Judge rules in the healthcare case: Unconstitutional!I heard the news a few minutes ago, watching Megyn Kelly on Fox: the judge in Florida just ruled that Obama(doesn’t)Care individual mandate is unconstitutional and, since it’s not severable, the whole thing is made void. Woohoo! There are people who still acknowledge the Constitution as real, as important, as our guiding legal document. There is hope! Thanks be to God! (Well, there was always hope. But this is encouraging. Very encouraging.)

Let us continue to pray for our leaders, that the Lord will open their hearts and minds more and ever more to His Truth and Goodness and Mercy and Beauty and LOVE. Peace be with you.

I didn’t have to drive nearly a thousand miles to get to Washington D.C. Nope, I could have driven about 750 miles to get here, but I made an unexpected (and unnecessary) detour when I took I-75 instead of I-40 outside of Knoxville. (Sigh.) But that was a minor problem and one solved by backtracking (and a little fuming and venting). The problem of the trampling of the right to life is not so easily solved. But without this basic and foundational right, no other right is possible or even exists. Without the right to life, you have no rights whatsoever. And if we deny that right to anyone now, we are putting nails in our own coffins in the not-so-distant future. Nails in coffins for ourselves and our children and our parents and our friends. Continue reading

I received action alert notices today in my email. I’d like to share a couple of links with you, quote some words from one of the emails, then add some words of my own in closing. Thank you for taking the time to read this. And thank you for taking action after reading. There are lives to be saved. This is urgent. Please read. Please act. Now. Continue reading

Support healthcare that respects the life and dignity of all people
Support healthcare that respects the life and dignity of all people

Update, March 6, 2010: I’ve been listening to Judie Brown and others from the American Life League and reading Mrs. Brown’s book, Saving Those Damned Catholics (on sale right now at ALL’s store, see link), and I gotta tell you. I thought the bishops were doing a better job than she thinks they were. And she’s in a position to know a whole lot more about it than I am. Her book is an eye-opener, as was her appearance on EWTN‘s The World Over. She sure gave Sr. Carol Keehan an earful that night, I’ll give her that! (Sr. is a Daughter of Charity and is CEO and President of the Catholic Health Association.) I’m not saying Mrs. Brown was rude to Sr. Keehan because she wasn’t. But she didn’t let her get away with anything either. Want to see what I mean? Watch the video. Listen to or download the audio.

Join the efforts of the U.S. Catholic Bishops in supporting health care that respects the life and dignity of all people. Go to the USCCB healthcare resources page and get web banners for your blog or site, download PDF flyers to email or print out to give to your parish for bulletin inserts. And please use the link on the right side of the page to email your congressmen and congresswomen now!

This is one of the most disgusting things I’ve read lately.

Scripture neither condemns nor prohibits abortion. It does, however, call us to act compassionately and justly when facing difficult moral decisions. Scriptural commitment to the most marginalized means that pregnancy, childbearing, and abortion should be safe for all women. Continue reading

We’ve all heard people around us who claim to be Catholic and yet express views that are absolutely at odds with the teachings of Christ and His Church. If this confuses you, you’re not alone. But the true Catholic view can be known. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website contains a section devoted specifically to the issue of healthcare and healthcare reform. The full statement of the position of the bishops is available for all to read* and print out if they like (less than 5 pages in my print preview). Continue reading