Six things to know about the HHS mandate

From Sister Mary Ann Walsh at the USCCB blog: 1. The mandate does not exempt Catholic charities, schools, universities, or hospitals. These institutions are vital to the mission of the Church, but HHS does not deem them “religious employers” worthy of conscience protection, because they do not “serve[] primarily persons who share the[ir] religious tenets.” [Read More...]

My bishop’s letter on the HHS ruling

The letter below was read at all the Masses in the Diocese of Brooklyn this weekend. [Read more...]

New poll: Santorum beats Obama

This news should give a few people pause: The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 26% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14 (see trends). In [Read More...]

“Radicalism and maliciousness are at work in Obama’s decision…”

Compelling words on the HHS ruling from columnist (and former Bush speechwriter) Michael Gerson in the Washington Post: There would have been no controversy at all if President Obama had simply exempted religious institutions and ministries. But the administration insisted that the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary’s Hospital be forced to pay for [Read More...]

Counterpunch: the USCCB answers the White House defense of HHS ruling

Over at the USCCB website, they’ve posted the following statement, in response to a White House blog post on the HHS ruling: +++ The Obama administration, to justify its widely criticized mandate for contraception and sterilization coverage in private health plans, has posted a set of false and misleading claims on the White House blog [Read More...]

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...]


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