When the government decides what religions do

Sister Mary Ann Walsh takes a look at what government will be doing with contraceptives — and the “religious exemption” — and isn’t impressed: When it comes to church-state relations, both church and government historically have watched to keep the government out of church business. The U.S. Constitution acknowledged the significance of the role of [Read More...]

RIP Hugh Carey: pro-choice pol who became pro-life

The Catholic former governor of New York has died. Details: Hugh L. Carey, the governor who helped rescue New York from the brink of financial collapse in the 1970s and tamed a culture of ever-growing spending, died Sunday at his summer home on Shelter Island. He was 92. His death was announced by the office [Read More...]

Remembering a courageous pro-life homily that made history

It happened 70 years ago today: the Bishop of Munster, Germany climbed into the pulpit to condemn the Nazi’s euthanasia program.  Bishop Clemens August von Galen later became a cardinal, and was beatified in 2005.  L’Osservatore Romano takes note: The bishop did not hide from his faithful the names of certain places nor his attempts [Read More...]

Contraception: like a "flu shot"? — UPDATED

That seems to be the rationale behind the Obama Administration’s directive to make insurers pay for birth control pills for all women. From the Washington Post: A half-century after the advent of the pill, the Obama administration on Monday ushered in a change in women’s health care potentially as transformative: coverage of birth control as [Read More...]

Sisters of Life: restoring hope in Hell's Kitchen

This remarkable order of nuns has offices in my building, and barely a day goes by without my seeing one of the blue-habited Sisters of Life on the elevator or striding by on the street.    Now the Wall Street Journal has done a piece on them, to mark the 20th anniversary of the order’s founding. [Read More...]

What's an abortionist doing working at a Catholic hospital?

It’s a question more people in Colorado are asking. The local media picked up the story last month: Anti-abortion protesters were about 60 strong outside Mercy Regional Medical Center on Thursday to protest the hospital’s affiliation with local obstetrician-gynecologist Richard Grossman. Mercy’s physician-credentialing and privileging practices are consistent with the Ethical and Religious Directives for [Read More...]

Ohio bishop blocks fundraising for breast cancer group — UPDATED

Toledo Bishop Leonard Blair is drawing a line in the sand: he’s banned parishes and schools from raising funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, citing concerns about possible stem cell research in the future. Details: Mary Westphal, executive director of the Northwest Ohio Affiliate Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and board chairman Angie [Read More...]

Historic first: Catholic college building residence for single pregnant women

It’s happening at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. Details: It was a summer of romance and fear. A bittersweet mix that cast a long shadow through the years. One that Debbie Capen, 37, of Charlotte will remember today at the groundbreaking for what is believed the nation’s first college-based maternity and after-care residential facility [Read More...]

Activists fight new Catholic hospital in Maryland

And they’re arguing that the real issue is the separation of church and state. Details: Opponents say they have not exhausted their options for fighting a proposal to build a Catholic hospital on the grounds of Montgomery College in Germantown, despite approval of the plan last week by the state Board of Public Works. The [Read More...]

On "Criteria Catholicism" and abortion

“As in the wake of Notre Dame’s invitation to President Obama, the message (George) Weigel and the like-minded are sending is clear: one’s position on abortion is the defining feature for faithful membership in the Roman Catholic Church. To link so imperiously authentic Catholicism with one’s attitude toward abortion, however, confines the fullness of discipleship. [Read More...]


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