Catholic Church

Nancy Pelosi Thinks She Knows More Than the Catholic Church

By on 6.16.14 | 2:53PM

The state of California, the city of San Francisco, and the Twelfth Congressional District of California are very upset with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.

In spreading the tradition of the Catholic Church, the San Francisco archbishop is speaking at the National Organization for Marriage’s June 19 march. The teachings of that march, according to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, are “venom masquerading as virtue.”

Apparently, Pelosi learned the fundamentals of virtue during her twenty-six years in Congress.  

Indeed, the congresswoman asked in a letter to the archbishop, “If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him?”

Last week, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee penned their own joint letter promoting “reconciliation rather than division and hatred.”

Why are these politicians, who parade themselves as loving moralists, practicing self-aggrandizement masquerading as tolerance?  

The UN Targets…The Catholic Church

By on 2.5.14 | 3:11PM

Finally, the United Nations is standing up to a monster: the Catholic Church.

Specifically, the Committee for the Rights of the Child released a report demanding the institution independently investigate all cases of priestly abuse. It called for Pope Francis’s abuse commission to

conduct an independent investigation of all cases of priestly abuse and the way the Catholic hierarchy has responded over time, and urged the Holy See to establish clear rules for the mandatory reporting of abuse to police and to support laws that allow victims to report crimes even after the statute of limitations has expired.

Fair enough; the Church still must purge its ranks of pedophiles, just as public schools and other bodies of trust must. It must also assure justice for all the victims around the world by cooperating with governments.

Liberal Writer: The Pope Should Reconsider Abortion

By on 1.28.14 | 11:04AM

Ever since Pope Francis famously said “Who am I to judge?” regarding homosexual persons (not homosexuality itself), liberal commentators have been hopeful that the new pope will turn his back on long-held Catholic dogma. Now Dr. Gary Gutting at the New York Times is proposing that the Pope Francis apply his reforming approach to the issue of abortion:

I want to explore the possibility, however, that the pope might be open to significant revision of the absolute ban on abortion by asking what happens if we take seriously his claim that "reason alone is sufficient" to adjudicate this issue. What actually follows regarding abortion once we accept the "inviolable value of each single human life"? This appeal to rational reflection has been a central feature of the tradition of Catholic moral teaching.

Gutting’s point, however, is not simply that the Church is wrong on abortion, but that the current Catholic pro-life stance is stuck in “dogmatic intransigence.” To ease this inflexibility, the pontiff ought to stand by his praise of reason and revisit the issue rationally—implying that he hadn’t done so before.

Can Catholics Support Obamacare?

By on 7.28.09 | 4:12PM

As Congress heads toward its August recess, Washington is questioning whether the Democrat Congress and President Obama will be able to pass a healthcare bill this year.  Most of the attention thus far has focused on the hundreds of billions in new taxes, the control board the government will set up, the escalting costs of the plans, etc.

But the most interesting pushback, at least for me, is from many quarters of the Catholic Church.

Raymond Arroyo over at EWTN recently posted a very helpful summary of what the Church's major objections would be to Obamacare as it is coming together.  They include: