“We were getting killed”: the inside story of Obama’s “accommodation”

From the New York Times: For the White House, the decision announced Friday to soften a rule requiring religious-affiliated organizations to pay for insurance plans that offer free birth control was never really driven by a desire to mollify Roman Catholic bishops, who were strongly opposed to the plan. Rather, the fight was for Sister [Read More...]

“Accommodation”

From AP: Amid a backlash from many Catholics and proponents of religious liberty, President Barack Obama announced Friday that his administration will not require religious institutions like hospitals and universities to provide free contraception to their employees in their health insurance. Speaking to reporters at the White House Friday, Obama offered a compromise that would allow [Read More...]

Dolan on HHS ruling this morning

CBS This Morning, actually. According to CNS: Cardinal-designate Timothy M. Dolan of New York said he is “a little skeptical” that the Obama administration wants to find a compromise on the requirement that health plans for most religious employers cover contraceptives and sterilization free of charge. In an interview Feb. 9 with “CBS This Morning,” [Read More...]

“Most people are both-and, not either-or…”

An interesting take on the HHS debacle, from Mary C. Curtis in this morning’s WaPo: When the Obama administration made the decision to require Catholic-run organizations to pay for health-care plans that include contraception, officials no doubt expected its critics to attack. What they didn’t expect, I’m just as certain, is that those friendly to [Read More...]

You know things are bad when…– UPDATED

…even Chris Matthews is upset with the HHS/contraception ruling. On Tonight’s “Hardball,” the Catholic Matthews (whose aunt, he mentioned, is a Sister of St. Joseph) was almost beside himself trying to fathom what compelled the Obama Administration to insert itself into the way people practice their faith: I guess I grew up watching movies like [Read More...]

Has the White House misread the Catholic barometer?

Gerald Seib of the Wall Street Journal is beginning to wonder: If you want to find the absolute center in American politics, you could do worse than look at the nation’s Catholic vote. In nine of the past 10 presidential elections, the Catholic vote has gone with the candidate who ultimately won the election. Five [Read More...]

Sebelius defends HHS ruling: “Virtually all American women use contraception at some point…”

Details, from a column in USA TODAY: Today, virtually all American women use contraception at some point in their lives. And we have a large body of medical evidence showing it has significant benefits for their health, as well as the health of their children. But birth control can also be quite expensive, costing an [Read More...]

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...]


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