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Religious Liberty Threats: Two Recent Incidents Raise Serious Concern and Show the Road Ahead May be Rocky

October 19, 2014 36 Comments
Religious Liberty Threats: Two Recent Incidents Raise Serious Concern and Show the Road Ahead May be Rocky

Two stories recently in the news illustrate that the path for religious liberty is going to get increasingly rocky in the days ahead. Up until now, the main dispute of the Church with the federal government has been over the “HHS Mandate” requiring us to provide contraception and abortion coverage. We have seen some legal victories […]

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Jesus and Christian Faith in the Public Square? Yes! And Proclaimed by a Military Band!

December 10, 2013 15 Comments

Maybe I’m just not listening to the news enough, but I haven’t heard a lot about the Christmas wars this year. These are the annual wars wherein a Christian seeks to put up some display of Christmas, be it a creche or Christmas tree, and soon various atheists or civil liberties groups lodge protests or […]

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Some thoughts on the five stages of religious persecution.

November 11, 2012 137 Comments

It is rare that a respected segment of American life would become vilified and hated overnight. The usual transformation from respect to vilification goes in stages which grow in intensity. And hereby the Church, once a respected aspect of American life, along with the Protestant denominations has become increasingly marginalized and hated by many. It […]

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Archdiocese of Washington speaks out over choice of Kathleen Sebelius as Speaker at Georgetown University

May 13, 2012 58 Comments

The Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Washington, Bishop Barry Knestout forwarded the following editorial from the Catholic Standard, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese. He asked the we priests share it in any way we deem appropriate with the people of the Archdiocese. In this matter. Many of you write me and ask when […]

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New Rule Excludes Religious Workers from Benefits Offered to Others. Another Example of Hostile Secularism in the Federal Government

February 16, 2012 44 Comments

As the recent battle for a proper understanding of religious liberty shows, our culture and many of our government leaders and organizations are becoming increasingly secularized and hostile to religion and religious practice. Yet another example of this is a recent rule change in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). According to this program, a […]

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A Critical Issue to Be Watchful of And Active About in this New Year

January 2, 2012 32 Comments

It is the first day back to work for many of us after some delightful holy days, during which we have been able to reflect on eternal and heavenly realities. And in this New Year we are going to have many blessings but also some important challenges. Among the challenges we will continue to face […]

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Who is a Threat to Whom? More Attacks to Religious Freedom and the Real Purpose of the First Amendment

December 1, 2011 37 Comments

A couple of items have appeared in the news which, when juxtaposed, go a long way to show just who the real threat is in the Church/State debate of recent decades. I’d like to excerpt these stories and make some comments. But first, we do well to recall the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: […]

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