Heads We Win; Tails You Lose. Obama is Hoist On His Own Petard.

"Sire, the peasants are REVOLTING!" "You said it, they stink!" Really hard to see the Administration’s political end-game or the calculation behind the HHS mandate. My first thought is, “Wow, that was dumb.” They clearly did not believe crazy uncle Joe and the other prominent, experienced-in-Church-politics male Catholic in the room when they said this would ... More

Truth Inside Out, An Army of Davids to the Rescue

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles writes: Our country was founded on a great moral truth — that all men and women are created equal and are born with God-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Roe v. Wade turned this beautiful truth on inside out. The Supreme Court, in effect, said that our rights do not come from God but instead are bestowed by government — by courts... More

Different faiths come together to fight for marriage and religious liberty

Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, as President of the USCCB, issued a joint letter today with religious leaders of other faith traditions to fight for marriage and religious liberty. Signatories included leaders from Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, Jewish, Lutheran, Mormon, and Pentecostal communities in the United States. Dolan was one of the four signing Catholic bishops. ‎“Mar... More

‘Father, pray for me. I will not survive’

It’s hard not to think of the man begging for mercy as he died in a Nigerian Catholic Church on Christmas Day today on the feast of the first Christian martyr, St. Stephen. As Robert Royal puts it: Today, December 26, is the Feast of St. Stephen, the first martyr. The Church calendar places him right after Christmas Day. With good reason:  Christ came into the world and redeemed us alright,... More

Newman Society Reveals Catholic Universities Deceived Bishops Over Dissenting Conference Presentations

The Cardinal Newman Society has done a great service to further expose the efforts by those who dissent from the Church’s teaching on sexuality, marriage and family to confuse and undermine those teachings on Catholic campuses (and elsewhere): In a special investigative report released today, The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) provides evidence of “a well-orchestrated attempt to undermine... More

Reader: Rubio would help GOP win Florida, Dems unfavorables hit 84 levels, Will ‘Kickback’ Nelson run again?

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-NE, doesn’t sound that interested in running for re-election. http://cvote.to/7E The Democratic Party’s unfavorable rating rises to 1984 levels (when Reagan won 49 states). http://cvote.to/7D Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL, would really boost the GOP chances of winning Florida, but not as much... More

Abp. Dolan to President Obama: Cease Attacks on Marriage or Risk “National Conflict…of Enormous Proportions”

Wow. This definitely represents a significant escalation of tone and includes the threat of consequences if the Obama administration does not, as this letter from Archbishop Timothy Dolan to the President calls for, “push the reset button” on their multipronged efforts to undermine marriage and treat Catholics who believe in marriage as bigots. Abp. Dolan is careful to point out that h... More

Maureen Dowd, Andrew Cuomo, and the Public Death of Catholic Conscience

Woody Allen’s brilliant 1989 film Crimes & Misdemeanors is on my mind a great deal these days as I read the statements made by prominent Catholic liberals about their push for same-sex marriage. The movie is much on my mind because it tells the story of a man who commits a grave crime, but is miraculously spared being caught and punished for it. As the movie concludes, we realize the man... More

Marriage in New York

Archbishop Dolan’s North Korea analogy has become a belated subject of debate over on my homebase. Some suggest he flubbed in using the analogy, in arguing for the truth, as he sees it (to echo wording here). Actually, I suspect it is because of his commitment to Truth that he did. And about the belated nature of that debate — it is analogous to the whole debate. I have been getting e-ma... More

Fatherly Advice from Fifth Avenue

As the debate over remaking marriage in New York continues, Archbishop Timothy Dolan makes a plea and issues a reminder: Along with so many other people of faith – and of no particular religion at all – we Catholic pastors and citizens persevere, on this Father’s Day, in our prayers and efforts to defend the timeless definition of marriage as the loving, faithful union between one man and o... More

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