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Daily Links, June 19: Catholics coming and going, history lesson, and voting dilemma

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CNN's Belief Blog today features a piece on "recovering Catholics," i.e. people who left the Catholic Church to find spiritual fulfillment elsewhere. The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate blog 1964 takes things a step further with an analysis of Catholics who left but then came back.

Nuns on the Bus hit the road yesterday, making their first stop in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Vatican is not happy about the Vatileaks scandal and its coverage by the media. But even though Vatican official Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone isn't happy with journalists, he says the devil is really behind all of this.

The movie "For Greater Glory" has received a lot of praise from Catholic bishops who want to equate the historical drama with modern-day America, but Commonweal offers an explanation of why Barack Obama doesn't really resemble the film's anti-Catholic Mexican dictator.

Speaking of President Obama, the Catholic Health Association's stance on the contraception requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is still a hot topic. Sarah Posner of Religion Dispatches says the CHA's position ultimately doesn't matter, and our own Bryan Cones raises some other interesting questions about the legal implications of broader religious exemption to civil laws.

Also on our blog today, I look at Real Catholic TV changing its name after pressure from the Archdiocese of Detroit. And don't miss yesterday's post by senior editor Cathy O'Connell-Cahill on union busting by Catholic employers.

Finally, at Vox Nova, Mark Gordon finds himself faced with a question that nearly all of us will have to ask ourselves in November: How does a Catholic cast a vote when none of the candidates' policies fit with church teaching?