Obamacare’s bulletin announcements: “The body is a temple and it must be insured”—UPDATED

From The Weekly Standard:  In an effort to sign up as many consumers as possible for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), the Obama administration has gone to extraordinary lengths to partner with churches and other faith-based groups, even publishing sample church bulletin inserts, flyers, and scripts for announcements, as well as “talking [Read More...]

Supporter: Rick Perry believes he is “touched by God”

From The Daily Mail: Rick Perry delivered a scathing indictment of Barack Obama on Thursday night in Washington, teeing up a presidential run with a speech that took little notice of presumptive Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton and instead castigated the president as feckless, clueless and gutless. Just 16 days removed from the 10,000-square-foot Texas governor’s [Read More...]

Confirmed: Pope will address joint session of U.S. Congress

This is unprecedented. From the Archdiocese of Washington: It is a great honor and tremendous joy to welcome our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to the Archdiocese of Washington during his proposed pastoral visit to the United States in September. We rejoice with the announcement by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Honorable John Boehner, [Read More...]

Why he’s no longer pro-life: the “misadventures of Tim Ryan”

The once pro-life congressman switched sides last week—and now here’s some reaction and analysis from Kristen Day of Democrats for Life in The Hill:  His pronouncement is a symptom of a larger problem within the Democratic Party – the abortion litmus test. Democrats once held a 292-seat majority in the U.S House with 110 pro-life [Read More...]

Catholic congressman Tim Ryan: “Why I changed my thinking on abortion”

From HuffPo:  Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), a longtime opponent of abortion, announced in an op-ed on Tuesday that he now supports abortion rights after having talked to women in difficult circumstances throughout his home state. “I have sat with women from Ohio and across the nation and heard them talk about their varying experiences: abusive relationships, financial [Read More...]

Pope Francis a “headache” for GOP presidential hopefuls?

Rick Santorum prays at a fundraiser in 2012 by Gage Skidmore / Wikipedia Commons From Bloomberg:  It is a new era for the Roman Catholic church, much to the dismay of three of its Republican members who are poised to run for president. On issues ranging from climate change, lifting the U.S. embargo on Cuba, and the demotion of an anti-gay [Read More...]

Salon: Inside the “catastrophic collapse” of the Catholic right

Cardinal Raymond Burke by CanonLawJunkie via Wikipedia From author Patricia Miller:  For years they struck fear in the hearts of progressive Catholic candidates. They could, and did, help destroy presidential campaigns. The media took them seriously, reporting on their pronouncements as representative of a significant bloc of conservative Catholics. They were not legion; but they [Read More...]

Mississippi moves to make the Bible the state book

A Bible handwritten in Latin, on display in Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire, England. (Via Wikipedia / Public Domain)  From AP:  Mississippi is the birthplace of William Faulkner, Richard Wright and recent U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey. However, some lawmakers say they want to look beyond the secular literary world and designate the Bible as the state [Read More...]

Bishop declines governor’s inauguration invitation because of abortion stance

From The Providence Journal:  Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin said Monday he rejected an invitation this past weekend to attend Governor-elect Gina Raimondo’s inauguration, because of her stance on “the grave moral evil” of abortion. “Over the weekend I did receive a formal written invitation to the Inauguration, the courtesy of which I appreciated,” [Read More...]

Historic audio: Mario Cuomo and the question “Who is God?”

The day before Mario Cuomo’s funeral in New York City, the city’s fabled 92nd St. Y has released, for the first time, the audio of a memorable talk he gave there over 20 years ago on the subject of God. The New York Times notes:  Like few other elected officials, Mr. Cuomo sought publicly to reconcile [Read More...]