Archbishop Chaput on Pope Francis: It would be a mistake to describe him as a "liberal"

During an address at the Napa Institute, Archbishop Chaput examined the pope's views on economic justice.

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is  Pope Francis a socialist, or even a Marxist? No, says, Archbishop  Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, who tackled the pope's views on economic justice during an address at the 2014 Napa Institute this weekend. 

I think  it would be a mistake to describe him as a “liberal” -- much less a “Marxist.”  As I told the Italian newspaper La Stampa in an interview some weeks ago, words like "liberal" and "conservative" don't describe Catholic belief.  They divide what shouldn’t be divided.  We should love the poor and love the unborn child.  Service to the oppressed and service to the family; defense of the weak and defense of the unborn child; belief in the value of business and belief in...READ MORE

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White House Will Revise "Accommodation" for HHS Mandate

The Obama administration has offered no details, but it has filed a legal brief stating that it will offer a second option for religious nonprofits that oppose the HHS mandate.

07/23/2014 Comments (18)

It has taken two and half years, and an explosion of lawsuits , but The Wall Street Journal has reported that the White House will tweak the "accommodation" it provided to religious nonprofits that filed legal challenges to the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate.

The Journal's story, and another in the Washington Post odon't say what precisely  will change. But they credit the U.S. Supreme Court's July 3 reprieve for Wheaton College, an evangelical institution that also objected to the federal law, as the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. You can read my story about the  high court's ruling that provided a temporary injunction to Wheaton here. The Journal reported:...READ MORE

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Rubio Kicks Off GOP Social Justice Agenda at Catholic University of America

"I consider myself to be a child of privilege," said Rubio, "because I was raised by two parents who were married to each other."

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In recent months, the Republican Party and its intellectual braintrust have been debating how to offer a competing vision of social justice that promotes economic mobility, fosters  personal responsbility and maintains a safety net for the truly needy. In a widely-circulated article in Commentary published in February 2014, Arthur Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C. think tank, and a Catholic, called on conservatives to do more than take pot shots at President Obama:

[T]he administration’s failure to achieve the president’s stated goals is nothing for his opponents to celebrate. Few conservatives begrudge the wealthy their gains, and many are...READ MORE

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Stratford Caldecott, R.I. P.

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The Caldecott Family

Stratford Caldecott with his family

– The Caldecott Family

Editor's Note: This post was updated July 20.

On July 17, Stratford Caldecott, the British Catholic theologian, author and editor died after a lengthy and painful struggle with cancer at age 60. With his wife, Léonie, he  was the founder of Second Spring, a journal of faith and culture, and also co-editor of Magnificat UK. A member of the editorial board of the International Theological Journal Communio, he was the author of a number of books, including: Beauty in the Word: Rethinking the Foundations of Education, Beauty for Truth’s Sake: On the Re-enchantment of Education and The Power of the Ring: The Spiritual Vision Behind the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Biographical details can...READ MORE

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More Good News from Supreme Court for Religious Nonprofits on HHS Mandate

When the high court provided an emergency reprieve to Wheaton College on July 3, the decision prompted an angry dissent from the three female justices, but also offered hope to religious plaintiffs in HHS cases.

07/04/2014 Comments (14)

Justice Sotomayor issued an angry dissent to the high court's July 3 ruling, which granted a temporary injunction to Wheaton College, one of many religious nonprofits that have filed legal challenges to the HHS contraceptive mandate. It is just possible that the justice's anger offers some hope that the high court is prepared to broker a solution that all the HHS religious plaintiffs can live with.

To provide some needed context, we must return, for a moment, to the U.S. Supreme Court's  more critical June 30 decision, which found that that the HHS contraceptive mandate violated the religious freedom of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood. After the Court issued its ruling for  Hobby...READ MORE

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Hobby Lobby, Conestoga Wood in 5-4 Decision

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UPDATE 7/1 : The Catholic University of America's Mark Rienzi,  who is also a lawyer for the Becket Fund, and won the McCullen v. Coakley "buffer zone" case in a unanimous decision from the U.S Supreme Court last week, offered some interesting points about yesterday's "landmark" decision on Hobby Lobby. Check it out here.

The Register will be providing breaking coverage of today's decision, as legal experts assess the ruling.


The indispensable Ed Whelan at National Review's Bench Memos on the Hobby Lobby ruling here. 

Toward the end of his post, Whelan addresses the still unresolved issue of whether this ruling will apply, at least in part, to a future SCOTUS decision on legal...READ MORE

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Archbishop Cordileone at the March for Marriage

California political leaders called on the archbishop to cancel his appearance at the March -- a demand he rejected. Here is the text of his address.

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San Francisco's Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone speaks with Archbishop Carlo Vigano, papal nuncio to the U.S. at the 2014 March for Marriage.

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" Love is the answer.  But love in the truth.  The truth is that every child comes from a mother and a father, and to deliberately deprive a child of knowing and being loved by his or her mother and father is an outright injustice." -- Archbishop Cordileone at the June 19th March for Marriage 

Today, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco addressed the March for Marriage. His appearance at the Washington, D.C. event followed a week of controversy sparked by California political leaders who asked him not to participate in the March because they claimed it was sponsored by "hate" groups. The politicians' demand was accompanied by a petitiion campaign that  urged him to snub the...READ MORE

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Cardinal John O'Connor, Dachau, and the Sisters of Life

A visit to a Nazi concentration camp inspired then Bishop-elect O'Connor to become a pro-life leader, and only much later would his sister discover that their maternal grandmother was Jewish.

06/17/2014 Comments (9)

I knew the late Cardinal John O'Connor of New York very well during the 1980s, when I worked at Catholic New York, the archdiocesan news paper, and afterward. He had many gifts: the gift of friendship, of courage, of compassion, or leadership, and a zest for life. He put all of these gifts to work on behalf of the pro-life movement. By word and deed, he affirmed the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death, and frequently reached out to those in need who sought his help or touched his heart.

After I left New York, he would help found the Sisters of Life, an order of amazing religious women who help women and families struggling with crisis pregnancies. 

Recently, I learned...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..