This is the second annual Fortnight called by the U.S. Catholic Bishops. It was precipitated by the Obama Government’s HHS Mandate, which kicks in on August 1st. What is the president saying with his Mandate? Here is what he is saying: human life is a disease. It must be contained. It is not the fruit of loving relationships. It is the hindrance to your fulfillment, not the source of your fulfillment. Even more, the president is saying that willful infertility is healthy.

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I heard a small town doctor talk last night. He is a general practitioner. In small towns, doctors do a lot, everything from delivering babies to repairing hernias to removing gall bladders. I asked him how much surgical sterilization for women costs. Take a guess. The president tells us insurance companies must provide if for “free” …

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“My generation thinks Romney and the Republicans are wrong on women’s issues.” The thirty-something woman who said this to me over Thanksgiving voted for Mr. Romney. I tried to clarify what she meant by “women’s issues.”

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A new Pew survey reveals a remarkable shift in Catholic voting preference since 2008. Then, Democrats enjoyed an 8 point advantage with Catholic voters. Since then, they’ve lost 17 points, giving Republicans a nine point cushion with Catholic voters.

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Mark your calendar. This was a watershed day in America. This was the day the faithful struck back. Two events coalesced on Wednesday. One was the “Occupy Chick-Fil-A” event. This was much different than Occupy Wall Street where folks gathered in droves to revile the productive and besmirch public property. The second was the implementation of the HHS Mandate …

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I received a critical e-mail last week. It said: “So by you demanding that Obama follow the tenets of the Catholic church, you are taking away the religious rights of other Christians and the rights of those who do not believe in the Christian God. I do not want my government telling me which theology to follow.” Here is what I said …

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Perhaps, it’s time to push back. Take the HHS contraception mandate. All Catholics are asking is to be free to practice our faith in our daily lives out in the world. However, the secularists claim we’re actually trying to impose our morals on them. How? By not letting them trample our Constitutional right to free exercise of religion?

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