The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals recently criticized the Obama Administration’s defense of the HHS mandate, saying that it is based on a “far-too-narrow” view of religious freedom.
In the November 12 decision in the Grote Industries v. Sebelius case, the court wrote:
“The government’s argument is premised on a far-too-narrow view of religious freedom: Religious exercise is protected in the home and the house of worship but not beyond. Religious people do not practice their faith in that compartmentalized way; free-exercise rights are not so circumscribed.”
The case involved the Catholic owners of Grote Industries, who challenged the federal HHS mandate that requires business owners – regardless of their moral or religious beliefs – to provide contraception and sterilization services in their insurance plans. The owners of Grote Industries charged that the mandate violated their right to free-exercise of their religion, as providing these services would go against their beliefs. (more…)
Flannery O’Connor is considered to be one of America’s greatest fiction writers, and although her works (which include A Good Man is Hard to Find, Wise Blood and Revelation) are viewed by some as violent and grotesque, she was Catholic and – in fact – a daily communicant.
O’Connor’s personal friend, W.A. Sessions, recently discovered the prayer journal that O’Connor kept when she was 20 years old and a graduate student at the University of Iowa. On November 12, A Prayer Journal was published. In her prayer journal, O’Connor wrestles with some issues that are common for Christian writers and artists:
“Please let Christian principles permeate my writing, and please let there be enough of my writing (published) for Christian principles to permeate.”
“I want so to love God all the way. At the same time I want all the things that seem opposed to it—I want to be a fine writer.” (more…)
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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has elected Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky as its next president. Archbishop Kurtz has served as vice president of the USCCB since 2010 and succeeds Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston was elected vice president.
Archbishop Kurtz has extensive experience in Catholic social services, serving as director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Allentown, PA from 1988-1998, and more recently as the vice chancellor of the board of the Catholic Extension Society and adviser to the Catholic Social Workers National Association. He also serves on the board of the National Catholic Bioethics Center and is on the advisory board to the cause for the canonization of Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen.
For more, read the full article at the National Catholic Register.