Memo to Obama: You’ve Got a Problem.

It’s been amazing to watch White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dutifully take the podium day after day and deny that Obama has created a problem for himself by forcing Catholic individuals and institutions to subsidize abortifacient drugs, sterilizations and contraception. Let me break it down for the President: When over 90% of Catholic bishops have condemned your decision and promised n... More

This Tuesday, Support Rick Santorum!

This Tuesday, Missouri holds its Republican primary and Colorado and Minnesota hold their caucuses. If you have reservations about supporting Mitt Romney, and live in one of these three states, this is your last chance to prevent Mitt from winning the GOP nomination. To put it bluntly, I don’t think Newt Gingrich will be able to challenge Mitt Romney in a 1-on-1 race. Santorum has proven (in... More

Obama’s Mandate: Timeless Wisdom from Ronald Reagan

Today, Feb. 6, is Ronald Reagan’s birthday. Because of that, and because February is also the month of Lincoln’s birthday and Presidents’ Day, many Republicans nationwide hold annual “Reagan Day” events. The GOP has long marked “Lincoln Day” events. The fact that many Republicans have now started doing Reagan Day celebrations is a testimony to the iconic status of Reagan in thei... More

10 Ways the Obama Administration Has Alienated Catholics

“We cannot — we will not — comply with this unjust law,” Kansas City-Kansas Archbishop Joseph Naumann wrote in his letter to Sunday Mass congregations about the Obama administration’s health care mandate. “Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, its enterprise and culture, only to hav... More

On Obama’s Unwinnable Battle Against Religious Liberty

What a crazy week it has been, between the Obamacare/HHS mandate, over 150 bishops speaking out against it, and the battle between Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood. A great many people are visiting this site today because of my comments on the Komen situation — my most recent thoughts on that can be found here (ongoing updates can be found at my twitter page @AmericanPapist — the ... More

Obama vs. Religious Liberty: Important Neglected Thoughts and Mentions

I’ve been so caught up in covering the Obama/HHS mandate story (and updating this list with the latest bishops’ statements – now up to 140) that I haven’t had much time to reflect and present the picture I’m seeing unfold. Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning, ironic considering his decision to attack religious liberty last week. Politico makes cl... More

[Updated] Bishops React to The Onerous Mandate: “The Bell is Tolling”, “Pray to St. Michael” and “To Hell With You!”

Bishops across America are raising their voices against the onerous mandate issued by the Obama Administration through Kathleen Sebelius at HHS commanding Catholics to subsidize contraception, sterilization and abortifacient pills. UPDATE: thank you to everyone who has sent me more statements by bishops reacting to this news. They are included here. Bishop James Conley of Denver: Let’s be clear... More

Why It’s Time for Jon O’Brien And Others to Drop the Conscience Canard (or Buy Me a Big Mac)

“Tolerance is not a Christian virtue.” This is probably one of my favorite phrases of Arcbishop Chaput. Here’s the phrase in its original context: “We need to remember that tolerance is not a Christian virtue. Charity, justice, mercy, prudence, honesty — these are Christian virtues. And obviously, in a diverse community, tolerance is an important working principle. B... More

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