Just a Reminder…

We have until April 9 to offer comments on President Obama’s proposal to rescind a Heath and Human Services (HHS) regulation that protects the conscience rights of health care providers. You can find more details–including where and how to submit comments–in this earlier post. If you haven’t already done so, please provide your comments in […]

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More on Conscience Protection

The USCCB has added video clips and other information to their web pages on conscience protection. As we noted previously, the current intensity of activity centers on a Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation that President Barack Obama would like to rescind. The regulation, one of former President George W. Bush’s last actions in office, […]

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Another Beacon

In his latest column for The Catholic Sun, Bishop Thomas Olmsted asks, “What should science trump?” His question was prompted by President Obama, who, on Monday, signed an executive order providing federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. In his remarks at the signing, President Obama said, “This Order is an important step in advancing […]

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Protect Conscience Rights for Health Care Providers

In the November/December ’08 issue of Lay Witness, we noted that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed regulation that “would increase awareness of, and compliance with, three separate laws protecting federally funded health care providers’ right of conscience.” That regulation was later enacted. President Obama would like to rescind […]

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Beacons of Light

American politics seem to be taking a decided turn against life. A number of President Obama’s new policies and nominations are an offense to what we hold dear–especially the sanctity of human life. There are beacons of light. Many Catholics have been angry that our bishops haven’t loudly and definitively reaffirmed the Church’s teachings on […]

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Faithful Catholic, Faithful Citizen

At their semi-annual meeting November 10-13th in Baltimore, the United States bishops will discuss the “practical and pastoral implications of political support for abortion.” Some might question the timing of this discussion, coming days after a national election featuring a candidate whom Princeton professor Robert George described as being the most extreme pro-abortion candidate ever to […]

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NOT “Catholics United”

We have received numerous questions lately as to Catholics United for the Faith’s affiliation with a group bearing a similar name. Given the confusion that has arisen, we would like to issue a clarification. Catholics United for the Faith (CUF) is not affiliated in any way with the group “Catholics United.” Further, CUF does not […]

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Faithful Catholics and Loyal Americans

Today Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas and Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph,  Missouri issued a joint pastoral letter entitled “Our Moral Responsibility as Catholic Citizens.” After carefully explaining the priority of rejecting intrinsic evil when it comes to exercising the right to vote, the bishops quoted a 2004 memo from then-Cardinal […]

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Pelosi: Meet the Bishops

Since our last post concerning the pro-abortion views of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, she appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press, where she misrepresented Church teaching about abortion. Her public statements are increasingly drawing fire from the Church hierarchy. First, there’s the statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, coauthored by CUF episcopal […]

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No Moral Equivalence

This morning Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando brought to my attention a letter he just had published in the Orlando Sentinel regarding the priority of abortion in assessing the candidates in the upcoming election. Here is what he wrote: “Jay Hamburg’s article Wednesday, ‘Evangelical: We Can Back Dems, Obama,’ inaccurately implied that Catholic leaders shared […]

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