Pennsylvania bishops: March 30 to be day of fasting over HHS mandate

Details: Calling the Obama administration’s mandated insurance coverage for contraceptives an “assault” on religious freedom, Pennsylvania’s 10 Catholic bishops have urged Catholics statewide to make Friday, March 30, a day of prayer and fasting. “On that day, offer your sacrifice for the cause of religious liberty, that the Church may be granted the basic right [Read More...]

Patricia Heaton, Hollywood conservative and Christian

Everybody loved Raymond, but we all really loved his wife, played by the insanely talented Patricia Heaton.   Now the Los Angeles Times looks at another side of Mrs. Barone: Patricia Heaton‘s rush to support Rush Limbaugh this week shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has closely followed her rise as one of the [Read More...]

Must-watch video of the day — UPDATED

This popped up over the weekend and is making the rounds of the interwebs.  Take a couple minutes and watch — and then send it around. It comes from Americans United for Life. UPDATE: Link has been fixed. It should play now. [Read more...]

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...]

When pigs fly: the New York Times publishes an essay by the CEO of EWTN

This appeared on Ash Wednesday on the Op Ed page of the New York Times, written by Michael P. Warsaw, President and CEO of EWTN: EWTN cannot comply with the recent mandate from the Department of Health and Human Services requiring the insurance plans of all employers, with the exception of some houses of worship, [Read More...]

Virginia scraps ultrasound bill

It engendered a lot of controversy – and late yesterday it failed after the governor changed is mind and decided not to support it. Details: A Virginia bill that would have required women to undergo an invasive ultrasound before having an abortion failed Wednesday after Gov. Bob McDonnell withdrew his support. McDonnell, a Republican who opposes [Read More...]

Report: Catholic hospitals across country performing sterilizations

From the Philadelphia Inquirer: U.S. Catholic bishops have vowed to fight the Obama administration’s compromise on insurance coverage for contraception and sterilization, denouncing it as “coercive,” “insulting,” “unconstitutional,” “belligerent,” and “dangerous.” Yet there is evidence the sterilization services the bishops oppose have been provided by many Catholic hospitals across the country, including a few in [Read More...]

“Cooperation with evil” and the contraceptive debate

David Gibson of the Religion News Service has an interesting analysis of the contraception c ontroversy, from a moral theology perspective that most people have, as yet, failed to consider: When President Obama last week bowed to political reality and changed the rules on mandated contraception coverage, the White House was trying to find an [Read More...]

Have 98% of Catholic women really used contraceptives?

Um, no.  Surprised? The WaPo explains:  Lydia McGrew questions whether 98 percent of Catholic women have actually used contraceptives, a figure that became ubiquitous in last week’s birth control debate. She parses the research behind the stat, which comes from a 2011 Guttmacher Institute study: The survey was limited to women between 15-44. Ah, well, [Read More...]

“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...]


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