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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Another Catholic College Sues to Block HHS Mandate « Campus Notes

The following excerpts are from The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) Blog "Campus Notes":
  • Aquinas College has joined the Nashville Diocese and six other Catholic organizations in Tennessee in filing suit to block the implementation of the HHS mandate.
  • The lawsuit–which was unanimously approved by the Aquinas College board of directors and the General Council of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia–seeks a declaration that the HHS mandate is unconstitutional.  The lawsuit also seeks to prohibit the government from enforcing the mandate.
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Another Catholic College Sues to Block HHS Mandate « Campus Notes

Archbishop Gomez: Faith Should Guide Catholic Voters | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The following excerpts are from The National Catholic Register:
  • LOS ANGELES — Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles has called on Catholics to achieve a “unity of life” and let their faith form their political decisions as they prepare to vote this November.
  • “We have important obligations as citizens. But we have to carry out those obligations always in light of our duty to God,” the archbishop wrote in his Sept. 21 column for The Tidings.
  • The column is the first in a series he will write on the principles that should guide Catholics in thinking about this year's elections.
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Archbishop Gomez: Faith Should Guide Catholic Voters | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Islam’s Media Apologists Keep Excusing, Ignoring Violence | Media Research Center

The following excerpts are from Media Research Center:
  • On Sept. 11, 2012, riots erupted in Egypt, Libya and now Yemen, ostensibly over what the media call an anti-Muslim Youtube video made in America. In Bengazi, militants murdered the United States ambassador to Libya and three U.S. diplomats.
  • American blood was shed and mobs of Muslims continue to burn American flags and chant “Death to America!” around multiple U.S. consulates. It’s a scene that’s played out on almost a regular basis. A media story (about flushing Korans or other slights to Islam real or imagined) provides some pretext and the “Arab Street” explodes with raging mobs. The ambassador’s death is what sets the current situation apart.
  • In each case the establishment media is quick to tell audiences the violence isn’t representative of Islam, and to explain how sensitive Muslims are about symbols of their religion. Eager to find moderate Muslims, reporters seldom look into the statements of Imams or fact-check the claims of Islamic organizations.
  • Instead, acts of Islamist violence are met with hand-wringing about fragile “diversity,” and backlash, the New York Times did earlier this year with a jihadi massacre of French children. Reports ignore the terrorist designations of militant groups like Boko Haram and fawn over supposedly moderate Islamic religious leaders who end up as leaders of Al Qaeda
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Islam’s Media Apologists Keep Excusing, Ignoring Violence | Media Research Center

Monday, September 24, 2012

'Extremely serious' shortage of medicines in Guinea Bissau : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • The people of Guinea Bissau are in urgent need of medicines and medical personnel to help combat the spread of tuberculosis and AIDS, Bishop José Camnate Na Bissign told the Fides news service.
  • The African bishop said that the “extremely serious” shortage of medicine was one of the outcomes of international isolation in the wake of an April military coup. The people who pay most heavily for the country’s political crisis, he said, are “as always, the most vulnerable groups: the sick, children, women, and the elderly.”
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'Extremely serious' shortage of medicines in Guinea Bissau : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Irish leader attends papal audience; no personal meeting : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenny attended a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI on September 22 along with other members of the Christian Democrats International but did not meet personally with the Pontiff.
  • The Irish leader’s visit to Rome had been heavily anticipated in Dublin, where it was seen as an opportunity for Kenny to mend fences after his angry denunciation of the Vatican last year in a speech that provoked diplomatic tensions between the Vatican and the Irish government. But in fact Kenny did not have an opportunity for a one-on-one conversation with the Pontiff.
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Irish leader attends papal audience; no personal meeting : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Africa's Christians now outnumber Muslims : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • African Christians now outnumber the continent’s Muslims, according to figures from the Center for Studies of New Religions (CESNUR).
  • Speaking at an international conference in Morocco, Massimo Introvigne, the head of CESNUR, observed that “not everyone is happy about this development.” Islamic fundamentalists in particular are dismayed to see the rising tide of Christianity in Africa.
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Africa's Christians now outnumber Muslims : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Albanian bishops to excommunicate Catholics who take part in ‘blood-feud’ killings : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • The Albanian bishops have announced that they will excommunicate Catholics who take part in the practice of gjakmarrja: revenge killings that avenge murders or violations to a family’s honor such as a divorce.
  • “People kill without hesitation in this bloody, barbaric system of revenge, often justifying their actions from a centuries-old tradition," said Archbishop Angelo Massafra of Shkodrë-Pult. “They attach more importance to human tradition than the law of God, and through their murderous behavior trample on the Gospel of Life and cross of Christ.”
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Albanian bishops to excommunicate Catholics who take part in ‘blood-feud’ killings : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Friday, September 21, 2012

