Is it Moral to Comply with the HHS Mandate?

Summary: Catholics have a moral obligation to protest against the HHS mandate since it is a serious violation of religious liberty.  Those who have filed lawsuits are providing tremendous witness and service.  Nonetheless, once the HHS mandate goes into effect, since compliance with it would be material cooperation with evil done under duress and accompanied by serious harm to innocent persons, ... More

“This call to arms by the Catholic bishops implies, if need be, civil disobedience”

I understand there’s another major speech tonight by the President of the United States, making the best case he can why he should be reelected. Sisyphean task, that. It will, however, be followed by what I’m most interested in: Cardinal Dolan’s closing prayer. THAT. could be the highlight of the conventions season if the Dems continue their anti-God, anti-Jerusalem, anti-life, a... More

Behold: when a republic slides into tyranny

“A republic, if you can keep it,” Ben Franklin famously responded when asked what sort of government they had just set up at the Constitutional convention in 1787. A republic means the people rule through their elected representatives. Laws are written in the deliberative bodies of Congress. Laws are enforced by the President and the necessary officers of the executive branch. Laws are... More

Mitt Romney Converts to Catholicism

Okay, not exactly. But he did say that he feels as if he is Catholic during a campaign stop on Wednesday. He said we all are. In case you have not already seen the video, Romney said in Ohio: Religious liberty — our first freedom of those enumerated in the Bill of Rights. And the president and his administration said they are going to usurp your religious freedom by demanding that you prov... More

Welfare Reform Changes Meet The Spirit Of The Law

The Department of Health & Human Services and Republican congressional leaders are clashing again, this time over regulations for administering federal welfare programs, which were reformed in 1996 to implement work requirements for recipients. The ’96 reform was a needed change to a program that was correctly criticized for fostering dependency –turning the social safety net into a hammoc... More

Relief for ALL Catholic employers

Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.) I applaud the bill Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisconsin) has put before the House of Representatives, the one endorsed earlier today by the CatholicVote Legislative Team. Not only because it seeks to restore religious liberty in this country, but because it will do so for all persons of religious conviction and not just those who operate explicitly religious ins... More
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And When is Partisan Really Partisan?

Have you been called partisan recently? I think it happens to me about five times a day. Either in an e-mail, or a comment, or, worse, in an e-mail about my alleged partisanship which is sent to my boss… or to just random people at my work with important-sounding titles, people who could probably get me in trouble. I get called “partisan” a lot. Though I don’t like being labele... More

Michelle Obama and the HHS mandate

Today, First lady Michelle Obama – whose husband defends higher taxes, gay marriage and universal healthcare on Biblical grounds – spoke to members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church at a conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The following is just a part of what she said: Our faith journey isn’t just about showing up on Sunday for a good sermon and good music and a good meal. It’s a... More

Is The Mandate Really a Tax?

The majority decision of the Supreme Court today says that it is. Chief Justice Roberts agrees, saying, “Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness”. But there’s a big problem with that interpretation. The Obama administration claimed that the mandate penalty was not a tax. The legislation is written in a ... More

The Intolerance of the Catholic Left.

Good grief, they’re either ungrateful, blind, or both. A quick survey of political issues of the day and the political party which tends to holds the position the U.S. bishops tend to lean toward: Immigration: Democratic. Open borders. Social welfare programs: Democratic. Spend more money. Obamacare (pre-HHS mandate): Democratic. Increase access to healthcare. Labor laws: Democratic. Protec... More

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