|Staff Report The 2014 Fish Fry guide, presented by The Catholic Telegraph is now available online HERE. Nearly 4,000 people visited the Fish Fry calendar in 2013, making it the third-most popular feature on www.thecatholictelegraph.com behind the Festival Guide and … Continue reading →||1 day 3 hours|
|You know you’re getting old when words you knew so well from childhood change their meaning…without you even being aware of it. Take “troll” for example. Growing up I associated trolls, always grouchy and hungry, with the classic fairy tale … Continue reading →||1 day 3 hours|
|By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — When Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran walked onto the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, telling the crowds in Latin: “I announce to you a great joy. We have a pope!” not many … Continue reading →||1 day 3 hours|
|By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service ROME — Lent is meant to wake up Christians and help them see that God can give them the strength to change their lives and their surroundings, Pope Francis said. Before receiving and distributing … Continue reading →||1 day 3 hours|
|Staff Report Every year thousands of students from the 23 Catholic high schools of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati graduate and go on to college. A select few continue their athletic careers competitively at the next level. The following is a … Continue reading →||1 day 3 hours|
|Three eighth-grade girls came into my office recently and asked, “Mrs. Hunt, can we tape you as you answer our question for a religion class project?” “Sure,” I said. “What is the question?” “We want to know how to make … Continue reading →||1 day 3 hours|
|This coming March 18, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is participating for the first time in a national campaign simply titled “The Light is On for You.” Begun in New York, it is a night where every parish throughout the archdiocese … Continue reading →||1 day 3 hours|
|Feb. 28, 2014 Staff Report Though first announced Feb. 11, the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI took effect one year ago on Feb. 28, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation was the first by a pope in nearly 600 years, and … Continue reading →||1 day 3 hours|
|By Catholic News Service PEORIA, Ill. — A seven-member team of medical experts convoked by the Vatican reported there is no natural explanation for the survival of a child delivered stillborn and whose heart did not start beating until 61 … Continue reading →||1 day 3 hours|
|By Steve Trosley The Catholic Telegraph More than 400 people braved a small group of placard-carrying protesters and snow-clogged parking lots to hear Bishop Thomas Paprocki speak on the Catholic teachings on marriage and same-sex relationships Feb. 12 in the … Continue reading →||1 day 3 hours|
|Staff Report The 2014 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) got underway the weekend of Feb. 22-23, kicking off the annual fund drive that fuels a collection of ministries through the 19 counties of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Formerly known as the Archbishop’s … Continue reading →||2 days 3 hours|
|Pope Francis encouraged coordination between lay activists and local parishes, in a message to a conference on the work of lay movements in the city. Every baptized Christian is ...||1 day 15 hours|
|Chicago's Cardinal Francis George has disclosed that a cancer in his kidney is showing "signs of new activity," and will require more aggressive treatment. Cardinal George, who survived ...||1 day 15 hours|
|The Vatican moved quickly on March 7 to counter rumors that a visit to Israel by Pope Francis might be cancelled because of a strike by workers in that country's foreign ministry. Plans ...||1 day 15 hours|
|Pope Francis and the leaders of the Roman Curia will leave the Vatican on Sunday to begin their 5-day Lenten Retreat. The retreat, which will be preached by Father Angelo De Donatis, ...||1 day 15 hours|
|Most of Rome's hotels and group residences are nearly sold out for the weekend of April 27: the date of the canonization ceremonies for Popes John Paul II and John XXIII. The ANSA news ...||1 day 15 hours|
|Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia will travel to Rome later this month with the city's Mayor Michael Nutter and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, to confer with Vatican officials ...||1 day 15 hours|
|The prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches has appealed for generous support of the annual international Good Friday collection for the Church in the Holy Land. Quoting Pope ...||1 day 23 hours|
|In a meeting at the Vatican, the head of the World Council of Churches told Pope Francis that "I believe that in our time God is opening new ways for us to unity, and for how the world can ...||2 days 6 min|
|Msgr. Alfred Xuereb, a Maltese priest who served as Pope Benedict XVI's second secretary, recalled Pope Benedict's resignation in a recent interview. Msgr. Xuereb subsequently became ...||2 days 19 min|
|Cardinal Chibly Langlois, who became the nation's first cardinal in February, has been invited to serve as a mediator in a national political crisis, the Fides news agency ...||2 days 42 min|
|The bioethics commission of the Swiss bishops' conference has strongly criticized a proposal to legalize surrogate motherhood. Citing Donum Vitae, the Congregation for the Doctrine of ...||2 days 1 hour|
