Ave Maria wins injunction, but why does government continue to browbeat nonprofits in HHS cases?

“If the Archbishop cannot trust the Throne, He has good cause to trust none but God alone.” -T.S. Elliot, Murder in the Cathedral Yes, another victory against the HHS mandate is good news. The latest one came on Tuesday when a federal court in Florida granted a preliminary injunction which prevents the government from assessing fines or […]

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“Fake church” desires to supplant real religion, dictate beliefs, impose fines on non-”believers”

Should civil courts decide what constitutes a sacrament in the Catholic Church? The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge decried such an encroachment and last month asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling by the Louisiana Supreme Court that threatens the seal of confession, one that that could compel a priest to testify in court about confessions he […]

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What part of complicity don’t the feds understand? Thumbs down on newest HHS mandate revisions

An error in the beginning is an error indeed. -St. Augustine “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it . . .” -Sen. Nancy Pelosi, March 2010 Here we go again. More “new interim final rules” of the Affordable Care Act’s HHS mandate — the eighth set […]

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How to live in a world so broken

With each passing week, evil seems to grow stronger. Too melodramatic? I offer recent headlines as proof: beheadings, genocide, racial strife, satanic murder, a black mass, and the assertion that it is immoral to bring a child with Down’s Syndrome into the world.  This all plays against the “normal” backdrop of the abortion on demand, violence, […]

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Persecution abroad moves us to guard freedom here, and Executive jihad on traditional sexual morality

As heartrending reports trickle out from the Middle East and elsewhere of persecution turned to pogram, our sorrow and sympathy blend with relief that we Christians in the West are the lucky ones, the ones who live out of harm’s way. (Here are five things we can do right now to help our persecuted brothers and […]

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A victory! Hobby Lobby decision Q&A

In a dramatic end to its session, the U.S. Supreme Court released two decisions this morning, including the highly-awaited Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., whose oral argument and decision were joined with Sebelius v. Conestoga Wood Specialties. The owners (Evangelical Christians and Mennonites, respectively) of both closely held for-profit corporations had challenged the Affordable Care […]

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Cardinal hails Supreme Court decision affirming freedom of speech for pro-life Americans

Score one for the good guys and for the First Amendment. In an opinion handed down yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld freedom of speech and unanimously overturned a Massachusetts law that effectively barred pro-life advocates from public sidewalks near abortion clinics, saying that the law imposed “serious burdens” on those who wish to speak with […]

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More Christian martyrs now than under Roman Empire

Pope Francis said on Friday that religious persecution is more widespread now than it was 1,700 years ago. “Nowadays, persecution of Christians is stronger than it was in the first centuries of the Church, and there are more Christian martyrs than in that time,” Zenit reported the pontiff as saying. “This is happening 1,700 years after the […]

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Religious liberty means ‘freedom to serve’

(posted by Jessica) Jason Adkins’ recent Faith in the Public Square commentary in the Catholic Spirit… From June 21 to July 4, the Catholic Church in the United States will again observe the “Fortnight for Freedom,” dedicated to two weeks of prayer and education related to the importance of preserving religious liberty for all Americans. […]

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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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