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October 9, 2012

Central to the concept of “Faithful Citizenship” is our obligation, as Catholics, to act in

Central to the concept of “Faithful Citizenship” is our obligation, as Catholics, to act in service to the common good when casting our votes.

September 25, 2012

“You cannot impose your morality on others.”

“You cannot impose your morality on others.”

Pro-life activists have been well acquainted with this banal formulation for decades. It is the favored mantra of those who have sought — with much success — to overturn laws and public policies upholding “traditional” values, chief among them the sanctity of pre-born human life and, in recent years, the integrity of marriage.

September 20, 2012

In a recent piece, syndicated columnist George Will chronicles yet another egregious

In a recent piece, syndicated columnist George Will chronicles yet another egregious assault on religious freedom, this one involving the issue of same sex unions.

September 12, 2012

As Pete Sheehan’s front page story brings home this week, there are two basic

As Pete Sheehan’s front page story brings home this week, there are two basic levels to the immigration debate: one involving broad questions of public policy, and its overall impact on our society; the other involving real human beings, and the consequences for them not only of our public policies, but of our private responses and cultural attitudes toward their presence and their needs.

July 24, 2012

Sometimes, all we can do is pray.

Sometimes, all we can do is pray.

Of course, everything we do should be centered in prayer, which should permeate our lives.
But often, particularly at times of great crisis or tragedy, we feel an urgency to do more, to make our prayers a catalyst for action — to right a terrible wrong, to give comfort and healing to victims, to fix the circumstances that have allowed it to happen.

Such is the case with the horrific mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater early last Friday morning.

July 11, 2012

With the Fortnight for Freedom called by our nation’s bishops concluded on

With the Fortnight for Freedom called by our nation’s bishops concluded on the Fourth of July, several current issues remind us of the impact that attacks on religious liberty can have — not only on our Church and our own faith lives, but on the many vulnerable populations that depend on the services of the Catholic Church and other faith communities.

June 21, 2012

On May 2, in a front page editorial, we reported on, and deplored,

June 12, 2012

Amid all the strife that we have necessarily given attention to

Amid all the strife that we have necessarily given attention to in recent weeks — primarily over escalating government attacks on religious freedom and the sanctity of human life — we are filled this week with the kind of joy and hope that should really permeate everything we do as members of the Body of Christ.

May 31, 2012

The Orwellian spin that we referred to last week regarding those who seek to blame

The Orwellian spin that we referred to last week regarding those who seek to blame the Catholic Church for the Obama administration’s war on religious freedom is nowhere more obvious — and more erroneous — than in the claim that it is the Church that is here engaging in “partisan politics.”

Once again, let’s look at the facts.

May 23, 2012

And so it has come to this: Catholic dioceses and Church agencies across this country forced

And so it has come to this: Catholic dioceses and Church agencies across this country forced to sue the government of the United States of America (see page one) to protect the religious freedom — of the Church and of individual Catholic citizens — from being trampled on by a federal mandate that would force us to choose between violating the moral teachings of our faith or abandoning our commitment to serve countless millions of people in need.

May 15, 2012

With Cardinal Timothy Dolan, we are “deeply saddened,” but not at all surprised

With Cardinal Timothy Dolan, we are “deeply saddened,” but not at all surprised, by President Obama’s abandonment of his previously stated support for marriage as the union of a man and a woman.  

May 10, 2012

Just as Pope Benedict XVI last week was reiterating the need for U.S. Catholic colleges

Just as Pope Benedict XVI last week was reiterating the need for U.S. Catholic colleges to reaffirm their Catholic identity, and their fidelity to Church teaching (see From the Pope, page 6), came word that Georgetown University has invited U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to address a commencement awards ceremony on May 18.

What’s the problem?

May 3, 2012

What would be the reaction, from mainstream media and national and international political leaders,

What would be the reaction, from mainstream media and national and international political leaders, if a leading Catholic bishop, especially in a region of the world beset by religious tensions and violence, declared that all non-Christian houses of worship in that region must be destroyed?

The outcry, of course, would be deafening — and rightfully so.

How to explain, then, the muted worldwide response to a call, from Saudi Arabia’s supreme religious official, for the destruction of all churches in that region of the world?

March 21, 2012

Some time ago the Committee on Doctrine of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Some time ago the Committee on Doctrine of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops critiqued a published work by a university professor. The book was being used as a college-level religion text.  

The bishops did not censure or prohibit the professor from teaching or publishing or even ask that the errors in the book be corrected. The bishops simply exercised their responsibility as authentic teachers in the Church.  

March 7, 2012

Cardinal Timothy Dolan came to Long Island last weekend to deliver a powerful clarion call

Cardinal Timothy Dolan came to Long Island last weekend to deliver a powerful clarion call to Catholics to make an impact on important public policy questions.

You wouldn’t have known that, however, by most of the secular media coverage, which focused exclusively on the cardinal’s response to President Obama’s mandate that the Church provide insurance coverage for “services” that violate our moral teachings.   
   

February 29, 2012

Those who insist that “social issues” have no place in our current presidential debate

Those who insist that “social issues” have no place in our current presidential debate might want to share with us their theories on the cause of the latest school shooting last Monday that left three students dead in Ohio.

Do they think the teenager who is under arrest was driven to it by his concern over the debt ceiling? Or soaring gas prices? Or tensions with Iran?

February 8, 2012

Last July, Bishop Leonard Blair directed that in his Diocese of Toledo, Ohio,

Last July, Bishop Leonard Blair directed that in his Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, fundraising under Catholic auspices to combat breast cancer would no longer be directed to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

January 25, 2012

Last Friday, to no one’s surprise, the Obama administration announced

Last Friday, to no one’s surprise, the Obama administration announced that it is going forward with the mandate it first promulgated last summer, requiring Church-based institutions to cover free “birth control” for their employees — even if, as with the Catholic Church, artificial contraception violates a particular faith community’s moral teachings.

December 7, 2011

Tis the season for Christmas controversies again, when the spirit of peace and good will all too often turns into one of anger and recrimination over public celebrations of this holy time of year.

Tis the season for Christmas controversies again, when the spirit of peace and good will all too often turns into one of anger and recrimination over public celebrations of this holy time of year.

November 22, 2011

Increasingly, amid the economic and social crises

November 2, 2011

Next Tuesday, November 8, is Election Day, and we are reminded of our civic duty to vote.

Next Tuesday, November 8, is Election Day, and we are reminded of our civic duty to vote.

October 20, 2011

Last week, country music star Hank Williams

Last week, country music star Hank Williams Jr. characterized the “golf summit” between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner as “like Hitler playing golf with Benjamin Netanyahu.”

October 20, 2011

The indictment of Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas

The indictment of Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri, for alleged failure to report a priest’s apparent involvement with child pornography, is beyond distressing. While we should scrupulously avoid rushing to judgment — an indictment is an accusation, not a conviction, and Bishop Finn maintains his innocence — we are horrified at the apparent victimization of children, and deeply troubled by even the allegation that a bishop and diocese failed to respond with the requisite urgency.   

September 20, 2012

With no less than seven articles over the past four days, Newsday has launched

With no less than seven articles over the past four days, Newsday has launched a veritable blitzkrieg in support of legislation that would, for one full year, completely do away with the statute of limitations with regard to civil suits — against private and religious organizations, that is — involving alleged sexual abuse of minors.

September 20, 2012

As reported previously in TLIC, the Obama Administration has proposed rescinding