Posts Tagged ‘Religious Liberty’

Religious Freedom and Negative Anthropology

Even as religious freedom deteriorates worldwide, many share a growing unease over liberty’s prospects in the United States. And for good reason, given that the cultural dynamics of contemporary individualism justifies this discomfort and should prod continued efforts to keep issues of religious liberty on the front burners.

As explicated by the noted political theorist Pierre Manent, channeling Tocqueville, the ancients and moderns “are like two...

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 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...

On Unjust Rulings and Marriage

Many people are familiar with the signs that hang on restaurant doors that read “no shoes, no shirt, no service”. It is a sign that we do not take much notice of nor think about. It would seem many people essentially agree with the tenets of the sign for the sake of eating in a sanitary environment. No person wants to get sick or be offended by something that may even be perceived as...

Put on the Armor of God: U.S. Bishops and the HHS Mandate

On November 13, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a “Special Message” at the conclusion of their fall General Assembly. This is not a typical press release, but a statement that carries a certain uniqueness in that these kinds of special messages are issued rarely. The message was passed unanimously. It is a statement that boldly proclaims the unity of our nation’s bishops who stand firm in their resolve to resist the...

After the Fortnight: A Reflection and a Call to Prayer

We recently completed our second nationwide observance of the “Fortnight for Freedom” — a very beautiful two-week period of prayer, education, and advocacy, initiated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. It began on the vigil of the Feasts of the martyrs St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, and concluded on Independence Day.

During this time, Catholics, along with our many brothers and sisters in Christ and people of good will throughout...

Wisdom, Christian Witness, and the Year of Faith

A long time ago in Germany, a man kept a diary. And some of his words are worth sharing today, because they’re a good place to begin our discussion.

The man wrote: “Speak both to the powerful and to every man—whoever he may be—appropriately and without affectation. Use plain language. Receive wealth or prosperity without arrogance, and be ready to let it go. Order your life well in every single...

Religious Freedom Under Threat at Home

On Friday, Catholics throughout the United States will begin observing two weeks known as the Fortnight for Freedom. For a second consecutive year, the U.S. Catholic Church has set aside this time leading up to Independence Day to draw attention to the need to resist erosions of religious liberty so that faith can continue to enrich our public life.

How appropriate that the Fortnight should begin with a nationally...