Bishop Conley at Harvard: pursue truth, reject false view of conscience : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Speaking at Harvard University’s Catholic campus center, Bishop James Conley said that college students are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with relativism and encouraged his listeners to embrace Blessed John Henry Newman’s teaching on conscience rather than its “miserable counterfeit.”
  • “According to Newman, conscience must choose to embrace objective reality, which is not of our own making and is not up for a vote,” said Bishop Conley, a Denver auxiliary who was appointed Bishop of Lincoln on September 14 and will be installed on November 20. “Conscience has freedom so that it may give sincere assent to what is true. Such freedom is not given for us to embrace and follow whatever is to our liking.”
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Bishop Conley at Harvard: pursue truth, reject false view of conscience : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Pakistan: protestors shatter cathedral windows, shoot at nun’s car : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Angered by the YouTube video critical of Muhammad, 8,000 protestors took to the streets of the southeastern Pakistani city of Hyderabad on September 16. Some protestors threw stones at the Catholic cathedral, shattering windows. As a nun’s car attempted to enter the cathedral complex, shots were fired, injuring the nun’s driver in the leg.
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Pakistan: protestors shatter cathedral windows, shoot at nun’s car : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

French cardinal warns: polygamy, incest could follow legalization of same-sex marriage : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Warning that the legalization of same-sex marriage would manifest a “breakdown in society,” Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon predicted that polygamy and incest could eventually be legalized—leading to criticism from the openly homosexual mayor of Paris.
  • “This could have innumerable consequences,” said Cardinal Barbarin. “Afterward they will want to create couples with three or four members. And after that, perhaps one day the taboo of incest will fall.”
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French cardinal warns: polygamy, incest could follow legalization of same-sex marriage : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Monday, September 10, 2012

New Zealand Grants Legal Personhood Rights - To a River | LifeNews.com

New Zealand Grants Legal Personhood Rights - To a River | LifeNews.com

Book: Karl Rove Urged Komen to Reverse, Fund Planned Parenthood | LifeNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeNews.com:
  • The new book Planned Bullyhood, scheduled for release tomorrow, chronicles the insider perspective of Karen Handel, the former Komen for the Cure vice president who quit after the breast cancer charity reversed its decision and funded Planned Parenthood after deciding to end grants to the abortion giant.
  • The book contains a section in which Handel essentially accuses Karl Rove of giving Susan G. Komen for the Cure CEO Nancy Brinker bad advise on the Komen-Planned Parenthood fight. As Handel tells it, Rove told Brinker Komen should reverse course and renew funding to Planned Parenthood, while Handel attempted to convince the cancer group’s founder to stay the course on its December 2011 decision to revoke funding to groups like Planned Parenthood that don’t directly provide mammograms for women.
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Book: Karl Rove Urged Komen to Reverse, Fund Planned Parenthood | LifeNews.com

