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...]

Another Beckwith-like Apostasy to Rome?: A misrepresentation of my reversion to Catholicism

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I recently came across this blog post at the site, Thoughts of Francis Turretin: "Another Beckwith-like Apostasy to Rome." The author writes: You may recall that some time ago, Francis Beckwith made waves by secretly rejoining the Roman communion, while continuing in his role as president of Evangelical Theological Society. Sadly, we can add to that another similar tale. Mr. Jason Stewart was an OPC pastor. According to a letter provided by his (now former) presbytery: Whereas the date Mr. … [Read more...]

The New Anti-Catholicism: Occupy the Vatican

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That's the title of my latest column over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: The old anti-Catholicism found its expression in the mid-nineteenth century when the first large wave of Catholic immigrants arrived in the United States. Some of these immigrant groups had set up their own private religious schools. Many non-Catholic Americans, however, believed that Catholic schools indoctrinated students in superstitions that were inconsistent with the principles of American democracy. … [Read more...]

Journeys of Faith excerpts on HarperCollins website

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I just learned that you can now browse portions of Journeys of Faith, a book for which I am one of the four main contributors. It is accessible on the HarperCollins website. The book is edited by Robert L. Plummer (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), and the forward is written by fellow Patheos blogger, Scot McKnight (North Park University).  To browse the book, go here, or just click the picture of the cover. My contribution to the book--"A Journey to Catholicism"--begins as chapter 4. … [Read more...]

Dear President Obama….

A new video at CatholicVote.org:For more on religious liberty and conscience, read the outstanding work of George Mason University law professor Helen Alvare.  … [Read more...]

The Immaculate Conception, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the Catholic Church

Today, December 8, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Sometimes my Evangelical Protestant friends, knowing that I am a Thomist, will point out that St. Thomas Aquinas did not believe in the Immaculate Conception, suggesting that the Church should have stuck with St. Thomas and not declared the Immaculate Conception a dogma. For example, my friend Norm Geisler writes: "Many of the Catholic beliefs that concern Protestants most were not declared dogma until long after Aquinas. For example, … [Read more...]

Evangelical and Catholic

Next week on the dates of November 16-18, 2011 I will be attending the 63rd annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) in San Francisco. I will be there delivering a paper as a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, whose sessions are part of the ETS program. (For those who may be attending, I will be delivering my paper, "Justificatory Liberalism and Same-Sex Marriage," on Thursday November 17 at 9:20 am, in the same session as William Lane Craig and Michael Licona … [Read more...]

Catholics Come Home

Every time I watch this video I get choked up. You can find out more about Catholics Come Home here. It is a wonderful website. … [Read more...]


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