There is No Ghetto Between the Shire and the City

Ghetto Catholicism, that is. You see, we Catholics aren’t like the Amish, or other religious sects that hole up and pretend the rest of the world doesn’t exist.

We don’t just hunker down in our own enclaves and let the rest of the world go to hell in a hand basket. That isn’t what we’ve been called to do. And I argue, the day after Divine Mercy Sunday, that sticking to our religious knitting as Catholics isn’t in keeping with our mission of mercy to the world. [Read more...]

The Editors at Commonweal Think the Bishops Protest Too Much

Earlier today, I shared the latest from the USCCB’s stance on religious liberty. Bishop William Lori’s Ad-hoc Committee on Religious Freedom’s statement was long, and involved. From what I read, it seemed well thought out, above board, and non-partisan. It even dipped into the history of religious freedom in our country, though more historical background of this type needs to be shared with the faithful and all citizens. [Read more...]

The Bishops Give Us A History Lesson On Religious Liberty And A Call For Prayer

You would have to have been living under a rock not to know that religious liberty has come under fire here in the United States. Those who believe that the Catholic Church is wrong to get involved in the politics surrounding the HHS Mandate, for instance, have unwittingly bought into the argument that there is a “wall of separation” between Church and State, and that one should be completely separate from the other. [Read more...]

A Brand New Top Tier UPDATED

Nobody saw this matchup coming, huh? Former senator Rick Santorum is announcing the suspension of his campaign this afternoon. The Washington Post has the scoop. And the Huffington Post has reactions from Mitt Romney and the RNC.

Sure, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich are still in the race. But Gingrich has all but stopped campaigning and Ron Paul is sort of like Cyber Monday. In other words, he’s huge on the internet, but small in the ballot box. [Read more...]

Catholic Leaders On the Sunday Morning News Shows This Easter Morning

In case you missed it, and I know I did, the network news shows this morning decided that Easter Sunday would be a great time to ask some questions that are facing voters this election year. Though I missed the first run of the following two shows, I caught them via the internet and share them with you here to help keep you up to date. Let the reruns begin.

First up is Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who appeared on the CBS Sunday morning stalwart, Face the Nation. He discuss the First Amendment rights of the faithful, though it’s tough to do in the soundbite size time available to him. He tackles the idea that a “wall of separation,” which has risen to prominence in debates regarding the First Amendment, exists between churches and the state. Take a look, [Read more...]

Because the HHS Mandate Amounts to Arbitrary Discrimination…

and that just isn’t right. The above poster, with thoughts from Cardinal Timothy Dolan, reminds me of something Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said during his last public speech.

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Amen then, and now.

H/T College Students Against HHS.

New Memo from the Bishops Says HHS Mandate “Radically Flawed”

From the National Catholic Register yesterday, details of a March 29 memorandum addressing the problems with the HHS Mandate.

The U.S. bishops said that the government’s latest recommendations on its federal contraception mandate fail to address religious-freedom concerns. [Read more...]

A Petulant POTUS, or an All-Powerful Genie?

Here’s hoping he’s both. In the “petulant President” department, John Fund, a writer based in New York, and the author of Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy, has a pretty good recap piece over at National Review Online from this weeks’ Presidential Follies regarding the Litigator-in-Chiefs’ constitutional law gaffs.

What follows is the part of Funds’ piece that hits home with me, [Read more...]

Five Reasons Why I Voted For Cardinal Dolan to Make the TIME 100

Photo Credit: Seth Wenig/AP

I just voted “Definitely” to include Cardinal Timothy Dolan on the upcoming TIME Magazine 100 most influential people list. Here’s why. [Read more...]

POTUS is Playing Checkers, While the Courts Are Playing Chess

Oops. That’s awkward. And while the board looks the same, chess is a whole ‘nother game than checkers.

You see, after yesterdays presidential tirade regarding the Supreme Court, today a lower court handed the Litigator-in-Chief, via the Justice Department, a homework assignment regarding Judicial Review, and a query as to whether the Executive Branch understands the concept. A three page essay is due on Thursday. Mark Shea has a little fun with this turn of events[Read more...]


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