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  • Cardinal Dolan blasts White House contraception plan as 'freedom of religion battle'

    03/03/2012 12:21:22 PM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 26 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | 3/3/2012 | KEVIN SHEEHAN and GARY BUISO
    It’s holy war! Cardinal Timothy Dolan ramped up the battle with the White House today, blasting the government for a controversial new regulation that would require providing free contraceptive services to workers of religious institutions. “Don’t impose your teaching upon us and make us do as a church what we find unconscionable to do!” the freshly minted prince of the church told a roaring crow of 1,000 at Holy Trinity Diocesan HS in Hicksville. In a blistering attack interlaced with humor, Dolan never mentioned President Obama by name — only his policies.
  • The HHS Mandate: Cardinal George and the Bishops Are Fighting the Last War (Excellent Analysis)

    03/03/2012 11:05:49 AM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    gerardnadal ^ | March 3, 2012 | Dr. Gerard M. Nadal
    It is a well-known phenomenon that generals have a tendency to “Fight the Last War,” meaning that they tend to use the tactics that brought them victory in the last war they fought. The problem is that the enemy usually shows up with new weapons and new tactics. Either the generals adapt, or go down to defeat.In the war over the HHS Mandate, it seems that the bishops have shown up with Cardinal O’Connor’s playbook from the 1980′s. It won’t work, and they had better grasp that reality today, and with all due urgency.This past week, Francis Cardinal George of...
  • The Coming Persecution (a priest's projection on what is to come if Obama re-elected)

    03/03/2012 12:03:05 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | March 2, 2012 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    So much talk amongst right wing Catholics of the erosion of religious liberty, the collapse of all things and the coming persecution. Talk of government detention centers and priests being shot like Bl. Miguel Pro. I don't think they get it. That's not what it will be like. America is different. We're into image big time. We thought the Soviets were into brainwashing and propaganda. We put them in the shade. America is all about healthy, lusty, good looking guys and gals who are clean cut, successful and smiling. We're into the good life. We're into being good and...
  • Sandra Fluke’s Appearance Is No Fluke

    03/03/2012 8:10:08 AM PST · by yellowhammer · 158 replies ^ | March 2 , 2012 | Just a grunt
    <p>In other words, folks, you are being played. She has been an activist all along and the Dems were just waiting for the appropriate time to play her.</p>
  • Catholic Word of the Day: EPISTLES TO THE THE THESSALONIANS, 03-03-12

    03/03/2012 8:17:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 03-03-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): EPISTLES TO THE THE THESSALONIANS Two letters written by St. Paul to the Christians of the city of Thessalonica. Both were written from Corinth about A.D. 51. In the first, St. Paul sets the people's minds at rest about the fate of the righteous dead. They are alive and at the Second Coming of Christ will rise in their glorified bodies. In the second letter, the Apostle admonishes the new converts to be steadfast in the faith in spite of false teachers who are trying to seduce them. All items in this dictionary are from Fr....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-03-12, Opt. Mem. St. Katherine Drexel

    03/02/2012 9:50:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 03-03-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 3, 2012   Saturday of the First Week in Lent   Reading 1 Dt 26:16-19 Moses spoke to the people, saying:"This day the LORD, your God,commands you to observe these statutes and decrees.Be careful, then,to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.Today you are making this agreement with the LORD:he is to be your God and you are to walk in his waysand observe his statutes, commandments and decrees,and to hearken to his voice.And today the LORD is making this agreement with you:you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you;and...
  • Modern, secular liberalism is a political religion

    03/02/2012 3:16:27 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    CWR ^ | March 2, 2012 | Carl Olson
    Jonah Goldberg's most recent "Goldberg File" comments at length, and with several good points, on the maddening way that modern liberalism presents itself as an objective, secular belief system above the superstitious, backwards fray of traditional (and non-traditional) religions: Speaking of Liberal Fascism, one of its core themes -- and mine -- is that modern liberalism is a political religion. That's why I've been so intrigued and frustrated by the discussion around Rick Santorum and his various comments, including: His ham-fisted remarks about wanting to vomit after reading JFK's church-state speech, his defense of religious freedom, his insistence that Obama's...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MECHITARISTS or MEKHITARISTS, 03-02-12