|Four Christian villages in Riyom, an area in central Nigeria's Plateau State, were attacked on March 5. An estimated 200 houses were burned down, and 16 people were killed, according to ...||2 days 1 hour|
|Three panelists from the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute and the Family Research Council have strongly criticized the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child's ...||2 days 1 hour|
|The principal of a Catholic high school has been arrested for setting a fire that severely damaged his school in Dickinson, North Dakota. Thomas Sander, 30, faces felony arson charges, ...||2 days 1 hour|
|Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston will join local bishops and the bishops who serve on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration in offering Mass for those ...||2 days 2 hours|
|During a March 6 meeting with priests of the Rome diocese, Pope Francis stressed the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and urged the priests to show Christ's mercy to the faithful. "Do you ...||2 days 13 hours|
|An appeals court in Minnesota has rejected a bid by the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis to block sworn depositions by Archbishop John Nienstedt and other archdiocesan officials ...||2 days 15 hours|
|A Jesuit seminary instructor who once taught Pope Francis says that the Pontiff is leading a "revolution of tenderness." Father Juan Carlos Scannone, a veteran instructor at the San ...||2 days 15 hours|
|A team of Vatican-appointed medical experts has verified the authenticity of a miracle attributed to the intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, moving the renowned preacher closer to ...||2 days 15 hours|
|Philadelphia, Pa., Mar 7, 2014 / 12:21 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has said he has "great confidence" that Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families, to be held in the city in September 2015.||1 day 17 hours|
|Vatican City, Mar 7, 2014 / 12:13 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- A priest connected with the Vatican press office addressed Pope Francis' recent words on civil unions in an interview, noting that his comments were general and did not imply a change in Church doctrine.||1 day 17 hours|
|Washington D.C., Mar 7, 2014 / 11:05 am (EWTN News/CNA).- American bishops will gather in Arizona at the end of March to tour the U.S.-Mexico border and offer a Mass in memory of migrant persons who have died trying to gain entry into the United States.||1 day 18 hours|
|Vatican City, Mar 7, 2014 / 07:02 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- In lengthy excerpts of an interview published in an Italian newspaper, Benedict XVI speaks of his time collaborating with John Paul II, highlighting the deceased Pope's sanctity and commitment to the truth.||1 day 22 hours|
Kyiv, Ukraine, Mar 7, 2014 / 05:07 pm (EWTN News/CNA).-
Prayer and respect for the dignity of all persons are at the core of the Ukrainian Catholic response to the upheavals in Ukraine, a prelate of the tradition in the U.S. has said.
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|Washington D.C., Mar 7, 2014 / 05:06 pm (EWTN News).- A new poll shows significant approval of Pope Francis among Catholics and his stand for "traditional moral values," but also substantial rejection of consistent Catholic morality and practice.||2 days 31 min|
Orlando, Fla., Mar 7, 2014 / 04:34 am (EWTN News/CNA).-
Less than a year after the Boy Scouts lifted its ban on openly homosexual members, the Walt Disney Company has cut the scouting organization from an employee donation program because it does not allow openly gay scout leaders.
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|Vatican City, Mar 7, 2014 / 02:30 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Pope Francis dedicated his daily homily to the virtue of charity, stressing that we shouldn't be "ashamed" to touch those who suffer, and cautioned against turning our faith into a mere ritual.||2 days 3 hours|
|Canberra, Australia, Mar 7, 2014 / 02:04 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Church leaders in both Australia and Papua New Guinea are voicing discontent with Australia's policy of processing asylum seekers at offshore camps with conditions condemned by human rights groups.||2 days 3 hours|
|Peoria, Ill., Mar 6, 2014 / 12:52 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The Bishop of Peoria has rejoiced at a Vatican medical panel's unanimous approval of a reported miracle attributed to the famous television personality and evangelist, Servant of God Archbishop Fulton Sheen.||2 days 16 hours|
|Vatican City, Mar 6, 2014 / 10:47 am (EWTN News/CNA).- As part of a recent interview given to an Italian news agency, Pope Francis discussed hot-button issues in the Church today, giving clarity to topics which have often been misinterpreted since his election.||2 days 18 hours|
|Vatican City, Mar 6, 2014 / 10:06 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Recent appointments are beginning to show a pattern of how Pope Francis' reform of the Roman Curia will be carried out, with a seemingly diminished role for the Secretariat of State.||2 days 19 hours|
Washington D.C., Mar 6, 2014 / 06:43 pm (EWTN News/CNA).-
With unique knowledge and solidarity with the people, churches play an essential role in helping cultural development in South Sudan, said an author familiar with the region.
