Cardinal Dolan, “We’re not violating our consciences.”

Photo Credit: Seth Wenig/AP

Regarding the HHS Mandate, Rachel Zoll reports from Baltimore,

A top American bishop said Tuesday the Roman Catholic church will not comply with the Obama administration requirement that most employers provide health insurance covering birth control.

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said church leaders are open to working toward a resolution with federal officials, but will meanwhile press ahead with challenges to the mandate in legislatures and in court.

“The only thing we’re certainly not prepared to do is give in. We’re not violating our consciences,” Dolan told reporters at a national bishops’ meeting. “I would say no door is closed except for the door to capitulation.” [Read more...]

The Bloggers Meet The Bishops, On Tape, Via YouTube


You may recognize a few of the bloggers here. Take a look, [Read more...]

New USCCB Website Launched to Inform the Culture on the Importance of Religious Liberty

One of the salient points critics of our bishops’ stance on the HHS Mandate fail to notice is the solidarity of the group. Do you know how many of the bishops have broken away and decided that the HHS Mandate is really not a big deal? [Read more...]

Politics and the Priesthood: The Military Analogy UPDATED

In all the years I’ve sat in pews in the Catholic Church (eighteen as a non-Catholic, and four as a Catholic), I’ve never heard any partisan political words uttered by a parish priest. Maybe I wasn’t paying close enough attention, but I don’t think that is the case. Here’s the reason why. [Read more...]

On the HHS Mandate, We’re Approaching the Line of Departure

Crossing the LD, the old fashioned way…

Currently, the bulk of our forces are  still in the Assembly Area, marshalling troops, building logistics trains, and communication networks, etc.  The dozen lawsuits that were launched a few weeks ago? Probes, really, looking for areas of strength and weakness. They crossed the line of departure a few weeks back as a reconnaissance-in-force.  Over at NRO Online, Mark L. Rienzi gives a recap of what we know so far.

Basically, it’s the tale of a media blackout, which we are all familiar with, [Read more...]

Because the Catholic Church is Flying Under the Gaydar, and Way Over It Too UPDATED

In fact, she transcends homosexuality in the same manner that she transcends everything, be it politics, economics, justice, health, and every other category you can name that involves the human person. Everyone who is a member of fallen humanity, say “aye!”

The Anchoress, Mark Shea, Marc Barnes, Michael Voris (!), and I all line up on the same side of the room when it comes to the teachings of the Church on homosexuality. Why? Because we believe her teachings. And though I can’t speak for my friends standing on the same side of the room with me, I can speak for myself when I admit that I once did not. The same is true for the Church’s teachings on marriage, divorce, contraception, the death penalty, etc., etc. Like many a (former) Protestant, see, I was my own Pope. The buck stopped here. [Read more...]

Quote of the Week on the HHS Mandate…

‎”We believe that this mandate is unjust and unlawful – it is bad health policy, and because it entails an element of government coercion against conscience, it creates a religious freedom problem.”

That’s the good word from the USCCB regarding the HHS Mandate. The comments of the bishops “were submitted in response to an HHS Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on preventive services” by Anthony Picarello (see phot0 above), USCCB associate general secretary and general counsel, and Michael Moses, associate general counsel.

The comments outlined six points: [Read more...]

The Editors at Commonweal Think the Bishops Protest Too Much

Earlier today, I shared the latest from the USCCB’s stance on religious liberty. Bishop William Lori’s Ad-hoc Committee on Religious Freedom’s statement was long, and involved. From what I read, it seemed well thought out, above board, and non-partisan. It even dipped into the history of religious freedom in our country, though more historical background of this type needs to be shared with the faithful and all citizens. [Read more...]

The Bishops Give Us A History Lesson On Religious Liberty And A Call For Prayer

You would have to have been living under a rock not to know that religious liberty has come under fire here in the United States. Those who believe that the Catholic Church is wrong to get involved in the politics surrounding the HHS Mandate, for instance, have unwittingly bought into the argument that there is a “wall of separation” between Church and State, and that one should be completely separate from the other. [Read more...]

New Memo from the Bishops Says HHS Mandate “Radically Flawed”

From the National Catholic Register yesterday, details of a March 29 memorandum addressing the problems with the HHS Mandate.

The U.S. bishops said that the government’s latest recommendations on its federal contraception mandate fail to address religious-freedom concerns. [Read more...]


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