    03/02/2012 8:29:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 03-02-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MECHITARISTS or MEKHITARISTS A community of Catholic Armenian monks, founded at Constantinople in 1701 and living under a modified Benedictine Rule. Established by Mechitar of Sebaste, an Armenian priest who submitted to Rome, the community was driven from Constantinople and took refuge in Venetian territory, finally on the island of San Lazzaro. Another section later settled in Vienna. The Mechitarists are engaged in education and missionary work and have published many important Armenian writings. They use the Armenian Liturgy. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used...
  • UPDATE on Fr. Marcel Guarnizo [Denied Lesbian Communion]

    03/02/2012 6:22:38 AM PST · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Deacon Greg posted the following update to his story. It seems that someone from St. John Newmann wrote to him the following:just wanted to let you know that there is a lot more to this story than has been published। I was in a meeting with Fr Marcel and heard the whole story। The woman in question brought her lesbian partner into the vesting sacristy just before the funeral Mass and made sure to introduce her partner to Fr Marcel, introducing her as her ‘lover’. He told her then that she should not present herself for Communion. I have been...
  • Cstholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-02-12

    03/01/2012 10:11:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies · 10+ views ^ | 03-02-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 2, 2012 Friday of the First Week in Lent   Reading 1 Ez 18:21-28 Thus says the Lord GOD:If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed, if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just,he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of the crimes he committed shall be remembered against him;he shall live because of the virtue he has practiced. Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked?says the Lord GOD. Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil waythat he may...
  • How Some Kids With A Van Are Changing The Pro-Life Movement

    03/01/2012 3:23:25 PM PST · by rhema · 8 replies · 6+ views ^ | 3/1/12 | Kristen Walker
    [ . . . ] Here’s what happens: a woman is walking up to an abortion clinic. She is approached by Dave or Daryl or another member of Save the Storks. “Hi, how are you? Would you like a free ultrasound?” This is the approach. There is no dangling rosary, no graphic pamphlet, no doom-and-gloom. Just an offer of free help from a non-threatening, friendly, smiling young person. And then there is the Stork bus. . . . [ . . . ] The Stork bus . . . is a bright, lovely blue on the outside, and the inside...
  • ‘Cookies for Life’: 10-year-old ex-Girl Scout raises thousands for pro-life with home-baked cookies

    BOISE, Idaho, March 1, 2012 ( – When Grace Swanke, 10, found out that Girl Scouts is entangled with Planned Parenthood, not only did she decide to quit her troop, but as someone who loved to sell cookies, she decided to make and sell her own brand of cookie, but with a pro-life twist. “The thing I enjoyed most about the girl scouts was selling cookies, and then I realized I could still sell cookies, I just had to bake them myself,” Grace told LifeSiteNews. Several years ago, a significant number of Girl Scout councils nationwide admitted to partnering with...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ANGELS (symbols), 03-01-12

    03/01/2012 8:58:26 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies · 2+ views ^ | 03-01-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ANGELS (symbols) Depicted in various forms to express the will of God, of which they are the mediators. Shown as messengers, in worship, and in executing justice, they appeared in Western art before A.D. 600. Before Constantine their appearance without wings was mainly with a staff indicative of their office as messengers. The nine choirs are distinctively represented. Angels in art are represented with a variety of articles, musical instruments, thuribles, shields, scrolls, and in a few instances emblems of the Passion, though they are usually represented in worship before the Blessed Sacrament on earth and...
  • What if Catholic bishops aren’t bluffing? (To close hospitals and schools because of HHS Mandate)

    03/01/2012 6:50:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies · 3+ views
    Hotair ^ | 03/01/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Earlier this week, Francis Cardinal George of the archdiocese of Chicago sent a message to parishioners in Barack Obama’s home town that imposition of the HHS mandate to fund and facilitate contraception, abortifacients, and sterilization would force the Catholic Church to close its hospitals, clinics, schools, and all other organizations that would otherwise have to comply. “Two Lents from now,” Cardinal George warned, “unless something changes, the page [listing Catholic organizations] will be blank.” At the time, some commenters wrote that this has been Obama’s plan all along — to force religious charities out of business to make people more...

