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    In a US News and World Report essay that has been widely denounced as incoherent, poorly researched, and bigoted, Jamie Stiehm recently reproached Justice Sonia Sotomayor for her “clear religious bias” in dropping “the ball on American women and girls”…

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    Is There a “Right” to Birth Control?

    by Joe Hargrave

    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday from opposing legal counsel on the HHS contraception mandate cases. The media consensus appears to be that the justices were hard on the mandate and appear likely to issue a narrow ruling…

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    Birth Control is Not Healthcare

    by Marie T. Hilliard

    Dr. Malcolm Potts, first medical director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, in a piece late last month in the Los Angeles Times¸erroneously blames the Vatican for denying the Little Sisters of the Poor the alleged health benefits of hormonal…

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    Those Intolerable Catholics – In Locke’s Time and Ours

    by R. J. Snell

    Often touted as a landmark text in the history of religious freedom, John Locke’s Letter Concerning Toleration (1689) is remarkable in wisely limiting the power of “the magistrate … to do or meddle with nothing but barely in order to…

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    Do All Religions Deserve Respect?

    by Joseph G. Trabbic

    The Obama administration’s war on Catholics will continue into 2014 as many courageous Catholic institutions in the U.S. maintain their resistance to its encroachment on their religious freedom through the H.H.S. mandate. In light of this, we can expect that…

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    When Is An Abortion Not An Abortion? When the Media Says So.

    by Drew Belsky and Dustin Siggins

    Shortly before the new year, a number of religious organizations were given protection from the HHS abortion and contraception mandate.  While social conservatives and defenders of the First Amendment cheered, numerous prominent media organizations manipulated basic scientific facts to deny…

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    A Foreign View of the HHS Mandate

    by William Newton

    Perhaps it is because I am a European living in Europe and, thereby, not so entangled in the HHS mandate issue (and have less to lose) that I cannot understand the thinking that surrounds the response of some Catholics in…

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    Want Religious Liberty? Live Your Faith

    by Arland K. Nichols

    From the standpoint of Catholicism there is no more important right than religious liberty. It is the first of our freedoms. As Catholics, we cherish religious liberty because we have been made by God and for God—our hearts are restless,…

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    How to Recover the Catholic Vote

    by Matthew Hennessey

    One of the reasons that same-sex marriage laws have proliferated so quickly is that their proponents are concentrated geographically in the nation’s power centers: New York, Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles. Geography can be determinative in politics. Faithful Catholics are…

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    How Catholics Can Avoid Cooperating with Evil in Public Life

    by James Kalb

    In a recent column, I suggested that the most important thing for Catholics to do politically is to present, argue for, and act on the Catholic understanding of human life. We are defined by our faith, which has to do…

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    Religious Freedom and the Need to Wake Up

    by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

     “IRS officials have, of course, confessed that they inappropriately targeted conservative groups—especially those with ‘tea party’ or ‘patriot’ in their names—for extra scrutiny when they sought non-profit status. Allegations of abuse or harassment have since broadened to include groups conducting…

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    When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going

    by Bernadette O'Brien

    Just as Mr. Darcy’s aunt, the overbearing Lady Catherine De Bourgh, held that if she’d ever been taught music she would have been a great proficient, I’ve sometimes had the chumpaciousness to think that if I’d ever learned to draw…

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    No King But Cesar

    by Rachel Lu

    It was one of those modern moments that would be impossible to parody. On Easter Sunday, visitors to Google’s main site were greeted with a unique doodle portraying a solemn-faced figure. Robed all in white and gazing meditatively towards the…

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    The HHS Mandate Requires You to Pay for Abortions

    by James D. Agresti

    In a recent National Public Radio broadcast and accompanying article entitled “Morning-After Pills Don’t Cause Abortion, Studies Say,” NPR journalist Julie Rovner reported that the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate doesn’t force people to pay for abortion-inducing drugs. The article focuses…

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    Will the Next Pope Oppose the “Dictatorship of Relativism” as Fiercely as Benedict?

    by Dr. William Oddie

    One of the most central insights of Pope Benedict’s pontificate was summed up in his phrase “the dictatorship of relativism.” In his now famous conversation with the German journalist Peter Seewald (the same one on which he said that popes…

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    The HHS “Compromise” Confirms that Obamacare was a Mistake

    by Doug Bandow

    The Obama administration has found the policy equivalent of alchemy. Employees of religious organizations will receive contraception coverage. And neither the individuals nor the groups will have to pay for it. It’s magic. Otherwise known as making the insurer pay….

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    Catholic Reaction to Obama’s HHS “Compromise”

    by Kenneth D. Whitehead

    There was surely never any chance that the Obama Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) could revise its current birth prevention mandate in a way that would be acceptable to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The…

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    What Happens to American Catholics if the HHS Mandate is Enforced?

    by Carson Holloway

    For more than a year, Americans have been lauding or protesting the HHS mandate that requires employers to cover contraceptives, including abortifacients, in their insurance policies. Since many employers don’t object to such a policy, the debate has focused on…

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    Muzzling Military Chaplains

    by George Neumayr

    One of the items on Obama’s second term agenda is to root out traditionally Christian chaplains from the military. He sees them as bigots unworthy of conscience protections. Like Chick-fil-A, they don’t uphold Obama’s “values.” Obama’s mouthpieces in the military…

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    The War We Are In

    by Christopher Manion

    These are not the best of times. In fact, some folks say that the Catholic Church in the United States confronts today the greatest challenge in its history. Things were already tough before the November elections, but now they’re in…

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    A Man for This Season, and All Seasons

    by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

    A day after the 2012 Summer Olympics closed in London, Joseph Pearce wrote that he felt like his “body had been covered in slime. I also felt a great sense of gratitude that I had shaken the smut and dirt…

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