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...]

Of Gods And Men


A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the situation of Christians in Iraq. It was not good, judging from the email sent by a Dominican who was there.And things look worse now: Last Sunday, for the first time in 1600 years, no mass was celebrated in Mosul. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized Iraq’s second largest city on June 10, causing most Christians in the region to flee in terror, in new kinship with the torment of Christ crucified on the cross. The remnant of Mosul’s anc … [Read more...]

Action! – Two Quick Thoughts on the Hobby Lobby Decision.


Yesterday's SCOTUS ruling on the Hobby Lobby case was a welcoming gesture not only towards religious freedom, but also freedom of conscience.Lots of people are commenting; so I'll offer a few quick thoughts myself. This decision doesn't mean that we rest and that the battle is over. Here are two considerations:Some states, definitely Washington state, already required businesses to offer contraception coverage before the HHS Mandate. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled clearly that … [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...]

Secretary Clinton Warns of Threats to Religious Freedom.

Today, the HHS Mandate went into effect for private businesses.And the U.S. State Department released its annual report on International Religious Freedom.Secretary Clinton gave remarks today.Funny thing. She didn't mention anything about today's start of the HHS Mandate.  … [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...]