Where Religious Freedom Flourishes, So Do Women

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A happened upon this piece while Googling St. Elizabeth Ann Seton earlier. I almost titled this post The Little Sisters of the Poor Are Women, Too. Seton is a timely saint to celebrate! (But then what saint isn’t? But a blessed New Yorker sure hits close to home!) From that piece: Where religious freedom flourishes, [Read More...]

What’s Religious Freedom to the White House?

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The above is a good and honest question, if you’ve been watching the Obama administration. Look away, they said, during the campaign. What they’ve communicated might be best summed up and translated for transparency: We’re all about “women” and their “reproductive health” rights and “health care” and, oh, by the way, if we and our [Read More...]

This Is the Priesthood

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I wrote over on my mothership, National Review Online, today about the ridiculous but important controversy — a warning bell — at George Washington University over a chaplain at the Catholic Newman Center there who is, as it turns out, Catholic! He strives to preach and counsel and live according to Church teaching. My impression [Read More...]

The Mess Joe Biden Made of Reality

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George Weigel also made the point on EWTN the other night that the Immaculate Conception and abortion are not the same thing. That was essentially what Joe Biden claimed when he said the sanctity of human life is a de fide doctrine of the Church, one that he could never dream of imposing on non-Catholics. [Read More...]

Stay-at-Home Mom Turned Activist for Religious Liberty

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for religious freedom. Some encouragement to get out and educate from the executive director of Conscience Cause, Christen Varley: LOPEZ: How did we get this far? Where the federal government mandates such things? VARLEY: Honestly, we allowed it to happen. We’re human — we take for granted what we have until it’s gone. There has [Read More...]

Christianity in History

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A reminder of why we would want to protect religious liberty: Certainly, mankind without Christianity conjures up a dismal prospect. The record of mankind with Christianity is daunting enough…. The dynamism it has unleashed has brought massacre and torture, intolerance and destructive pride on a huge scale, for there is a cruel and pitiless nature [Read More...]

Where There’s a Wills, There’s a Way

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There are people praying for America’s future — and it is not too late to join them. The U.S. Catholic bishops took the lead with a fortnight of them for religious liberty. There were eight days earlier this fall, invoking the Blessed Mother. There are an ecumenical 40 days of prayers, too, focusing on protecting [Read More...]

A Quick Reminder about Protecting What We’ve Got

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The Constitution is quite capable of protecting our liberties so long as those in office feel bound by its terms. For this reason, it seems to me that the American people have little to fear from public servants who take their religion seriously. In fact, I can’t help wondering what changes there might be in [Read More...]

A Global Vision of Stewardship

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Anyone listening to Mitt Romney today speaking at the Virginia Military Institute heard a moral vision that reminds us why it is so important to keep careful watch over our basic liberties at home as well: I know many Americans are asking a different question: “Why us?” I know many Americans are asking whether our [Read More...]

Conscience Unites!

Health And Human Services Dept. Approves Free Birth Control For Women

Late last night on National Review Online‘s “The Corner,” my friend and colleague and bright intellectual light of our day, Ramesh Ponnuru, pointed to an opinion piece by former congresswoman Nancy Johnson. In an election year where accusations of a “war on women” have drowned out common-sense defenses of our first freedom, what a welcome [Read More...]