Posts tagged "abortion"

Ross Wants Your Snowflakes

Mary Valle: My favorite cheek-shaved, neck-bearded Catholic convert, Ross Douthat, weighs in today (sort of? His columns seem to consistently defy "logic" and "making a point") on abortion and infertility. Citing a recent MTV broadcast of a show in which a teen mother has an abortion, an article about how years of...

An Authentically Catholic Hospital

In November of 2009 Sister Margaret McBride was fired and excommunicated by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted. As a member of the ethics board at St. Joseph's hospital in Phoenix, McBride had authorized an abortion to save the life of a 27 year old mother of four.  The young mother survived.  In May of this...

Small-r Rebellion

Gary Younge, a feature writer for the Guardian, has written that the Tea Party is "not a new phenomenon. It's simply a new name for an old phenomenon – the American hard right."  A disparate, loose group of previously unnamed ideas and motivations, with a boat load of money and its own TV channel.
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Pitts Gets Another Crack at Health Care

The anti-abortion site Lifenews is reporting that Rep. Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania will chair the health subcommittee of the House and Energy Committee, where challenges to the Obama administration's health care bill are expected to originate.  Last November, Pitts made a national name for himself as the co-sponsor of the Stupak-Pitts amendment that...

Why Don’t We Hear More from the Religious Left?

By Daniel Schultz It's a question I get asked a lot, and am sure to be asked more, now that The Book (Changing the Script: An Authentically Faithful and Authentically Progressive Political Theology for the 21st Century), is out. Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy answer. In fact, there isn’t even one answer. Instead, many...

Evangelical Women Need Role Models Too

Newsweek's religion editor, Lisa Miller, contributes to the recent conversation about Sarah Palin's "feminism," but instead of parsing definitions (see also here and here for that), Miller tells us why evangelical women see Palin as a saint:  they hunger for a contemporary role model.  Miller opens the article with a recount of...

A Threat to Catholic Unity

In the June 18th issue of the Catholic publication Commonweal, the magazine's editors address a recent "remarkably defensive" letter from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), "Setting the Record Straight," in which the directors of three of the conference's initiatives, Pro-Life Activities, Immigration, and Justice, Peace and Human Development, chastise those...

Pontifigate: The Flaccid Sword of Priestly Justice

Mary Valle: Rapist priests! Good news! You can rape, abuse and lie all you want in the great lag time when your case is sent for review, investigation, further inquiry, empanelation and cooling on a desk in Rome somewhere. You may even be shuttled from parish to parish, which is convenient if you are...

Abortion as “Black Genocide”

Read former Revealer managing editor Kathryn Joyce's new article on efforts by the Religious Right to gain new black members by pushing the (old) idea that "family planning is a racist plan to wipe out populations of color."

Good Catholics

01 March 2006 Alan Cooperman reports on the joint statement released yesterday by 55 Catholic Democratic House representatives, as part of a long-delayed reaction to the way John Kerry’s Catholicism was questioned and dismissed as that of a “bad Catholic” due to his support for abortion rights during the 2004 election campaign. The Catholic Democrats’...

Refusal Legislation

30 January 2006 Rob Stein, of The Washington Post, tallies the number of “conscience clause” bills under consideration in more than a dozen state congresses that would codify the right of health care workers to refuse to provide treatment or care that conflicts with their personal beliefs. Under the umbrella of such “refusal clauses” would be...

God’s Kinder, Gentler Army

16 January 2006 Fetal funerals, ultrasound machines, and baby bonnets for women who want abortions. John Leland of The New York Times reports on the kinder, gentler side of the anti-abortion movement, one that advances its aims through innocuous-sounding Bible studies, church-run pregnancy crisis centers, and Christian support groups for women suffering “postabortion syndrome” (a favorite “psychological...