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New York City, N.Y., Mar 6, 2014 / 06:36 am (EWTN News/CNA).-
A New York-based Catholic editor says her experience with the corporal works of mercy two Lenten seasons ago transformed her understanding of charity and service.
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|Vatican City, Mar 6, 2014 / 06:05 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- In his daily homily Pope Francis spoke of the Christian "style," explaining that in order to be authentic, it must follow the path of Jesus in denying oneself, taking up the Cross, and practicing humility.||2 days 23 hours|
|Rome, Italy, Mar 6, 2014 / 06:05 am (EWTN News/CNA).- Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz addressed his controversial publishing of letters which John Paul II asked to be burned, affirming that the decision is prudent as the letters are "a good for humanity."||2 days 23 hours|
We have all heard from the time we were knee-high to a tadpole that God never permits us to be tempted beyond our strength. If we’ve done any spiritual reading, this axiom has been drummed into us by more than one author. Sometimes its very repetition can make us feel guilty or spiritually stupid. That is why I intend to question that assumption here. Or, to speak more carefully, I intend to question one common understanding of this assumption, the understanding that suggests our spiritual struggles are either unreal or unnecessary.
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Sainthood closer for “America’s Bishop”
The following is a press release issued yesterday, Mar. 6th, by the Cause for the Canonization of the Ven. Archbishop Fulton Sheen. “Servant of God” is the official title for someone whose Cause (case for sainthood) is being investigated.
Peoria, IL — The Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, Bishop of Peoria and President of the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation, received word early Thursday morning that the 7-member board of medical experts who advise the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints at the Vatican unanimously approved a reported miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Archbishop Fulton Sheen.
The case involved a still born baby born in September 2010. For over an hour the child demonstrated no signs of life as medical professionals attempted every possible life saving procedure, while the child’s parents and loved ones began immediately to seek the intercession of Fulton Sheen. After 61 minutes the baby was restored to full life and made a full recovery. The child, now three years old, continues in good health.
Today’s decision affirms that the team of Vatican medical experts can find no natural explanation for the child’s healing. The case will next be reviewed by a board of theologians. With their approval the case could move on to the cardinals and bishops who advise the Pope on these matters. Finally, the miracle would be presented to Pope Francis who would then officially affirm that God performed a miracle through the intercession of Fulton Sheen. There is no timeline as to when these next steps might move forward.
“Today is a significant step in the Cause for the Beatification and Canonization of our beloved Fulton Sheen, a priest of Peoria and a Son of the Heartland who went on to change the world. There are many more steps ahead and more prayers are needed. But today is a good reason to rejoice,” commented Bishop Jenky. “Today is a significant step in the Cause for the Beatification and Canonization of our beloved Fulton Sheen, a priest of Peoria and a Son of the Heartland who went on to change the world. There are many more steps ahead and more prayers are needed. But today is a good reason to rejoice.”
Fulton Sheen was born May 8, 1895 in El Paso, IL outside of Peoria. His family moved to Peoria so that Fulton and his brothers could attend Catholic school. He grew up in the parish of the Cathedral of St. Mary where he was an altar server and later ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria. After advanced studies and service as a parish priest in the city of Peoria, Fulton Sheen was a professor of philosophy and religion at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. In the 1930s he became a popular radio personality and later a TV pioneer. His weekly TV program, “Life is Worth Living” eventually reached 30 million viewers and won an Emmy award for outstanding TV program.
From 1950-1966, Bishop Sheen was the national director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in the United States, the Church’s primary missionary apostolate. In 1966, he was named Bishop of Rochester of New York where he served until his retirement in 1969, when he was named honorary Archbishop by Pope Paul VI. Fulton Sheen died at the entrance to his private chapel in his New York City apartment on December 9, 1979.
