Last Friday, a somewhat puzzled federal appeals court panel denied Notre Dame an injunction against having to comply with the terms of Obamacare’s contraception mandate because the university had in fact complied with them. Huh?
More than 80 friend-of-the-court briefs have now been filed in the Supreme Court’s contraception mandate case, and the most provocative question they address is whether for-profit corporations have a First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. But even if the Court says they do, that doesn’t guarantee Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood their exemptions from the mandate.
Maybe evangelicals haven’t thrown in the towel on same-sex marriage, but they’re beating a strategic retreat.
“The Holy See gets it,” said Msgr. Charles Scicluna, the Vatican’s former sex crimes prosecutor, in testimony yesterday before the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva. I’m not so sure.
Pope Francis’ call for structural economic reforms harks back to the American bishops’ 1984 economic pastoral — and then some.
Twenty years ago, I was working on the Atlanta Constitution editorial board when we had a visit from a couple of Tory back-benchers, who were in town cooking up some sketchy business deal and presumably in need of an excuse to expense the trip. After listening to them chatter on for while, I asked why Her Majesty’s and every other supposedly honorable government in Western Europe were doing nothing to stop the genocide taking place in Bosnia. Leaning over conspiratorially — just between us Anglo-Americans, don’tcha know — one of them said, “Well, really, all of ‘em are awful.”
Looking over their latest survey data on abortion, the Pew fact-mongers headline a growing “north-south divide,” with New Englanders becoming more pro-choice and Southerners from Kentucky to Texas becoming more pro-life. But that’s not the whole story.
GetReligion Pooh-bah Terry Mattingly is of the opinion that when the pope takes a trip, the mainstream media only care about its impact on “real life in the real world,” and so play a game he calls “spot the political sound bite.”
Newark Archbishop John J. Myers got back from his trip to Poland this week and, according to his spokesman, will shortly make his first public statement on the latest revelations about Michael Fugee, the molester-priest who, in contravention of a court order, was permitted to minister to minors at two New Jersey parishes.
Twenty years ago, I paid a visit to Michael Broyde in his Emory University Law School office, to ask him to help me understand the Jewish legal doctrine of lashon hara–telling bad things about someone. I was interested in the relationship between this proscribed behavior and the practice of journalism.