Register Radio: Court Decision on Obamacare & Fortnight Films

Attorney Hannah Smith and Film Critic Steven Greydanus

06/22/2012 Comments (4)

Still from "A Man for All Seasons"

On today's fast-moving "Register Radio," Hannah Smith, senior counsel with the Becket Fund, and former clerk to Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, spoke about how the Supreme Court's decision on the "Affordable Care Act" will impact the many lawsuits filed against Health and Human Services, including one on behalf of EWTN.

Smith went through each of the three possible scenarios: the Court decides in favor of the Act; the Court rules that part of the Act is unconstitutional; or the Court rules against the Act. In the first two cases, Smith explained that the lawsuits against the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate would continue forward.

A total of 23...READ MORE

Filed under becket fund, fortnight for freedom, hhs mandate, movies, religious liberty, supreme court

Let the Fortnight Begin!

06/20/2012 Comments (6)

In case you haven't heard, tomorrow begins an unprecedented 14-day campaign of prayer, fasting, education, and public action dedicated to the celebration and protection of our religious liberties. Catholic parishes and dioceses across the country are hosting special Masses, parades, lectures, and other activities to highlight the Fortnight for Freedom, an event asked for by our country's bishops.

“We recommend to our brother bishops that we focus ‘all the energies the Catholic community can muster’ in a special way,” stated the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty in its April 12 statement “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty.” “This special period...READ MORE

Filed under fortnight for freedom, hhs mandate, religious freedom, religious liberty, us bishops

Register Radio: Fortnight for Freedom & Planned Parenthood in School

06/15/2012 Comments (4)

Dioceses and parishes across the country are gearing up for the Fortnight for Freedom, which begins June 21 and ends on July 4th, in recognition of our right to religious freedom. Special Masses, processions, parades, speakers, and other events are taking place during the 14-day period. In the first half of Register Radio we spoke with Deacon Claude Lester, chair of a task force in Canandaigua, NY that is celebrating an ambitious "Festival for Freedom." As part of its Festival, the Notre Dame Retreat House will be hosting daily Mass and adoration, as well as nationally-recognized speakers each day of the Fortnight. One day, for example is devoted to the U.S. Constitution; another day is...READ MORE

Filed under fortnight for freedom, hhs mandate, planned parenthood, religious liberty, usccb ad hoc committee on religious liberty

Register Radio: Corporations Redefining Marriage & Leaving the Democratic Party

06/08/2012 Comments (6)

In the first half of Register Radio, Thomas Peters of CatholicVote spoke about recent corporate efforts by corporations such as J.C. Penny's, Target, and Starbucks, to advocate for homosexuality and push for the redefinition of marriage.

"Over the last year or so, gay rights organizations have stepped up their efforts to get corporations involved," said Peters. "It's not the business of corporations to define marriage."

Peters drew attention to Starbuck's, which not only issued a public statement saying that redefining marriage is one of their "core values," but which has also filed an Amicus brief to try to get state laws protecting marriage between one man and one woman struck down....READ MORE

Filed under corporations, democratic party, homosexual "marriage", religious liberty

Cardinal Burke Publishes 1st Book

06/06/2012 Comments (3)


It's hard to believe that Cardinal Raymond Burke, Cardinal Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, hasn't published a book up until now. Yet, he's a very busy man. If he had to start somewhere, he has chosen the very best place to begin - with Jesus Christ's central and unifying presence in the Holy Eucharist.

I was fortunate to read an advance copy of the book, and what a book it is!

Divine Love Made Flesh: The Holy Eucharist as the Sacrament of Charity provides a profound spiritual reflection on the source and summit of our Catholic faith. It links the rich theology of the Church with both pastoral practice and the spiritual life. The book, in its structure...READ MORE

Filed under cardinal raymond burke, divine love made flesh, eucharist

Register Radio: Franciscan University & For Greater Glory

Michael Hernon and Ruben Quezada

06/01/2012 Comments (5)

In our first half, Michael Hernon, vice president for advancement at Franciscan University of Steubenville explained why the university decided to drop students from its health care plan.

“It was a moral and an economic decision,” said Hernon. “We notified parents and students in mid-April.”

Not only would the insurance have doubled in cost, but it also would have made the university complicit in covering contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, and other services opposed to Catholic teaching.

In addition, Hernon spoke about Franciscan’s decision to be one of 43 Catholic organizations to sue the federal government to strike down the Health and Human Service’s mandate.

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Filed under cristero war, for greater glory, franciscan university of steubenville, healthcare, hhs mandate, students

When Corporations Go Bad

Target and Starbucks Seek to Redefine Marriage

05/30/2012 Comments (26)


There are a great many folks who like to talk about the evils of corporations, but what about corporations that support immoral activities in opposition to the common good? Take Target and Starbucks as just two recent examples.

Last week, Target announced that they are donating $120,000 - through the sale of their "Pride" clothing line - to the Family Equality Council, an organization that advocates for same-sex unions and is seeking the defeat of Minnesota's Marriage Amendment.

Looking deeper, the connections are further problematic. Take a look at the University of St. Thomas' Board of Trustees and you'll find that a Target executive sits on the board of the Archdiocese of St....READ MORE

Filed under marriage amendment, national organization for marriage, same-sex marriage, starbucks, target corporation

Register Radio: Rome's March for Life & Physician's Orders

Edward Pentin and Charlotte Hays

05/25/2012 Comment

Rome's May 13th March for Life.

– Edward Pentin

Today on Register Radio, in our first segment, the National Catholic Register’s Rome correspondent Edward Pentin provided some background on Rome’s inaugural March for Life which took place on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima and Mother's Day - May 13. While abortion has been legalized in Italy since 1978, this was Rome’s first March for Life. In addition to some 15,000 who attended the March from the Colosseum to St. Peter’s Basilica for Mass, the Mayor of Rome, the daughter of St. Gianna Molla, and Cardinal Raymond Burke also participated.

Edward explained that it was a grassroots effort with participation by as many as 150 different pro-life organizations throughout Italy.

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Filed under euthanasia, physician's order for life-sustaining treatment, pro-lifers, rome march for life

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Tim Drake is an award-winning writer and former journalist and radio host with the National Catholic Register/EWTN. He currently serves as New Evangelization Coordinator for the Holdingford Area Catholic Community in the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota. He resides with his wife and five children in St. Joseph, Minn.