Archive for January, 2014

Coercion, Accusation, and Abortion

On January 13, Pope Francis commented how abortion is part of a “throwaway culture”. In his comments we begin to see a rationale for labeling of society in this way. In essence, people do not want to meet their moral responsibilities. And if one does not want to meet these responsibilities then one must get rid of the problem that creates them. Just as the ink was drying on Pope Francis’ words...

The HHS Mandate: Why we fight

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires every employer with more than fifty full-time employees to provide health insurance that includes coverage for “all Food and Drug Administration approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education...

The HHS Mandate and the Problem of Assessing Material Cooperation

This article is the third of four in a series about individual employers and the HHS Mandate. You may find the first article here, the second article here, and fourth article here.

Is it legitimate for business owners who want to provide health insurance to their employees to comply with the odious contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act (hereafter simply “mandate”)?

Answering this question requires two stages of moral analysis....

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Christian Brugger

Christian Brugger is a J. Francis Cardinal Stafford Professor of Moral Theology, Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary, Denver, CO; Senior Fellow in Ethics and Director of the Fellows Program, Culture of Life Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Articles by Christian Brugger:

Mercy in a Culture of Death

Amid all the shouting, the rallies, the speeches, the chanting of “Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Roe v Wade has got to go!” Amid the political lobbying, the thousands of cold stomping feet along Constitution Avenue, the sometimes dramatic displays in front of the Supreme Court, the shaking of heads in conversations about how bad things have become and bewilderment that abortion is still legal in an age when even science upholds the humanity of the...

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John Burger

John Burger is a free-lance writer covering mostly topics in Catholicism. He holds a Master of Arts degree in English from Iowa State University and has worked as a reporter and editor at the National Catholic Register and Catholic New York, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of New York. He contributed chapters to When Faith Goes Viral (Crossroad, 2013) and Choosing the Right College (ISI, 2013), and his articles...

Individual Employers and the Principle of Legitimate Cooperation: the HHS Mandate

As of August 1, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services requires that every employer with 50 or more full-time employees must provide coverage in their group health plans for a coterie...

The Height of Injustice: the HHS Mandate

This article is the first of four in a series about individual employers and the HHS Mandate. You may find the second article herethe third article here, and the fourth article here.

The United States has a problem when Australian George Cardinal Pell delivers a speech on his continent that uses the goings on in our country as the prime example of the attack of secularism on religion. Speaking...