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USCCB's New Doc on Religious Freedom

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The USCCB this morning released the text of a new document from its ad hoc Committee on Religious Liberty. The document, entitled, “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” takes the recent debate over the HHS mandates and brings the discussion to the 35,000 foot level, surveying the landscape more broadly and making the case that the issue of religious liberty is urgent and warrants the attention of both the Church and the nation.

Cong. Ryan's Faulty Understanding of Subsidiarity

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Heresy has been defined as “a truth run amok.” That definition came to mind when I heard Cong. Paul Ryan argue during a Christian Broadcasting Network interview that his budget proposals are consonant with Catholic social teaching. Ryan has happened upon the traditional Catholic notion of subsidiarity to justify his position and, for good measure, he also invokes the Church’s preferential option for the poor, but gives that teaching a peculiarly laissez-faire slant. Here is the full quote:

A person’s faith is central to how they conduct themselves in public and in private. So to me, using my Catholic faith, we call it the social magisterium, which is how do you apply the doctrine of your teaching into your everyday life as a lay person?

Santorum Drops Out

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I will say this about Rick Santorum: It was sorta fun having him as a candidate if for no other reason than because he gave moderation a good name by staking out extreme positions, and articulating those positions with such unfettered certainty. Bad ideas deserve bad prophets, and in the Santorum candidacy, today's theocratic GOP found its perfect epitomization.

Fundamentalist Inquisition

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And you thought that we RCs were the only ones who had to contend with the neo-Inquisitors at the Cardinal Newman Society. Turns out the nation's largest evangelical university, Liberty University, in Lynchburg, Va., is debating whether or not to revoke an invitation to megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll, whose writings on human sexuality have made some fundamentalists cringe. You can read the story here.

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