The Catholic Bishops of Colorado Respond to Hospitals’ Claim of Unborn Twins Personhood UPDATED

File photo: Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila

A couple of days ago, my blog neighbor Deacon Greg Kandra shared a news item about a Catholic hospital in Colorado that is a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit. The story is noteworthy because the Catholic hospitals’ legal defense team argued that while the patient (who died seven years ago), Lori Stodghill, was indisputably a person, they noted that under Colorado law, her unborn twins, 28 weeks of gestation at the time of death,  are not considered persons. [Read more…]

L.A. County District Attorney Reviewing Documents Released by Archdiocese of Los Angeles UPDATED

In a follow up to the Los Angeles Times report that hit the wires yesterday, this hit the wires a few hours ago from the Daily News,

Los Angeles County prosecutors said today they will begin reviewing internal documents released by the Los Angeles Archdiocese which show that retired Cardinal Roger Mahony and other church leaders maneuvered to protect priests accused of child molestation from law enforcement. [Read more…]

A Recap of the Challenges to the HHS Mandate and a Proposal from Joe Six-Pack

 

Yesterday, prior to the Inauguration Day ceremonial swearing, the Washington Post ran an article detailing the challenges made thus far to the Administrations’ HHS Mandate. [Read more…]

Hundreds of Thousands Protest In France over Same-Sex Marriage Proposals UPDATED

 

Andrew Cusack has the best coverage I’ve seen on this protest.

France Marches for Marriage
Led by a provocative comedian, a gay atheist, and a socialist teacher, protest against same-sex marriage draws one million [Read more…]

What Does California Have In Common With Singapore?

Image Credit: The Wall Street Journal

A low birth-rate problem. Miriam Jordan writes about it in the Wall Street Journal.

Declining migration and falling birthrates have led to a drop in the number of children in California just as baby boomers reach retirement, creating an economic and demographic challenge for the nation’s most populous state. [Read more…]

The National Cathedral to Perform Same-Sex Wedding Ceremonies UPDATED

From the Associated Press,

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington National Cathedral, where the nation gathers to mourn tragedies and celebrate new presidents, will soon begin performing same-sex marriages. [Read more…]

Another New Years Eve Setback for the HHS Mandate: Sharp Industries Wins Relief


It’s time for some more bubbly. Were the courts in session yesterday, or what? Though I was on vacation, see, the answer to that question is “yes,” even if they got down to business quick, and closed down early for New Years Eve. First, we heard of Kort & Luitjohan’s good news, then an injunction handed to Tom Monaghan’s company,  and now there’s another reason for a toast.

Francis J. Manion, Senior Counsel with the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) sent me a little New Year felicitation, [Read more…]

The HHS Mandate Takes It on the Chin Again With Ruling For The Founder of Domino’s Pizza UPDATED

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. Perhaps a miracle, much like the pending deal on the fiscal cliff, is imminent.

Here are the details from the Thomas More Law Center, [Read more…]

Tissue Alert! Read This And Weep

Letter to Jack Pinto by his best friend, John (Yamiche Alcindor/USA Today)

 

 “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.“

Lord, help me to be more like John.

 

Christmas Comes Early For Religious Colleges Fighting HHS Mandate

While crickets are chirping from purveyors of important news, here’s the scoop on another victory against the HHS contraceptive mandate  in court yesterday.  The Becket Fund shares, [Read more…]