    03/01/2012 4:31:46 AM PST · by Homer_J_Simpson · 24 replies · 3+ views
    Microfilm-New York Times archives, Monterey Public Library | 3/1/42 | C. Brooks Peters, Robert P. Post, Charles Hurd, Daniel T. Brigham, Henry C. Wolfe
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 THE NEWS OF THE WEEK IN REVIEW12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-01-12

    02/29/2012 10:31:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies · 1+ views ^ | 03-01-12 | Revised New American Bible
    March 1, 2012 Thursday in the First Week of Lent   Reading 1 Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25 Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish,had recourse to the LORD.She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids,from morning until evening, and said:"God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you.Help me, who am alone and have no help but you,for I am taking my life in my hand.As a child I used to hear from the books of my forefathersthat you, O LORD, always free those who are pleasing to you.Now help me, who am alone and...
  • Gay woman wants priest relieved of duties after communion

    02/29/2012 5:02:18 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | feb 29, 2012 | Joe Danielewicz
    The local archdiocese has apologized for the actions of Father Marcel Guarnizo, but Barbara Johnson, who is gay and lives with her lesbian partner, said that was not enough. Guarnizo officiated at a funeral mass for Loetta Johnson on Saturday at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg, about 25 miles northwest of Washington. He told attendees that only church members in a "state of grace" would be allowed to receive communion, Johnson said.
  • Chicago's Cardinal Warns Of An ObamaCare Gulag

    02/29/2012 1:14:30 PM PST · by raptor22 · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 29, 2012 | IBD staff
    First Amendment: The ex-head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops compares the administration take on freedom of worship to the Soviet Union's and says its contraceptive mandate will force church hospitals to close. On the first Sunday of Lent, Chicago's Francis Cardinal George issued his version of the letter issued by the USCCB he recently led. It shredded assurances by the administration that things could be worked out so that religious freedom would not be impaired and painted a bleak future that just might be the administration's intent. Going a bit further than his peers, Cardinal George essentially rejected...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: OBEDIENCE, 02-29-12

    02/29/2012 10:58:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 02-29-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):OBEDIENCE The moral virtue that inclines the will to comply with the will of another who has the right to command. Material obedience is merely to carry out the physical action commanded; formal obedience is to perform an action precisely because it is commanded by a legitimate superior. The extent of obedience is as wide as the authority of the person who commands. Thus obedience to God is without limit, whereas obedience to human beings is limited by higher laws that must not be transgressed, and by the competency or authority of the one who gives...
  • Holder: 1st Amendment Allows Gov't to Force Catholics to Buy Sterilization- Contraception-Abortion

    02/29/2012 9:56:09 AM PST · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 2/29/12 | Fred Lucas
    The Justice Department will defend against any legal challenge to the new Obama administration mandate to force employers to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception, even if it goes against their conscience, Attorney General Eric Holder told a House subcommittee Tuesday. The Department of Health and Human Services rule, part of Obamacare, violates the freedom of conscience for Catholics and other religious groups that expressed their objections to the mandate, opponents say. Already there is litigation asserting that the rule violates the First Amendment’s guarantee to free exercise of religion.
  • New Pew survey: Obama losing ground among Catholic, Jewish, Protestant and even atheist voters

    02/29/2012 9:35:05 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/29/2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    According to a Pew poll released earlier this month even before Barack Obama went public with his all-out war on the Catholic Church White non-Hispanic Catholics started moving away from the Democrats and toward a Republican self-identification. The quietly released survey, which contains lots of bad news for Democrats, was completed last December by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. What Pew found was as follows. The Democrat identification all Catholics (practicing and non- practicing) had in 2008 is gone. Democrat identification has slipped from 53/37 to 48/43 – again this was BEFORE Obama’s declaration of war. While...
  • Conservative Leaders Demand Apology From Huffington Over Anti-Catholic Column [Mass "Barbaric"]

    02/28/2012 10:05:04 PM PST · by Steelfish · 32 replies · 4+ views
    FoxNews ^ | February 28, 2012
    Conservative Leaders Demand Apology From Huffington Over Anti-Catholic Column February 28, 2012 A group of socially conservative leaders is demanding Huffington Post publisher Arianna Huffington apologize for allowing a column to be published on her website that compares Catholics to pedophiles and attacks communion as a "barbaric ritual." (snip) Letter to Arianna Huffington from Christian and conservative leaders "Larry Doyle's recent anti-Catholic screed in the Huffington Post, 'The Jesus-Eating Cult of Rick Santorum,' is bigoted and unacceptable, and a perfect example of 'flame-throwing, name-calling, and simplistic attack dog rhetoric'" that Huffington pledged to avoid when she launched the Huffington Post...

