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...]

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...]

All of a Sudden, the New York Times Notices the HHS Mandate Lawsuits

Based on this report published yesterday, you would think that they just discovered the 40+ lawsuits that have been filed and the injunctions that have been handed down thus far. How else to explain the title of the piece? A Flood of Suits Fights Coverage of Birth Control.

Golly. Who knew? [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

More Good HHS Mandate News: Appeals Court Blocks Contraception Mandate in Illinois Case UPDATED

Another day, another setback for the HHS Mandate. The Christian Post has the scoop,

Days before the contraception mandate, which requires employers to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs to employees, is set to go into effect, a federal appeals court has temporarily blocked it from being enforced against an Illinois company. [Read more...]

Judge Cogan Allows NY Archdiocese Lawsuit Against HHS Mandate to Continue UPDATED

Back in May, the Archdiocese of New York filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) because of the HHS Mandate requiring contraceptive, abortifacient, and sterilization coverage for employees.

The plaintiffs in the case are as follows: [Read more...]

O’Brien Industries’ HHS Mandate Lawsuit Tossed Out

In an earlier post today, I asked a question about corporate personhood. You may recall that the current Administration doesn’t like the idea of a corporation being a person. They don’t care much for the Church being considered a person either.

Back in March, O’Brien Industries was one of the first private corporations to sue the Health and Human Services Department. On Friday, the federal district court in Missouri threw their case out. Rob Vischer over at Mirror of Justice explains what happened, [Read more...]

Cardinal Dolan on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose

Yesterday I lamented the paucity of media coverage regarding the lawsuits filed by 40+ Catholic groups. It appears that the media outlets had some backing and filling to do. CBS again seems to be leading the way, at least in terms of getting the story out to the public and bringing in folks to get to the roots of it.

Here is Timothy Cardinal Dolan speaking with Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning. Charlie Rose and Erica Hill do a great job asking pertinent questions, while His Eminence is in his element explaining the whys and the wherefores of the lawsuit. He also discusses the controversy surrounding Catholic college commencement speakers and such. Have a look (please pardon any attempt to sell you beer and shampoo),

As I mentioned yesterday, birth control pill packages, etc. will always be floating in the background. Read more over at CBS.

Obviously, Cardinal Dolan can’t be everywhere, and on every network at the same time, but he lands on his feet and is a cheerful witness whenever he does.