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  • NY Times Scolds Catholics, Calls HHS Mandate Lawsuits a “Stunt”

    05/30/2012 1:49:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | May 29, 2012 | Matthew Archbold
    The New York Times has been unsympathetic to Catholic protests against the HHS mandate, so it was not surprising that the Times editorial board had nothing but nasty things to say about the lawsuits that recently were filed against HHS by 43 Catholic plaintiffs in a Sunday editorial. Thirteen Roman Catholic dioceses and some Catholic-related groups scattered lawsuits across a dozen federal courts last week claiming that President Obama was violating their religious freedom by including contraceptives in basic health care coverage for female employees. It was a dramatic stunt, full of indignation but built on air. Building on mixed...
  • Maureen Dowd: Fight really about controlling women, not birth

    05/28/2012 5:02:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Contra Costa Times / The New York Times ^ | May 28, 2012 | Maureen Dowd
    Your parents spill a few secrets as they get older. One night at dinner with my mom, I ventured that the rhythm method had worked well for her, given that there were six years between my sister Peggy and my brother Kevin, and six more between Kevin and me. She arched an eyebrow. "Well, sometimes your father used something," she said. My parents were the most devout Catholics I've ever known. But my dad came from a family of 16 in County Clare in Ireland, and my mom's mother came from a family of 13 in County Mayo. So they...
  • Religious freedom vs. Obamacare

    05/28/2012 8:27:33 AM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 3 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 5-27-2012 | The Orange County Register Editorial Board
    More than 40 Catholic individuals, dioceses and universities have sued the Obama administration to prevent trampling of their First Amendment right to practice religion by forcing them to pay for abortifacients, sterilizations, contraception, devices and pills that would violate their religious beliefs. We would be stunned and alarmed if the courts reject their arguments, grounded as they are in the constitutionally protected right to free exercise of religion...
  • Soul-searching for racial justice (Indescribable)

    05/26/2012 1:45:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | May. 26, 2012 | Professor Alex Mikulich
    It is a sign of the times that the Trayvon Martin case is waning away from public attention, and that the U.S. Catholic bishops have not addressed the fundamental issues of racial justice at stake for the nation. A failure to address the social structures and culture that is death-dealing for African-American and Latino men and women in America -- the context for the Feb. 26 killing of Martin -- is a “supreme dishonor to the Creator” in terms of the most basic tenet of Catholic social teaching: that we are all made in the image and likeness of God....
  • Are Catholic Leaders Attacking Obama to Help Republicans?

    05/25/2012 2:35:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/25/2012 | Napp Nazworth
    E. J. Dionne, a liberal columnist for The Washington Post, suggested in a Monday blog post that Catholic leaders who are opposing the Obama administration's birth control mandate could be doing so to help Republicans in the November elections. Dionne was responding to the Monday lawsuits from 43 Catholic agencies. They sued the Obama administration over the requirement to provide coverage for contraception, sterilization and some abortifacient drugs in their health plans. These agencies did not qualify for the religious exemption because the exemption defines religious groups as only those that primarily hire and serve coreligionists, and for which religious...
  • Obama, the born-again Catholic

    05/24/2012 5:54:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/24/12 | Neil Munro
    Amid polls showing that his efforts to regulate religious institutions have hurt his image among Catholics, President Barack Obama has begun touting his early ties to the church. “My first job as a community organizer was with Catholic churches who taught me the power of kindness and commitment to others in neighborhoods,” he declared at a Hollywood fundraiser May 23. “When I was a young community organizer, I was working with Catholic churches and they taught me that no government program can make as much of a difference as kindness and commitment on the part of neighbors and friends,” he...
  • Mary Ann Glendon: Why the Bishops Are Suing the U.S. Government

    05/22/2012 11:24:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5-22-12 | Mary Ann Glendon
    The main goal of the contraception mandate is not to protect women's health. It is a move to conscript religious organizations into a political agenda. This week Catholic bishops are heading to federal courts across the country to defend religious liberty. On Monday they filed 12 lawsuits on behalf of a diverse group of 43 Catholic entities that are challenging the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) sterilization, abortifacient and birth-control insurance mandate. Like most Americans, the bishops have long taken for granted the religious freedom that has enabled this nation's diverse religions to flourish in relative harmony. But...
  • Notre Dame sues Obama Administration over HHS rule

