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More court victories against HHS mandate

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Catholic World News

January 6, 2014

In recent days, federal courts have issued injunctions barring enforcement of the HHS mandate, which compels most employers to offer insurance that covers contraception, sterilization, and some abortifacients.

Retired law professor Howard Fineman noted on the Religion Clause blog that

•a federal district court in Texas, issuing a permanent injunction, sided with the Catholic Diocese of Beaumont and Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas
•a federal district court in Michigan, issuing a temporary injunction, sided with Ave Maria Foundation, Ave Maria Radio, Domino’s Farms Petting Farm, Rhodora J. Donahue Academy, and Thomas More Law Center,
•the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an injunction temporarily barring enforcement of the mandate against the Archdiocese of Washington and associated charities.

Source: http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=20107

More Developments In Non-Profit Challenges To Contraceptive Mandate

Religion Clause

January 3, 2014

As previously reported, on New Years Eve, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted Little Sisters of the Poor an emergency temporary injunction blocking enforcement against them of the Affordable Care Act contraceptive coverage accommodation for religious non-profits. The federal government was ordered to file a response by 10:00 AM today.  Here is the Solicitor General’s 37-page response filed today in Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged v. Sebelius,  (Docket No. 13A691). As explained by today’s Politico, Sotomayor must now decide whether to keep the temporary injunction in place, lift it, or refer the matter to all the Justices for them to decide to take one of those steps.  The Justices could also grant full Supreme Court review in the case even though there has not yet been a Court of Appeals decision.

In another development, on New Years eve the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan granted a 14-day temporary restraining order (full text) in Ave Maria Foundation v. Sebelius. The order temporarily bars enforcement of the contraceptive coverage mandate against Ave Maria Foundation, Ave Maria Radio, Domino’s Farms Petting Farm, Rhodora J. Donahue Academy, and Thomas More Law Center.  (TMLC Jan. 2 press release.) A hearing is scheduled Jan. 8 on whether to convert the TRO to a preliminary injunction.

Source: http://religionclause.blogspot.com/2014/01/more-developments-in-non-profit.html

Dr. Ray Guarendi on his new book Fighting Mad: Practical Solutions for Conquering Anger

December 19, 2013

Winter Membership Drive – December 9-13, 2013

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Please join us for our upcoming Winter Membership Drive, Monday through Friday, December 9-13, from 8 am to 5 pm each day as we continue the work of the New Evangelization.  Our continuing theme is Build the Church, Bless the Nation.

Steve Ray Stops by the Urgent Drive

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December 12, 2013

Today, Steve Ray stopped by to help out on the microphone during Ave Maria Radio’s Urgent Drive. To see additional pictures from the drive, click here:  December 2013 – Urgent Drive

Pope Francis: TIME Person of the Year — But Why? Is He Changing the Church?

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Christian Newswire

December 11, 2013

This morning TIME magazine named Pope Francis its person of the year, hailing the head of the Catholic Church as a new voice of global conscience since taking office in March. He is the first non-European pope in nearly 1,300 years, the first Latin American head of the Church and a leading voice for the dispossessed. TIME says he took on a Church beset by scandal and signs of deep internal dysfunction, but there are signs that his popularity is revitalizing it. TIME

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St. Catherine of Sienna Senior Students Assist the Urgent Drive

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December 11, 2013

Today, members of the Senior class at St. Catherine of Sienna High School answered the phones during the Urgent Drive to support Ave Maria Radio.  To see additional pictures from the drive, click here:  December 2013 – Urgent Drive

Fr. Gabriel Richard High School Students Assist the Urgent Drive

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December 10, 2013

Today, various students from Fr. Gabriel Richard High School answered the phones during the Urgent Drive to support Ave Maria Radio.  They also had a studio tour. To see additional pictures from the drive, click here:  December 2013 – Urgent Drive

St. Nicholas Visits the Urgent Drive

Dec 9

December 10, 2013

St. Nicholas stopped by to visit and encourage everyone to support Ave Maria Radio. From left to right are Nick Thomm, Teresa Tomeo and St. Nicholas.  To see additional pictures from the drive, click here:  December 2013 – Urgent Drive

This Advent, stop the clock: Slow down and savor the true beauty of the season

OSV Newsweekly

November 21, 2013

By Mary De Turris Poust

This Advent, stop the clock

By the time Advent officially begins, most of us have been bombarded by so much Christmas music and Christmas advertising and Christmas everything that we’re already sick of the season. In a world where the Christmas countdown begins sometime before Halloween, it’s easy to lose Continue Reading

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