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...]

In evangelical South Carolina, Perry calls Santorum “a good Catholic”

It was a soundbite that attracted some attention: Speaking to media during an impromptu press conference Tuesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry twice mentioned rival Rick Santorum’s Catholic faith in criticizing his record on fiscal issues. “Rick Santorum is a good man, he is a good father, he’s a good Catholic,” Perry, an evangelical Christian, said. [Read More...]

Inside The Heights, exclusive school for conservative DC Catholics

The New York Times takes a look at the school where Rick Santorum sent two of his sons: Are your jackets on, boys?” Joe Cardenas inspects his charges in a first-period freshman humanities class, sees that they are all appropriately blazered and standing tall, bows his head and begins the morning Hail Mary: “Hail Mary, [Read More...]

Why evangelicals may back a Catholic or a Mormon

It’s an interesting twist this election year, and one observer wonders why it’s happening: For a party that was once defined by a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant heritage, this is a remarkable turnaround. Not once in the GOP’s history has it nominated a Catholic and it has certainly never considered another Mormon. The South Carolina GOP [Read More...]


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