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July 21, 2014

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The Religion Clause - 3 months 5 days ago
From SSRN: Patrick Testa & Walter E. Block, Libertarianism and Circumcision, (Int J Health Policy Manag 3: 33-40, 2014). RonNell Andersen Jones, Press Definition and the...

LA Times Profiles Becket Fund

The Religion Clause - 3 months 5 days ago
The Los Angeles Times yesterday profiled The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, saying in part:The Supreme Court's controversial Hobby Lobby decision has thrust a once-little-...

The headline says it all

The Deacon's Bench - 3 months 5 days ago
From the Central Kentucky News: Once a rebellious nun, Danville woman now eyes priesthood Snip: “Back when I was a nun, there were still a lot of people who went into the holy...

USCCB: reduce mandatory sentences for nonviolent drug offenses

Catholic Culture - World News - 3 months 5 days ago
The chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has backed the US Sentencing Commission's efforts to...

Ban on Sexual Exploitation By Counselor Survives Establishment Clause Challenge

The Religion Clause - 3 months 5 days ago
In State of Iowa v. Edouard, (IA Sup. Ct., July 18, 2014), the Iowa Supreme Court upheld a clergyman's constitutional challenge to the state's statute prohibiting sexual...

Ruling Requiring Change of Use Permit For Meditation Center Upheld By Court

The Religion Clause - 3 months 5 days ago
In  MAUM Meditation House of Truth v. Lake County, Illinois, (ND IL, July 16, 2014), an Illinois federal district court dismissed free exercise, free speech, equal protection and...

A nun's veil is a �royal crown': Vatican newspaper

Catholic Culture - World News - 3 months 5 days ago
The latest English edition of L'Osservatore Romano includes an article on the importance of the veil in the life of nuns. Mother Anna Maria Canopi, the Benedictine foundress of...

Pope Francis asks Catholics in Britain and Ireland to cherish life

Catholic Herald - 3 months 5 days ago
Pope Francis has urged Catholics in Britain and Ireland to combat the “culture of death” in a message ahead of Day for Life on Sunday. The message, signed by Cardinal Pietro...

Where is the humanity at the MH17 crash site?

Catholic Herald - 3 months 5 days ago
The television coverage from Ukraine, from the crash site of the unfortunate Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, is almost too painful to watch. It is painful to watch because it...

Bishops: Executive order is flawed approach to discrimination

EWTN - US Latest News - 3 months 5 days ago
Washington D.C., Jul 21, 2014 / 05:47 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Leading U.S. bishops voiced strong criticism of an "unprecedented and extreme" new executive order, saying that it adds...

Islamist militias �manage everything' in Benghazi, says prelate

Catholic Culture - World News - 3 months 5 days ago
The apostolic vicar of Tripoli, Bishop Giovanni Martinelli, appealed for prayers for peace and for wisdom for political leaders as clashes between rival militias led to the...

�Even Genghis Khan didn't do this': Mosul emptied of Christians

Catholic Culture - World News - 3 months 5 days ago
Following an ultimatum from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to leave Mosul, convert to Islam, or be killed, the city's remaining Christians left for other parts of...

Daily Gospel Reflection for July 21, 2014

CatholicMom.com - 3 months 5 days ago
  Today’s Gospel: Matthew 12:38-42 How often do we test our God? We find ourselves asking for a sign. We open the Bible and point to a passage thinking it will provide the...

The Feast of Saint Praxedes

New Liturgical Movement - 3 months 5 days ago
Saint Praxedes, by Johannes Vermeer, ca. 1655 (The attribution to Vermeer has often been disputed.)Praxedes according to her legend was a Roman maiden, the sister of St....

Bishop Galantino Clarifies Position on Praying in Front of Abortion Clinics

Zenit - The World as Seen from Rome - 3 months 5 days ago
The new Secretary of the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI), Bishop Nunzio Galantino, has given an interview to the Italian monthly Sempre in which he says recent accusations...

Egypt's government, Christian leaders negotiate on church construction

Catholic Culture - World News - 3 months 5 days ago
The government of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who assumed office in June, has entered negotiations with Christian leaders to draft regulations to make it easier to...

Church leader urges international community: oppose aggression against Ukraine

Catholic Culture - World News - 3 months 5 days ago
The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church expressed condolences following the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine and called upon the international...

Pope laments persecution of Iraq's Christians, appeals for peace

Catholic Culture - World News - 3 months 5 days ago
Following the conclusion of his July 20 Angelus address, Pope Francis lamented the persecution of Christians in Mosul, Iraq's 2nd-largest city. "I have learned with concern the...

Daily Catholic Quote from Guigo the Carthusian Monk

Integrated Catholic Life - 3 months 5 days ago
“Seek in reading and you will find in meditating; knock in mental prayer and it will be opened to you by contemplation.” (Guigo the Carthusian, Scala Paradisi:PL 40,998; CCC 2654...

Pope reflects on the parable of the wheat and the tares

Catholic Culture - World News - 3 months 5 days ago
Pope Francis reflected on the parable of wheat and the tares during his July 20 Sunday Angelus address. "The teaching of the parable is twofold," he said. "First of all, he says...

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