“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...]

End of an era: Kodak to stop making cameras

For those of us who grew up having our childhoods captured on these wildly popular, affordable cameras — and who remember them as fixtures at countless birthdays, Christmases, baby showers, vacations — this is really sort of sad. Details: The Eastman Kodak Company said on Thursday that it would stop making digital cameras, pocket video [Read More...]

NY Times: Bishops planned for battle on HHS mandate

Some background and analysis, from the New York Times: When after much internal debate the Obama administration finally announced its decision to require religiously affiliated hospitals and universities to cover birth control in their insurance plans, the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops were fully prepared for battle. Seven months earlier, they had started laying the groundwork [Read More...]

Some students at Catholic colleges protest lack of access to birth control

Details: Single, 18-year-old female, likes having control over her own body, looking for affordable birth control. That’s Keely Monroe’s summary of her life at Fordham University, a Jesuit college in New York. “Finding contraception at Fordham was about as easy as finding a good man from a want ad,” Monroe said of her alma mater [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“Requiring faith-based organizations to be religious only in the ways the government permits overthrows the pluralism that has been a hallmark of American public life.  The administration’s rigid secular approach subverts religious liberty to the whims of governmental authority.  Under the policy, a church dedicated to public service is no longer allowed to be a [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...]

Meet Maggie Gallagher

Salon has a long profile of the woman who is one of the most vocal proponents of traditional marriage, and how she got to be where she is today: In September 1978, Yale freshmen would not have voted Maggie Gallagher the member of the Class of 1982 most likely to get pregnant before graduation. Gallagher [Read More...]

“Our Lady of Perpetual Windex”?

That’s one of the names one wag has suggested to replace “Crystal Cathedral.” Details: Just days after finalizing the purchase of California-based megachurch Crystal Cathedral, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has decided not only to rename the site, but also to take suggestions from the public on what the new name should be. More [Read More...]

Hitler reacts to the new Roman Missal

You knew this was coming sooner or later. [Read more...]

Imagine if Catholics were required by law to do this…

A provocative scenario, from Ironic Catholic: Washington, DC, April 19, 1847: The U.S. administration, after considering a conscientious objection exemption for religious institutions, decided that Catholics institutions must pay a “forced servanthood fee” for employees who wish to own slaves, up to $1,000 a slave per year. “It is the law of many states that [Read More...]

What is a vested deacon doing carrying a rifle? — UPDATED

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, your eyes do not deceive you. What you see here is a vested deacon cradling a rifle. Deacon Bill Ditewig explains: The caption identifies Bishop Richard Spencer of the Archdiocese for Military Services, USA, distributing communion to troops who are obviously in a hostile fire zone in Iraq.  The deacon next [Read More...]

Remember Fr. Pfleger? He’s back in the news

Details: Nearly a year after a confrontation between the Rev. Michael Pfleger, an outspoken Chicago priest, and Cardinal Francis George, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced Tuesday that Pfleger will take on administrative duties at a new parish while sharing responsibilities with a co-pastor at his longtime parish, St. Sabina. Pfleger was named the temporary administrator [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“Yes, I want a solution to this mess. But, I also want a victory by which I mean I want a really robust conscience exemption. I want any change by the White House not only to work in terms of resolving this issue but to send a clear and unambiguous statement that in this great [Read More...]

Nevermore: did you know you can actually see the raven that inspired Poe?

I sure didn’t. Details: When it comes to literary greats, inspiration can come from anywhere. For famed gothic writer Edgar Allen Poe, one idea came from a raven, which inspired his famous poem of the same name about the foreboding bird. Now that little black muse is enshrined in a history exhibit for all to [Read More...]

Cardinal Egan takes back apology for abuse: “I don’t think we did anything wrong”

He made his remarks in an interview with a Connecticut magazine, and it’s set off a firestorm: In 2002, at the height of the outcry over the sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests, the Archbishop of New York, Edward M. Egan, issued a letter to be read at Mass. In it, he offered an apology [Read More...]

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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...]


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