Editorial: Why Pro-Lifers are the Losers of Roberts’ Gambit

Editorial: Why Pro-Lifers are the Losers of Roberts’ Gambit

Note: I have no window into another man’s soul, I judge no one. However, I can judge bad thought and bad action, and am entitled to do so as a citizen of this country when it comes to the bad thoughts and bad actions of government officials. I’m going to be honest: I think yesterday’s ruling on Obamacare was a national tragedy beyond most. Many are claiming that what Roberts did was expedient for the conservative cause. Here’s the simple truth they are ignoring: Roberts’ opinion, for whatever good it may have done – intentionally or not – was a trampling of the constitution and a huge overreach of judicial activism. If he was trying to avoid the appearance of partisanship, as the pundits are saying he was, then he actually gave a partisan judgment. Roberts allowed his opinion to be swayed by a concern for the reputation of the court, and putting reputation above truth is a concern for foolish men. That concern led him to find a fig leaf, congressional taxing authority, rather than simply declaring that the commerce clause was not a legitimate basis for the individual mandate. He went out of his way to make Obamacare work as a law. As Judicial Watch noted, “This Supreme Court majority rewrote Obamacare and then upheld its constitutionality.” Further, SCOTUS removed the commerce clause as a weapon of the left and handed them virtually limitless power in the form of taxation instead. We can now be taxed not only on our purchases, but on our non-purchases. While many are hailing his decision against the commerce clause abuse as...
5 Benefits to Praying for Your Enemies

5 Benefits to Praying for Your Enemies

Everyone has enemies.  Batman has the Joker.  Superman has Lex Luther.  The Star Wars series has George Lucas.  My favorite example though of the relationship between enemies is that of Frodo and Gollum.  Throughout the LOTR trilogy, Frodo and Gollum have several meetings, and even travel together for a time.  Gollum’s duplicitous motives caused him to attempt and commit harm against Frodo because of his weakness for his “precious”.  Frodo experienced the lure of temptation, and was moved with compassion for Gollum.  That relationship always stuck out in my mind of how I should think of my own enemies. Over the years, I have tried to have compassion for my enemies and pray for them, that they would be moved by God’s grace.  Through those prayers, I discovered a handful of positive results.  Numbered lists seem to be in fashion on T&C this week, so here’s mine. 1.  God bestows grace on your enemy – This is the first because it is the most obvious.  Everyone who prays for anyone does so for this purpose.  God hears our prayers, except maybe those of Catholics for a Free Choice when they pray a rosary for abortion “rights” every year during the March for Life.  Praying for our enemies is just like praying for anyone else.  We pray for their conversion and that they will be open to God’s grace.  Plain and simple. 2.  God’s grace to you – Every time you pray for anything, you communicate to God and he bestows grace on you.  Also pretty straight forward.  Now to the nitty-gritty. 3.  Act of humility is good for the...
Letter to Bishop Farrell of Dallas: Supreme Court Response

Letter to Bishop Farrell of Dallas: Supreme Court Response

Via: bishopkevinfarrell.org Today the United States Supreme Court issued a decision regarding the Affordable Health Care Act. I join the bishops of the United States in supporting access to life-affirming health care as the right of every individual; especially the poor and most vulnerable. We adamantly oppose the portions of the law that (1) allow use of federal funds to pay for elective abortions; (2) fail to provide essential conscience protection; and (3) discriminate against immigrant families by denying them full access to health care benefits. American bishops have never joined in efforts to repeal this law in its entirety and do not do so today but today’s opinion does not diminish the moral imperative to ensure decent healthcare for all, nor eliminate the need to correct the fundamental  flaws mentioned above. We continue to urge Congress to pass and the Administration to sign legislation to correct these three flaws as expeditiously as possible. We will continue to advocate affordable health care for all and  will continue to study the Court’s opinion to understand its full implications for healthcare reform and for our religious liberty. Bishop Farrell, I respect your consistent call for the right to life and equal treatment, especially as many of the moral issues that must be brought to forefront of this debate; however, I am perplexed as to how the right to enter freely into contracts as well as the right to own property, whether by possessions or money, that can be understood though at least natural law, is not part of your statement. As you know, under the health care law a person is...