    02/29/2012 6:58:18 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 48 replies · 4+ views ^ | February 28, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    Why Santorum Scares the Left February 28, 2012 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Okay, we have some headlines that are in the Drive-By Media today. Most of them are about Santorum and how out of touch he is and how what a wacko he is and what a creep, what a fanatic. I had 'em set aside. I'll just run through the headlines here.ABC: "New Lows Among Conservatives Mark Romney’s Popularity Problem."This is an ABC News/Washington Post poll on Romney's plummeting popularity with conservative Republicans. From the Right Scoop: "Santorum: Romney Uniquely Unqualified to Take on President Obama." From the National...
  • Set the Captives Free: Why (and How) Abortion Should Be Talked About in Church

    02/29/2012 6:52:43 AM PST · by rhema · 2 replies
    He Leapt ^ | 2/25/12
    "Kristen decided to share her secret with someone she trusted, a youth pastor. He told her something that forever changed her life and the life of her baby. 'Abortion is not an option,' he said. 'Two wrongs don’t make a right.' The kind pastor suggested that adoption would be a more loving option. 'His words reminded me that this was a baby we were talking about.'" --Peter Baklinski,, February 20, 2012 Not all Christian pastors would have spoken these words to Kristen, and not all Christian denominations teach their clergy to counsel in this way. I know this, tragically,...
  • Kathleen Sebelius: (new) Rule coming soon on contraception coverage

    02/29/2012 5:51:50 AM PST · by NYer · 37 replies · 3+ views
    Politico ^ | February 28, 2012 | KATE NOCERA
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the Obama administration plans to issue a rule "in the near future" on its compromise plan on contraception coverage and is meeting with insurers, clergy and health leaders to get feedback on how to make it work.“We’ve begun outreach. I have talked to Catholic health leaders, I’m reaching out to priests. We’re also talking to union leaders, we’re talking to our partners at labor who run the self-insured plans to figure out a strategy,” Sebelius told reporters at a conference in D.C. on Tuesday.“We intend to propose a rule in the near future on...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-29-12

    02/28/2012 11:53:26 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies · 2+ views ^ | 02-29-12 | Revised New American Bible
    February 29, 2012   Wednesday of the First Week in Lent   Reading 1 Jon 3:1-10 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time:"Set out for the great city of Nineveh,and announce to it the message that I will tell you."So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh,according to the LORD's bidding.Now Nineveh was an enormously large city;it took three days to go through it.Jonah began his journey through the city,and had gone but a single day's walk announcing,"Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,"when the people of Nineveh believed God;they proclaimed a fastand all of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-28-12

    02/28/2012 9:49:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies · 3+ views ^ | 02-28-12 | Revised New American Bible
    February 28, 2012   Tuesday of the First Week of Lent   Reading 1 Is 55:10-11 Thus says the LORD:Just as from the heavensthe rain and snow come downAnd do not return theretill they have watered the earth,making it fertile and fruitful,Giving seed to the one who sowsand bread to the one who eats,So shall my word bethat goes forth from my mouth;It shall not return to me void,but shall do my will,achieving the end for which I sent it. Responsorial Psalm Ps 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19 R. (18b) From all their distress God rescues the just.Glorify the LORD with me,let...
  • Actress-turned-nun Dolores Hart back at Oscars on the red carpet

    02/27/2012 7:11:31 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 2+ views
    NWTimes ^ | February 27, 2012 | By Philip Potempa
    Actress-turned-nun Mother Dolores Hart I wrote in April about the new play "Nunset Boulevard" by Dan Goggin opening at Theatre at the Center in Munster. In this stage comedy, a group of nuns trying to raise money to save its convent dares to risk a cross-country trip to face the evils of today's Hollywood and audition for a new movie based on the life of Dolores Hart. Although the play was pure silly imagination, Hart, now 73, is the very real actress who had a successful film career in 1950s Hollywood opposite famous leading men such as Elvis Presley, Montgomery...
  • Cardinal George: no Catholic hospitals in 2 years unless HHS mandate is rescinded

    02/27/2012 9:15:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies · 7+ views
    Warning that the Church is being “despoiled of her institutions” as “freedom of conscience and of religion become a memory from a happier past,” Cardinal Francis George of Chicago observes that “the Catholic Church in the United States is being told she must ‘give up’ her health care institutions, her universities and many of her social service organizations.” “So far in American history, our government has respected the freedom of individual conscience and of institutional integrity for all the many religious groups that shape our society,” he continues. “The government has not compelled them to perform or pay for what...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: THOMISM, 02-27-12

