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  • Atty: Hobby Lobby won't offer morning-after pill

    12/28/2012 11:23:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    An attorney for Hobby Lobby Stores said Thursday that the arts and crafts chain plans to defy a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill, despite risking potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day. Hobby Lobby and religious book-seller Mardel Inc., which are owned by the same conservative Christian family, are suing to block part of the federal health care law that requires employee health care plans to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills. The companies claim the mandate violates the religious beliefs...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: POSTULANT, 12-28-12

    12/28/2012 8:19:55 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-28-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):POSTULANT A person taking the first step in religious life before entering the novitiate and receiving the habit. The purpose of the postulancy is to acquire some knowledge of the religious life and of the particular institute through personal experience. It enables one to become better known to the superiors of the community, and to develop such virtue as will qualify the candidate for acceptance into the novitiate. The length of the postulancy varies, but normally it is not less than six months. (Etym. Latin postulatum, a thing demanded; postulatio, supplication, intercession.) All items in this...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes and Our Nation (12/28/12)[Prayer]

    12/28/2012 8:05:30 AM PST · by NEWwoman · 12 replies
    Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. Psalm 57:1 (KJV)
  • Friday abstinence in the Octave of Christmas, or, Meat’s “back on the menu, boys!”

    12/28/2012 5:57:04 AM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 28, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    p>People have been asking whether we can eat meat today, Friday, in the Octave of Christmas. YES!Since liturgically it is a “solemnity”, Friday abstinence is suspended. This applies also to those who prefer the older form of the Roman Rite. Yes, the new Code of Canon Law applies to you as well.
  • Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem (12/28/12)[Prayer]

    12/28/2012 5:55:16 AM PST · by left that other site · 18 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/28/12 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem A New Journey…The Names of God in The Scriptures Avenger1 Thessalonians 4:6 ...that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord [is] the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.
  • Jerusalem (Latin Rite) patriarch's Christmas message surveys Middle East situation

    12/28/2012 5:04:55 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | December 27, 2012
    Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Israel, Dec 27, 2012 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, has issued a Christmas message that both laments the violence and refugee situation in the Middle East and calls on Christians to live out their faith. “The joy of Christmas is overshadowed by the staggering violence in Syria,” he said Dec. 20. He noted the Catholic Church’s work to assist 250,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan, saying this shows the Church is “full of compassion for the victims.” Conflict between rebel forces and the Syrian government has...
  • 5 Ways to Keep the Christmas Spirit Alive in Your Heart

    12/28/2012 4:39:24 AM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | December 27, 2012 | Lisa Hendey
    The calendar reads December 27th. Secular society has us fully ensconced in “after-Christmas” sales and is already prepared to move us along to Valentine’s Day. And yet we Catholics know that in terms of the liturgical season of Christmas, we’re just getting started.Some of you may fall prey to the “after Christmas blues” that seem to hit in these days after the big holiday. We’ve spent so much time planning, preparing, cooking and making the past week special for our loved ones that when it finally comes, and then goes by so quickly, we may be left feeling exhausted and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-28-12, F, Holy Innocents, 4th Day/Octave of Christmas

    12/27/2012 7:48:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-28-12 | Revised New American Bible
    December 28, 2012 Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs   Reading 1 1 Jn 1:5-2:2 Beloved:This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christand proclaim to you:God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.If we say, "We have fellowship with him,"while we continue to walk in darkness,we lie and do not act in truth.But if we walk in the light as he is in the light,then we have fellowship with one another,and the Blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.If we say, "We are without sin,"we deceive ourselves, and the truth...
  • NCR teams up with Ford Found backed entity to hide truth about Holy See’s ‘Doc Assesment’ of LCWR

    12/27/2012 4:01:05 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 27, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Every year around Christmas and Easter, the usual hyenas emerge from the brush to worry at the Church’s heels. This year, as a little gift to the Christ Child, the National Catholic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) has teamed up with an entity I’ve never heard of, the Global Post, to excrete a series of articles which have no other purpose than to harm the Church through distortion of facts.The Global Post, which is funded by the Ford Foundation, which also funds anti-Catholic groups such as “Catholics For Choice“, and which has board over-lap with Planned Parenthood, and Fishwrap are teamed up...
  • A Rebuttal to Newsweek's Cover Story on 'The Myths of Jesus'

    12/27/2012 3:50:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/27/2012 | Jerry Newcombe
    Suppose you were to read an overall negative article about a man who outwardly appeared to be respectable---but then, suppose you found out that, unbeknownst to the readers of the article, it was actually penned by his ex-wife? Wouldn't that make you at least a little suspicious about the article's contents? So it is with Newsweek's cover story on Jesus (Dec. 17), entitled, "The Myths of Jesus." They show a Nativity scene with bubble quotes asking these questions: "Who Was Jesus?" "How Many Wise Men Were There?" "Did He Have a Wife?" "In a Manger or a Cave?" "Why Bethlehem?"...
  • Orphan’s New Year’s Resolution: Build a House for Other Orphans

    12/27/2012 2:39:56 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | December 27, 2012 | Patti Maguire Armstrong
    Calvin (far right) with his brothers, Rogers and Joash Imagine a Kenyan AIDS orphan living in a mud hut with his two brothers and walking several miles to school on an empty stomach. After the devastating loss of both of his parents, facing daily grinding poverty, would he have any energy left to dream of a better future? This boy is not imaginary; his name is Calvin and I know him well because during his adolescence, he read a novel about a Kenyan boy who went to school in the United States. Even though the story was fiction, it planted...
  • ObamaCare Mandate May Force Little Sisters of the Poor to Leave U.S.