In September 2002, Bishop Jenky officially opened the cause for the beatification and canonization of Fulton Sheen. For six years, the Sheen Foundation, the official promoter of the Cause, gathered testimony from around the world and reviewed all of Sheen’s writings, before sending their conclusions to the Vatican. In June 2012, Pope Benedict affirmed the investigation that Sheen had lived a life of heroic virtue and holiness. Sheen was then titled “Venerable.”
Pending further review by the theologians and the cardinals who advise the Pope through the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, should Pope Francis validate this proposed miracle, Sheen could then be declared “Blessed” in a ceremony that could be celebrated in Peoria, Sheen’s hometown. Upon the Holy Father signing the decree for the beatification, an additional miracle would lead to the Canonization of Archbishop Sheen, in which he would be declared a “Saint.”
For more information about Fulton Sheen and the Cause for his canonization, visit: ArchbishopSheenCause.org.
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For a post by “A Knotted Life” blogger Bonnie Engstrom, whose son James Fulton is the child saved, click here.
For our review of the DVD Archbishop Fulton Sheen: Servant of All, click here.
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Some upcoming Catholic events:
March 7 – 9, Mens’ Retreat at Our Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood (OH). Fr. Christopher Saliga, OP, will lead this retreat, themed “Listen to Me! God and make disciples of all nations!” For information call (513) 321-4879.
Mar. 7, Apologist and Writer Mark Shea at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish (Anderson Twp., OH), 7:30 pm. Topic: How Do You Become Catholic When You Happen to Already Be One?” First in Lenten speaker series. Evening begins at 6:45 with Rosary, followed by Stations of the Cross at 7 and speaker at 7:30. For information call (513) 388-4466.
Mar. 7 ,The Way of the Cross in Word and Song at St. Philip the Aposte Church (Morrow OH), 7 pm. The Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi will lead this Stations of the Cross with guided prayer, reflection and music. Parish fish fry begins at 5 pm; come early and enjoy. No fee; free will offering accepted.
Mar. 7, Blessing of the Bock by Franciscan friars at Bockfest Hall following the irreverent 6 pm Bockfest Parade. For parade route, weekend event schedule, and more, see www.bockfest.com.
Mar. 7, Bockfest fish fry at Bockfest Hall and Old St. Mary’s (Cincinnati). St. Francis de Sales Church (Cincinnati) will sell traditional fish fry food alongside German food vendors Servatii’s (pretzels, bier cheese and strudel), Mecklenburg Gardens (schnitzel, potato pancakes) and Queen City Sausage. Old St. Mary’s Church (Over-the-Rhine/Cincinnati) will hold a fish fry in the church parking lot along the parade route. A shuttle will take visitors to other participating venues: See www.bockfest.com for locations and events.
Mar. 7, “I Thirst” Concert Experience at St. Francis Xavier Parish (Falmouth, KY), 7;30 pm. Tatiana “Taijci” Cameron kicks off her Lenten tour with her only Cincinnati area performance.
Mar. 7, First Friday Charismatic Mass and Healing Service at Mother of God Church (Covington), 7 pm. Sponsored by the Mustard Seed Community. For information see www.CharismaticNKY.com.
March 7, 40 Days for Life Cincinnati Friday Group Prayer Vigil in front of the Planned Parenthood on Auburn Avenue, 7-8 pm. Sign up not necessary; all faiths welcome.
March 8-9, Moeller High School Antique Sale. 9 am – 4 pm Saturday, noon – 4 pm Sunday; $5. Sponsored by the Moeller Band Boosters, this semi-annual sale features 80 vendors. Food, including the famous Band Boosters potato soup, also available.
March 8, Tuskegee Choir Concert at Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel at Thomas More College (Crestview Hills, KY), 7 pm. One of the nation’s longest-active choirs will begin its 2014 Spring Break Tour at TMC. The program will feature music from the African-American tradition, including many hymns and sacred pieces. The all-undergraduate Tuskegee Choir is made up of non-music majors; showing the level of excellence possible for undergraduates. No fee; seating limited to 350.
March 9, 40 Days for Life Dayton Kickoff Rally, 1:30 pm. Bishop Joe Binzer will lead prayer.
Mar. 9, Bockfest Mass at Old St. Mary’s Church (Over-the-Rhine/Cincinnati), 11 am. German societies are invited to bring their flags and banners for a procession into church; music by Vereinsmusikanten brass band.
