Rubio on “Meet the Press” says he felt “called” to be Catholic

Most of the attention yesterday was focused on his remarks on immigration, but the Christian Post takes up another angle: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said he felt “called” to leave the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), or Mormon Church, to join the Catholic Church in a Sunday interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” [Read More…]

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Chaput: “We need to look at the arc of Catholic history in our country”

Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered a challenging and potent address last night to the Catholic Media Convention in Indianapolis.  I was privileged to be there to hear what amounted to the kickoff for the Fortnight for Freedom.  A snip, courtesy First Things: We need to look honestly at the arc of Catholic history in our country. The [Read More…]

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“We are Catholics”: group launches national ad campaign against HHS mandate

From The Hill: An association of lay Catholics will air a nationwide ad against the Obama administration’s birth control coverage mandate on Fox News Thursday. The move serves to highlight a two-week effort by U.S. Catholic bishops to build momentum against the mandate, which some have argued violates religious freedom. The debate puts the church in [Read More…]

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In book, Marco Rubio writes of his Mormonism and return to Catholicism

Details, from the Salt Lake Tribune: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio credits his short-lived time as a Mormon for providing a moral compass in his youth, though he also discloses for the first time his family’s struggles with the constraints of the faith and his eventual return to the Catholic fold. In his new autobiography, An [Read More…]

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The deacon who’s also a city councilman

It’s exceedingly rare for a deacon to hold elected office, but a paper in California looks at one who does: Over the last 10 years, the number of deacons in the Los Angeles archdiocese has more than doubled, increasing from about 160 in the early 2000s to 347 this year, including 14 deacons ordained last [Read More…]

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About face: Catholic Health Association calls Obama birth control compromise “unworkable”

This is a big deal: Sharpening an election-year confrontation over religious freedom and government health insurance rules, the nation’s Catholic hospitals on Friday rejected President Barack Obama’s compromise for providing birth control coverage to their women employees. The Catholic Health Association was a key ally in Obama’s health care overhaul, defying opposition from church bishops [Read More…]

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Giving Washington the finger

A clever way of promoting the upcoming Fortnight for Freedom, via the USCCB. (H/T Rocco) [Read more…]

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Religious leaders petition Sebelius for broader HHS exemption

Details, from RNS’s David Gibson: A coalition of nearly 150 religious leaders, led by conservative Protestants, have petitioned the Obama administration to broaden the exemption that allows churches and some religious organizations to avoid a controversial new mandate that all health care insurers provide free contraception coverage. In a letter sent Monday (June 11) to [Read More…]

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How Sargent Shriver planned JFK’s funeral: “He enacted his faith…”

Just in time for Father’s Day, Mark Shriver has published a memoir about his father called “A Good Man.”  At one point, he describes, powerfully and poignantly, how his father planned the funeral for JFK: I firmly believe that Dad’s faith in God gave him the strength and the discipline to orchestrate the funeral events— at [Read More…]

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Is the “Fortnight for Freedom” a “Fortnight to Defeat Obama”?

One observer thinks so: The Catholic Church practically invented politics, so it may be asking too much to expect American bishops to steer completely clear of affairs of state. There are times when they couldn’t if they wanted to and they feel this is one of those times. The upcoming “Fortnight for Freedom” campaign to [Read More…]

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