Rick Perry admits that he was wrong to mandate Gardasil vaccinations

In his first day on the campaign trail, Gov. Rick Perry does some good housecleaning, making amends in explaining his decision to mandate the vaccine Gardasil to 11-year old girls in Texas. As I said earlier, his executive order easily could have hurt him with Catholic and evangelical voters. When a voter in New Hampshire confronted Perry on this issue, he gave a great response: “I signed an ... More

On Speaker Boehner and Catholic “Cruelty”

Recently in this space, I wrote about the group of liberal Catholic academics, led by professors at Catholic University of America, who wrote a stern public letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, a Catholic and a Republican. My post generated a lot of response. I was invited by FoxNews to address the topic on the Sunday morning “Fox & Friends.” (Click here.) That invitation gave me a... More
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Liberal Catholic academics send Boehner an uncharitable and deeply-flawed letter

A group of liberal Catholic academics, led by professors at Catholic University, have written a public letter to Catholic Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) calling for protection of social-welfare programs that they argue are mortally threatened by the current budget proposal. The lead signatory, Professor Stephen Schneck, invokes the Gospel mandate to help the poor—to ensure that “the ... More

Why have FEMA? Alabama citizens show us spontaneous charity in action

Natural disasters can literally destroy communities. We’ve seen this from Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake in Japan, the recent tornadoes in the South, and the current flooding of the Mississippi in Memphis. (Pray for my relatives in North Dakota; sandbags are keeping water from flooding their house on all four sides. They have to travel by boat instead of car because of the flooding of the... More
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Catholic Charities Critiques Govt Bureaucracy

Catholic Charities USA along with its local affiliates are most likely the largest organized charitable arm of the Catholic Church. I use the qualifier “organized” on purpose, since the vast majority of charitable work is done each day by individuals in the midst of their everyday lives, often inspired and motivated by the Faith. So how ought “organized” charity occur in t... More

Catholic voters applaud repeal of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

We sent out the following release after the House voted 245-189 to repeal the health care law. Catholic Voters Applaud Repeal of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act CHICAGO – CatholicVote.org President Brian Burch applauded the bipartisan vote Wednesday evening by the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. “The vote tonight by the U.S. ... More
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The little known Catholic position on health care

While much of the debate concerning the Church and the current healthcare reform has rightfully focused on abortion, Cardinal Mahoney in the NYT reminds us of another vulnerable group besides the unborn the bishops have asked us to be mindful of: illegal immigrants. While the fact that they are illegally in the U.S. certainly creates problems, it is important to continue to treat them with the hum... More
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