Author Archives: Ray Noble

About Ray Noble

Deus et Patria -- A Website for Americans Who Enjoy Being Catholic ... and Vice Versa. ABOUT ME: Retired lawyer-law professor-author. Raised in NJ, now living in Florida. Widower and Father. EDUCATION ACHIEVEMENTS: Summa Cum Laude, Undergrad debating scholarship, Fulbright scholarship, Campion Scholar at Oxford University, Presidential Scholar at Boston College Law School, law review editor. DIVERSE PROFESSIONAL LIFE: Corporate lawyer, state (NJ) Deputy Atty General for Civil Rights, Law school associate professor (St. John's University), legal writer, author of guide for women at the request of the New Jersey League of Women Voters, state judiciary's chief of long range planning, state bar association's chief counsel, USIA law reform rep in Gaza and the West Bank, co-founder and overseer of 9/11 Mass Disaster relief program for World Trade Center victims. In 2001, after 33 years of marriage and 8 children (6 living daughters), Alice, the love of my life (my high school sweetheart), died when she was only 55 years old. I still miss her deeply and always will. But in 2002, an unexpected, new chapter began when I left the practice of law and became a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal for 3 blessed years. I served in the Hispanic apostolate and the pro-life ministry, counseling outside abortion mills in Manhattan and the Bronx. I loved the CFRs' radical commitment to poverty. I also treasured the abundant daily prayer that included Mass, the Divine Office, daily Eucharistic adoration and rosary, and both communal and private contemplative prayer. But in 2005, while I was still in temporary vows, one of my daughters was hospitalized, with long term needs. It became clear to others and to me that my 3 years as a friar.was to become a prelude to other things. Retiring to central Florida, I continue to see my daughter's needs as my first commitment. I also work to combat human trafficking. In my parish ministries and in my life as a single senior citizen, I try to continue the life I knew as a friar as much as I can. This website is a recent development. I hope you find it helpful and, at least occasionally, fun. I do.

FROM THE FISCAL TIMES: THE HHS MANDATE WOULD DEVASTATE THE POOR BY FORCING CATHOLIC HOSPITALS TO CLOSE

Edward Morrissey of The Fiscal Times analyzes the HHS mandate’s effect on the poor and on underserved rural areas by forcing Catholic hospitals to close: http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2012/03/01/Obama-Risks-$100-Billion-if-Catholic-Hospitals-Close.aspx#page1   If you like this article, please click on the FOLLOW BY EMAIL button  on … Continue reading

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Rally for Religious Freedom Across America

In major cities across America there will be a noon-time rally on March 23 against the government’s demand for people to reject their consciences. People of widely divergent religious beliefs (even including amicus briefs by Hindus, Sikhs, animists, Hara Krishnas etc. as well … Continue reading

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Masterful Confrontation: The Unprecedented Threat to Religious Liberty

The Jesuits’ America Magazine (which still calls itself “the national Catholic weekly”) published an editorial  http://www.americamagazine.org/content/article.cfm?article_id=13277  chiding the bishops. Bishop Lori’s reply follows. Responding to the gravest threat to religious liberty in American history, this statement may long be remembered for its urgency, boldness and … Continue reading

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Why The Catholic Church Will Not Comply

In the following article from Catholic World Report, a professor of moral theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio  discusses why the Catholic Church must refuse to comply with the HHS contraception/abortifacient/sterilization health insurance mandate:  From Catholic World Report: … Continue reading

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Dutch Euthanize Woman Despondent About Macular Degeneration; No Evidence of Routine Intervention to Address Depression

The rise in euthanasia in The Netherlands, allegedly voluntarily at the person’s request, has raised questions about the state of medical ethics in that nation. The latest case being discussed is that of a woman who was killed by her … Continue reading

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Liberal Catholic Pawns in Political War Against Religion

“The Obama religious wars”: neither words of hyperbole nor an empty epithet but an apt description of an unfolding crisis that encompasses the United States Constitution and fundamental religious liberty. Just last month, in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church v. EEOC, the United … Continue reading

Posted in abortifacients, birth control, Cardinal Francis George, Catholic colleges, Catholic Health Association, Catholic Hospitals, Catholic nuns, contraception, contraception mandate, George Weigel, health care compromise, Health care mandate, Hosanna-Tabor Church v. EEOC, John Courtney Murray, Jr., Obamacare, religious liberty, Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2012, Sister Carol Keehan, The Catholic Church, United States Constitution, United States Supreme Court | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

From the National Catholic Register: Crossing the Rubicon

‘We Are Crossing the Rubicon’: House Tackles HHS Mandate  Threat   (143) Bishop Lori, legal and policy experts raise concerns; a  representative of the Institute of Medicine defends the federal rule. Share http://api.tweetmeme.com/button.js?url=http%3A//www.ncregister.com/daily-news/we-are-crossing-the-rubicon-house-tackles-hhs-mandate-threat&style=compact&source=NCRegister&service=bit.ly&o=http%3A//www.facebook.com/%3Fref%3Dlogo&b=1 by  JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND02/29/2012 Comments (1) WASHINGTON — Yesterday a … Continue reading

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