Author’s note: After a discussion in the comments and investigation on my part I have added a postscript clarifying something that may have been inaccurate but was not. Cheers.
“If you like your health care coverage you can keep it. ”
In various phrasings this was one of the more oft-repeated reasons we were given to support, or at least not to oppose, Ob... More
He’s taking a hit.
According to the latest Pew poll, the president is down eight percentage points with Catholics.
As he should be. Among other things, the HHS Mandate affects the Catholic business owner, as much as a cardinal with charge of a chancery building or a religious sister working at a Catholic school. (A point the bishops have been clarifying in point out.)
According to the poll, Mi... More
One of the more disturbing aspects of this HHS mandate is knowing the degree to which our nation has profited from Catholics only now to have our consciences treated so shabbily.
As an example I give you the life of Fr. Edward J. Flanagan, the founder of Boys Town, and whose cause has recently opened. Many may remember the 1938 movie about the straight-talking priest played by Spenser Tracy, who w... More
From an interview he did with me on religious liberty in America and his new e-book on the same:
LOPEZ: What about the fact that so many Catholics — however many — use contraception and are advocates of legal abortion in their political lives?
CHAPUT: That’s the wrong question. Plenty of self-described Catholics also commit adultery and cheat on their taxes. That doesn’t make them... More
Did the Pill create Generation Unwanted?
I opposed contraception at age 16 for reasons unrelated to the reasons I am against it now.
I wasn’t yet against contraception because of faith in God’s providence, or fidelity to the teaching authority of the Catholic Church, or out of sheer horror at the culture of divorce that contraception has fueled.
I opposed contraception because contraception op... More
I encourage everyone who ever happens upon this website (it is safe to assume you have some interest in Catholicism and/or voting) to be sure and read James Taranto’s interview piece with Timothy Cardinal Dolan today in the Wall Street Journal. The cardinal points to a real challenge we lay Catholics have to take very seriously.
From the Taranto piece:
American Catholics have in fact become ... More
EDITOR’S NOTE: Please join me in welcoming guest blogger Omar Gutierrez to the CV Blog.
In 1949 Paul Blanshard published American Freedom and Catholic Power. Its popularity in the U.S. re-opened a foul-smelling wound that our nation had seen many times before. Namely, Americans don’t trust Catholics to be Americans first and Catholics second.
The book, based on articles which Blanshard had... More
This is a helpful highlight reel from Pope Benedict’s recent meetings with U.S. bishops. In particular, pass this part of it onto any and every Catholic you know:
on January 19, Pope Benedict turned his attention to the rapidly changing context in which the Church in the United States must proclaim the Gospel. He conveyed his alarm that the consensus about the nature of morality and the common g... More
(Thanks to my late friend Andrew Breitbart for inspiring the title.)
From my syndicated column this week:
perhaps the most recognizable face of the opposition to the HHS mandate is Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Like Fortenberry, Dolan has been warning anyone who cared to listen for years. When reporter John Allen asked... More
In an interview with NRO’s Bob Costa this week, the former governor of Massachusetts said:
“I believe the bill is unconstitutional, in addition to being wrongheaded. My own view is that if the Supreme Court does not [overturn the law], then we will be required to take that action if I’m president.”
Romney recognizes that health care will be a major issue in the fall campaign, and t... More