Matt C. Abbott
Lots of support for Newtown priests; One darn good 'Hobby'
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By Matt C. Abbott
January 3, 2013

Happy New Year, everyone!

Last month, a letter was circulated online asking for prayers and cards of support for Father Luke Suarez, parochial vicar at St. Rose of Lima parish in Newtown, Connecticut. (There are two other priests at the parish as well — Father Ignacio Ortigas and Monsignor Robert Weiss.)

Tom Crowe of CatholicVote.org, who was in seminary with Father Luke for one year, reprinted the letter on CV's blog; click here to read it.

Below is a photo of some of the mail sent to Father Luke at the parish rectory. Suffice to say, the priests will be spending a lot of time opening it!




From Catholic World News:
    The Hobby Lobby stores will defy a federal mandate requiring coverage of the morning-after pill in employees' health-insurance policies, risking fines of over $1 million a day beginning on January 1.

    Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned retail chain, has challenged the HHS insurance mandate in court. Last week, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denied a request to block enforcement of the mandate until the lawsuit is resolved, but said that Hobby Lobby could pursue its case in lower courts. The chain has announced that it will defy the HHS mandate at least until the case is resolved.
Now that's a courageous stance! God bless Hobby Lobby.

In related developments, Korte & Luitjohan Contractors and Tom Monaghan have won temporary court victories against the HHS mandate. Click here and here to find out more about these cases.

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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 'Unsolved' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and other media outlets. In 2005 and 2006, he was among the first writers to expose former cardinal Theodore McCarrick's abuse of power with and sexual harassment of seminarians. He can be reached at mattcabbott@gmail.com.

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