Pope Francis: Confronting attacks on religious freedom is evangelization

“(E)vangelization would not be complete if it did not take account of the unceasing interplay of the Gospel and of man’s concrete life, both personal and social.” -Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium (Apostolic Exhortation on the Proclamation of the Gospel in Today’s World) (2013) Since the HHS mandate was promulgated, the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops has steadily […]

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Jaw-dropping assertions in Third Circuit led to Conestoga Supreme Court appeal

It’s more fun to say “Hobby Lobby,” but the companion case Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius merits attention too. Joined with the Hobby Lobby case for oral agument at the Supreme Court (which took place last Tuesday), Conestoga is on appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which held that for-profit secular corporations cannot […]

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“Congress plainly wrote RFRA to include corporations” – amicus brief of 15 original enactors

“No government bureaucrat admits that he is against religious liberty, but almost every government bureaucrat thinks his own program is so important that no religious exception can be tolerated.” – leg. history cited in brief in support of Hobby Lobby by 15 senators and representatives, enactors of the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. This morning, the Supreme Court will hear […]

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First they redefined the words “marriage,” “tolerance,” and “hate.” Next up: “rehabilitation”

Protests and death threats against their children forced a family bakery on Oregon to close after owner Aaron Klein declined to bake a cake for a same-sex couple last January because of his Christian faith. His refusal to make a wedding cake for the lesbian couple triggered a state investigation after they also filed a discrimination […]

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Supreme Court to hear Hobby Lobby arguments; amicus briefs in support filed 2-1 against government

Oral arguments are scheduled in the Supreme Court for March 25 in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius, whose arguments have been consolidated. Devout Christians David Green and his family started Hobby Lobby over 40 years ago, and it is one of the country’s largest arts and crafts retailers. Hobby Lobby has filed a lawsuit over the HHS mandate, saying […]

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Good news! Temporary injunction extended for The Little Sisters of the Poor

Yesterday, the Supreme Court extended a temporary order from Justice Sotomayor that barred the administration from enforcing the HHS  mandate of the Affordable Care Act against The Little Sisters of the Poor. The Court said that the administration must not enforce the mandate against the nuns while the case is pending before the Tenth Circuit Court […]

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“Perhaps the most bigoted attack on Catholicism that has appeared in decades”

“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.” John 15:18 Another John, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, recently called attention to an odious opinion piece which the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue has deemed ”perhaps the most bigoted attack on Catholicism that has appeared in decades by any mainstream media outlet.” In Father Z’s blog, he […]

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Little Sisters’ year-end victory against HHS mandate

On New Years Eve, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted Little Sisters of the Poor a last-minute emergency temporary injunction blocking enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s HHS mandate against them.  She also ordered the federal government to file a brief in response to the Little Sisters’ application and gave government officials until Jan. 3 […]

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Tell a fire not to burn, command the wind not to blow, and sue USCCB for issuing pro-life directive

It’s nonsense. Really. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. bishops, claiming that their issuance of directives that prohibit abortion in Catholic hospitals is tantamount to medical negligence. The lawsuit alleges that in 2010 Tamesha Means was brought to Mercy Health Partners, a Catholic-affiliated hospital in Michigan, who miscarried her baby after her water […]

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Do you know the “score” in the Gettysburg Address?

Seven score and ten years ago, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Its immortal words are so familiar that we risk glossing over them with a sort of vague sentimentality bordering on dismissal. For all our familiarity with the words “four score and seven years ago,” one author asserts that this phrase is one of […]

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