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Knights of Columbus to Take Over JPII Center in Washington (8031)

Carl Anderson’s announcement at the annual convention sparks hope for the Catholic site’s future.

08/03/2011 Comments (10)
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WASHINGTON — The Knights of Columbus will acquire the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., providing a course correction for an institution that has struggled to stabilize its finances and become a destination for tourists in the nation’s capital.

Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, presiding over the opening of the Catholic men’s fraternal organization’s annual convention in Denver, Aug. 2, announced the acquisition and his plans to transform the center into a shrine for Blessed John Paul II and a Catholic heritage museum.

“True to Pope John Paul II’s vision, and using the story of his life as an inspiration, the shrine will be an opportunity to...READ MORE

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Will Red China Buy Our Silence, Is Confession Spiritual Direction, I Swear by Apollo, and much more! (2776)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/03/2011 Comment

Cardinal DiNardo criticizes contraceptive mandate, calls exemption too narrow. Click on Nancy Frazier O'Brien's link to learn more.

Cardinal DiNardo Chides Anti-Life Mandate, Exemption Too Narrow - Nancy Frazier O’Brien, Catholic News Service

Will China Buy Our Silence About Persecution of Catholics - Bishop Robert W. Finn, The Catholic Key Blog

Is Confession a Time for Spiritual Direction? - Father Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Confession Time - Mundabor’s Blog

I Swear by Apollo, the Healer - Michael Cook, MercatorNet

New York Times Hails Priestesses For 2nd Week In a Row; HuffPo Fumbles - Dave Pierre, TheMediaReport.com

New York Times and Catholics: Call to Journalistic Action - Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

A ‘Conscience Clause’ is Not Enough - Phil Lawler, CatholicCulture.org/On the News

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Bible Tops Pope's Vacation Book List (2663)

Benedict XVI advises: 'This seems to be a good thing to do on the holidays — take a book of the Bible — so you have some relaxation and, at the same time, enter into the great expanse of the word of God and deepen your contact with the Eternal.'

08/03/2011 Comment

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CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (EWTN News/CNA) — Pope Benedict XVI has urged Catholics to read the Bible while on vacation, particularly the lesser known books of sacred Scripture.

“This seems to be a good thing to do on the holidays — take a book of the Bible — so you have some relaxation and, at the same time, enter into the great expanse of the word of God and deepen your contact with the Eternal,” said the Pope in his Aug. 3 general audience address at his holiday residence 15 miles south of Rome. 

Pope Benedict noted how “each of us needs time and space for meditation, reflection and calm,” adding, “Thank God it’s so!”

He said this tells us that “we are not made only for work, but also...READ MORE

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Defamation Lawsuit Against Susan B. Anthony List Continues (2755)

Former Ohio Democratic Rep. Steve Driehaus takes issue with advertisements about his voting record.

08/03/2011 Comment

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DENVER (CNA) — Former Ohio Democratic Rep. Steve Driehaus’ lawsuit against the Susan B. Anthony List will go forward, after a judge held on Aug. 1 that a statement about his alleged vote “for taxpayer-funded abortion” was not protected speech.

Susan B. Anthony List’s executive director, Emily Buchanan, said U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black mistakenly applied “a narrow reading” of the 2010 Affordable Care Act in reaching his conclusion. “The judge’s position in this case ignores the entire policy debate that took place during health-care reform,” Buchanan told CNA on Aug. 2.

“From the very beginning,” she recalled, “the Susan B. Anthony List has said that without the original...READ MORE

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Presidential Hopefuls: Mitt Romney (5819)

Is the former Massachusetts governor too much of a flip-flopper for pro-lifers to trust? Mary Ann Glendon doesn’t think so.

08/03/2011 Comments (11)
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears at a town hall meeting on June 4, 2010, in Mesa, Arizona.

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WASHINGTON — Although Mitt Romney will run as a pro-life candidate if he gets the Republican nod for 2012, the former Massachusetts governor’s record leaves many pro-lifers uneasy.

Some felt he showed his true colors recently when he refused to sign the Susan B. Anthony List’s “Pro-Life Leadership Pledge.” Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Thaddeus McCotter, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum all signed it.

The pledge calls on candidates to nominate to the U.S. federal bench judges who are “committed to restraint and applying the original meaning of the Constitution, not legislating from the bench”; to select “only pro-life appointees for relevant cabinet and executive branch...READ MORE

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Planned Parenthood Defunding Effort Blocked in Kansas (1809)

Judge says legislation punished the organization because it advocates for abortion rights.

08/03/2011 Comments (2)

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (EWTN News) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked the Kansas state government from stripping federal family-planning funds from Planned Parenthood on the grounds that the action imposed new rules on a federal program and it punished the organization because it advocated for abortion rights.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt reacted critically to the ruling.

“It appears that the court declared a duly enacted Kansas statute unconstitutional without engaging in the fact-finding one would expect before reaching such a conclusion,” he said.

Schmidt said he would appeal to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, the Kansas City Star reported.


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Why World Youth Day is Not Woodstock, Church and the New Media, The Real Pius XII, and much more! (3137)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

08/03/2011 Comment

Ten Reasons why World Youth Day is nothing like Woodstock. Click on Matthew Archbold's link to learn why.

The Real Pius XII - William Doino Jr, First Things/On the Square

Ten Reasons World Youth Day is No Woodstock - Matthew Archbold, Creative Minority Report

Book Review: The Church and the New Media - Devin Rose, St. Joseph’s Vanguard

. . . Brent Stubbs Review here . . .

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick When Priests Are Fewer - Monsignor Charles Pope, Archdiocese of Washington

Pro-Life Youth Dominate U.N. Conference - Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

. . . Matthew Archbold: UN: Abortion & Prostitution a Right for Ten Year Olds . . .

Catholic Economics = Distributism - The Catholic Knight

Euanggelion: The Triumph of Father Barron’s “Catholicism” - Brad Miner, The Catholic...READ MORE

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Obama Administration Approves Mandated Contraception Coverage (8292)

Critics say religious exemptions and conscience protections are too weak, and legislation is needed.

08/02/2011 Comments (34)
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Health Care Reform protesters hold placards outside of Barack Obama's Health Care speech at the Target Center in 2009 in Minneapolis. Now, a key provision that pro-life protesters had feared, is coming to become reality under the new health-care plan.

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WASHINGTON — Health-insurance plans must provide birth control and surgical sterilization as “preventive care” for women, with no co-pays, according to a directive issued Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, pro-life groups and religious-freedom advocates immediately criticized the Aug. 1 decision, expressing alarm about its narrow exemptions for religious groups, and calling on supporters to back a bill before Congress that would strengthen exemptions for employers who oppose surgical sterilizations and contraception.

“Although this new rule gives the agency the discretion to authorize a ‘religious’ exemption, it is so narrow as...READ MORE

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