From Cardinal Dolan: “We have to be realistic and prepare for tough times…”

From his blog today: The President invited us to “work out the wrinkles,” and we have been taking him seriously.  Unfortunately, this seems to be going nowhere: the White House Press Secretary, for instance, informed the nation that the mandates are a fait accompli (and, embarrassingly for him, commented that we bishops have always opposed Health [Read More...]

Why isn’t Santorum doing better among Catholics?

Analysts are crunching the numbers and looking at exit poll results, and have some conclusions: It still is not clear whether Rick Santorum’s comments on religion in public life cost him a significant number of Roman Catholic votes in the Michigan and Arizona primaries. The conventional wisdom seems to be that the comments did hurt [Read More...]

Santorum on Kennedy speech: “That makes me throw up”

“I don’t believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute. The idea that the church can have no influence or no involvement in the operation of the state is absolutely antithetical to the objectives and vision of our country. This is the First Amendment. The First Amendment says the free [Read More...]

So what religion IS Marco Rubio anyway?

A friend on FB was recently speculating about a Santorum/Rubio ticket — in theory, the first to be all-Catholic — but Marco Rubio’s religion remains murky and contradictory. Now, according to at least one report, he has Mormon roots. Details: In the compelling personal narrative that has helped propel Florida Senator Marco Rubio to national [Read More...]

Meet Mitt Romney’s Catholic connection

He’s a former prosecutor who keeps a statue of Mary on his desk — and he’s trying to woo Catholics and Evangelicals to the Romney cause. Details: The response seemed to defy the rough-and-tumble rules of modern politics. One of the nation’s most prominent opponents of same-sex marriage, Maggie Gallagher, had just told aides to [Read More...]

The myth and the reality of the “Catholic vote”

Author Stephen S. Schneck, from Catholic University, argues that there are actually several different kinds of Catholic voters: While there is not an obvious Catholic vote on the macro scale, there are three discreet “Catholic votes” that really matter in American elections. The first of these is Latino Catholics.  Over the last three decades, Latino [Read More...]

A must-read for this President’s Day

A huge h/t to The Anchoress for bringing this to my attention.  It drives home, with blinding clarity, the fact that the issue of the HHS mandate is not about contraception.  I mentioned that when I preached on this topic some weeks back, and it cannot be said enough.  This goes far beyond pills and [Read More...]

Poll: Catholic voters tilting toward Romney

But will that hold?  Details: Despite a battle over birth-control policy between the White House and Roman Catholic leaders, Catholics’ political views differ little from those of non-Catholic voters, according to Reuters/Ipsos poll results released on Monday. About four in 10, or 37 percent, of Catholic voters approve of Democratic President Barack Obama’s performance, and [Read More...]

Sebelius defends HHS contraception mandate

Details: In her first appearance before lawmakers since her department inflamed the Catholic Church with a new rule mandating the provision of female contraception, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius defended the rule as legally sound.  “We certainly had our legal department look at a whole host of legal issues,” Sebelius testified before the [Read More...]

Rift: How Obama’s “accommodation” has split Catholics

A wide array of voices, from this morning’s New York Times: The near-unified front led by the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops to oppose a mandate for employers to cover birth control has now crumbled amid the compromise plan that the Obama administration offered last week to accommodate religious institutions. The leaders of several large Catholic [Read More...]