Komen Insider's New Book Exposes How Planned Parenthood Bullied It | LifeNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeNews.com:
  • Karen Handel, former Senior Vice President for the breast cancer group Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the author of a new book, Planned Bullyhood.
  • Hitting bookshelves tomorrow, the new book is a behind-the-scenes exposé of Planned Parenthood’s ruthless, orchestrated efforts to take down Komen in February for making a decision to revoke its funding for the abortion business.
  • Planned Bullyhood: The Truth Behind the Headlines About the Planned Parenthood Funding Battle With Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the title of the tome and it will be an eye-opening experience for readers. Handel was intimately involved in the decision-making process that led to de-funding Planned Parenthood and she was excoriated by the press and pro-abortion activists for doing so.
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Komen Insider's New Book Exposes How Planned Parenthood Bullied It | LifeNews.com

Reports: Interpol hunting convert to Christianity | Times 247

The following excerpt is from The Washington Times Times 24/7:
  • Since late July Saudi media have been buzzing with reports that a 28-year-old Saudi woman has embraced Christianity and fled the country, staying initially in a church in Lebanon before moving on to Sweden.
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Reports: Interpol hunting convert to Christianity | Times 247

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Chicago atheist loses fight against cross - U.s. - Catholic Online

Chicago atheist loses fight against cross - U.s. - Catholic Online

At Democratic convention, ‘Nuns on the Bus’ sister rips Ryan budget, says USCCB backs her views : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Hours after telling a reporter that she does not know whether abortion should be illegal, the executive director of the social justice lobby Network addressed the Democratic National Convention and blasted the budget proposed by vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.
  • “Paul Ryan claims his budget reflects the principles of our shared Catholic faith,” Sister Simone Campbell told the delegates. “But the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that the Ryan budget failed a basic moral test, because it would harm families living in poverty.”
  • “We agree with our bishops, and that's why we went on the road: to stand with struggling families and to lift up our Catholic sisters who serve them,” she added. “Their work to alleviate suffering would be seriously harmed by the Romney-Ryan budget, and that is wrong.”
  • Sister Campbell, who revealed in a June talk that she is uncomfortable calling herself pro-life, also said that her support of President Barack Obama’s healthcare program is part of her “pro-life stance.”
  • “We all share responsibility to ensure that this vital health care reform law is properly implemented and that all governors expand Medicaid coverage,” she said. “This is part of my pro-life stance and the right thing to do.”
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At Democratic convention, ‘Nuns on the Bus’ sister rips Ryan budget, says USCCB backs her views : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Liberal writer: Saving minority babies is racist | LifeSiteNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeSiteNews.com:
  • WASHINGTON, D.C., September 4, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The pro-life movement’s desire to save children of any race is a secret manifestation of racism and constitutes a war on “minorities and the poor,” according to a writer for The Atlantic.
  • Brian Fung, who serves as the prestigious magazine’s associate editor, made that claim in an article entitled “The Quiet Racism of Abortion Bans.” 
  • Fung wrote the Republican “war on women” is “really an attack on women of a specific stripe: those from disadvantaged minorities and the poor.”
  • “An abortion ban would disproportionately affect women from non-white and low-income backgrounds,” he wrote, proving the pro-life movement’s “inherent racial and socio-economic unfairness.”
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Liberal writer: Saving minority babies is racist | LifeSiteNews.com

Mennonites: we are willing to die rather than betray girl to court-appointed lesbian ‘mother’ | LifeSiteNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeSiteNews.com:
  • September 4, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Nicaraguan Mennonites say that they have been persecuted by government authorities since they chose to shelter ex-lesbian Lisa Miller and her daughter Isabella following their escape from the United States, but add that they are willing to suffer and even die to protect Isabella from a court-ordered custody transfer to her non-biological lesbian “mother.”
  • Lisa Miller and her daughter fled the country in late 2009 in order to avoid sharing custody of Isabella with Miller’s former homosexual partner, Janet Jenkins, with whom she had entered into a Vermont civil union. Jenkins is not biologically related to Isabella, who was conceived through artificial insemination and never adopted by Jenkins. Nonetheless, the Vermont court declared Jenkins to be Isabella’s “mother.”
  • Following their breakup, Miller repented of the homosexual lifestyle and professed faith in Christ, and began to fight the shared custody arrangement imposed by the court. Although expert testimony was submitted as evidence that Isabella was traumatized by the visits with Jenkins, the court refused to cancel them.
  • In a letter published on a Mennonite website devoted to defending Pastor Kenneth Miller (no relation to Lisa Miller) and others involved in Lisa and Isabella’s escape, the Mennonite “Nicaraguan Brotherhood” describes pressure and harassment from both U.S. and Nicaraguan authorities regarding their decision to shelter the two after their arrival in the Central American country.
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Mennonites: we are willing to die rather than betray girl to court-appointed lesbian ‘mother’ | LifeSiteNews.com

