Catholics and Campaign 2012
The Sisters of Life were founded in 1991 by Cardinal John O’Connor and Mother Agnes Mary Donovan (a former Columbia psychology professor and clinician) as a new religious community of
Campaign 2012: Religious Freedom vs. Aggressive Secularism
Some years ago, the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor coined the term “exclusivist secularism” to describe a disturbing phenomenon in western societies: the determination of some intellectuals, activists, and politicians to
The Future of the Pro-Life Cause
“It’s the economy, stupid!” — James Carville’s memorable note-to-self during the 1992 presidential race — will be the determining factor in the 2012 campaign, according to the common wisdom. That
Campaign 2012: Burke vs. Hobbes?
You likely think, gentle reader, that the 2012 presidential race is a contest between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. That, of course, is true, insofar as the names on our
Another Coalition for Religious Freedom?
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 1990 decision in Employment Division v. Smith, a broad, bipartisan coalition quickly formed to restore to federal law a robust understanding of religious
The Reasons for "Partisanship"
Complaints that Washington-is-broken, which seem to have new intensity in recent years, often go hand-in-hand with laments about “partisanship” in politics. And, to be sure, there are reasons to be
The Mandate Kicks In
As of August 1, the Obamacare/HHS mandate requiring the provision of contraceptives, abortifacient drugs, and sterilization procedures — all in the name of “reproductive health” — is finalized. The mandate
The Polish View of the 2012 Campaign
Cracow—Well-informed Poles know that, barring some cataclysmic international event between now and November 6, the 2012 U.S. presidential election will be fought and decided on domestic U.S. economic issues. My
The War on (Little) Women and Other Insanities
The Supreme Court’s minor mistakes have few systemic consequences. But when the Supremes make a big mistake, the error tends to seep throughout the entire political process, poisoning everything in
FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM — Religious Liberty and Its Contemporary Enemies
Independence Day concludes the Fortnight for Freedom mandated by the U.S. bishops, a two-week period of reflection and prayer on the defense of religious liberty that began on the vigil
The Roberts Opinion
Krakow, Poland—The thought may have occurred because I was en route from Rome to Krakow the day the Obamacare decision was handed down, traveling between the administrative center of Catholic
FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM — Social Justice Priorities: Life and Religious Liberty
At this critical moment in history, there are two social justice priorities for the Catholic Church in the United States: the defense of life at all stages and in all