DOMA Ruling: What It Does, What It Doesn’t Do

It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.  But is the fight to protect the institution of marriage over?By a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court today struck down a key provision of the Defense Of Marriage Act.  The ruling now guarantees federal recognition, including tax protections, for lesbian and homosexual couples who have married in one of the 13 states which currently recognize same-sex marriage.  In its decision, the Supreme Court ruled that DOMA violated the equal protection clause of the Constitu … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Forced to Provide Contraceptive Coverage, Sins Not

Negligence.  Ignorance.  Inertia.These are some of the reasons why Catholic dioceses might offer employees’ health insurance plans which include coverage for contraception which violates Church teaching, according to Dr. Janet Smith.Dr. Smith, who holds the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, was Al Kresta’s guest on “Kresta in the Afternoon” May 28.  She was responding to a New York Times article which reported that Cardinal Timothy … [Read more...]

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EQUAL TIME: Cardinal Dolan’s Prayer at the Democratic National Convention

Last week, I posted Cardinal Dolan’s prayer at the Republican National Convention in its entirety.It seemed an omission, then, not to post his prayer at the conclusion of the Democratic Convention, as well.  Although it’s been posted on-line in several places, including on Cardinal Dolan’s own blog, I am pleased to do my part to spread the word:  At the convention which has been dubbed the “abortion-palooza” for its flagrant celebration of abortion rights, Cardinal Dolan again offered an unap … [Read more...]

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