And So It Starts – Spinning The Hobby Lobby Case

This is a picture of yesterday's San Jose Mercury News, front page, above the fold. The headline:CONTRACEPTIVE BENEFIT TAKES HITUnderneath that it reads:COMPANIES THAT OBJECT CAN NOW AVOID COVERAGE.Well, yes, maybe; but mostly no.Fact #1: The only companies that can avoid coverage are those which family run, have strongly held religious beliefs, and are closely run by the family. Fact #2: Most companies will not even consider cutting contraceptive coverage because offering … [Read more...]

“We have no king but Caesar.”

Bishop Jenky of Peoria has an excellent letter that will be read at all the Masses this weekend in his diocese. It's too good to just cite one part so here it is in toto:Dear Catholic Believers,Since the foundation of the American Republic and the adoption of the Bill of Rights, I do not think there has ever been a time more threatening to our religious liberty than the present. Neither the president of the United States nor the current majority of the Federal Senate have been willing to … [Read more...]

Punting on the HHS Mandate & Campaign 2012

James Capretta over at NRO has a good piece on the latest "accommodation" on the HHS Mandate. National Catholic Reporter has an incredibly biased report, but they offer links to the relevant documents at the end of the article.But I can't pass up the opportunity to point out the bias from a so-called Catholic outlet.According to NCR:Taking a conciliatory tone and asking for a wide range of public comment, the Obama administration announced this afternoon new accommodations on a … [Read more...]

The Bishops’ New Statement & Some Next Steps

Yesterday, the US Catholic Bishops issued another statement on the HHS mandate, clarifying that the Catholic Church is not backing down:We will continue our vigorous efforts at education and public advocacy on the principles of religious liberty and their application in this case (and others). We will continue to accept any invitation to dialogue with the Executive Branch to protect the religious freedom that is rightly ours. We will continue to pursue legislation to restore the same level of … [Read more...]

Catholic Charities Clarifies Its Position On The Compromise

There's been a bit of concern regarding statements or quotes from Catholic Charities that made it sound as if the organization was distancing itself from the USCCB and accepting the compromise on the HHS contraception mandate.Catholic Charities has a statement posted on its website to clarify the matter:In response to a great number of mischaracterizations in the media, Catholic Charities USA wants to make two things very clear:1.  We have not endorsed the accommodation to the HHS … [Read more...]

Women’s Health=Pelvic Politics

Over at, Patrick Thornton has a great post on how "women's health" has very little to do with anything but efforts to make sure that women don't have babies. I couldn't agree more.During the Beijing Women's Conference in 1995 (UN's Fourth World Conference on Women), Pope John Paul II sent a delegation representing the Holy See that was headed by Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon. The UN, with the help of the US, pushed an agenda that limited women's issues/rights to the … [Read more...]