Cardinal Mahony? Before You Head to Rome, We’d Like to Ask You A Few Questions

Image Source: Don Bartletti, Los Angeles Times

Harriet Adams of the Los Angeles Times notes that,

Judge clears way for Mahony deposition in sex abuse case

Before Cardinal Roger Mahony boards a plane for Rome to help elect the next pope, he will be questioned under oath about his handling of clergy sex abuse cases. [Read more...]

Why I’m Not Outraged by Saturday Night Lives’ Blasphemous Skit on “Djesus”

Yawn.

Not that I’m turning cartwheels over it, or anything. Now, I didn’t catch it live last night, but I’ve seen the skit that portrays the risen Lord as a revenge killer in the sanguine style of Quentin Tarentinos’ take on justice. [Read more...]

Archbishop Lori Writes Congress Asking, Where is the Freedom of Choice to “Opt Out” of the HHS Mandate? UPDATED


Maybe we should write to them too. In the letter below, Archbishop Lori, whom I’ve compared with Detective Columbo in the past, advocates something I’ve heard in the gospels before. Something about being as wise as serpents, and as innocent as doves.

Take a look. [Read more...]

A Reminder: Why the Bishops Stand Against the HHS Mandate

 

To see the future of the USCCB’s discussion of the HHS Mandate, we need to turn back to the both the recent and the distant past. Just last year, on March 14th, 2012, the Bishops published a paper entitled, United for Religious Freedom. Timothy Cardinal Dolan, in his response to the February 1 rule proposal by the Administration, referred to that document and quoted liberally from it.

Here’s a brief refresher, [Read more...]

Cardinal George on the Law and Politics of the HHS Mandate

 

H/T to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena, Montana, a brief interview with Cardinal George posted by CNS over on YouTube. Take a look, [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan Speaks. Movement, But Not Enough on the HHS Mandate. UPDATED

When I was reading the HHS Mandate Rule proposal, I noticed a pretty big problem: folks have coverage forced upon them, whether they want it or not. Later, I wrote that  the Church would react to the current proposal negatively if the HHS was mandating pornography be forced upon all.

As it turns out, the inability to opt out of coverage was one of the points Timothy Cardinal Dolan made this afternoon when the USCCB released the letter he signed saying the new proposal falls short of meeting the concerns of the Church. There are a number of other reasons too. The USCCB press release was entitled, [Read more...]

President of Ave Maria University on What A Workable HHS Mandate Looks Like

 Hint: It’s not the most recent attempt floated last Friday. Writing an op-ed piece in The Hill, Jim Towey, President of Ave Maria University, explains why the college is not impressed with the new version of the Mandate, and what a workable solution for religious liberty would look like.

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Whom Shall We Obey? (The Quotable St. Thomas Aquinas)

Source: The Aquinas Catechism; Acts 5:29.

Colorado Catholic Hospital: It Was Morally Wrong to Cite the Wrongful Death Act in Stodgill Lawsuit

As January was winding to a close, news came out that attorneys for St. Thomas More Hospital in Cañon City, CO had cited the fact that Colorado Law didn’t recognize the unborn as persons. This caused quite a brouhaha, as many of you will recall. Today, the hospital acknowledged that this tactic was a mistake, and one that will not be repeated in the future. [Read more...]

Interesting Stuff I Found While Reading the New HHS Mandate Rules

Evening folks. Sorry I haven’t posted anything until now, but I’ve been reading the 80 pages of proposed rules regarding the HHS Mandate. I didn’t really want to, because it’s not exactly Joe Six-Packs’ idea of a “good time.” But seeings how I’ve seen all kinds of reactions to the new proposals, some positive, and some negative, I figured I’d do what the USCCB recommended and read the whole thing.

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