Mar. 9, RESCHEDULED: 40 Days for Life Cincinnati Kickoff at the Auburn Avenue Planned Parenthood, 2 pm. Reception follows at Corryville Catholic Elementary School.
Mar. 9, Franciscan Daughters of Mary Rose Garden Home Mission’s Center for Hope and Healing Anniversary Open House (Covington), 11 am – 3 pm. Celebrate the Center’s second anniversary. For information see www.franciscandaughtersofmary.org.
March 9, A Celebration of Sacred Music concert with Tom Kendzia at St. Boniface Church (Northside/Cincinnati), 4 pm. No fee. Popular liturgical composer Tom Kendzia will perform original and traditional sacred music for worship with influences from Ireland, Africa, Poland and especially the United States. A St. Boniface 150th anniversary event. For more information call (513) 541-1563.
March 9-13, Online Discernment Retreat with the Daughters of Charity. Single women ages 18-40 everywhere are invited to join this digital retreat by Skype, phone, or email. For information call Sr. Virginia Ann Brooks at (812) 963-7559 or send an email here.
March 10, Mar. 12, Bobby Schindler Presentation at Xavier University’s Kennedy Auditorium, 7 pm. Sponsored by XU Students for Life. Schindler, brother of Terri Schiavo and head of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, will speak on end of life issues. No fee. For information email email@example.com.
March 11, Professional Development Day with Dr. Mike Carotta, former executive director of the National Catholic Educators Association’s Department of Religious Education and nationally known speaker, at the Savannah Center in West Chester (OH), 9 am – 3 pm. For pastors, religious educators, pastoral leaders, youth ministers and other church workers; sponsored by C.R.E.A. Tickets $50. For information and registration email Bill Frantz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mar. 12, Bobby Schindler Presentation at UC’s Tangeman University Center, 7-8 pm. Sponsored by UC Students for Life. Schindler, brother of Terri Schiavo and head aof the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, will speak. No fee. For information see the event Facebook page.
Mar. 13, Martha Dinner at St. Margaret of York Parish (Loveland, OH). High school girls and young women interested in religious life are invited to meet sisters from more than half a dozen women religious communities. Evening includes dinner, prayer, discussion. To register call (513) 761-9040, ext. 101, or send an email here.
March 13, Fenian’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assummption (Covington), 7 pm. Celebration at Molly Malone’s (Covington) follows.
March 14, AOH St. Patrick’s Day Mass at St. Xavier Church (Downtown Cincinnati), 10 am.
March 14 – 16, Croptopia fundraiser at Mother Theresa Catholic Elementary School (Liberty Twp., OH). Scrapbookers, scrap to your heart’s content at this three-day event. Swap table, Cricut machine, Creative Memories consultant, prizes, snacks and drinks, more. Registration $45-$100, depending on length. Benefits MTCES programs and expansion. For hours and details, click here.
March 14, Ladies Luncheon with Gina Loehr at the Kenwood Country Club (Kenwood, OH), noon. Author and Catholic radio regular Gina Loehr will speak on “Why Women are Needed in the world Today.” Sponsored by Ruah Woods; proceeds benefit Camp ECHO Theology of the Body camps for teens. Tickets $50; for information or reservations see www.ruahwoods.org.
Mar. 15, Cincinnati St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Downtown Cincinnat), Noon. Parade begins at Eggleston and Reedy and ends on Sentinel street. Grand Marshal: Everyday heroes (TBA). Held annually since 1967, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade never reschedules or cancels: Held rain or shine.
Mar. 15, 30th Annual Pregnancy Center West Luncheon at The Farm (Western Hills/Cincinnati). Doors open at 11 am, lunch at noon; prizes, can raffle, moor. Please bring diapers, formula, or baby wipes for the center. $20; seating limited to 500. For information or reservations call (513) 244-5700.
Mar. 15, Men of the Sacred Heart Open House and Lunch at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (Norwood, OH), 11 am – 2 pm. The Men of the Sacred Heart invite families, young people, and people of all ages to a complimentary open house and lunch to share their mission of promoting devotion to the Sacred Heart through enthronements and devotion. Tours of their workshop, crafts for youth.
