To listen to conservative wind machine, you’d think that the Great Obamacare Contraception Mandate (GOCM) is a new assault on religious liberty in America. Think again.
Forget about clerical celibacy, contraception, same-sex marriage, and (of course) women priests. The threshold question on whether Pope Francis intends to make actual alterations in church doctrine will be divorce.
This religious shift could one day give the political throw-weight to Democrats that evangelicals gave Republicans for a generation.
Last month, the Vatican presented a report on its efforts to deal with the abuse of minors in the church to the U.N.’s Committee on the Rights of the Child. There are so many problems with today’s response from the Committee that it must be considered a lost opportunity to encourage the Holy See to do the right thing.
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.
Wherever there was an injustice to be fought, a war to be combated, a union drive to be supported, Pete Seeger was there, leading the Folk Song Army.
The case of Vice Principal Mark Zmuda show how difficult it will be for the Catholic church to hold its line on same-sex couples.
For his church’s World Communication Day tomorrow, Pope Francis has chosen as his theme: “Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter.” Not to get all self-important or anything, but I like to think of my blog as at the service of the same cultural species, whether it be encountering other communicators via links or readers via interactive commenting.