“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
The HHS Mandate continues to cause problems for faithful Catholics standing up for their religious liberty. There’s a battle going on this week in courts across the nation, where more than 40 dioceses or Catholic institutions are fighting just to have their arguments heard by the Federal Government.
The simultaneous filings Aug. 27 were in response to an Aug. 6 brief in which the Obama admi... More
The city of Steubenville logo, as adopted in December 2011
“Victory”! The militantly secularist group declared on their website (no, I’m not naming them or linking to them—I will not help with their SEO).
They had pressured the city of Steubenville to agree in principle to remove the cross and steeple that represents Franciscan University of Steubenville (my employer) from ... More
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
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
Kudos to the Cardinal Newman Society. Yesterday, CNS blogger Matthew Archbold reported that Peter Singer, a professor of bioethics at Princeton, thinks Catholic hospitals and universities should close their doors if they don’t like the HHS mandate.
Singer’s column, “The use and abuse of religious freedom,” is incredibly naïve for someone of his stature. But I guess that’s what life in ... More
In time for the Fortnight for Religious Liberty, the Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College, Kan., is inducting another class into its Hall of Fame: the Greatest American Catholic Politicians. The bipartisan group of Catholic American politicians stretches from Charles Caroll of Carollton, signer of the Declaration of Independence, to the late Gov. Bob Casey, Sr., the defendant in Planned... More
This is disturbing. And the timing couldn’t be more ominous, as we are already engaged in an epic battle with the Obama administration on religious liberty because of Obamacare.
CNSNews.com broke the news:
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
The U.S. State Department removed the sections covering religious freedom from the Country Reports on Human Rights that it released on May 24, three mo... More
A new bulletin insert will be distributed to Catholic parishes nationwide this June, and it’s already live on the bishops’ website.
The bulletin makes it clear that the Bishops are not giving up on the fight for religious liberty for our hospitals, schools and charities. The message on the insert reads:
For the first time in our history, the federal government will force religious ins... More
Inspired by the words and witness of some military chaplains I recently heard speak, I wanted to reflect on the contribution given to our nation by chaplains.
My reflection starts with the events of February 1943. At the end of January 1943 the USAT Dorchester left New York bound for Greenland. It was originally a civilian ship but was now carrying over 900 military and civilian souls when it emb... More