Donald R. McClarey

More on Our Hapless Bench of Bishops

    The disastrous meeting of our bishops is attracting some wider attention:   It’s also no wonder that so many bishops, including the pope, now want to quarantine the issue of sexual abuse of minors from the larger question

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Donald R. McClarey

Freedom of Speech is a Wonderful Thing to the Shock of our Bishops

For these reasons, States and public-sector unions may no longer extract agency fees from nonconsenting employ­ ees. Under Illinois law, if a public-sector collective-bargaining agreement includes an agency-fee provision and the union certifies to the employer the amount of the

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Donald R. McClarey

USCCB Jettisons Fortnight for Freedom

A game among journalists is a headline that would always be true.  I would suggest “USCCB Never Fails to Disappoint”:   With the words “religious freedom” becoming ammunition in the ongoing culture wars, Catholic leaders hope a weeklong campaign titled

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Donald R. McClarey

The Bishops and the Public Employee Unions

      The desire of Government employees for fair and adequate pay, reasonable hours of work, safe and suitable working conditions, development of opportunities for advancement, facilities for fair and impartial consideration and review of grievances, and other objectives

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Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

US Bishops Signal Resistance to Pope Francis’s Agenda?

Here’s an article in the Wall Street Journal (go to Drudge to get the post without a paywall–look for “US Catholic Leaders Signal Resistance to Pope’s Agenda”.) Here are some quotes: “—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops chose a conservative

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Bear Growls: USCCB

    In his latest post our bruin friend at Saint Corbinian’s Bear reveal some of the puppet masters behind the USCCB: Catholic News Service: USCCB’s Pravda The Catholic News Service is the house organ of the U.S. Conference of

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Fox Escorted From Chicken Coop

      The editor-in-chief and director of the U.S. bishops’ official news service resigned Wednesday at the request of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference general secretary. Tony Spence, who had worked for Catholic News Service since 2004, had publicly criticized

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Jihadis Welcome

It often seems to me that most Catholic clerics could care less about the ordinary Catholics they are supposed to be shepherds of.  Case in point:  mass immigration of Muslims.  I wish I could say that Robert Spencer is wrong,

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PopeWatch: Adam Shaw and Ralph McCloud

  Last week Adam Shaw of Fox launched a blistering attack on Pope Francis. Pope Francis is undergoing a popularity surge comparable to the way Barack Obama was greeted by the world in 2008. And just as President Obama has

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Bad Faith Arguments and Immigration

NB – this was originally posted at the Catholic Stand. ——————————————————————– I would like to use this space to talk with you about an issue of the utmost moral importance. It’s an issue where no clear-thinking, righteous Catholic could possibly

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Paul Ryan, the USCCB and the Poor

A fascinating article in the Wall Street Journal by economist Antony Davies and Catholic theologian Kristina Antolin: Someone is twisting the Catholic Church’s teachings on caring for the poor, but it isn’t Paul Ryan. His controversial budgetary ideas demonstrate that

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Weakness and The Truth

“Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil.  For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world

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Bishops Disappointed by Senate Vote to Kill Pro-Life Amendment

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Pro-Life Secretariat just released a statement denouncing the defeat of the Pro-Life Nelson Amendment.  In addition the USCCB will not support any health care bills that diminishes the Stupak Amendment that was passed in

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Cardinal DiNardo Rebukes Critics on Health Care Involvement

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo defended the Church’s involvement in removing abortion from the House version of the health care bill after a storm of criticism was leveled against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) of “lobbying” concerning the last minute

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Bishops Call Reid Health Care Bill Worst of the Bunch

Extremist Democrats and liberals are hailing Harry Reid’s Health Care bill as a victory for pro-abortion activists.  Though the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called it “completely unacceptable“. …Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the bishops’ conference Secretariat

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USCCB Issues A Statement of Support For Bishop D'Arcy

Hattip to reader Rick Lugari.  The USCCB* has issued this statement of support for Bishop John D’Arcy, the Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend: “The bishops of the United States express our appreciation and support for our brother bishop, the Most

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Bishop Olmsted Accuses President Jenkins of Disobedience

Here is the text of Bishop Olmsted’s letter to President Jenkins (h/t American Papist): While I am disappointed by President Jenkin’s decision to invite President Obama to speak at commencement, particularly the decision to confer an honorary law degree, I

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Notre Dame Honors Pro-Abort

The University of Notre Dame announced today that President Obama will be the commencement speaker this year and receive an honorary degree.  Leaving aside the spit in the face insult to Our Lady that this invitation constitutes, the bishops of this

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Now This Is An Archbishop!

Hattip to our commenter Phillip.  When Raymond Burke was Archbishop of Saint Louis he was a tireless advocate of the unborn and also tireless in taking to task those who supported abortion.  His elevation to be head of the Supreme

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Canonical Options For Dealing With FOCA

With President-elect Obama assembling together the most anti-life and anti-family radicals imaginable for his upcoming administration.  In addition to ignoring the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) statement* (November 12, 2008 AD) to reconsider not signing the misnomered Freedom of

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Not One Dime

I have never given a dime to the Campaign for Human Development.  The always indispensable Father Neuhaus explains why here: “Which brings me, finally, to another and related matter that will surely be discussed in Baltimore and deserves to be

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FOCA meet the USCCB

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have made fighting against the Freedom of Choice Act a high priority in their current meeting.  The Catholic Church and the incoming Obama administration are on a  collision course in regard to abortion. 

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Cardinal George Issues Congratulations & Challenge to Obama

John Allen provides an encouraging report on Francis Cardinal George’s remarks as USCCB president regarding the election of Senator Obama to the presidency: Cardinal Francis George, speaking this morning as president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, said all Americans should

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