NYTimes Tells Liberal Parents: “It’s OK to Freak Out About Porn”

07/19/2016 Comments (7)

New York Times op-ed writer Judith Shulevitz (Photo credit: Barbara Lemann, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

When the GOP’s party platform called pornography a “public-health crisis that is destroying the life of millions,” the statement prompted eye-rolling from some liberal media sites.

So imagine the shock provoked this weekend by a wake-up call on this subject by New York Times columnist Judith Shulevitz: It’s O.K., Liberal Parents, You Can Freak Out About Porn.

Shulevitz only skimmed the surface of the public health challenge posed by toxic, readily accessible internet pornography. But at least she didn’t dismiss exposure to violent and weird sexual images as a natural part of growing up.  She writes:

Parents don’t have to believe that such material is a direct cause of sexual violence to...READ MORE

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3 Ways to Push Back Against Anti-Christian Witch Hunts

06/23/2016 Comments (6)

Thomkins H. Matteson (1813-1884), “The Trial of George Jacobs, August 5, 1692”

“Have Christians Created a Harmful Atmosphere for Gays?” asked The New York Times’ opinion page, in the wake of Omar Mateen's deadly attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people.

Mateen was a Muslim who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State on Facebook and in calls to 911. After the massacre, political and religious leaders, including many Catholic bishops, rightly warned the public not to retaliate by scapegoating people of his faith. 

But, instead, Christians were ambushed by allegations that they bore some responsibility for the deadliest shooting in the nation's history. And some LGBT activists and their media allies accused opponents of same-sex marriage who expressed...READ MORE

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Cardinal Wuerl on Orlando Terror Attack: Christ has promised that evil will not have the last word

06/13/2016 Comments (21)

"As people of Christian faith, we know that evil and suffering will not have the last word," stated Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, as Americans reacted with horror and sadness to the violence unleashed at an Orlando club early Sunday morning that left at least 50 people dead and many more injured.

"The love of Jesus Christ will prevail. Thus, our hope and trust is in the Lord. Though it appears all too often that our civilization is walking through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil. The Lord is in our midst and he walks with us (Psalm 23:4)."

Cardinal Wuerl directed the faithful and other people of good will to pray for the dead, the injured and their families....READ MORE

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Planned Parenthood Prez Lauded at Georgetown for Defending Abortion

04/21/2016 Comments (11)

The rooftops of Georgetown University and Rosslyn and Washington, DC beyond it. Taken from the roof of the Reiss Building. (Image Credit: “Patrickneil”, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

[Editor: This post was updated at 8:30 p.m. Pacific time, to include coverage of Cardinal Wuerl's homily at a "Mass for Life" for university students at a parish church in Georgetown.]

Georgetown University had defended Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards' April 20 speech on campus as evidence of the Catholic institution's commitment to the "free exchange of ideas."

But take a look at Richards' speech here, and it is clear that election year politics brought her to Georgetown. She gave a plug for Hillary Clinton, attacked congressional efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, and targeted recent legislation in Texas designed to raise standards at abortion clinics.

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Government Concedes That HHS Contraceptive Accommodation “Could Be Modified”

04/13/2016 Comments (6)

(Photo Credit: Farragutful, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

After years of litigation over the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate, the Obama administration signaled yesterday that it could make further changes to the controversial accommodation it provided the Little Sisters of the Poor and many other religious nonprofits.

Could this new admission undermine the government's case? That's the question now.

When March 23 oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell revealed weaknesses in the government's case, the justices unexpectedly issued a March 29 order that directed the both sides to offer fresh solutions to the impasse.

The plaintiffs and the government were each told to provide a formal response to  the following question:

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Supreme Court Offers Surprising, Hopeful Twist in Little Sisters' Case

03/29/2016 Comments (14)

Religious sisters show their support of the Little Sisters of the Poor outside the Supreme Court where oral arguments were heard on March 23, 2016 in the Zubik v. Burwell case against the HHS Mandate. (Addie Mena/CNA)

Just days after eight justices heard oral arguments for the legal challenge to the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate filed by the Little Sisters of the Poor, and six other cases, the Court asked both the Obama administration and the plaintiffs to provide fresh solutions that addressed their moral objections, while serving the needs of their employees.   

“This is an excellent development. Clearly the Supreme Court understood the Sisters' concern that the government's current scheme forces them to violate their religion,” said the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty's Mark Rienzi, in a press release.

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Rubio Halts Campaign, Kasich Takes Ohio, Trump Rolls On

03/16/2016 Comments (8)

Sen. Marco Rubio

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Catholic, has suspended his presidential campaign after his chief rival, Donald Trump, won the Republican primaries in Florida, Illinois and North Carolina.

When Rubio announced the end of his run for the presidency and congratulated Trump for winning the Florida race, his supporters booed.

“No, no, no,” he responded, quickly. “Guys, we live in a republic and our voters make this decision. We respect this.”

It is hard to predict whether such soothing words will have much effect on the estimated 44% of GOP voters who say they won't vote for Trump. Yet his political victories tonight have brought him much closer to his goal of 1,237 delegates.  

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6 Judges On President Obama’s Shortlist for U.S. Supreme Court

03/10/2016 Comments (8)

Would President Obama actually nominate a “moderate” jurist to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died unexpectedly last month?  

Activists on both sides of the partisan divide may question that possibility, but when the White House released a shortlist of nominees, media outlets from Fox News to the Washington Post described them as “moderates.” Yet, as the Post notes, the nominees have almost no record of ruling on hot-button issues, so its tough to know for sure how they will vote, if confirmed.

“The White House is considering nearly half a dozen relatively new federal judges for President Obama’s nomination to the Supreme Court, focusing on jurists with scant dis­cern­ible ideology...READ MORE

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Joan Frawley Desmond, is the Register’s senior editor. She is an award-winning journalist widely published in Catholic, ecumenical and secular media. A graduate of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and Family, she lives with her family in California..