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With More Than 100 Plaintiffs, Lawyers for Mandate Objectors Are Hopeful (1307)

The plaintiffs include Catholics, Protestants, private individuals, religious organizations and for-profit businesses.

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President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the February 2012 press conference on 'Preventive Health Services and Religious Institutions.'


WASHINGTON — As the number of plaintiffs suing over the controversial Health and Human Services' mandate reaches 100, a leading religious-freedom legal group is hopeful about the outcome of the cases.

Kyle Duncan, general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, explained that “nothing the government has done in the past months changes the fact that the mandate still violates federal law and the Constitution by forcing religious organizations to pay fines for the privilege of practicing their faith.”

Duncan told Catholic News Agency on Oct. 9 that the Becket Fund is still confident as it moves forward with lawsuits against the controversial federal mandate that requires...READ MORE

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Growing Number of Americans Lack a Religious Identity (2285)

This could have ramifications in November, as President Obama may be targeting these voters over committed Catholics.

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Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life

Long-Term Trends in Religious Affiliation

– Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life

WASHINGTON — A new survey shows that more Americans than ever are religiously unaffiliated, and as a group they are not seeking religion.

Just under 20% of U.S. adults are now unaffiliated, an increase from 15% in 2007, says a new survey from the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. Among those aged 18-29, 32% have no religious affiliation.

The research center nicknamed this population “nones.”

Although the Catholic population remains statistically unchanged at 22%, a 1% decrease from 2007, Pew credits this steadiness in part to immigration from Latin America.

The decline is mainly among both evangelical and mainline white Protestants. For the first time in U.S....READ MORE

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LifeSiteNews Editor Resigns and Joins Monastery, 5 Great Religious Anthologies to Read, and More! (2583)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/10/2012 Comment

LifeSiteNews Editor Resigns, Joins Carmelite Monastery. Follow the link to Kathleen Gilbert of the LifeSiteNews website.

LifeSiteNews Editor Resigns, Joins Carmelite Monastery by Kathleen Gilbert of the LifeSiteNews website – Big ulpit

Five Great Religious Anthologies To Read By the Fire This Fall – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Pope Benedict XVI Offers Mass Ad Orientem – Fr. Simon Henry, Offerimus Tibi Domine

Boy Who Doctor Claimed Was in Persistent Vegetative State Makes Miraculous Recovery – Rachel Bohannon, Life News

“One Body, Many Blogs”, eBook Review – Brandon Vogt, BrandonVogt.com

Supreme Court Justices in Church? We Can’t Have That – Paul Zummo, The American Catholic

Vatican Radio app for Android and iOS – Jeffrey Miller, The Curt Jester

The Unity Candle : Yes or No? – Rachel...READ MORE

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Papal Butler’s Trial Was a Model of Justice and Fairness (2769)

Thanks to Vatican transparency, media coverage generally was exemplary, too. Register news analysis.

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Paolo Gabriele (r) listens as the verdict in his trial is delivered Oct. 6 in a Vatican court.

– Photo by L'Osservatore Romano Vatican Pool via Getty Images

VATICAN CITY — The first major criminal trial at the Vatican in modern times, the hearing of Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict XVI’s former valet, predictably drew worldwide attention.

Opening up the Vatican and papal apartments to unprecedented close inspection was going to attract extensive media coverage. And rightly so.

Gabriele was found guilty Oct. 6 of aggravated theft of confidential documents from the papal apartments and jailed for 18 months.

Yet, despite many of the major news agencies reporting on it, occasionally with a predictable slant against the Church, and with some TV news reports trying to portray the trial like a chapter from a Dan Brown novel, the coverage was...READ MORE

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Exchanging Rosary for Akathist, No More Tropes in the Agnus Dei, On Contemplative Prayer, and More! (1965)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/09/2012 Comment

Exchanging Rosary for Akathist: Perspective From Pope Benedict XVI. Click on the link by the Prayer of Saint Ephrem blog to read more.

Exchanging Rosary for Akathist: Perspective From Pope Benedict XVI – Prayer of Saint Ephrem

Vatican Intervenes: No More Tropes in the Agnus Dei by Jeffrey A. Tucker of The Chant Café blog – Big ulpit

What You Need to Know about Contemplative Prayer - Sr. Laus Gloriae OCD, Integrated Catholic Life™

Science And Religion – Foxfier, The American Catholic

Books: Two Altar Missals, a 17th Century Martyrology, etc. – Shawn Tribe, New Liturgical Movement

Proverbs 31: Woman of Action - Julie Robison, Ignitum Today

What is a Doctor of the Church? – Jean M. Heimann, Catholic Fire

Six Comments on Dante’s Punishment for the Self-Violent – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter's List

Quæritur:...READ MORE

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Nobel-Winning Stem-Cell Work Helps Curtail Embryonic Research (4700)

Japanese scientist discovered a technique to change mature cells Into stem cells.

10/09/2012 Comment

Shinya Yamanaka

– Wikipedia

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Moral theologian Father Thomas Berg is praising the work of Shinya Yamanaka, the co-winner of this year's Nobel Prize in medicine, for helping to “put human embryonic stem-cell research largely out of business.”

Yamanaka and John Gurdon, researchers in cell biology, were awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their discoveries about the generation of stem cells.

Gurdon is a professor at Cambridge University, and Yamanaka is at Kyoto University. They will share the $1.2-million prize.

“Yamanaka will be remembered in history as the man who put human embryonic stem-cell research largely out of business, motivated by reflection on the fact that...READ MORE

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CARA Study Finds Abundance of Potential Priests and Sisters (23741)

Released today, the study's statistics show that 600,000 never-married Catholics are serious about religious vocations.

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WASHINGTON — A new study disputes the common myth concerning a vocations crisis. The study has found that there are an abundance of potential priests, deacons, religious sisters and brothers — 600,000, in fact. 

The study, “Consideration of Priesthood and Religious Life Among Never-Married U.S. Catholics,” conducted by the Georgetown University-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), and commissioned by the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, was released today. It found that, among never-married Catholics, 3% of men and 2% of women have seriously considered a religious vocation.

“The good news is that more than 500,000...READ MORE

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Su Doku and Development of Doctrine, SSA Catholic Doctrine Troubles Episcopal Bishop, and Much More! (3557)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

10/09/2012 Comment

Su Doku and the Development of Doctrine. Click on the link by Joe Heschmeyer to read more.

Su Doku and the Development of Doctrine – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery

Episcopalian Bishop has Fit over Catholic Doctrine on Same-Sex Attraction by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf – Big ulpit

How the Blessed Virgin Mary Presented the Rosary to St. Dominic – Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

God and Dice – Edmund Mitchell, Ignitum Today

Understanding the Mortifications of the Saints – Jason Liske, Ascending Mount Carmel

Columbus, Catholicism and Courage – Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic

What I Wish College Students Knew About Pornography – Matt Fradd, Focus

The Sources of Eastern Monasticism – Wolfsbane, Θησαυρος της Εκκλησίας

Making a Mystic a Doctor of the Church –...READ MORE

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