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Thursday, March 22, 2012

The CatholicTV® Network to Support the Nationwide Religious Freedom Rally to Oppose the HHS Mandate

The Nationwide Rally for Religious Freedom is being held Friday, March 23, 2012. The theme for the Rally is “Stand Up for Religious Freedom—Stop the HHS Mandate!”

Thousands of Americans of all faiths will be participating in these peaceful rallies, organized by the Pro-Life Action League and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society to oppose the new mandate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that requires all employers provide free contraceptives, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs through their health plans, even in violation of their consciences.

Religious leaders and other public figures will speak out against the HHS Mandate at each Rally site. Holding signs reading “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” and “Stop the HHS Mandate,” participants will offer hymns and prayers for our nation and pass out literature to the public about why the HHS Mandate is unconstitutional and un-American.

President of the CatholicTV Network, Father Robert Reed, spoke out against the HHS Mandate in support of religious freedom:
I believe that not just Catholics, but all citizens need to oppose the HHS mandate, recognizing the dangerous precedent it would set. The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution, part of the Bill of Rights, prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion. As a result, the mandate would impose a law that contradicts the conscience of many faithful individuals.
Here's Father Reed's official statement on the HHS mandate, as seen on the CatholicTV® Network:

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The CatholicTV® Network to Exhibit at the Archdiocese of Boston Catechetical Congress

On March 24, 2012, the CatholicTV Network is set to exhibit and participate at the upcoming Archdiocesan Catechetical Congress taking place at Boston College High School, Dorchester, MA.

The Congress will begin the day with Mass presided by Cardinal Se├ín P. O'Malley, OFM with music by the Archdiocesan Black Catholic Choir.  Over 24 workshops in English, Portuguese and Spanish will be offered throughout the day. The keynote speaker at the Archdiocesan Catechetical Congress will be Bishop Richard Malone.

Bishop Richard Malone, a native son of Salem, Massachusetts, is the 11th Bishop of Portland, Maine.  A graduate of Saint John's Prep, Danvers and Saint John's Seminary, Boston, Bishop Malone was ordained in 1972 by Cardinal Humberto Medeiros. In 1981 then Father Malone earned his Doctorate in Theology from Boston University and in 1990 his Licentiate in Sacred Theology from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge. Bishop Malone was Professor of Theology at Saint John's Seminary and chaplain at Harvard University. He was named Director of the Office of Religious Education in 1993 and later appointed Cabinet Secretary for Education for the Archdiocese of Boston. In March, 2000 he was ordained Bishop and appointed Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Boston, South Region. Bishop Malone was installed as Bishop of Portland, Maine on March 31, 2004.  He is a member and immediate past Chair of the Bishops Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis for the United states Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Workshop sessions include “The Mass is Boring? No Way!  We've Got to Talk!” presented by CatholicTV’s own Fr. Dan O’Connell, Saint Joseph Parish, West End. This workshop will focus on ways religious educators can teach children to appreciate and love the Mass; making it come alive. To learn more about the Archdiocesan Catechetical Congress visit: www.rc.net/boston/religiouseducation.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Behold 2012

I'm looking forward to getting on a plane and heading out to Peoria, Illinois tomorrow for Behold, A Catholic Conference On The Dignity and Vocation of Women. I'm especially excited to celebrate the vocation of women in the wake of International Women's Day (today), during Women's History Month (March) and with Pope Benedict's March prayer intention in mind.

I'll be representing CatholicTV as a vendor, but I'll also be popping in and out of the great talks at the Conference, so keep an eye on the @CatholicTV twitter feed for live updates, and look for some blogging about the conference as well!