Imagine No Opposition; It’s Easy If You Try

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins:Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace --John Lennon, “Imagine” (1971)The late John Lennon implied in this famous tune that utopia requires the absence of real human differences and firm convictions, as if the communities, beliefs, and civil societies that arise from a free people are the enemy rat … [Read more...]

The Pluralist Game

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing.  Here's how it begins: This is how it works. The political liberal, unable to win much support for the goodness of the activity he wants permitted, makes this suggestion to his adversaries: why don’t we let each individual decide for himself whether or not he wants to do X.  His doing X does not affect you, since the state is not forcing you do to X. So, this is a perfectly neutral position consistent with individual liberty. By acq … [Read more...]

Bob Dylan, still misunderstood by American liberals

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So says Matthew Schmitz at First Things: Two days ago, Bob Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. And once again we saw the tendency of American liberals to misunderstand a man who has refused to be enlisted in their causes.President Obama remarked that “No one ever picks up a guitar, or fights a disease, or starts a movement, thinking: ‘You know what? If I keep this up, in 2012 I could get a medal in the White House from a guy named Barack Obama. That wasn’t in the plan. But tha … [Read more...]

Two Key Questions that Unlock the HHS “compromise” debate

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Do religious-based organizations, such as Catholic hospitals and universities, and businesses owned by devout religious believers including Catholics, Evangelicals, Orthodox Jews, and Muslims, have the right under Obamacare to negotiate an agreement with an insurance company so that the insurance policy the employer offers to its employees does not include contraception, abortion, sterilization, etc.? Does an entrepreneur under Obamacare have a right to create an insurance company that in fact … [Read more...]

HHS mandate UNACCEPTABLE!: list of signatories grows on the Snead, Glendon, George, Garvey, and Levin letter

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(HT: K-Lo at NRO)I mentioned, and republished, this letter two days ago on this blog when it contained only the signatures of its original signatories.  The Becket Fund has now published the letter as a pdf online.  You can get it here. But, as my fellow patheos blogger K-Lo states, "keep an eye here ... for periodic updates on the letter on the mandate Notre Dame’s Carter Snead has been organizing since Friday. It is an impressive list.. and still growing." I am proud to have placed my own n … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput: “HHS mandate insulting and dangerous”

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Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia had this to say in this morning's Philadelphia Inquirer: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services refused on Jan. 20 to broaden the exception to its mandate that nearly all Catholic employers must cover contraception, abortifacients, and sterilization in their health-care plans.An "accommodation" offered Friday by the White House did not solve the problem. Instead, it triggered withering criticism from legal scholars such as Notre Dame's … [Read more...]

Cardinal George of Chicago: “We cannot — we will not — comply with this unjust law.”

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The following is an open letter authored by Francis Cardinal George, the Catholic Archbishop of Chicago. It is addressed to the Catholics of his diocese: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: I write to you concerning a most serious matter that negatively impacts the church in the United States directly, and that strikes at the fundamental right to religious liberty for all citizens of any faith.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Jan. 20 that almost all employers, … [Read more...]

Return to Rome Special Posting: Catholic Bishops-only internal briefing on the HHS regulations “compromise”

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The Whispers in the Loggia blog (WITL) has obtained a bishops-only internal briefing that was circulated soon after President Obama's announcement of his HHS regulation "compromise." According to WITL, what follows "is the text of tonight's internal, bishops-only briefing, obtained by Whispers and signed by the aforementioned quintet: the conference president, Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of New York, and the bench's committee chairs for Pro-Life Activities, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of G … [Read more...]

USCCB Response to HHS “Compromise”: Unacceptable

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Here's the text:Bishops Renew Call To Legislative Action On Religious Liberty February 10, 2012 Regulatory changes limited and unclear Rescission of mandate only complete solution Continue urging passage of Respect for Rights of Conscience Act WASHINGTON – The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have issued the following statement: The Catholic bishops have long supported access to life-affirming healthcare for all, and the conscience rights of everyone involved in t … [Read more...]

HHS “compromise” is Unacceptable, says former Vatican ambassador, Catholic University of America president, and others

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(HT: Catholicvote.org)The following public letter was issued today by Mary Anne Glendon (former United States Ambassador to the Vatican), John Garvey (President, Catholic University of America), Princeton scholar Robert P. George, Notre Dame law professor Carter Sneed, and Yuval Levin of the Ethics & Public Policy Center. Right now the letter is being circulated and in the process of acquiring many more signatories. I am proud to say that I signed it only moments ago when it was sent to … [Read more...]


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