I spent several hours yesterday morning hanging around outside the Supreme Court. It was a very lively scene.
It’s crunch time for Hobby Lobby watchers: The U.S. Supreme Court is likely to deliver its ruling in the controversial case dealing with access to birth control within the next two weeks. As observers await the court’s verdict, the case continues to stir debate due to its drastic implications for women’s rights and religious liberty.
Last night the nation witnessed a debate between two Catholic politicians: Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.).
You could say these two represent divergent wings of America’s Catholic population. Ryan is a traditionalist who focuses on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. Biden hews to the church’s social justice message, which is more progressive in tone.
I can't say I agree with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops all that often. The hierarchy's stands for tax aid to religious schools and against reproductive rights, civil rights for gay people, stem-cell research and other issues are often wrong from my perspective.
That's why I was surprised to see a recent Religion News Service essay on religion and politics from a USCCB representative that was pretty much on target.