership - Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

The Miracle of A Charlie Brown Christmas - Barbara Curtis, Mommy Life

A 3D Animated Film on the Mass - Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

Editorial: Priests Falsely Accused - Our Sunday Visitor

Free Will & Should I Give Up Alcohol Forever? - Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald

Review: iPhone “Advent App” from Magnificat - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

Secularist Ireland - George Neumayr, Catholic World Report

Binary...READ MORE

Filed under advent app, andreas widmer, belmont abbey college, catholic blogosphere, charlie brown christmas, free will, same-sex "marriage", st. jude

Archbishop Offers Window Into the Visitation of Women Religious (6230)

12/08/2011 Comments (18)

Archbishop Joseph Tobin

– Wikipedia

The apostolic visitation of U.S. women’s religious communities is close to completion. To obtain an early assessment of the study, Rome correspondent Edward Pentin spoke in mid-November with Archbishop Joseph Tobin, secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life — the Vatican department charged with overseeing the process.

Archbishop Tobin, a former superior general of the Redemptorists and a native of Detroit, discussed the challenges of conducting such a major visitation, some of the controversies surrounding the study, and what he hopes it will achieve.

Your Excellency, could you tell us more about the apostolic visitation and what...READ MORE

Filed under apostolic visitation of women religious, bride of christ, catholic, catholic bishops, catholicity, religious vocations, vatican

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