Today, an Appeals Court Loss for Michigan, Tennessee Catholics in HHS Mandate Case

MCC statement on twitter

A federal appeals court ruled August 21 that nine Catholic groups in Michigan and Tennessee must provide birth control in their employee health insurance plans. The Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the Catholic groups' claims that providing contraception violated the religious liberty of the Catholic organizations.It was the opinion of the Appeals Court that their religious rights are not substantially burdened by a process created by the federal government for opt … [Read more...]

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Laudato Si’: So Much to Say, So Much to Learn

Laudato Si

There is a calm this morning over the Catholic Interwebs. I've noticed fewer Facebook posts, fewer messages.... Everyone is reading!Laudato Si', the Pope's much-touted encyclical on the environment, was released at noon Rome time (6:00 a.m. Eastern). It's 197 pages long, and it'll take a little time to absorb all the nuanced passages, the poetic expressions, and give you a full analysis. For now, though, I do have a couple of quick thoughts:1. This is not, as some had feared, a … [Read more...]

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Stolen Altarcloth Is Returned to German Church, 70 Years Later

The historic altar cloth on the altar at Dearborn's Atonement Lutheran Church

An altar cloth that's been missing for nearly 70 years is being welcomed home to Germany on June 12.A letter from Dr. Gary Rohwer, pastor of Atonement Lutheran Church in Dearborn, Michigan, accompanies the richly embroidered cloth and will be read to the Bundestag, the German parliament. The letter explains the cloth's long history and requests that it be delivered to the Lutheran Church in Germany.But how did the altar cloth cross the Atlantic and find a home in the suburbs of D … [Read more...]

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