Archbishop Chaput on HHS Mandate: “Unnecessary, coercive and gravely flawed”

Charles J. Chaput

In his weekly column, Archbishop Chaput says the bishops will need courage as they evaluate the new compromise and decide on a response. Chaput is urging the bishops–as well as the laity–of America to show some spine in the face of the HHS mandate. His words on fortitude and prudence are a concise, potent and relevant catechesis on two [Read More...]

Who Knew Our President Was Such a Great Comedian?

Barack Obama

This arrived from the White House Press Office today. I thought, “Oh, those crazy guys at Eye of the Tiber must have hacked the WH servers and sent this out as a gag.” But, no, the man who’s grinding his jackboot into our religious liberty actually issued this statement today. As the kids today say, [Read More...]

Transcript: Press Conference for the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report

This just arrived on the White House press list, and I’m in the middle of a large piece of writing, so I’m going to put it out there in toto as an “FYI.” It’s the press briefing from Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Suzan Johnson Cook on the release of the 2011 International Religious Freedom Report. [Read More...]

USCCB General Counsel Requests Reconsideration of HHS Mandate

In response to the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) from the Department of Heath and Human Service, Anthony Picarello (USCCB associate general secretary and general counsel) and Michael Moses (associate general counsel) have submitted a new request for reconsideration of the odious contraception, abortifacient, and sterilization mandate. Here is the release from the USCCB press office [Read More...]

Franciscan U. Drops Insurance

The healthcare plan for students at Franciscan University at Steubenville is the first casualty of the Obamacare HHS mandate. “The Obama Administration has mandated that all health insurance plans must cover “women’s health services” including contraception, sterilization, and abortion-causing medications as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),” the university says in a [Read More...]

“Our First, Most Cherished Liberty”–USCCB Statement

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has published a statement on the vexed issue of religious liberty in America, and the current attacks upon it. Called “Our First, Most Treasured Liberty,” it outlines the ongoing assault on our religious freedom and urges prayer and action in response. As the document says, “We need, therefore, [Read More...]

Resist!

The Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rally takes place on Friday across the country. Here are the locations. It’s a moment for people to make their voices heard and stand up against the HHS Mandate. I don’t plan to do a lot of politics here, but let me be very clear: Barack Obama is a [Read More...]

Gloria Purvis on the HHS Mandate

I’d never heard of Gloria Purvis before Julie D. and Frank Weathers linked to this video, but I hope we see a lot more of her: This 7 minute takedown of the HHS mandate is intelligent, eloquent, and well-observed. Certainly it matters that this blast of clarity comes from a woman, but you better believe [Read More...]


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