Meet Michael Voris

The Detroit Free Press has a lengthy profile of the controversial televangelist: As a Catholic TV station based in Ferndale becomes increasingly popular around the world, church officials are trying to tell the public that the media outlet does not represent Catholicism. In two public statements, the Archdiocese of Detroit has taken the unusual step [Read More…]

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From Mark, on Greta

The following comment was posted on an earlier thread, from Mark: You might have noticed I have had a number of posts in the last hour or so. I lost my partner this afternoon, the love of my life, my Greta. I am mad as hell about losing her and remember the many battles she [Read More…]

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Greetings from sunny Florida

…where, this morning,it was 35 degrees. The Deacon’s Wife and I are taking a winter break in a warmer climate — or trying to — and blogging will be light for the next few days. I’ll try to post periodically and moderate comments when necessary.  Please behave yourselves. Since I’m away, I don’t have a [Read More…]

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“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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Report: NY Catholic institutions have been offering contraception coverage for years

From the New York Times: Although Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York has been leading the national fight against requiring Roman Catholic hospitals, universities and charities to cover birth control in their health insurance plans for employees and students, some Catholic institutions in his own diocese and others throughout New York State have for [Read More…]

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USCCB statement: “A first step in the right direction” — UPDATED

This just in: The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sees initial opportunities in preserving the principle of religious freedom after President Obama’s announcement today. But the Conference continues to express concerns. “While there may be an openness to respond to some of our concerns, we reserve judgment on the details until we have [Read More…]

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“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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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“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…]

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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…]

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“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…]

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Hitler reacts to the new Roman Missal

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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…]

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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…]

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