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Monday
Jun182012

US Conference of Mayors Passes Resolution Affirming Women's Reproductive Rights | Cardinal Dolan Riles Irish

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The US Conference of Mayors, representing 1,200 cities across America voted on Saturday to pass a resolution in support of women’s reproductive rights and also funding for Planned Parenthood.

The mayors including its lead sponsors including Michael Bloomberg of New York City, Ed Lee of San Francisco, Mike McGinn of Seattle, Antonio Vilaraigosa of Los Angeles, Pedro Segarra of Hartford, Conn and Sam Adams of Portland, Ore organized the resolution to fight back against the wave of state and federal efforts to restrict women’s access to abortion and family planning services.

The mayors collectively agreed to fight back against these efforts to restrict women’s health care in the future, writes Laura Bassett for Huffington Post.

The resolution “affirms the importance of women’s reproductive rights” and “urges Congress and the states to pursue a positive agenda that reaffirms fundamental rights and improves women’s access to safe and comprehensive reproductive-health care.”

“When it comes to reproductive health decisions, nobody knows better than an individual woman what is best for herself and her family,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “New York City is committed to supporting a woman’s right to choose and ensuring that all New Yorkers have the information, and access to care, they need to make safe and healthy decisions.”

Mayor Bloomberg donated $250,000 of his foundation’s money to Planned Parenthood during the Komen funding crisis.

The mayors’ resolution came the day after the Obama administration lost its key ally in its controversial plan to require health insurers to provide free contraceptive coverage.

To all who can read the tea leaves, the Catholic bishops clamped down on the Catholic Health Association, which had initially supported the Obama contraception mandate compromise. Sister Carol Keehan, president and chief executive officer of the Catholic Health Association in February announced: “The Catholic Health Association is very pleased with the White House announcement that a resolution has been reached that protects the religious liberty and conscience rights of Catholic institutions.”

That announcement raised the furor of Catholic bishops weeks before the Vatican’s called American nuns a bunch of “radical feminists”.  With American nuns under investigation, the change of heart by the Catholic Health Association comes as no surprise.

On Friday Sister Keehan withdrew support for the compromise, saying the the CHA is now “deeply concerned” about the plan and that the White House “has not relieved our initial concerns.”

Cardinal Dolan Riles Ireland

Americans of every faith including Catholics aren’t the only people upset with Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Ireland’s Association of Catholic Priests has strongly protested against Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s visitation report on the Irish College in Rome.

According to the Irish Times, the association called on Ireland’s four Irish archbishops, trustees of the college, and bishops of the priests concerned, “to publicly repudiate this report in the strongest possible terms and to support the priests involved in seeking to restore their reputations”.

They protested “in the strongest possible terms against the methodology and conclusions” of Cardinal Dolan’s report and said it had “effectively destroyed the reputations of priests, who have given lifelong service to the Irish Catholic Church, without giving them a right of reply to the allegations made against them”.

They found it “unacceptable that a report to the pope, on a sensitive issue, should be conducted in such an incompetent fashion” and said “no court of law would treat people in such a way”.

The four Irish priests at the college who were recommended for dismissal by Dolan’s team argues that Cardinal Dolan was investigating the “gay-friendly” reputation at the college. Charging that the report lists no evidence at all, even stating that it found no evidence.

Sister Pat Farrell Speaks

The Washington Post reports Sister Pat Farrell, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, said today that Catholics should be able to search for answers about faith without fear. 

In the Rome meeting, Farrell said she did not ask Vatican officials in to drop their demand for reform. “I think we could clearly see in the tenor of the conversation that that was not an option,” she said. She characterized the meeting as frank and open but difficult, and said she did not leave the talk feeling any more hopeful about what’s ahead.

NH Governor Vetoes “Partial Birth” Abortion Ban

New Hampshire Governor John Lynch vetoed a state law that makes illegal a non-existent procedure known as “partial birth abortion,” saying that a federal ban already exists.Since 2003, federal law has banned late-term abortions except to protect the health of the mother.