    02/27/2012 9:02:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies · 2+ views ^ | 02-27-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):THOMISM The philosophy and theology taught by St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-74) and by those who respect his ideas and follow his basic principles. The body of propositions contained in the Twenty-four Theses approved by Pope St. Pius X. This is the most concise and authoritative expression of Thomism as understood in the Roman Catholic Church. The term is also sometimes used to identify the Bańezian theory on the relation of grace and free will with its stress on physical predetermination to explain the efficacy of divine grace. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-27-12

    02/26/2012 7:46:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies · 2+ views ^ | 02-27-12 | Revised New American Bible
    February 27, 2012   Monday of the First Week of Lent   Reading 1 Lv 19:1-2, 11-18 The LORD said to Moses,"Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them:Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy. "You shall not steal.You shall not lie or speak falsely to one another.You shall not swear falsely by my name,thus profaning the name of your God.I am the LORD. "You shall not defraud or rob your neighbor.You shall not withhold overnight the wages of your day laborer.You shall not curse the deaf,or put a stumbling block in...
  • The Temptations of Jesus Christ

    02/26/2012 4:36:22 PM PST · by Salvation · 22 replies · 1+ views ^ | not available | Jeff Cavins
     The Temptations of Jesus Christ by Jeff Cavins Some people give in when confronted with temptation in their lives. Some just do the best they can. In this week’s Gospel reading [the first Sunday in Lent] we have an inside look at how Jesus overcame temptation with God’s word.  When Jesus came on the scene in Israel 2,000 years ago, the Romans were occupying the land and Israel was feeling the weight of that oppressive government. The Jews were expecting the Messiah to come at anytime to liberate them. After all, great kings of Israel’s past had all demonstrated their leadership by confronting...
  • The Argument Against Abortion from Metaphysics

    02/26/2012 8:59:20 AM PST · by rhema · 11 replies
    Liveaction ^ | February 26th, 2012 | Matthias
    I think it would be useful to look at the philosophical basis for defending the right to life of unborn babies from the branch of philosophy called metaphysics. Metaphysics isn’t actually as abstract as it sounds. Essentially it’s just the thinking of being, of existence. Everyone is really capable of metaphysics; whenever we consider the existence of things, how things exist, whenever we know some thing and consider what is – we’re doing metaphysics. It’s actually impossible for any thinking person not to do metaphysics. If we never considered things with being, we would never consider anything. My point is:...
  • A Call from the FSSP French District: offer up your Lent for Catholic Unity [Catholic Caucus]

    02/26/2012 3:25:52 AM PST · by sayuncledave · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Rorate Caeli ^ | February 24, 2012 | Rorate Caeli
    From the website of the "French District of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter" (FSSP): Offering up our Lent for Catholic Unity (Last modification: 02.24.2012, 0827) In this Lenten season, some among our friends have taken the initiative of offering up their struggles and sacrifices for reconciliation and unity between all Catholics. At a moment in which the dialogue between the Society of Saint Pius X [SSPX] and the Holy See reaches a decisive point for the future, the District of France [of the FSSP] encourages its friends to double their fervor in prayer. P.S. reading material to enrich our...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 02-26-12, First Sunday of Lent

    02/25/2012 9:11:49 PM PST · by Salvation · 48 replies · 3+ views ^ | 02-26-12 | Revised New American Bible
    February 26, 2012 First Sunday of Lent   Reading 1 Gn 9:8-15 God said to Noah and to his sons with him: "See, I am now establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you: all the birds, and the various tame and wild animals that were with you and came out of the ark.I will establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all bodily creatures be destroyedby the waters of a flood; there shall not be another flood to devastate the earth."God added:"This is the sign that...
  • Essays for Lent: The Church

    02/25/2012 8:44:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies · 1+ views ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     The Churchby Sebastian R. FamaThere are those who contend that the Church is not a visible institution but merely the body of believers. However, Jesus compares His Church only to visible things, such as a flock, a body, a house, a city set on a hill, and a kingdom. 1 Timothy 3:15 tells us that the Church is "the pillar and foundation of truth." The words pillar and foundation indicate assurance and stability, not division and confusion, as one finds among the thousands of denominations that have sprung up since the Reformation. It is important to note that it is...
  • Pope Benedict Defends Religious Liberty