Catholic priest donated $1000 to gay ‘marriage,’ diocese mum | LifeSiteNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeSiteNews.com:
  • DULUTH, Minnesota, September 4, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A Catholic priest’s donation to support redefining marriage in Minnesota has been revealed, deepening a rift between a conservative Catholic hierarchy and more liberal subordinates in the blue state over gay ‘marriage.’
  • The Duluth News Tribune reported Sunday that Rev. Peter Lambert of St. Louis Catholic Church in Floodwood had donated $1,000 to Minnesotans United for Families, the group fighting a constitutional marriage amendment, in March.
  • The Diocese of Duluth, where Lambert is stationed, has donated $50,000 to support the traditional marriage amendment. Duluth Diocese spokesman Kyle Eller told the Tribune that Lambert didn’t intend the donation to be a public statement.
  • “It was my understanding that Father Lambert wasn’t aware that the contribution would be made public, and it wasn’t intended to be a public statement,” said Eller, who declined further comment.
  • The diocese didn’t immediately respond to an email from LifeSiteNews.com requesting comment Tuesday.
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Catholic priest donated $1000 to gay ‘marriage,’ diocese mum | LifeSiteNews.com

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Democrats may rue invitation to Cardinal Dolan, says Robert George : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • The Democratic Party may regret inviting Cardinal Timothy Dolan to lead the closing prayer at the Charlotte convention, Princeton’s Robert George writes in the Wall Street Journal.
  • Democratic leaders may have felt they had no choice to invite Cardinal Dolan, George reasons. “Still giving the cardinal the microphone at the convention has its price.” 
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Democrats may rue invitation to Cardinal Dolan, says Robert George : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Melkite Patriarch pleads for negotiations to end violence in Syria : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • "For Syria, reconciliation is the only anchor of salvation,” said Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregory III Laham, in an open letter calling for an international campaign to end the current civil warfare.
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Melkite Patriarch pleads for negotiations to end violence in Syria : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Indian court overturns parts of anti-conversion law : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Declaring that “a person not only has the right to freedom of conscience, the right to profess one's faith, the right to change faith, but also has the right to keep secret one's beliefs,” the high court in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh has struck down portions of a 2006 anti-conversion law.
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Indian court overturns parts of anti-conversion law : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Democratic platform endorses unrestricted abortion, same-sex marriage : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • The Democratic Party platform for 2012 “strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade, endorses legal recognition of same-sex marriage, and regards the promotion of “gay rights” as an American foreign-policy priority.
  • The program approved by the Democratic Party at this week’s convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, no longer says that abortion should be “rare,” as previous party platforms once said. In a blanket statement of support for unrestricted legal abortion, the platform says: “We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.”
  • The platform adds that the option of abortion should be available to all women “regardless of ability to pay,” underlining Democratic support for taxpayer-financed abortions.
  • In a new bid for support from homosexual activists, the platform says: “We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under the law for same sex couples."
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Democratic platform endorses unrestricted abortion, same-sex marriage : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Monday, September 3, 2012

Archbishop Aquila raps Denver city council decision on Hercules Industries : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver has decried a decision by the Denver City Council to back away from an honor for a local business, after the firm challenged the HHS contraceptive mandate.
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Archbishop Aquila raps Denver city council decision on Hercules Industries : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

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