The law required that two physicians from separate hospitals must determine that a woman’s life was in danger before performing a partial-birth abortion. Both houses say they are prepared to override the veto.

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Monday
Jun112012

Democrats Retain Arizona's Gabby Giffords' Seat | American Nuns at Vatican | Catholic Bishops Defeated in ND

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Then-representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) with Ron Barber in Tucson, Jan. 23, 2012. (Matt York / AP Photos)Democrats held their Arizona House seat in the special election to replace former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords with a win much larger than expected. Ron Barber, one of 13 people injured in the Tucson gun shots rampage that also severely injured Giffords, won his seat in an Arizona district that leans Republican.

Barber beat 30-year-old Tea Party Republican and former Iraq-serving Marine Jesse Kelly, who also lost to Giffords in 2010. The two will face off again in November. The Daily Beast writes:

Kelly, who in his earlier race against Giffords sought to diminish Social Security and Medicare, was endorsed by the controversial ALIPAC, an immigration PAC associated in news reports with extremism. In his first campaign, Kelly played to gun lovers, posing in camouflage gear and raising money by shooting a machine gun with donors who ponied up $50 each.

In his second campaign, Kelly changed his image to family man and Republican businessman who would grow the economy and kill Obamacare. He posed in ads with his grandfather, vowing to preserve Social Security and Medicare.

Busy Bishops Update

LCWR President Sister Pat Farrell and executive director Janet Mock at the Vatican yesterday. Both sides in the discord between American nuns and the Vatican described yesterday’s talks in Rome as open and cordial. But the Vatican wasted no time in reiterating that it expects the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) to change its way to energetically promote church doctrine “as Faithfully taught through the ages”, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The Vatican charges that the LCWR has been “silent” on those issues that are most important to the church leadership: abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality and the ordination of women.

The LCWR has received an overwhelming demonstration of support from ordinary Catholics, theologians and many religious orders who praised the work of American nuns in helping the poor and sick and educating millions of youngsters.

Related reading:

Franciscan friars back American nuns in Vatican spat USA Today

Are Catholic bishops abandoning nonpartisanship in contraception battle? LA Times

Religious freedom measure soundly defeated Grand Forks Herald

Monday
Jun042012

Independent Voters Surge | Major Polarization on Safety Nets & Environment | Sister Margaret A. Farley Denounced

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A new report from Pew Research Center says that almost four in ten Americans — 38 percent — currently identify themselves as independents. This number is up significantly from the 32 percent of Americans who considered themselves independents in 2008.

32 percent of poll responders considered themselves Democrats and 24 percent say they are Republicans. As Pew reveals, partisan polarization has surged in the Bush, Obama years. Even among independents, there is polarization.

Two areas in which Republican support for government policies has plummeted is in support for safety nets and also environmental action.

Paycheck Fairness Act

The Senate is scheduled to vote tomorrow on passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act. The bill is doomed after the House voted not to consider it last week, and it’s expected to fail in the Senate. The bill would require companies to justify the wages they pay men and women, and show that differences in pay for the same work with similar tenure are not due to gender. 

The Hill reports that “Republicans and many business groups are opposed to the bill, in large part because it threatens penalties for different wage scales that might be legitimate and have nothing to do with the gender of the employee.”

Bad Sister Farley

An American nun who taught Christian ethics at Yale Divinity School, is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and an award-winning scholar was denounced today by the Vatican’s doctrinal office.

At issue is Sister Margaret A. Farley’s book ‘Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics’, reports the NYTimes

I can only clarify that the book was not intended to be an expression of current official Catholic teaching, nor was it aimed specifically against this teaching. It is of a different genre altogether.”

The book, she said, offers “contemporary interpretations” of justice and fairness in human sexual relations, moving away from a “taboo morality” and drawing on “present-day scientific, philosophical, theological, and biblical resources.”

In 2011, the doctrine committee of the United Stated bishops condemned ‘Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God,’ by Fordham University professor of theology Sister Elizabeth A. Johnson.

In her book, Sister Farley wrote positively about female masturbation, saying that it “usually does not raise any moral questions at all.” Wrong!