    02/25/2012 8:33:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies · 1+ views ^ | February 23rd, 2012 | Rebecca Ryskind Teti
    Pope Benedict Defends Religious Liberty   PoliticsFebruary 23rd, 2012 Rebecca Ryskind Teti Bishops from the dioceses of Baltimore, Washington and Military Services were in Rome this month, making their requisite ad limina visit to Rome to pray at the tomb of St. Peter and renew their allegiance to his successor.It was a religious duty they were observing, but the Pope chose to speak to them not of prayer or sacraments, but about threats to religious liberty, the proper relations between Church and State and the role of the Catholic citizen in a secular nation.His appeal to all Catholics to defend...
  • Mitt Romney Tells The Big Lie On Honoring Religious Conscience

    02/25/2012 8:22:32 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 6 replies · 2+ views
    Redstate ^ | Friday, February 24th at 2:23PM | Posted by streiff (Diary)
    Over the course of two election cycles I’ve expressed extreme discomfort at the idea of a Mitt Romney presidency. I have a lot of, to me anyway, good reasons. Boiled down to two, though, the are 1) a lack of evidence that he would govern in a way that can be distinguished from Barack Obama in the key areas of judicial appointments and controlling the regulatory impulses of federal agencies and 2) that the man has no compunction about lying about anything. For heaven sakes, he may be the first president in history, and certainly the only in my lifetime,...
  • Congresswoman Kathy Hochul Booed Over Birth Control Policy (videos)

    02/25/2012 11:49:17 AM PST · by STARWISE · 35 replies
    WGRZ ^ | 2-24-12 | Athan Kompos
    LANCASTER, NY - Representative Kathy Hochul (D - 26th District) was booed at her own town hall meeting on Friday morning in Lancaster. The packed crowd was critical of Hochul for supporting President Obama's plan to require religiously affiliated employers, such as hospitals and schools, to provide full contraception coverage to female employees. The plan was later altered. It now calls for those workers to get free contraceptive coverage from health insurers, thus sparing religious based groups, morally opposed to paying for birth control, from having to do so. Even though Hochul's town hall meeting was open to any topic,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SEQUENCE, 02-25-12

    02/25/2012 10:23:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies · 2+ views ^ | 02-25-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SEQUENCE A hymn of joy in varying meter sung or recited before the Gospel at Mass on certain feast days. Thos that have survived are the Easter Victimae Paschali, the Veni Sancte Spiritus at Pentecost, and the Lauda Sion for Corpus Christi. The Dies Irae at some Masses for the Dead is not, strictly speaking, a liturgical sequence. (Etym. Latin sequentia, a following, sequence.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Following the Truth: Listening To Mary’s Voice – Part 4 (The Magnificat) [Catholic Caucus]

    02/25/2012 9:35:14 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies ^ | Feb 6th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Listening To Mary’s Voice – Part 4 (The Magnificat) Feb 6th, 2012by Gary Zimak. As we continue our look at Mary’s words in the Bible, the scene shifts from Mary’s encounter with Gabriel (the Annunciation) and moves to her visit with Elizabeth (the Visitation).  After traveling in haste to be with her pregnant relative, Mary is greeted with the words:“Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.  And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached...
  • Retreat to Emmaus

    02/25/2012 6:38:13 AM PST · by Sick of Lefties · 3 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 2/24/12 | Noman
    I am on retreat this weekend, and will be sharing meditations and talks with you. It is not a moment too soon to take this break from the daily grind, and I hope not many moments too late. St Luke tells us about the disciples on the road to Emmaus (Lk. 24:13-35). They were walking along, talking about everything that had happened concerning the death and resurrection of Jesus. He walks with us, too and, like them, we don't always recognize him. "What words are these that you are exchanging as you walk and are sad?" He asks this of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-25-12

    02/24/2012 10:38:20 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies · 2+ views ^ | 02-25-12 | Revised New American Bibll
    February 25, 2012   Saturday after Ash Wednesday   Reading 1 Is 58:9b-14 Thus says the LORD:If you remove from your midst oppression,false accusation and malicious speech;If you bestow your bread on the hungryand satisfy the afflicted;Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,and the gloom shall become for you like midday;Then the LORD will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake,and the foundations from ages past you shall raise...
  • Essays for Lent: The Bible

