When Democracy Fuels Pride

When Democracy Fuels Pride

Thank you, Public Choice analysis, for shedding light on the motivations of those holding public office. Public Choice theory views politicians as no different from other individuals who rationally seek their own self-interest first. Winston Churchill famously said “democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried.” Most see this phrase as a vindication of democracy but I think Churchill is also acknowledging its faults. Two faults seem prominent lately: The relegation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, with its limits on what the federal government can do, behind a philosophy of “if the majority want it, it is therefore legally acceptable.” Think of denominations whose “statement of principles” changes every few decades to suit current fads or wants. The increasing hubris of those in power (elected or unelected) who believe their authority derives simply from the fact of their holding office, and from their ability to enact policies and laws because of #1 above. Enter the HHS mandate. I’ve written twice on my own opinion that “universal health care,” as it has always been implemented, means “government health care” and therefore is demonstrably inferior to privately-provided care (especially when directed by a Church with millenia of experience caring for the sick). But if opinions were all that mattered, those with my opinion on universal health care would have about as much political pull as those who vote for Ron Paul. The overwhelming majority want universal health care, and politicians are only too eager to provide it for them even if it means trampling on the limits set by the Constitution....
UPDATE: Timothy Cardinal Dolan Ahead of Obama for TIME’s Influential People List

UPDATE: Timothy Cardinal Dolan Ahead of Obama for TIME’s Influential People List

Just got word of this from a Facebook friend. ;Go show your support for our latest American Cardinal, and the man who’s taking point on the battle with the Obama Administration over the HHS Contraception Mandate! Click here or on the image to vote! He’s way behind right now because this hasn’t been publicized enough. SHARE THE LINK WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW! h/t – Erika D. Don’t forget to join our cause on Facebook! ;Click below! Click to go to the Catholics Against HHS Facebook Page UPDATE 3/31/12 @ 6:30pm EST 1677 Yes, 3854 No UPDATE 3/31/12 @ 8:30pm EST 2785 Yes, 3902 No Over a thousand YES votes in two hours! Great job! However, Andrew Cuomo and Cecile Richards are still higher on the list! We must knock out these pro-aborts, folks! UPDATE 4/1/12 @ 12:00am EST 4712 Yes, 3985 No Cardinal Dolan is now beating Cecile Richards and Andrew Cuomo, AND the YES votes are rising much more rapidly than the NO votes! Keep it up! Don’t forget, you can vote NO on anti-Catholics, too. UPDATE 4/1/12 @ 9:00am EST 5891 Yes, 4087 No Okay, folks, let’s get the word out! UPDATE 4/1/12 @ 3:00pm EST 7555 Yes, 4239 No UPDATE 4/1/12 @ 9:00pm EST 9600 Yes, 5378 No Cardinal Dolan is now in 21st place and not too far from overtaking Obama! Keep it up! UPDATE 4/2/12 @ 9:00am EST 11,715 Yes, 6740 No The No vote is starting to grow at a faster rate as Cardinal Dolan gets closer to the top. Keep spreading word! UPDATE 4/2/12 @ 8:00pm EST Timothy Dolan: 15651 Yes, 12502...

Three Points Against the Mandate You Don’t Want to Leave Home Without!

In debating the HHS contraception mandate at our affiliate Facebook page, I’ve noticed that there are many arguments floating around, some involving the financial funds used by some Catholic organizations, others involving the moral practices of the majority of those claiming to be Catholic. I’m not going to re-invent the wheel in opposition to these arguments. They’ve already been handled masterfully by other bloggers. What I would like to do here is offer the three points the government would have to prove in order to make the claim that it has the authority to mandate what it has mandated. These three points take as their foundation the first amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The first amendment, as we know, protects the Church from government regulation. This mandate is government regulation. Obviously, any state must have some ability to regulate churches, so, for instance, we won’t end up with legal cults that practice genocide. The Nazis couldn’t call themselves a religion and then have freedom to kill the Jews in our country. On what basis could the state have such an ability to regulate religion? All true religion must comply with natural law, because religious bodies worship God, the Creator of nature. To the degree that a religion does not comply with the natural law, it is not truly a religion. All civil law is based in natural law,...

Why the White House “Accommodations” are Insufficient UPDATE: Catholic Hospitals, Schools, etc. Still Not Exempted

This story is still breaking. Scroll down for updates. News broke this morning that the White House would offer an “accommodation” (to avoid the appearance of caving to Catholics through “compromise”) to the Catholic community over their concern about the HHS Contraception Mandate. There are currently two different theories surfacing regarding this “accommodation”. Current news reports indicate unofficially that the plan will be based off the system in Hawaii, which requires Catholic organizations to inform employees of locations where they may receive contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortifacients. CatholicVote is reporting on the following on their Facebook wall: Breaking: They made it worse! Obama administration saying Church groups do not have to pay for immoral activities — insurance companies will PAY! But Church will still have to pay into these insurance plans. A phony segregation of funds. WE WILL NOT COMPLY! In either case, the “accommodation” is insufficient for the Catholic Church for the following reasons: If the Hawaii plan is used, the accommodation still requires Catholic institutions to act as conduits of contraception information, without which is it unclear whether those employees would have such information access. This is material cooperation in grave evil. If CatholicVote is correct, then insurance companies will fund these immoral activities and simply pass the costs on to employees. Same thing, different wording. The accommodation would still result in grave scandal. Would Catholic employee lounges put up posters that summarize Humanae Vitaeand then say at the bottom: “in spite of Catholic teaching, do you want access to contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients? If so, speak with our human resources department about your options!” Catholic insurance companies...

A Church for All Seasons

by Micah Murphy Whenever I tell someone I am concerned about the growing anti-Catholicism in the United States, I see two different, opposite reactions arise. The first is generally an understanding nod, coming from someone who is well aware of the history of our faith and the radical nature of our calling. The second is an immediate, incredulous shaking of the head, an insistence that I am simply being dramatic. Yet we find ourselves in the midst of dramatic times. Never in America’s recent memory have we as a Church sat on the brink of so disastrous a battle as this we now wage. Other nations have had their turns. Germany had the Lutheran Reformation, Switzerland the Calvinist. France had the so-called Enlightenment and a tumultuous bout of revolutions. England had the reigns of Henry VIII and his daughter, Elizabeth I. It was during her father’s reign that St. Thomas More lived and provided for us an example. It was he who, in the brilliant classic, A Man for All Seasons, showed before his friend, the Duke of Norfolk, the same anguished fear of persecution we now share. His friend the Duke retorted, “Man, you’re ill! This isn’t Spain, you know. This is England!” A lot of people figure that because this is America, the land of the free, the home of the brave, we will never see persecution here. These people are not students of history. Of course, I hope and pray that we do not see persecution on the order of what occurred in 16th century England. We have every reason to hope that this anti-Catholic mandate...