    05/21/2012 8:26:45 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 54 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 21, 2012 | David Freddoso
    In 2009, President Obama delivered the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. Now, Notre Dame is suing his administration over its insistence that Catholic schools and other institutions provide insurance coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives, and other abortifacient drugs without any meaningful opt-out for conscientious objectors. Rev. John Jenkins, the university's president, was given much grief over his commencement invitation to President Obama in 2009. Today, he sent the following email to Notre Dame employees, announcing and explaining the lawsuit.
  • First Shoe Drops: Catholic School Drops ObamaCare

    05/16/2012 5:22:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 16, 2012 | Editor
    Health Reform: Faced with being forced to abandon its conscience while emptying its bank account, a Catholic university finds its students can't keep the health insurance they like as it becomes prohibitively expensive. Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, finding itself at the nexus of cost and conscience regarding the demands and expenses imposed on it and other Catholic institutions by the onslaught of ObamaCare, has announced it will neither comply nor participate in the nationalization of health care and drop the health coverage it offers to its students. It's the first shoe to drop in what will be a cascade...
  • Mitt Romney: Mormon Candidate at Baptist Liberty University Moves Catholic Editor

    05/14/2012 9:41:32 AM PDT · by tcg · 65 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/14/12 | Keith A Fournier
    ...The fact that a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, would be the commencement speaker at the Baptist University founded by Dr Jerry Falwell speaks to the urgency of the hour. Add to this the fact that this Catholic Editor in Chief of Catholic Online would consider the speech important enough to make it the lead article, and the point is made even clearer... ...The Romney candidacy raises a certain irony. Here we had a Mormon candidate who went to Liberty University and addressed a crowd which has major disagreement with his religious...
  • Study: Over Half of South Jersey's Catholics Believe That Jesus Sinned

    05/07/2012 2:39:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 273 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/07/2012 | Jeff Schapiro
    Although the sinless life of Jesus Christ is a foundational tenet of the Christian faith, a study recently released by the Diocese of Camden found that 60 percent of practicing Catholics in southern New Jersey believe Jesus sinned during his time on Earth. "The number of Catholics who have a very flawed, a seriously flawed, understanding of who Jesus is, that's troublesome," Bishop Joseph Galante of the Diocese of Camden said during a press conference, USA Today reports. "We've got to re-focus on how we teach and inform people. Jesus is the foundation of who we are as Catholics." The...
  • Gallup: Catholic vote a tossup, 46/46

    05/03/2012 7:01:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/03/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    In 2008, Barack Obama won the Catholic vote by nine points, 54/45, over John McCain on his way to a seven-point victory in the national popular vote. Three months after announcing the HHS mandate that would force religious hospitals, schools, and charities to fund contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients, Obama has lost that edge among the tens of millions of Catholic voters. A new Gallup poll shows Obama in a dead heat with Mitt Romney, at just about the same level as McCain got in 2008: Catholic voters in the United States are evenly split in their support for Barack Obama...
  • Catholic Bishops Call For Two Weeks of Action Against Obama

    04/24/2012 2:31:23 PM PDT · by Doc Justice · 30 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 4/24/2012 | Martin Gould
    Roman Catholic leaders are calling for two weeks of public protests against President Barack Obama's policies as they intensify their argument that the administration is engaged in a war on religion. The days between June 21 and July 4 have been set aside by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops which has sought to end the administration's contraception mandate, among other policies. The protests against the Obama administration’s policies could be “the game-changer” in the presidential election, one leading lay churchman told Newsmax on Tuesday. The protests, dubbed “A Fortnight for Freedom” will be an “unprecedented, aggressive attack” against policies...
  • Protest by Catholic activists may hamper Obama reelection bid

