Boehner: Bishops need to “take a bigger look” at budget

Details: House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) chastised Catholic bishops at a Wednesday news conference on Capitol Hill, saying they needed to look at the bigger picture after they complained that the GOP budget plan fails to meet “moral criteria.” The bishops had written letters to Capitol Hill, arguing many elements of the Republicans’ budget [Read More...]

Pastor who declined gay marriage petition gets standing ovation

Earlier, I posted about parishes in Seattle that were declining to take part in the petition drive against same sex marriage. Now, some reaction from the pews: The congregation at Seattle’s Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church gave the Rev.. Tim Clark a standing ovation Sunday when he announced that the parish would not [Read More...]

Bishop: “We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but must be Catholics by conviction”

Details: “Heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism” is required to confront state and federal threats to religious liberty and the church’s public ministries, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, told more than 500 Catholic men who marched through the downtown Peoria in a steady rain April 14 in a public defense of the faith. “We can no [Read More...]

Just saying no: Some Seattle parishes decline to circulate petitions against gay marriage referendum

And one of them is the cathedral parish.  Details: A growing number of Seattle’s Catholic parishes are saying “no” to Archbishop J. Peter Sartain’s offer that churches become signature gathering points for Referendum 74, the ballot measure to roll back Washington’s recently passed same-sex marriage law. St. Mary’s Parish in the Central Area, and the [Read More...]

US bishops call for “fortnight for freedom” this summer to pray for religious liberty

From the newly-released Statement on Religious Liberty: Religious liberty is not only about our ability to go to Mass on Sunday or pray the Rosary at home. It is about whether we can make our contribution to the common good of all Americans. Can we do the good works our faith calls us to do, [Read More...]

Paul Ryan: my Catholic faith helped shape budget plan

Details: House Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says his Catholic faith helped shape the Republican budget plan by stressing local control and concern for the poor, according to an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network released Tuesday. “A person’s faith is central to how they conduct themselves, in public and in private, so to [Read More...]

BREAKING: Santorum quits race

I suspect this will be all over the place. But you can find quick summaries here and here. And The Anchoress is on top of things, as well. Stay tuned. Comments closed.   People reading the comments can see why. [Read more...]

Catholic college withdraws speaking invitation to Kennedy’s widow

Details: A small Catholic college that invited Victoria Reggie Kennedy to speak at its spring commencement has rescinded the offer under pressure from the Worcester bishop, who described her apparent political views as out of line with Catholic teachings. Anna Maria College in Paxton, west of Worcester, released a statement today placing the decision at [Read More...]

A potent new video: “Stand Up for Religious Freedom”

From Blackstone Films comes this must-see message: the official Stand Up for Religious Freedom promotional video. Watch it and pass it on. [Read more...]

“The church is called to be an equal opportunity critic”

Fr. Frank Pavone looks at the Church’s role in politics in this morning’s Washington Post: The church is called to be an equal opportunity critic. She must have the freedom to challenge all, across political lines, with the Gospel call to repentance. The institutional church in the United States has at times been called “the Democrats [Read More...]


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