    12/27/2012 2:26:41 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | December 21, 2012 | Kirsten Anderson
    The Obama administration’s HHS mandate may force the Catholic Little Sisters of the Poor to cease their U.S. operations, according to Sister Constance Carolyn Veit, the religious order’s communications director.The Little Sisters currently provide group homes and daily care for the elderly poor in 30 U.S. cities.Sister Constance told The Daily Caller that the Little Sisters may not qualify for a religious exemption from ObamaCare’s requirement that employers provide coverage for contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-causing drugs free of charge to female workers.“We are not exempt from the [ObamaCare] mandate because we neither serve nor employ a predominantly Catholic population,” Constance...
  • Queen Elizabeth II Christmas address

    12/27/2012 11:10:13 AM PST · by Vanders9 · 1 replies
    Royal channel ^ | 25/12/2012 | HM the Queen!
    The annual rite of the Queen's Christmas address to Britain and the Commonwealth. Pretty good one this year - Liz excelled herself. The band at the start is the paraorchestra - disabled musicians.
  • "You Are the Man": The Bible Is about Us

    12/27/2012 10:32:50 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 1 replies
    Spirit and Life Bible Study ^ | Wed, Dec 26, 2012 | Rev Dr Johnathon Rose
    Here is a link to the December 26, 2012, Bible study. Unlike many books in our world about God, the Bible has stories about a long list of the worst human failings, yet it does not glamorize or sensationalize those things. We look at Nathan's parable about David's adultery, and see that the whole Word is like that parable--it is ultimately far more personal and direct than we might at first like to think. Spirit and Life Bible Study on Facebook
  • The Duck-Billed Platypus Gets Even More Confusing

    12/27/2012 9:35:55 AM PST · by lasereye · 51 replies
    Apologetics Press ^ | 2004 | Brad Harrub, Ph.D.
    The duck-billed platypus has always been a thorn in the side of evolutionists (see “The Flat-Footed, Beaver-Tailed, Duck-Billed Platypus” by Nathaniel Nelson). Many evolutionists would like to simply prune it off the evolutionary tree of life, having been forced to place it on a lone branch all to itself. But the thorn has just gotten much larger, and much harder to ignore. Aside from the fact that this mammal lays eggs and possesses features found only among birds and reptiles, researchers have now discovered that the platypus boasts not two sex chromosomes like most animals, but ten (see Grützner, et...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PRAYERS OVER THE PEOPLE, 12-27-12

    12/27/2012 8:42:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 12-27-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PRAYERS OVER THE PEOPLE Special invocation, "at the discretion of the priest," at the end of Mass or after the Liturgy of the Word, the Divine Office, and the celebration of the sacraments. It precedes the final blessing and has a variety of formulas. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Lost Churches of Russia: Haunting Images of Abandoned Wooden Buildings in Remote Forests

    12/27/2012 7:37:29 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12/22/12 | Anna Edwards
    <p>Crumbling and abandoned, the last remnants of Russia's wooden churches lay dotted in the woodlands of the country's north-western corner.</p> <p>Forgotten by many and in the process of being reclaimed by nature, the few remaining churches are exposed to the harsh elements without any hope of being salvaged.</p>
  • Leo XIII: “Without Faith, Liberty Degenerates into License”

    12/27/2012 7:22:12 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | Anthony Esolen
    The good and wise Pope Leo XIII never condemned an error without commending a truth. In this series on Catholic Social Teaching, then, I believe I should follow the Holy Father’s example. It’s easy to inveigh against what Leo condemns; more rewarding, though, to reveal the beauty of what he commends. In this essay, then, prescinding from his affirmation, in Aeterni patris (1879), of the principle that grace perfects our nature, his defense of Christian marriage in Arcanum divinae (1880), and his condemnation of a radically secular state in Humanum genus (1884), I’d like to take a few small steps...
  • Christians Besieged

    12/27/2012 7:14:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 12/23/12 | Benny Avni
    Islamists on the attack in AfricaThe Christmas season’s become a time to reflect on the fate of Christians around the world, from the besieged ancient communities of the Middle East to the tyrannized worshippers in China. But let us not ignore the violent threats to Christians in Africa. Men belonging to Boko Haram murdered at least 10 people in the Nigerian village of Chibok earlier this month. Armed with guns and knives, they slit the throats of victims before burning their houses down. Eleven others were killed the month before in the town of Jaji when a car loaded with...
  • Dakar Mosque Lit up for Christmas in Senegal

    12/27/2012 7:10:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Fort Wayne News Sentinel ^ | 12/24/12 | Krista Larson
    DAKAR, Senegal — After prayers at the mosque, Ibrahim Lo is off to do some last-minute Christmas shopping. Soon he is eyeing the rows of dolls wrapped in plastic bags on a wooden table as he searches for gifts for his four children. A bouquet of inflatable Santa toys tied to a nearby tree bobs in the air at this outdoor market in the seaside capital as he makes his picks. It looks a lot like Christmas in Senegal, where 95 percent of the 12.8 million residents are Muslim. Even the Grande Mosquee, a mosque that dominates the city's skyline,...