    04/24/2012 8:11:41 AM PDT · by bkopto · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | Apr 24, 2012 | Alexander Bolton
    President Obama has seen his standing among Catholic voters, a crucial segment of the electorate, slip in recent weeks, and a looming confrontation with Catholic activists could make it worse. Democrats want voters this year to focus on what they have branded a war on women, but the flip side of the debate — the so-called war on religion — is not going away anytime soon. Earlier this month, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called for two weeks of public protest in June and July against what it sees as growing government encroachment on religious freedom. The protests are...
  • E-mail your lists before Tuesday primaries

    04/23/2012 8:13:14 AM PDT · by butterdezillion · 50 replies
    butterdezillion
    I have to work today and tomorrow so I can't man any of Newt's phone banks, but if anybody can use this letter to forward in e-mails to your lists before tomorrow's primaries, please do so: Mitt Romney supports government-coerced abortion. He personally has made the decision to force people to provide abortions even though they believe it to be murder. Yes, he vetoed Romneycare because it mandated abortion insurance coverage, but in Dec 2005 after his veto was overridden and the Boston Globe printed an article noting that Catholic hospitals would be exempt from providing abortions to rape victims,...
  • To Newt Gingrich haters (vanity)

    04/14/2012 4:35:57 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 228 replies
    Vanity | April 13, 2012 | CutePuppy
    I think you are missing something here. Newt would bring the ever Lurking Calista with him and she was the cause of divorce # 2. He was rubbing it in everybody's face that an old coot like him could get somebody like her. No matter how God awful she looked. He was delusional to think he could get the evangelicals with that approach. Newt is the one that shot himself in the foot not Hume. Hume is just another excuse for Newt in a long line of excuse's. He was rubbing it in everybody's face that an old coot like...
  • Welcome back, McCotter

    04/13/2012 3:18:34 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/12/2012 | W. James Antle III
    Thad McCotter’s presidential campaign was a disaster. He finished last out of 10 candidates in the Ames, Iowa straw poll, despite being one of the GOP aspirants who bothered to show up. National surveys showed him taking about 1 percent of the vote. McCotter was the first major Republican contender to drop out of the race. So what could McCotter possibly teach Rick Santorum, who suspended his campaign after a surprisingly strong second-place finish to Republican front-runner Mitt Romney? Plenty, as it turns out. Consider some of the reasons Santorum came up short. The first problem that Santorum faced is...
  • Rick Santorum Was The Most Conservative, Authentic and Resilient Candidate of 2012

    04/10/2012 5:26:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 51 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | April 10, 2012
    Rick Santorum Was The Most Conservative, Authentic and Resilient Candidate of 2012. Tim Stanley April 10th Rick Santorum's struggle touched a chord with many working-class Americans Rick Santorum said goodbye on Tuesday afternoon. It was a classic performance from the Rickster – heartfelt, overlong, a little bitter. He pledged to go on fighting for the little people but acknowledged that the race was over, brought to a close by his daughter’s illness and poor polling. To most people this means that it’s now between Romney and Obama. The only minority report on that will come from Newt Gingrich. You can...
  • Pope issues rare, forceful correction to dissident priests in Holy Week liturgy

    04/09/2012 6:08:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 72 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 5, 2012 | HILARY WHITE
    VATICAN CITY, April 5, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In an extremely rare move, Pope Benedict XVI today issued a forcefully worded correction of a group of Austrian priests who last year issued a public letter calling on their fellow clergy to disobey Catholic teaching in key areas. “Recently a group of priests from a European country issued a summons to disobedience, and at the same time gave concrete examples of the forms this disobedience might take, even to the point of disregarding definitive decisions of the Church’s Magisterium, such as the question of women’s ordination,” the pope said. Speaking at the...
  • Election 2012 Preferences: Political Polarization among U.S. Faith Segments

    04/04/2012 5:47:44 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 20 replies
    http://www.barna.org ^ | April 4, 2012 | Barna.org
    As the 2012 election campaign approaches phase two – when the major-party candidates have been selected and begin to square off – there is an unmistakable lack of ideological and political unity within the Christian community. A new national survey by the Barna Group among likely voters indicates that there are substantial differences across a wide spectrum of Christian subgroups, with only a one segment unwavering in its commitment to defeat President Obama in November. In the first of those contests Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were of equal appeal to all voters, with Mr. Obama holding a 52% to...