The Bishops v. Birth Control: It’s Not About the Money

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 1:00 pm

In announcing its final rule concerning the Affordable Care Act’s guarantee of access to birth control without a co-pay for all American women—including the Catholics and non-Catholics who work in religiously sponsored schools, hospitals, and social service agencies—the Obama administration bent over backwards to accommodate the Church’s concerns.

 

The Bishops’ Lawsuit: A Colossal and Purposeful Drain on Public Funds

By: Tuesday April 30, 2013 2:00 pm

This week, the government filed an emergency motion in the New York Archdiocese’s lawsuit against the contraceptive coverage mandate, requesting that the court halt proceedings and dismiss the case. The emergency is that the government is hemorrhaging money defending a regulation it will never enforce against the Archdiocese.

Bishops Behaving Badly, Joliet Edition

By: Saturday March 23, 2013 10:40 am

Another week, another court-ordered document dump of records that detail the abuses covered up by bishops of the Roman Catholic Church. This time, it’s Joliet, Illinois.

While the bishop that comes off worst in these files is retired, another former bishop of Joliet is not only still active, but has been promoted and currently serves in several powerful roles with the USCCB: J. Peter Sartain of Portland.

For victims, this isn’t about simply getting their own abuse to stop anymore. It’s not about money for counseling, treatment, and other things. It’s about making visible the behavior of not only the priests but the bishops who protected them.

NC Election Board Complaint Filed Over Pro-Amendment One Mailer

By: Monday May 7, 2012 7:45 am

Amongst members of the lgbtq community and our supporters, there have been whispering suspicions that one of the reasons why the National Organization for Marriage fights to keep its donor lists secret is because perhaps the Catholic Church leadership itself may be involved with NOM’s efforts to hinder marriage equality at a level which would raise some serious questions regarding ethics and the legality of a religious organization interjecting itself into political battles.

New York Times Columnists Support the Nuns, Tell Bishops to Back Off

By: Monday April 30, 2012 11:20 am

This weekend, two prominent New York columnists used their Sunday columns to send a united message to New York’s Cardinal Timonthy Dolan and the Catholic hierarchy: lay off the nuns unless you want to read a lot of stories about predator priests and the massive coverup scandal involving the Bishops and the Vatican.

Bishops Still Want to Take Away Eve’s Apple

By: Saturday February 11, 2012 4:00 pm

I see that the Conference of Catholic Bishops has figured out how the Obama Administration has either cleverly or by fumbling finessed the contraception insurance coverage issue while exposing the Bishops to the charge their objections are more using government to restrict women’s rights than violating the moral conscience of a bunch of old men out of touch with their congregations.

Will Obama Sacrifice His Catholic Supporters to Get a Debt Ceiling Deal with the GOP?

By: Saturday July 9, 2011 9:00 am

As Obama buys into the deficit hysteria of the GOP, he is endangering not only the social safety net on which millions depend, but also his own particular job. One aspect of the 2012 election calculus that I don’t think Team Obama realizes is that a deal like this will throw away any hope he has of holding onto the Catholic voters that supported him in 2008.

In states like Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, Missouri, Ohio, and Florida, Catholics are a sizable chunk of the electorate, and Obama cannot afford to alienate them. If he caves to the GOP on the debt ceiling negotiations and sacrifices Social Security and Medicare to protect the tax gimmicks so beloved by the MOTUs and banksters, these voters will not be happy.

Just let those states sink in: Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, Missouri, Ohio, and Florida. Obama’s not going to win them without significant Catholic support, and cutting the social safety net is NOT going to help get those votes.

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