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...]

Did You Hear the NPR Piece Today on the “Fortnight for Freedom?”

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, shown speaking at the state Capitol in Hartford, Conn., in 2009, is the head of the U.S. bishops' Fortnight for Freedom campaign. Photo credit: Jessica Hill/AP

It was actually pretty balanced. A couple of parishioners “for,” a couple “against,” and snippets from Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop Lori, and (naturally) the strident comments of Bishop Jenky from Peoria. [Read more...]

The Catholic Health Association Tacks to Windward UPDATED

And just in the nick of time. They were headed for a lee shore, or so it seemed back in February. That is when Sister Carol Keehan had backed the Administrations “Accommodation,” standing side by side with Vice-President Joe Biden making her announcement to that effect. But it appears that she, and the group of hospitals she leads, has had a change of heart. Prayers are being answered! [Read more...]

Religious Liberty: It’s Not Just a Christian Thing

Pretty soon, the Supreme Court will hand down their verdict on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. This decision, and how it affects the HHS Mandate, has been discussed early, and often, in this space. Something that hasn’t been discussed here much is that other religions have lined up against the mandate as well. Not that you would have seen this reported in the mainstream media outlets. [Read more...]

How the Affordable Care Act’s Constitutionality Affects the HHS Mandate

The Beckett Fund has a handy graphic. H/T Women Speak for Themselves.

It’s sort of like a shell game, with three walnut shells and a pea. [Read more...]


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