Our Bishops Get All Hard Core On The HHS Mandate

You expected me to blink?

Folks thought it couldn’t be done. Others may have thought that some of them would get all pastoral, and start squawking about how the HHS Mandate really didn’t matter.

But there’s a difference between bishops being pastoral, and bishops being forced to ignore the teachings of the Church. [Read more...]

Catholic Health Association Is Fine With The Final HHS Rule As It Is UPDATED


Less than a week after the conclusion of the Fortnight for Freedom, the CEO of the Catholic Health Association, Sister Carol Keehan, has notified members of the association that the latest accommodation provided by HHS is acceptable to them. It is a different conclusion than that held by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. [Read more...]

Dawn Eden On Why The Church’s Rights To Distribute Copyrighted Material Should Be Honored…UPDATED

Image Credit: Erik J Heels

 

Yesterday, I shared a post linking to Brandon Vogt’s blog thanking him for providing other digital formats of the latest encyclical Lumen Fidei. As it turns out, Brandon didn’t have permission to provide those other formats, and as a result, the Vatican and the USCCB cried foul.

Those of you who clicked on the link that took you to Brandon’s blog were met with the following message,

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Archbishop Chaput: “If laypeople don’t love their Catholic faith enough…nothing the bishops do will finally matter.”

Attention on deck!

Absolutely right. To think otherwise is foolish.

It would be the same as thinking that only the Joint Chiefs of Staff  are needed to do the fighting in a war. Who needs all those officers and  enlisted folks carrying all the rifles, flying planes, and manning ships,  doing the actual work?

Sun Tzu knows that is ridiculous. [Read more...]

As the Same-Sex Marriage Question Heads to the SCOTUS…

Here is a snippet of the amicus brief of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

California’s Proposition 8 encourages and supports the union of one man and one woman, as distinct from other interpersonal relationships, by giving it alone the name “marriage.” This is rationally related to legitimate state interests for several reasons. [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...]

Human Trafficking is Not Just a Third World Problem

Just ask the folks from Convenant House. They’ve put together a campaign called Abolish Child Trafficking. The USCCB is dedicated to fighting this scourge as well.

Timothy Dalrymple shares an interview about efforts to stop this blight timed for what has been designated as a National Weekend of Prayer focused on this issue by Christians. [Read more...]

POTUS, SCOTUS, Healthcare law, the HHS Mandate, the Bishops and Catholic Social Teaching. Oh My!

When you have a post with a title with two acronyms, a healthcare law, a bureaucratic mandate, the USCCB, and the Social Doctrine of the Church, you have to be prepared for one thing, and one thing only: not pleasing everyone.

That’s why this is an interesting time to live, see? And it’s Holy Week too? [Read more...]

Mr. Obama? Beware the Lee Shore…And the Rock UPDATED

Do you know where political careers go to die? Upon the rock that is the Church. God Himself said that, “upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” So if anyone needs to blink in this game of chicken the President and his Administration are playing, it is the Administration, and not the Church.

Maybe in another country, see, one without a strong tradition of the rule of law, or one where cults of personality and the “strongman” were honored instead of “government of the people, by the people, for the people,” this would take a very long time to play out. [Read more...]

The Bishops Decide to Fight On…

Call it the “recalibration we can believe in,” breaking news from the Bishop’s Administrative Committee,

Bishops Promise To Continue ‘Vigorous Efforts’ Against HHS Violations Of Religious Freedom In Health Care Reform Mandate [Read more...]


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