Poll: Catholics still favoring Obama in election

Somehow, this doesn’t surprise me: With many American Catholic leaders blaming the current administration for a new requirement that Catholic employers provide birth control coverage, you’d think that President Barack Obama wouldn’t exactly be their favorite person right now. Still, a survey conducted this week has the president beating Republican hopefuls Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich [Read More...]

Is Obama losing the Catholic vote?

A few observers are starting to wonder: Some rank and file Catholics are beginning to express the same frustrations as clergy about a new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy requiring all employers, including religious ones, to pay for FDA-approved contraceptives, such as the birth control pill and Plan B, through health insurance [Read More...]

Obama backlash: Rubio introduces “Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012″

Someone whose name, and profile, have both become more prominent this election year is now staking out his turf in the looming battle over the recent HHS ruling on contraception. From National Catholic Register: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012 today, marking the GOP’s first legislative response to the [Read More...]

Great moments in the Commonwealth of Virginia

This would be funny, if it were’t true. Virginia is about to pass a bill that would require pregnant women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion. Details: It’s one of several anti-abortion bills now moving through the General Assembly. Others would give legal rights to unborn children, prohibit abortions after 20 weeks unless [Read More...]

“Now is the time for all good Catholics to come to the aid of providers…”

“Now is the time for all good Catholics to come to the aid of providers—the schools, hospitals, charities, and soup kitchens who serve communities in need without asking affiliations. And, in coming together, perhaps now is the time to ponder their long-held presumptions, each about the other, and broaden our own outreach as well. If [Read More...]

Santorum on his wife: “She’s my hero…”

One of the highlights of tonight’s GOP debate in Florida, on CNN, from Sen. Rick Santorum.  Each candidate was asked why his wife would be a good first lady. WOLF BLITZER: Senator Santorum, your wife is not here tonight. SANTORUM: Yeah, she’s not. She’s — she’s doing what she does incredibly well, which is to [Read More...]

Dolan: “Let down, disappointed and disturbed” over Obama HHS ruling

He made the remarks last night: On the even of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Archbishop Timothy Dolan ripped President Obama for birth control policies he contends run counter to Catholic teachings. Soon-to-be elevated to cardinal by Pope Benedict, Dolan said Wednesday night that the White House was wrong to require the Catholic Church [Read More...]

“Why are beliefs of Catholics and others dismissed?”

That’s one of the compelling questions posed by Sister Mary Ann Walsh at the USCCB’s media blog: On January 20, HHS announced its decision to keep in place the frightening mandate in the health care law, with barely the slightest nod to religious concerns. HHS holds to the absurd rule it announced last August, that [Read More...]

Catholics to Gingrich, Santorum: “Stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes”

Details: More than 40 national Catholic leaders and prominent theologians at universities across the country released a strongly worded open letter today urging “our fellow Catholics Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum to stop perpetuating ugly racial stereotypes on the campaign trail.” In the lead up to Saturday’s primary in South Carolina, Newt Gingrich has frequently [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“In effect, the president is saying we have a year to figure out how to violate our consciences.  To force American citizens to choose between violating their consciences and forgoing their healthcare is literally unconscionable.It is as much an attack on access to health care as on religious freedom. Historically this represents a challenge and [Read More...]


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