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A Voucher By Any Other Name: Catholic Cardinal Supports ‘School Choice’ Scheme In New York

Catholic schools have fallen on hard times nationwide, and now the most powerful bishop in the United States is hoping New York’s taxpayers will bail out some of these ailing institutions. Read more

Muddled Message: Most Americans Support The First Amendment, But Many Remain Confused

I’ve got some good news and some bad news to deliver. Since it’s Friday, I’m going to give you the good news first.

A poll released this week by the First Amendment Center found that 64 percent of Americans believe the First Amendment does not go too far in protecting freedom. The survey consisted of 1,006 responses, and we’re glad to see almost two-thirds of those people support this critical aspect of our legal system. Read more

Disturbing Documents: Milwaukee Materials Underscore Extent Of Church Privilege

We often hear from the Religious Right and the Catholic bishops that religious freedom is under attack in the United States. Sometimes even the word “oppression” is tossed about. Read more

Backdoor Maneuver: Crafty Bishops Try To Repeal Birth Control Mandate

When Pope Francis made his first official address this week, he called upon his followers to serve the “poorest, weakest” of the world. If the activities of the bishops in the United States are any indication, however, that call could go unanswered.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was asked yesterday by Today Show host Matt Lauer if women “have reason to be hopeful” now that Francis is in charge. Read more

Contrary Clerics: Bishops Reject Latest Obama Olive Branch On Contraceptives

Yesterday the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a formal statement reacting to the Obama administration’s latest effort at compromise on birth control. To no one’s surprise, the bishops rejected the proposal.

As you might recall, federal regulations have been issued under the Affordable Care Act concerning what the types of coverage that health care plans must include. Contraceptives are, of course, on the list. Read more

Cardinal Sins: Top Catholic Bishops Bless Extremist Bill Donohue

Just how far out politically is the Roman Catholic hierarchy these days?

Pretty far out, I’m sorry to say. In fact, it has come to this: Several prominent prelates have lauded William Donohue, the belligerent head of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and author of a new book. Read more

Separation Obfuscation: Why Cardinal Dolan And Richard Land Are No John F. Kennedys

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City was on “Face the Nation” yesterday and managed to pull off quite a feat. He said he agrees with President John F. Kennedy, who in 1960 gave a famous speech calling for “absolute” separation of church and state, and with former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, who says that same JFK speech made him want to “throw up.” Read more

Cardinal Mistake: Bishops’ Conference President Hectors Church Members To Go Political

It’s still hard for me to believe that in light of the sluggish economic recovery, ongoing worries over jobs and mounting home foreclosures that most Americans are interested in a protracted discussion over access to contraceptives.

Yet here we are. The issue simply will not go away, chiefly because some misguided clergy won’t let it die. Read more