A Catholic League of Their Own?

Earlier this month Catholic League president Bill Donohue called on Senator Barack Obama to dissolve his Catholic National Advisory Council because not one of the 26 former and current public policy makers in the group stand with the Catholic Church on key issues such as abortion, embryonic stem-cell research, and school vouchers. In addition, most […]

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Proud of Our Archbishop

Just a little while ago, I picked up my copy of The Leaven, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, and went straight to Archbishop Joseph Naumann’s column, which dealt with the issue of giving Holy Communion to our pro-abortion Catholic governor, Kathleen Sebelius. It is in some sense “hard-hitting,” and necessarily […]

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Adopting a Pro-Life Attitude

As an adoptive father, I really appreciated this story: In the late 1980s, a woman from Chicago gave birth to twin boys and placed them in adoptive homes. One of them went to a family in Egypt and was named Ahmal. The other went to a family in Spain and was named Juan. Years later, Juan sent a picture of himself to […]

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Hillary-ous Discussion

A friend just forwarded to me an article by Melinda Henneberger entitled, “Hillary for Mother Superior: Why Catholics Prefer Clinton to Obama.”  Henneberger begins the piece by mentioning that her Catholic friends tend to favor Obama, noting that “there is a lot for Catholics to like in Obama’s early opposition to the war, attention to social […]

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And You Call Yourself a Catholic

During “election season” we receive many many questions in our Catholic Responses department on Catholics’ participation in the political sphere. These questions most frequently involve abortion. Last week, for example, one CUF emailed this seemingly simple question: “Can you call yourself a Catholic if you are pro-choice?” Here is the response I sent: Those who […]

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An Irresponsible Endorsement

When I read that Catholic constitutional law scholar Douglas Kmiec recently endorsed Barack Obama for president, I immediately thought of one of my favorite lawyer jokes: Question: How can you tell that a lawyer is lying? Answer: His lips are moving. I’m certainly not calling Professor Kmiec a liar, but this usually reputable Catholic scholar does stand on shaky ground whenever he moves his […]

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Go Monks!

In recent years, Belmont Abbey College in the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina has been a notable bright spot on the Catholic higher education landscape in the United States. Much of the credit for the institution’s resurgence rightly goes to its dynamic, new president, Dr. William Thierfelder, as well as the community of Benedictine monks […]

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The Barack-ing Point?

The other day Tim Staples emailed me an article regarding Barack Obama’s address this past summer to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. In his speech, Senator Obama attacked the Supreme Court decision that upheld the federal partial-birth abortion law, as well as the nomination of Supreme Court justices who favor overturning Roe v. Wade.  In the […]

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