Chaput’s Take on America’s Future

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, at this year’s Napa Institute, delivered a spot-on lecture assessing our cultural climate and what Catholics need to do to help get our country back on track. Here’s an excerpt: Critics often accuse faithful Christians of pursuing a “culture war” on issues such as abortion, sexuality, marriage and the family, […]

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Catholic Social Teaching: A Primer

As the political season heats up, all the rhetoric surrounding elections can leave the average Catholic a bit overwhelmed–maybe even confused. How should our faith inform our citizenship? The USCCB has amassed a collection of short podcasts on various aspects of Catholic social teachings that are a great starting point for those looking for a […]

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President Obama’s Accommodation/Compromise

Links to items regarding the latest in the religious freedom attack against Catholics: The National Right to Life Committee calls the “compromise” announced today by President Obama a “scam”–”You Must Pay, but Nobody Pays”–which will make it possible for abortion-on-demand to eventually be covered by insurers as well. Read the NRLC’s news item here. CatholicVote.org posts […]

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Pray for Peace . . .

As ubiquitous coverage and commentary on the death of Osama Bin Laden proliferates online and through the airwaves, the Catholic News Service has a report which includes this statement made by Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman: “Osama Bin Laden–as everyone knows–has had the gravest responsibility for spreading hatred and division among people, causing the deaths of […]

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Obama vs. Marriage

Yesterday it was announced that President Barack Obama has ordered Attorney General Eric Holder to refrain from upholding the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), declaring the act “unconstitutional.”  Notwithstanding the question of executive authority in such a matter, President Obama’s statement is certainly, as National Organization for Marriage (NOM) President Brian Brown put it, “extra-constitutional” […]

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As the signature dries…

As President Obama signed the healthcare bill into law, the USCCB released a statement from Cardinal Francis George, president of the USCCB. A few highlights: Why the bishops support reform of our healthcare system: “so that all may have access to the care that recognizes and affirms their human dignity.” Why the Catholic bishops have […]

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Catholics United for the Faith

The group “Catholics United” has been taking out advertisements supporting the current healthcare legislation. Given the similarity of their name to ours, there has been some confusion. Catholics United for the Faith (CUF) is not affiliated in any way with the group “Catholics United.” This post on the CUF Blog offers further clarification. Make no […]

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Time for a Healthcare Update

American Papist has been reporting healthcare news as it develops. His excellent coverage includes statements from the USCCB and many individual bishops. A few posts of note: Health Care: Bishops vs. Nuns A letter from some American religious women supporting the current healthcare legislation, in contrast to the consistent stance of our bishops against this […]

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Last Chance–Conscience Protection

Today is the last day to offer commentary on the proposed rescission of conscience-protection regulations. Emails can be sent to proposedrescission@hhs.gov. More details are available here. And here is a sample letter: To whom it may concern: I strongly oppose plans to rescind conscience-protection regulations. The proposed rescission of conscience-protection regulations is inconsistent with the […]

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