Foreign Made Ball Bearings Defunded, But the HHS Mandate is Paid For

It worked in 2011. Why mess with success?

So much for the idea of using religious liberty as a bargaining chip in the sequester embroglio. Lost in all the excitement of Rand Paul’s filibuster in the Senate, CNS News reminds us that the Republican controlled House chugged along with business as usual. [Read more...]

Representatives Propose the Health Care Conscience Rights Act to Provide Exemption from the HHS Mandate UPDATED

This just in from the good folks at The Catholic Association.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Representatives Diane Black (R-TN), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), and John Fleming, M.D. (R-LA) will hold a press conference tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5th at 10am EST in Rayburn House Office Building Room B-318 regarding the introduction of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (HCCRA) that would protect Americans’ First Amendment rights and would stop the Obama Administration’s assault on religious freedom. [Read more...]

Your Blogger is on the Wrong Side of Public Opinion, Just Like G.K. Chesterton

Just an F.Y.I. Good news, though. The Church is on the right side of history. She always has been, and always will be. Of course, that is because the Church is like Noah’s Ark, and therefore constructed to ensure our salvation. [Read more...]

Nine U.S. Senators Say Hobby Lobby Is Protected from the HHS Mandate By Law


And a couple of Representatives from the House too. And which law might that be? The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law way back in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.

The Becket Fund has the details, [Read more...]

Making the Connection Between the Pill and Water Pollution

Ingesting things with names like this? No thanks!
Image: Flickr, outcast104

So what does a playwright, TV writer, and author know about water pollution and heightened levels of estrogen in our drinking water? I’m glad you asked. Way back in 2009 (practically the Stone Age), Susan Kim opined on her Huffington Post blog that,

Obviously, much of this pollution occurs as a result of routine manufacturing and commercial farming. Yet we can’t ignore the fact that another potent source of estrogen pollution in our water comes from our love of the Pill – [Read more...]

Dear Politicians, Media Elites, Etc., The Catechism Has Got Your Number

 

There’s a big green book that’s the size of a dictionary that I’ve been reading this year. It’s the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and if it weren’t for Matthew Warner and his Read the Catechism in a Year program, I’d be a lot more ignorant about things that are happening in the news that relate to my faith. [Read more...]

Archbishop Lori Writes Congress Asking, Where is the Freedom of Choice to “Opt Out” of the HHS Mandate? UPDATED


Maybe we should write to them too. In the letter below, Archbishop Lori, whom I’ve compared with Detective Columbo in the past, advocates something I’ve heard in the gospels before. Something about being as wise as serpents, and as innocent as doves.

Take a look. [Read more...]

A Reminder: Why the Bishops Stand Against the HHS Mandate

 

To see the future of the USCCB’s discussion of the HHS Mandate, we need to turn back to the both the recent and the distant past. Just last year, on March 14th, 2012, the Bishops published a paper entitled, United for Religious Freedom. Timothy Cardinal Dolan, in his response to the February 1 rule proposal by the Administration, referred to that document and quoted liberally from it.

Here’s a brief refresher, [Read more...]

Cardinal George on the Law and Politics of the HHS Mandate

 

H/T to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena, Montana, a brief interview with Cardinal George posted by CNS over on YouTube. Take a look, [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan Speaks. Movement, But Not Enough on the HHS Mandate. UPDATED

When I was reading the HHS Mandate Rule proposal, I noticed a pretty big problem: folks have coverage forced upon them, whether they want it or not. Later, I wrote that  the Church would react to the current proposal negatively if the HHS was mandating pornography be forced upon all.

As it turns out, the inability to opt out of coverage was one of the points Timothy Cardinal Dolan made this afternoon when the USCCB released the letter he signed saying the new proposal falls short of meeting the concerns of the Church. There are a number of other reasons too. The USCCB press release was entitled, [Read more...]


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