March 15, Consistent Ethic of Life Conference at the University of Dayton. Sponsored by the Catholic Relief Services Committee of the Archdiocesan Social Action Commission and the Archdiocesan Offices of Catholic Schools, Evangelization and Catechesis, Family and Respect Life, Mission, Youth and Young Adults, and Catholic Social Action. Focus: a variety of life issues and the Gospel’s call to respond. More information to come; contact Pam Long, Regional Director of the Catholic Social Action Office in Dayton at 937.224.3026 for details.
March 15, “Crop-a-Lotta,” 12-hour scrapbooking event at St. Joseph Church (Cold Spring, KY). For information see www.StJosephColdSpring.com.
March 16, 63rd Annual Friends of Ireland Irish Memorial Mass at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral (Cincinnati), 11 am. Fr. Barry Windholtz will celebrate. The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Glee Club will sing at 10:40, followed by a color guard, pipe and drum procession, and Mass with music sung by the Cathedral Choir and the Glee Club. This year the Mass is sepcially dedicated to the Good Friday Agreement in Nothern Ireland; all lovers of Ireland of any faith invited. Reception in undercroft follows.
Mar. 16, Irish Festival at Good Shepherd parish (Montgomery, OH), 5 – 8 pm. Irish food, music and dancing. For information call 513.489.8815 or visit good-shepherd.org.
Mar. 16, Lenten Vespers and Concert at The Athenaeum of Ohio’s Chapel of St. Gregory the Great, 7 pm. Fr. Earl Fernandes, Dean of The Athenauem/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West, will preside. Music: Josef Rheinberger’s Stabat Mater and Ave Regina Caelorum; Matthew Phelps’s Magnificat. No fee.
March 16, A Musical Celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s 329th Birthday at St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption (Covington, KY), 3 pm. Jeffrey Shaffer, Trumpeter; Mary Southworth, Soprano Soloist; Mark Bailey, Organist. A Cathedral Concert Series event; no fee.
Mar. 17th, St. Patrick’s Day Mass at Mother Of God Church (Covington), noon. Sponsored by LAOH.
March 18, Confession at all Archdiocese of Cincinnati parishes, 7 – 9 pm. “The Light is On for You” during this Lenten opportunity to celebrate the Sarcrament of Reconciliation through private confession.
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More than 20 amicus (“friend of the court”) briefs have been filed in support of the Susan B. Anthony List’s appeal to the Supreme Court against former Ohio representative and Cincinnati native Steve Driehaus.
Amicus briefs generally offer supporting, but different, legal arguments for a case, and are meant to show that the argument an attorney makes for a case is only one of several or many that could be made.
Driehaus sued the SBA List, a pro-life political watchdog group that identifies pro- and anti-abortion candidates, after he lost his bid for reelection in 2010, saying that they had lied about him and caused him to lose the election and thus his livelihood. He lost that case and has appealed.
The SBA List and the Cincinnati-based Coalition Against Spending and Additional Taxes (COAST) counter-sued, saying that they were not able to buy billboards because Driehaus threatened to prosecuted billboard companies under Ohio laws prohibiting “false speech,” which amounted to suppression of free speech.
The SBA List and COAST lost their case and an appeal. Both judges said that the organizations lacked standing to sue because they had not been fined and could not prove that they would have been prosecuted or fined if their billboards had been erected. They appealed to the Supreme Court, which will rule on whether or not they have standing to sue (not on whether or not the false speech laws are too restrictive, or whether their opinion of Driehaus’s actions was true or false).
All 21 briefs are linked below; click to read any:
Excerpts from several briefs follow.
The American Civil Liberties Union:
Cato Institute and P.J. O’Rourke:
Christian Legal Society:
“Our founders braved the threat of the gallows so that we would not have to fear speaking our true convictions. What is a chill of speech? In a word it is fear – fear that speech may land one in jail or subject the speaker to ruinous fines,” says SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “As a wife and mother of five I can tell you that the fear of imprisonment and crippling fines has been real.”
In a blog post, COAST said, “We hope and believe that the Supreme Court will use this case to clarify the law demanding unfettered political speech and breathe life into the First Amendment.”
Since shortly after the election, Driehaus and his family have been living in Swaziland, where he works for the Peace Corps.
The Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments for Susan B. Anthony List v. Steven Driehaus on April 22nd.
For our coverage of Supreme Court’s taking up the case, click here.
For our coverage of Driehaus’s appeal, click here.
For our coverage of Driehaus’s loss, click here
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