WH to Dolan: We’re not listening but you should!

Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York, who is president of the USCCB, brings an update on the HHS Mandate battle and he is being realistic and, it seems to me, trying to tell us all to gird our loins.All links and emphases are mine:The President invited us to “work out the wrinkles,” and we have been taking him seriously. Unfortunately, this seems to be going nowhere: the White House Press Secretary, for instance, informed the nation that the mandates are a fait accompli (and, emb … [Read more...]

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The Busy Servants of Moloch – UPDATED

When the "learning opportunity" of the Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood debacle was taking place, I wrote:[the past day's high drama had given] me a mental image of Moloch, enraged and stomping and roaring because there was a threat of less meat coming to his fire.Today, Moloch is appeased; the media’s heartbeat and respiration are returning to normal. They and their pals in DC can take a nice, deep cleansing breath and sit back and smile, understanding what they have just demonstrated … [Read more...]

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Obama vs First Amendment Liberties – UPDATES

From Charles Kadlec at Forbes, the must read of the day!Before our very eyes, President Obama is on the verge of establishing the principle that the right to religious freedom comes not from our Creator, but from those who rule us. A government endowed right granted to women now trumps our unalienable right to act in accordance with our religious beliefs and conscience. Not only does this overturn the First Amendment, it also tramples the nation’s founding principles as announced in the D … [Read more...]

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To Defend HHS Mandate: Look at Anything but Constitution

The vacationing Deacon Greg Kandra has still managed, between spending time with Mickey and Minnie to post this interesting piece by Dave Gibson, who has written an informative article about what I called my First Things piece, yesterday, the "nuances between direct and indirect co-operation with evil".Gibson does his usual brilliant job in expanding on it, but he does so from a place accepting that President Obama's recent "accommodation" did actually accommodate the churches. Completely … [Read more...]

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The Stranding of the Catholic Left – UPDATES

Literally bleary with fever last night, boxing metaphors came tumbling out of my brain and into my column over at First Things:To that end, the White House seemed to have conferred not with the concerned Bishops but with members of the “Catholic Left” whose criticism of his original plans had had a weighty effect on others, and whose progressive credentials made their alliance vital to retain; he effectively went to Sr. Carol Keehan, President of the Catholic Health Association, and E.J. Dio … [Read more...]

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WH never “botched” contraception question

I have my own thoughts about last Friday's "accomodation" by the White House and the HHS, but I am saving those for my First Things column, tomorrow, so here is what has developed over the weekend on that front:Law Prof William Jacobson remembers the "odd" debate question:Remember when George Stephanopoulos, at the New Hampshire Republican debate on January 7, brought up and harped on whether the candidates thought states could ban contraception?Everyone, at least on our side of the … [Read more...]

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Bishops to ‘Bam: “Nice first step…” -UPDATED

Rocco Palmo at Whispers in the Loggia has it:BISHOPS STUDYING INITIAL WHITE HOUSE MOVEMENT ON RELIGIOUS LIBERTY*New opportunity to dialogue with executive branch, obtain details :::*Too soon to tell whether and how much improvement on core concerns:::*Commitment to religious liberty for all means legislation still necessary:::The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sees initial opportunities in preserving the principle of religious freedom after President … [Read more...]

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Obama “Accommodation” Reactions

This morning I wrote what I had anticipated in the Obama "accommodation" and the reaction.I expect President Obama will come out and say something that sounds wonderful and conciliatory and that seems reasonable to people who are eager to reconcile with the president and give themselves permission to vote for him again in November. I also expect that beyond the words, what the President offers will be too little — the government miserly granting to us pieces of freedom we are utterly e … [Read more...]

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WH “Accommodation” Trustworthy? UPDATED

UPDATE::: Read Bishops first and second responses:::From Jake Tapper at ABC News, Obama to Announce Contraception Rule ‘Accommodation’ for Religious Organizations:With the White House under fire for its new rule requiring employers including religious organizations to offer health insurance that fully covers birth control coverage, at 12:15 p.m. ET, President Obama will announce an attempt to accommodate these religious groups.The move, based on state models, will almost certainly not … [Read more...]

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Epistle of Obama 1:10 (Formerly Ephesians)

Found this floating around twitter; wish I knew who to credit.As concerns the Obamacare HHS Mandate forcing religious entities to pay for insurances covering employee sterilization, contraception and abortifacients, the more worn-out and tired non-thinking, knee-jerk phrase I've encountered this week in my email or in various comboxes and more than a few op-ed pieces or columns is "it's just birth control."As Kathleen Parker neatly informs: No, it ain'tActually there may be a tie … [Read more...]

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