Cardinal Mahony? Before You Head to Rome, We’d Like to Ask You A Few Questions

Image Source: Don Bartletti, Los Angeles Times

Harriet Adams of the Los Angeles Times notes that,

Judge clears way for Mahony deposition in sex abuse case

Before Cardinal Roger Mahony boards a plane for Rome to help elect the next pope, he will be questioned under oath about his handling of clergy sex abuse cases. [Read more...]

If You Love Pope Benedict XVI, Set Him Free

And so we woke up this morning to the news that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning his post as Captain of the Barque of Saint Peter. The best reaction I’ve seen so far comes from Fr. James Martin, SJ, [Read more...]

President of Ave Maria University on What A Workable HHS Mandate Looks Like

 Hint: It’s not the most recent attempt floated last Friday. Writing an op-ed piece in The Hill, Jim Towey, President of Ave Maria University, explains why the college is not impressed with the new version of the Mandate, and what a workable solution for religious liberty would look like.

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PETA Outraged at Beyoncé’s Super Bowl Attire

Just when you thought you were safe from hearing anymore about the Super Bowl Halftime Show starring Beyoncé, it turns out you aren’t. [Read more...]

Is “Emergency Contraception” Licit? The German Bishops Discuss in Light of Recent Events

Just in case you weren’t enjoying the whipsaw-like ride of the news cycle, this just in from Der Speigel,

The case of a young woman who was denied treatment by Catholic hospitals after she may have been raped has sparked a debate among German Catholics. At its heart is whether the Church should allow emergency contraceptive pills, or whether such drugs are equivalent to abortion. [Read more...]

Colorado Catholic Hospital: It Was Morally Wrong to Cite the Wrongful Death Act in Stodgill Lawsuit

As January was winding to a close, news came out that attorneys for St. Thomas More Hospital in Cañon City, CO had cited the fact that Colorado Law didn’t recognize the unborn as persons. This caused quite a brouhaha, as many of you will recall. Today, the hospital acknowledged that this tactic was a mistake, and one that will not be repeated in the future. [Read more...]

The Administration Issues Changes to HHS Mandate for Religious Institutions and Affiliates UPDATED

The press release from the Department of Health and Human Services is out. Revisions to the Mandate at this time apply to non-profit religious institutions and their affiliates.

Briefly, the changes make a provision for employees of these institutions to be offered separate coverage for “preventive services” from health insurance companies utilized by their employers, or via another insurance provider if the organization is self-insured.

Here is the press release from HHS, [Read more...]

The Administration Rolling Back the HHS Mandate? CNN Thinks “Yes.”

 

Back in December, I shared thoughts that perhaps the Administration will scuttle this ridiculous rule out of embarrassment alone. I mean, the phony war on women trope worked well enough to secure reelection, but in reality, it isn’t holding up in the courts.

Most likely they won’t scuttle it, but heavily modify it instead. [Read more...]

Archbishop Gomez Makes the Call, Removes Cardinal Mahony and Bishop Curry From the Game UPDATED

With an H/T to my blog neighbor Joanne McPortland, here is the press release from Archbishop Gomez, wherein he removed Cardinal Roger Mahony from all “administrative or public duties,” and his statement on receiving the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Curry.  [Read more...]

Riddle Me This: Why Has a Catholic Social Network Site Partnered with Google?

To try and find answers to questions like, “What do Catholics want from the interwebs?” The Vatican Insider  calls it a “holy Web alliance.” Take a look, [Read more...]


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