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Groups Vow to Continue Fighting for Religious Liberty as Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act (4899)

Register publisher: EWTN lawsuit against HHS mandate will move forward.

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, drawing cries of disappointment and concern – as well as a commitment to continue fighting – from pro-life and religious-freedom advocates nationwide.

Christen Varley, executive director of Conscience Cause, a nonpartisan advocacy organization that works to secure and defend religious freedom, said that she was “extremely disappointed” with the decision.

“The first line of the First Amendment in our Constitution guarantees all Americans the right to religious freedom, as our forefathers intended,” Varley said. “Now, we have opened the door to a government that sees no limit to the amount...READ MORE

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Cardinal Schönborn to Washington: ‘Syria and Egypt Must Not Become Iraq’ (2177)

As Egypt inaugurates an Islamist president and civil war rages on in Syria, cardinal of Vienna and religious-freedom activists call on the West to ‘help the Christian minorities to breathe.’

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WASHINGTON — An Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi, will take office in Egypt. The landmark event June 30 could fulfill the hopes of protesters in the region who have taken part in the “Arab Spring” uprisings — or spell doom for dwindling religious minorities, mainly Christians, who face an uncertain future.

The Obama administration acknowledged the dangers ahead when it greeted the election of Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, with cautious optimism, signaling that the new Egyptian leader will have to earn Washington’s endorsement.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed Morsi’s pledge to respect Egypt’s treaties with other nations and praised the powerful Egyptian...READ MORE

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Building the New Rome, Defending the Deuterocanon, Do We Need More Excommunications, and much more! (1403)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/28/2012 Comment

Building the New Rome. Click on the link by John Jalsevac to read more.

Building the New Rome - John Jalsevac, Crisis Magazine

Defending the Deuterocanon, Book by Book – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Does the Church Need More Excommunications? – William Doino, First Things/First Thoughts

Buying a Cookie at Whole Foods: The Story of an Epic Voyage by Jennifer Fulwiler of the Conversion Diary blog – Big Pulpit

Two Americans Will Play Key Roles at Vatican – Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture/On the News

How Universities Helped Transform the Medieval World – Davide Cantoni and Noam Yuchtman, Vox

Saint John and Paul: Martyrs for Our Time in History – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

Altar Cards for Other Western Uses – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical...READ MORE

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Archbishop Lori Tells Rome Conference That Religious Freedom Must Be Defended (4176)

Baltimore Church leader was featured speaker at Religious Liberty Observatory.

06/28/2012 Comment
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Archbishop William Lori

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ROME — Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore told the inaugural gathering at the Religious Liberty Observatory in Rome June 28 that the U.S. government’s “attempt to tell the Church which of our institutions seem religious to the state is profoundly offensive.”

The archbishop, in Rome to receive the pallium from Pope Benedict XVI June 29 on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, said that unless it is stopped now, the government’s “narrow definition” of what a church is “will spread throughout our nation’s laws and policies.”

Archbishop Lori also said the struggle for religious freedom in the United States will continue, even if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act today.


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Mona Lisa Tomb Found at the Convent of Sant'Orsola?, Fear or Faith, Lights of Christ, and more! (1777)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/28/2012 Comment

Tomb of Mona Lisa Found at the Convent of Sant'Orsola? Click on the link by Thomas L. McDonald to read more.

Tomb of Mona Lisa Found at the Convent of Sant'Orsola? – Thomas L. McDonald, Patheos/God and the Machine

Fear or Faith? (Mark 5:21-43) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Lights for Christ – Sarah Babbs, Ignitum Today

Large Anglican Parish Converts by Jamie Smith Hopkins – Big Pulpit

Kicking Determinism’s Ass – Marc Barnes, Patheos/Bad Catholic

Raised Under the GLBT Umbrella – Jim Graves, Catholic World Report

5 Interesting, Forgotten Things About the Bible – Micah Murphy, Truth & Charity

Tolerance is Not Enough, Children Must Approve of Homosex – Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

Cherie Blair is Wrong about Stay-at-Home Moms – William Oddie,...READ MORE

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Fortnight for Freedom Profile: Catholics Called to Witness (7061)

A doctor, his wife and a few friends produce a video on the essentials in Catholic voting.

06/27/2012 Comments (9)
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A screen grab from Catholics Called to Witness' YouTube video, 'Test of Fire.'

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A group of parishioners in South Florida want to make sure that as many Catholic Americans as possible are familiar with words Pope Benedict XVI wrote in 2007 — which they find to be very relevant today.

Thanks to this handful of people, nearly 2 million more Americans are.

The group, which calls itself Catholics Called to Witness, produced a three-minute video in March called “Test of Fire.” It has racked up more than 1.7 million views on YouTube, as it stirringly asks: “Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire?”

It all started last November, when a handful of people met for pizza in the living room of Dr. Manual and Adriana Gonzalez. With “a realization of what’s...READ MORE

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Letter Suggests SSPX Rejects Vatican Reconciliation (2473)

The lastest on the Society of St. Pius X-Holy See dialogue.

06/27/2012 Comments (5)

A recent letter leaked online suggests that leaders of the Society of St. Pius X, a breakaway traditionalist group, have rejected a proposed Vatican document to aid in reconciliation efforts.

The June 25 letter, written by the society’s general secretary, Father Christian Thouvenot, informs leaders within the society that the groups’ superior general, Bishop Bernard Fellay, found the Vatican’s offer “clearly unacceptable” at a meeting earlier this month.

After years of negotiations, the society, which broke with Rome in 1988, had been considering a Vatican offer that would have brought it back into the Church as a personal prelature, which functions as a jurisdiction without...READ MORE

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How Can I Forgive Someone When They Do Not Repent?, Six Principles of Discernment, and much more! (2223)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

06/27/2012 Comment

How Can I Forgive Someone When They Do Not Repent? Click on the link by Fr. John Bartunek to read more.

How Can I Forgive Someone When They Do Not Repent? – Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Six Principles of Discernment - Msgr. Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Does Christ Mean that We Cannot Ever Judge Anyone? by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush of the New Theological Movement – Big Pulpit

Vatican Releases Guidelines on Promoting Vocations – Carol Glatz, Catholic Herald

How to be a Faithful Catholic and a Loyal Citizen - Eric Sammons, Our Sunday Visitor

The 1946 Referendum in Italy - The Mad Monarchist

Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City – Charles Cole

U.S. Congressman: Let’s Have Hearing on Christian Radicals – Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report


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