Because the Bishops Aren’t Consensus Leaders, But Consensus Molders UPDATED

The title to this post came to me this morning directly from the mind of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. That his thoughts go a long way towards explaining what our bishops are about nowadays is telling, don’t you think? You see, I understand that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ administrative committee gets together for a two-day meeting tomorrow. [Read more...]

So Matthew Archbold Thought He Didn’t Sign Up For This

He starts his latest post over on the National Catholic Register like a marathoner who has just hit “the wall.”

I’m tired. Are you?

We believers, Catholics, Protestant, Jewish and the rest, we are beleaguered. I don’t know about you, I am tired. [Read more...]

The Article on the HHS Mandate America Magazine Did Well By Publishing


Remember a few days back when I shared Bishop Lori’s letter to the editors at America Magazine? He had “gone Columbo” on them. Prior to that, Cardinal Dolan had given them a stern talking to as well. Perhaps that got their attention. [Read more...]

“The HHS Mandate is Demeaning to Women.” And Women Are Speaking Out

I said that the HHS Mandate robs women of their liberty in a lot of words earlier today. But like I said then, as a man, my opinion is discounted by HHS Mandate advocates.

But today is International Women’s Day. Hooray! So below you will find a video where Gloria Purvis, among others, gives a great 7 minute talk that tells it like it is. Who is Gloria? [Read more...]

News for the “War on Women” Contingent: the HHS Mandate Makes War on Your Liberty and Your Gender UPDATED

Period. End of story. That is the truth.

The problem, though, is that the truth isn’t favorable to the current Administration. President Obama, and his capable staff, know that this is true, which is why they only seek the opinions of folks like NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and Catholic groups that are not empowered to speak for the Church. This is why the Administrations’ “accommodation” was crafted to fool folks into thinking that this is a “war on women” and a “war on contraception.” [Read more...]

A David Letterman-like List of the Top 10 Reasons to Favor the HHS Mandate UPDATED

So you’ve read Cardinal Dolan’s letter to the Bishops, and you support the Church’s stance on the HHS Mandate. You agree that it must be rescinded.

You also understand that the purpose of buying insurance is to protect yourself, and your family, from catastrophic loss that you otherwise could not afford to endure. Must I break out the Merriam-Webster dictionary? [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan’s Letter to the Bishops UPDATED

Dated March 2, 2012 and presented below in it’s entirety. All links added are the work of your blogger.

My brother bishops,

Twice in recent weeks, I have written you to express my gratitude for our unity in faith and action as we move forward to protect our religious freedom from unprecedented intrusion from a government bureau, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). I remain deeply grateful to you for your determined resolve, to the Chairmen of our committees directly engaged in these efforts – Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Bishop Stephen Blaire and Bishop William Lori -who have again shown themselves to be such excellent leaders during these past weeks, and to all our staff at the USCCB who work so diligently under the direction of the Conference leadership. [Read more...]

“Whereas Distractions are Evanescent, the Religious-Liberty Issue Hasn’t Gone Away”

Nor will it, because this is the crux of the matter. These revelations are nothing new to readers of this space. But for those who need more convincing, this post today from James Taranto, of the Wall Street Journal’s Best of the Web feature, The Fluke Distraction, may do nicely. Bold portions highlighted below are mine.

There seems to be wide agreement that the Sandra Fluke kerfuffle handed the left a major political victory. We respectfully dissent. [Read more...]

The Truth About the HHS Mandate in 2 Minutes

Thanks to the good folks over at Americans United for Life. What? You expected the truth from Americans United for Death? Heh!

Make it go viral, por favor. You’ll be doing a corporal work of mercy.

H/T the Anchoress.

Bishop Lori Goes “Columbo” on the Editors of “America” Magazine

I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I loved Peter Falk’s character of the seemingly bumbling detective named Lt. Columbo. All of the episodes were marvelous examples of the conventional wisdom assuming criminals, who also just knew that they were the smartest people in the room, winding up getting out foxed by this seemingly idiotic, nay, imbecilic, homicide inspector.

Check out Falk’s in-character performance here at a Dean Martin roast of Frank Sinatra, [Read more...]


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