Clothing the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Flag? Great Moments in ‘Murika!

So there I was, minding my own business, getting ready for a day off tomorrow to celebrate the birth of our nation. And then I saw this…

I’m all for love of God, and love of country, but make the hurting stop!

News flash: the Blessed Virgin Mary isn’t Betsy Ross. [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput: “If laypeople don’t love their Catholic faith enough…nothing the bishops do will finally matter.”

Attention on deck!

Absolutely right. To think otherwise is foolish.

It would be the same as thinking that only the Joint Chiefs of Staff  are needed to do the fighting in a war. Who needs all those officers and  enlisted folks carrying all the rifles, flying planes, and manning ships,  doing the actual work?

Sun Tzu knows that is ridiculous. [Read more...]

Stephanie Slade Connects The Dots on the HHS Mandate…

What follows is from her opinion piece in U.S. News & World Report. She explains how the HHS Mandate is just one more in a long line of First Amendment abuses by the current Administration.

Lost for some people amid worries about National Security Agency surveillance practices, Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative organizations and Department of Justice investigations of journalists who dared to speak to government employees is another troubling example of inappropriate federal overreach – the Health and Human Services contraception mandate. [Read more...]

Do Business Owners Lose Their Constitutional Rights When They Earn A Living?

Um, put your pencil away, Mr. President.

The short answer is, “No.” The long answer is “show me where it says that (or even implies it) in the Constitution, and the amendments to the same (particularly in the Bill of Rights).”

What about when it comes to the HHS Mandate, which requires nonreligious entities provide coverage for artificial contraceptions, abortion services, etc.? [Read more...]

For Catholicism Or Casuistry? I Choose The Former (A Reply To The Archdiocese of New York Blogpost)

“I fell in love with the prophets and these men who had loved Christ; I reflected on all their words and found that this philosophy alone was true and profitable.”

Feast of St. Justin Martyr

Pope Francis wants us to be joyful. He said so in a homily just the other day. There is much to be joyful in when we embrace the true, the good and the beautiful. [Read more...]

The Prophet Thomas Merton On The Archdiocese of New York’s HHS Mandate Problem

Problem? What problem? So the Archdiocese of New York provides healthcare to unionized employees of ArchCare through SEIU 1199′s  National Benefits Fund, which provides coverage for contraceptives and abortion services. What could it hurt? [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan on the HHS Mandate: “If we give in now, they will not leave us alone.”

Photo Credit: Seth Wenig/AP

Kathryn Jean Lopez, a blogger neighbor of mine here at Patheos, and a writer for National Review Online, has been closely following the story that the New York Times published back on Sunday. More importantly, she has been following the response of Cardinal Timothy Dolan after the story was published. [Read more...]

The Archdiocese of New York Responds to the New York Times Piece From Sunday…

 

Source,

May 28, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 27, 2013

STATEMENT OF JOSEPH ZWILLING IN RESPONSE TO NEW YORK TIMES STORY [Read more...]

Archdiocese of New York Health Plan Covers Contraception and Abortion Services


According to Sharon Otterman of the New York Times. Cardinal Dolan? Say it ain’t so! The story ran yesterday and it begins as follows, [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput: “The HHS Mandate Can Only Be Understood As A Form Of Coercion.”

Just in time for the long Memorial Day weekend, Archbishop Chaput’s weekly column notes the IRS scandals, the HHS Mandate, and what it all means for Catholics and religious liberty.

Religious Freedom And the Need To Wake Up
By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput [Read more...]


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