    02/24/2012 7:36:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | 2001 | Sebastian R. Fama
     The Bibleby Sebastian R. FamaThe Bible has been translated into more languages and has sold more copies than any other book in the history of mankind. It was written by numerous authors over a period of 1500 years. It was written in several languages on three different continents, and yet it is internally consistent in all that it teaches. It presents a message so profound that countless numbers of believers have gone to their deaths rather than deny it. Those who believe that the Scriptures were divinely inspired do not do so blindly. The divine inspiration of the Bible is...
  • It’s Time For Congress To Act Like A Branch Of Government

    02/24/2012 12:20:26 PM PST · by Brookhaven · 4 replies
    Red State ^ | 2-24-12 | Repair_Man_Jack
    Congressional Review Act Gives Congress The Power To Stuff The HHS The Congressional Review Act (5 USC 818-808) passed both houses of Congress in 1995 and was signed into law. It allows the US Congress to pass a resolution of disapproval any time it doesn’t want a major regulatory reform or ruling to go into effect. This would apply directly to the HHS contraception mandate that Secretary Kathleen Sibelius handed down earlier this month. Here’s how the process works. The agency submits the rule to both Congress and the Comptroller General. Each house of Congress than sends the report to...
  • Fact-Check: Did Romney Lie About Cardinal and Contraception During Wednesday Debate?

    02/24/2012 11:39:35 AM PST · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Catholic Insider ^ | 2/24/12 | Anonymous
    As readers know, if there is one thing that gets under our skin here at BCI, it is deception.  This one by former Gov. Romney about a situation here in Massachusetts affects how the country perceives values important to many Catholics, so BCI felt we could not let it sit without a response. In the Republican Presidential debate Wednesday evening at about 8:50pm or so, former Gov. Mitt Romney said he never infringed on the rights of Catholics as governor of Massachusetts by requiring the Catholic Church to provide morning-after pills to rape victims–it was “entirely voluntary” on the part...
  • Bishop's Barroom Musings Brew up Controversy

    02/24/2012 8:40:40 AM PST · by marshmallow · 38 replies · 1+ views
    The Republic (Clumbus, OH) ^ | 2/22/12 | Terry Mattingly
    "Atheocracy" is not the kind of word that gets tossed around in bars. Nevertheless, Bishop James Conley recently defined that term and defended its use while speaking in a pub in the heart of Denver's trendy Capitol Hill neighborhood. The goal, as always, was to use this "Theology on Tap" forum for an informal, frank encounter with young Catholics and others who might be curious. "America today is becoming what I would call an atheocracy -- a society that is actively hostile to religious faith and religious believers. And I might add, the faith that our society is most hostile...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: A POSTERIORI, 02-24-12

    02/24/2012 8:41:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies · 1+ views ^ | 02-24-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):A POSTERIORI From what is after, that is, from effect back to cause. Reasoning from experience or inductively. Opposite of a priori. This is the only valid proof for the existence of God, from creatures as effects to the Creator as their First Cause. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Government Assault May Have Just Begun, Cardinal Dolan Warns

    02/24/2012 8:29:03 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2/23/12 | Benjamin Mann
    Washington D.C., Feb 23, 2012 / 03:45 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- President Obama's contraception mandate may only be the beginning of a historic attack on religious freedom, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan warned his fellow U.S. bishops in a Feb. 22 letter. “If the government can, for example, tell Catholics that they cannot be in the insurance business today without violating their religious convictions, where does it end?” asked the cardinal, addressing the U.S. episcopate in a letter coauthored with the bishops' religious freedom chair Bishop William E. Lori. The Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate “violates the constitutional limits on our...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-24-12

    02/23/2012 8:11:41 PM PST · by Salvation · 34 replies ^ | 02-24-12 | Revised New American Bible
    February 24, 2012   Friday after Ash Wednesday   Reading 1 Is 58:1-9a Thus says the Lord GOD:Cry out full-throated and unsparingly,lift up your voice like a trumpet blast; Tell my people their wickedness,and the house of Jacob their sins. They seek me day after day,and desire to know my ways,Like a nation that has done what is justand not abandoned the law of their God;They ask me to declare what is due them,pleased to gain access to God."Why do we fast, and you do not see it?afflict ourselves, and you take no note of it?" Lo, on your fast...