Paul VI, prophet

LA Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron: Pontiff who gave us 'Humanae vitae' nearly 50 years ago accurately predicted the consequences of turning away from the Church’s classic teaching on sex

This coming July, we will mark the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s deeply controversial encyclical letter Humanae vitae. I won’t bore you with the details of the innumerable battles, disagreements, and ecclesial crises that followed upon this text. Suffice it to say that this short, pithily argued letter became a watershed in the post-conciliar Catholic Church and one of the … [Read more...]

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U.S. Department of Justice settles lawsuits over HHS contraceptive mandate

Plaintiffs will not be forced to provide health insurance coverage for “morally unacceptable” products and procedures, including contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs

A week after issuing new religious freedom guidelines to all administrative agencies in the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice has settled with more than 70 plaintiffs who had challenged the controversial HHS contraceptive mandate. The Oct. 13 agreement was reached between the government and the law firm Jones Day, which represented more than 70 clients … [Read more...]

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President Trump eliminates HHS birth-control mandate

New policy, announced today, allows virtually any employer to claim a religious or moral objection to Obamacare's birth-control coverage requirement

The Trump administration will allow virtually any employer to claim a religious or moral objection to Obamacare's birth control coverage mandate under a sweeping rollback announced Friday. The new policies, which take effect immediately, reignite a fierce battle over one of the health care law's most controversial provisions and quickly drew legal challenges. The requirement … [Read more...]

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Why is HHS contraception order still standing?

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo wants to know why the onerous regulations are still on the books

After meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office on May 4, I sat in the Rose Garden and listened as the president promised the Little Sisters of the Poor that their “long ordeal” with the government’s contraceptive mandate “would soon be over.” Yet here we are, nearly three months later, and the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate still stands. President Trump asked … [Read more...]

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Clinica Romero incident shows schizophrenia in L.A. Archdiocese

Aug. 13 Mass changed, but not Aug. 23 event with Judy Chu

The following comes from an Aug. 4 story in LifeSiteNews. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles caused a stir by distributing an invitation to a Mass at its cathedral in partnership with a clinic that prescribes contraceptives. After receiving inquiries regarding a partnership with an organization that acts in conflict with the teachings of Catholic Church, the archdiocese acted … [Read more...]

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Melinda Gates optimistic that Church will change teaching on contraception

But experts say Pope Francis can't change longstanding doctrine even if he wanted to

Pope Francis cannot change Church teaching on contraception, despite the hopes of Melinda Gates. In a recent BBC interview, Gates has said she is “optimistic” that the Catholic Church will change church teaching on contraception in order to help women in developing countries. “We work very extensively with the Catholic Church and I’ve had many discussions with them because we … [Read more...]

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Population control advocates hobnob at the Vatican

Is the Church being penetrated by neo-Malthusians whose end goal is support, via public policies, for birth control?

In 1873, a saint who professed herself “madly fond of children,” who “desire[d] to give many elect souls to Heaven,” gave birth to her ninth child—St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Today, the bishop presiding over the Vatican’s “Biological Extinction” workshop explains that with “education” we “don’t have children. We don’t have seven children. Maybe we have one [or] two children. No … [Read more...]

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Contraception and the Congo nuns

The Church has never taught that if the harms are serious enough, it is permissible to use contraception

The following comes from a February 20 Catholic World Report article by Janet E. Smith: It confuses many that the officials of the Church many decades ago permitted nuns in the Congo who were in danger of being raped to take hormones that prevent ovulation (which is what the “pill” does). In this case the hormones would be taken with the intent of avoiding a pregnancy, but … [Read more...]

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Don’t make us pick between our faith and the poor

Little Sisters' case will go Supreme Court this term

The following comes from a January 6 Catholic News Agency article by Matt Hadro: Religious sisters should not be forced to choose between caring for the poor and obeying their conscience, the Little Sisters of the Poor told the Supreme Court in a recent legal brief, adding that this is what the government is demanding of them through the HHS mandate. “We perform this … [Read more...]

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Like making a Jewish school hire a vendor to serve non-Kosher food

Thomas Aquinas College attorneys rebut HHS Mandate arguments in SCOTUS filing

The following is an August 28 press release from Thomas Aquinas College, a Catholic school offering a 4-year classical curriculum in Santa Paula, California: SANTA PAULA — As part of their ongoing effort to bring Thomas Aquinas College’s case against the federal HHS Mandate before the U.S. the Supreme Court, the College’s attorneys filed a reply brief on August 25 refuting … [Read more...]

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