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Religious Liberty Allows ‘Voice of Faith to Function as the Conscience of Society’ (3707)

Cardinal Donald Wuerl warns against the rising dominance of a ‘monolithic secular point of view’ and offers Dignitatis Humanae, the groundbreaking Vatican II document, as an antidote.

09/28/2012 Comments (5)

Cardinal Donald Wuerl

– CNA/Michelle Bauman

WASHINGTON — Amid attacks on religious liberty at home and abroad, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington presented Dignitatis Humanae, the Second Vatican Council’s “Declaration on Religious Freedom,” as an essential guide to a renewed defense of the “first freedom” and to religion’s culture-forming role in the public square.

As the Church prepares for the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, a Georgetown University conference, “Catholic Perspectives on Religious Freedom,” offered a forum for the cardinal and scholars to celebrate the groundbreaking document that formally affirmed the Church’s commitment to full respect for the rights of conscience and religious freedom.


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Top 10 Rejected Religious Orders, Voting and The Order of Truths, B16 on Redistribution, and More! (3881)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/28/2012 Comments (2)

Top Ten Rejected Religious Orders. Follow the link by The Larry D. of the Acts of the Apostasy blog.

Top Ten Rejected Religious Orders by The Larry D of the Acts of the Apostasy blog – Big ulpit

Catholic Voting and The Order of Truths– Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Pope Benedict on Redistribution – Mark Shea, Patheos/Catholic and Enjoying It!

Winning the Battle Against Temptation – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Photography, Light and Divinization – Sr. Theresa Noble, Pursued by Truth

Silence in Music: God’s Lesson in Listening – Kerri, Catholic Sistas

Lemmings, Unite! Be True to Yourself? – Anthony Esolen, Public Discourse

Wrinkled Love – Elizabeth Hillgrove, Ignitum Today

Church and Politics, The Italian Exception – Sandro Magister, La Repubblica/www.chiesa


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For This Employer, Faith Is No Hobby (5776)

Christian company challenges HHS mandate’s limitation of free exercise of religious liberty.

09/27/2012 Comments (4)

– HobbyLobby.com

The conscience wars have now expanded beyond Catholic hospitals and religiously affiliated colleges.

A couple of weeks ago, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed a case challenging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services insurance mandate on behalf of Hobby Lobby, a family-run Christian business, and its owners. This case, which has not yet garnered the attention it deserves, represents a new dimension in the struggle to overturn the mandate.

Hobby Lobby, based in Oklahoma and founded in 1970, has hundreds of stores and thousands of employees throughout the country. It was founded by David Green and is still owned and operated by the Green family, which has made a...READ MORE

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Bishop Paprocki Warns of ‘Intrinsic Evils’ in Democratic Platform (8526)

He said that voting for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are ‘intrinsically evil and gravely sinful’ makes a voter ‘morally complicit’ and places the eternal salvation of his or her soul in ‘serious jeopardy.’

09/27/2012 Comments (119)

– Courtesy Diocese of Springfield, Ill.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Drawing particular attention to the Democratic Party platform’s support for “intrinsic evils” like abortion and same-sex “marriage,” Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., has said that Catholics need to “think and pray very carefully” about their votes in the upcoming election.

“My job is not to tell you for whom you should vote. But I do have a duty to speak out on moral issues,” Bishop Paprocki said in his Sept. 23 column for the Catholic Times diocesan paper. “I would be abdicating this duty if I remained silent out of fear of sounding ‘political’ and didn’t say anything about the morality of these issues.”

He said that voting for a candidate who promotes...READ MORE

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The Love of St. Isaac the Syrian, Fantasy's Disturbing Turn, Bring Back Altar Rails, and More! (1415)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/27/2012 Comment

The Love of St. Isaac the Syrian. Click on the link by Jason Liske to read more of this marvelous saint.

The Love of St. Isaac the Syrian – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Fantasy’s Disturbing Turn by Devin Rose of the Catholic Sistas blog – Big ulpit

Want a Truly Catholic Vote? Bring Back the Altar Rails! – Steve Skojec, Catholic Vote

Tolerance and Reciprocity – Anthony Esolen, Public Discourse

Sin Matters (Mark 9:38-50) - Fr. John Bartunek, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Jesus the Family Man: On the Decline of Marriage and Childrearing – R. J. Snell, Crisis Magazine

Motherhood Full of Grace - Cindy Bird, Ignitum Today

Usus Antiquior at Miami Cathedral – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

The Pew Survey’s Most Sobering Result – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture/On the...READ MORE

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Abstracted From Reality: France Bans ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ (11806)

If the law goes through, the civil code will use the more abstract, cover-all, cover-anything term 'parents.'

09/27/2012 Comments (33)

France’s Justice Minister Christiane Taubira

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any stranger — or at least give a glimpse of how strange they will soon become for us — France has decided to ban the words “mother” and “father” in regard to the civil-legal treatment of marriage. The European country’s proposed new law declares that “marriage is a union of two people, of different or the same gender.”

The reason given by Christiane Taubira, France’s justice minister: ”Who is to say that a heterosexual couple will bring a child up better than a homosexual couple, that they will guarantee the best conditions for the child's development?” She then reassured critics of the proposed law, “What is certain is that the interest of the...READ MORE

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Americans Represented Among Synod of Bishops' Experts (1765)

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed 10 U.S. Catholics to serve as advisers and auditors for the forthcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome.

09/27/2012 Comment

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has appointed 10 Catholics from the United States as advisers and auditors for the forthcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome.

The gathering of 200 bishops from around the globe will take place at the Vatican Oct. 7-28 under the title of “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.”

The experts and auditors are not voting members of the synod but are available to give advice and help to the participating bishops. On Sept. 22 Pope Benedict nominated 45 such experts and 49 observers.

Among the five experts from the United States are Ralph Martin of Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit and Sister Sara Butler of St. Mary of the Lake...READ MORE

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Beautiful Sacred Music Examples, A Plea to Confused Catholics, Liturgy: Dialogue With God, and More! (3616)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/27/2012 Comment

Ten Most Beautiful Examples of Sacred Christian Music. Click on the link by Jason Liske to read and listen to beautiful Sacred Music.

Ten Most Beautiful Examples of Sacred Christian Music – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

A Plea To Confused Catholics by Alice von Hildebrand of the Catholic News Agency website – Big ulpit

Liturgy is a Dialogue with God; His are the Right Words to Address Him – Adam Bartlett, The Chant Café

Facebook: Necessarily Narcissistic? – Jake Tawney, Roma Locuta Est

FSSP Ordination at Fontgombault Abbey (France) – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Unearthing Hidden Treasures: Historical Case for Foster Parenting – Heidi Hess Saxton, Catholic Lane

Angel of the Trenches - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

ByzanTeens Busy With Two New Videos – Eastern Christian Media


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