Can a Pope Know More About Liberty Than the Founding Fathers?

Jotting down a few thoughts on Liberty, and from whence it comes…

See for yourself. [Read more...]

Preliminary Injunction Granted to Seneca Hardwood Lumber Company from the HHS Mandate Rules

Back on April 19th, a family owned lumber company in Pennsylvania received some good news in their fight to not be forced to divorce their consciences from their actions. Courthouse News Service has the story. [Read more...]

The Archdiocese of New York Withdraws Subpoena Served on the White House…

Back on April 4th, the big news was that the Archdiocese of New York subpoenaed the White House. Recall that story, three weeks back? [Read more...]

The Oldest Natural and Organic Food Company in North America Files Suit Against the HHS Mandate, Outraging A Vocal Minority

Michael Potter, founder of Eden Foods

No, it’s not Kraft Foods, or Mondelez International, or any of the other gigantic food processors you may have heard of. The firm is named Eden Foods, and it has been in business for 45 years. According to their website, [Read more...]

Hobby Lobby Granted Appeal of Previous Decision. Full Court Will Consider Halting HHS Mandate Enforcement Against the Firm

What would Good Friday be like without a little HHS Mandate news? The timing may be purely coincidental, but still, it’s a hopeful development. Jeff Glasser of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty shares the news with us. [Read more...]

The USSCB Says the HHS Mandate Violates First Amendment, Freedoms Of Religious Organizations UPDATED

Yesterday I shared a little update on what has been cooking on the HHS Mandate front, while we’ve been caught up in the Papal resignation, conclave, and installation. Thankfully, the good folks in the legal department of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops kept their eyes, and minds, glued to the chess board.

Yesterday, they published a press release with a link to the public comment the Conference made to the latest iteration of the HHS Mandate “accommodation.” In a nutshell? No joy. [Read more...]

BREAK: A Message From the Front Lines of “Operation Enduring Travesty” UPDATED

Joe Six-Pack, USMC (Ret.) here. You probably have never heard of the mission with that name. That’s understandable, as I just made it up, though the operation is ongoing, embarrassing, and tragic.

“Operation Enduring Travesty” is what I call what is going on with the prisoners our nation has incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, aka “GITMO.” [Read more...]

Christian Badass or Christian Coward, Which Do We Choose?

Originally written last year on the feast of St. John the Baptist, I can’t help but note that everything I’ve seen and read about Pope Francis leads me to conclude that between the two types presented in the title above, and in the narrative below, he is the former, and not the latter.

The Holy Spirit prefers the former type too, as He always has. Thanks be to God.

The Beheading of St. John the Baptist, Caravaggio, 1608


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Catholic-Affiliated Health System in Sioux Falls Bows to the HHS Mandate

Sounds like something built by Oldsmobile.

It seems like the first thing they do is remove their Catholic identity from their name. That way, see, the next step is just a business decision, or something. Mary Garrigan of the Rapid City Digest reports on Avera Health Plans move to comply with HHS mandate,

A Catholic-affiliated health care system in Sioux Falls is drawing criticism from Catholic bishops for its decision to offer contraceptive services coverage in some of its medical insurance plans in violation of church teaching. [Read more...]

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...]


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