Because When I Have To Choose Between Believing the POTUS or the Pope…

Regarding threats to religious liberty, I go with believing the Pope every day of the week, and twice on Sunday. The choice is pretty easy to make in my book. See, on the one hand we have a man who says this, [Read more...]

Six Former Ambassadors to the Vatican Co-Chair “Catholics for Romney”

So that means at least seven of us will be voting for him. Their names are,

Frank Shakespeare (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 1986-1989)

Tom Melady (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 1989-1993)

Ray Flynn (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 1993-1997)

Jim Nicholson (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 2001-2005)

Francis Rooney (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 2005-2008)

Mary Ann Glendon (U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See 2008-2009)

They drafted a little manifesto explaining why, [Read more...]

190 Million More Reasons Why the HHS Mandate is Bushwah

I mean in addition to the first reason (that it’s unconstitutional). It’s simple, as District Judge John L. Kane noted when he handed down an injunction the other day which thwarted the governments’ case (bold emphasis is mine), [Read more...]

What Would President Obama’s Second Term Look Like?

Dinesh D’Souza has an idea. And he has a film coming out soon wherein he hopes to explain the current Presidents’ vision for the future of America.

I’ve always admired D’Souza since bumping into his work while I was trying to get into UCLA.  I had heard of him, and his book Illiberal Educationwhile I was channel surfing and landed on his appearance on C-SPAN’s book review program way back in 1991.  I lost track of him after I graduated, as I had more important things to attend to (like start a new career and a family, etc.). [Read more...]

Mark Shea on Why We May Fight the HHS Mandate…

A reader asked Mark how the HHS Mandate is any different than paying our taxes and watching the government waste them on all kinds of things Catholics may find unjust and wasteful. They wondered how the HHS Mandate is any different from this. Mark’s reply clears things up for those who are still sitting on the sidelines. [Read more...]

What Don’t You Know About the ACA? The Quiz Results Say “Lots” UPDATED

There’s lots that I don’t know too. Before you go getting all riled up, I’m not an apologist for the ACA. But I am an apologist for not going off half-cocked. [Read more...]

The Bishops Remind Us, the ACA Needs Repairs, Not Repeal UPDATED

The Catholic Church is not against the Affordable Care Act, which the Supreme Court just upheld today in a landmark decision that found it constitutional. The Bishops, via the USCCB,  seek for the ACA to be “repaired,” not “scrapped.”

Following enactment of ACA, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has not joined in efforts to repeal the law in its entirety, and we do not do so today.The decision of the Supreme Court neither diminishes the moral imperative to ensure decent health care for all, nor eliminates the need to correct the fundamental flaws described above. We therefore continue to urge Congress to pass, and the Administration to sign, legislation to fix those flaws. [Read more...]

On Day Six of the Fortnight For Freedom, the Acton Institute Reminds Us…

that the HHS Mandate is an assault on religious liberty. Which means it’s an assault on liberty. Period. What’s that got to do with Dietrich Bonhoeffer? [Read more...]

Archbishop Lori’s Op-Ed in the Washington Post

Image credit: CNA

It hit the web edition’s Guest Voices column early this afternoon.

With tweets and text messages, prayers and preaching, Catholics and other Americans will spend the next two weeks (June 21-July 4) launching a religious freedom awareness campaign called the “Fortnight for Freedom.

Concern for religious freedom both here and abroad has been growing for years, and now there are calls for immediate action. Stories of people literally dying for the faith in Iraq and Nigeria can be found in daily newspapers. There, churches are bombed and the blood of martyrs runs freely. [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput’s Five Points on Religious Freedom UPDATED

Several of the Patheos Catholic Portal bloggers (Elizabeth Scalia, and Deacon Greg Kandra) are in Indianapolis for the Catholic Media Conference. Last night, Archbishop Charles Chaput, my favorite Franciscan, gave an important speech at the conference to set the stage for the kickoff of today’s Fortnight for Freedom call to prayer.

I’ll share a bit of the speech with you below. For the sake of brevity, and for the ease of memorization, I’ve summarized his five main points here. [Read more...]