Letters & Op-Eds - 2017

The bishops are right about free speech – this time

Regarding the Dec. 21 Metro article “Metro’s Christmas bus-ad ban is upheld,” about the Archdiocese of Washington’s failed court appeal to stop the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority from blocking Christmas ads: I found the bishops’ newfound defense of free speech fascinating, considering that 16 years ago the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops tried to […]

Jon O'Brien

Austin American-Statesman Commentary: Helping immigrants should not mean denying them care

The immigrant community is deeply committed to the values that this country works to uphold — values that brought many of us to this nation. The idea of the United States as a beacon for those fleeing persecution is deeply held by many communities, including many of those who come to the United States seeking […]

Chicago Sun-Times LETTERS: As Catholics and mothers, we support abortion rights bill

As mothers and grandmothers, we care deeply about the future of Illinois, which is what first drove us into public office. We are committed to the women and children of our state — because we know they often bear the heaviest burden when bad policies hurt working families. As Catholics, we share an abiding commitment […]

The Hill The Hill: Foes of birth control mandate deny Americans care

On May 4, President Trump stood in the Rose Garden with a select group of ultraconservative religious figures who have entered into a marriage of convenience with his administration to carve out religious exemptions in federal law so that they can discriminate against and deny people care. In their editorial on this matter, Alveda King […]

Sara Hutchinson Ratcliffe and Marcela Howell

Tampa Bay Times Wednesday’s letters: Bishops’ agenda lacks a majority

This weekend the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will convene in Orlando to continue to evaluate their role in U.S. policy. Very simply, that role should be minimized. As chair of the Florida Interfaith Coalition for Reproductive Health, I can tell you that the bishops’ discriminatory agenda does not represent the views or theological positions […]

Kate Lannamann

Baltimore Sun Catholic bishops’ agenda hurts families

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is kicking off its annual Fortnight for Freedom in Baltimore tomorrow in a celebratory mood. Every year, the bishops present this event as an effort to defend religious liberty. But we’ve seen over five years its real intent: to galvanize the Catholic hierarchy around an agenda to […]

Alaska Dispatch News Singling out is unjust, immoral

Rep. David Eastman’s claim that Alaska’s state funding for abortion incentivizes women to get pregnant and seek abortion services is offensive, stigmatizing and ignorant of the injustice that low-income women experience. A woman facing financial hardship deserves the same respect for decisions about her pregnancy as a woman with means. Existing barriers to abortion care […]

The Hill Hyde restrictions affect poor most

Steph Herold is absolutely right in her April 17 piece, “Yes, taxpayer dollars should fund abortions.” While many Americans are understandably seized with protecting federal funding for contraception and other essential healthcare, we should not lose sight of the fact that federal restrictions on abortion funding are simply unjust. The Hyde Amendment does nothing but […]

Jon O'Brien

Spiked ‘I Decide’: Jane Roe and the Struggle for Autonomy

I wasn’t the wrong person to become Jane Roe, I wasn’t the right person to become Jane Roe. I was just the person who became Jane Roe, of Roe v Wade.’ (I Am Roe: My Life, Roe v Wade, and Freedom of Choice, by Norma McCorvey and Andy Meisler, 1994.) On 18 February, Norma Leah […]

Jon O'Brien

Religion News Service Why this Catholic will not join the March for Life

Some groups that identify as anti-abortion feminists created a small hullabaloo at the post-inaugural Women’s March. They say it was wrong to exclude them just because they disagree with the organizers on a key plank — that a woman has the right to choose an abortion, follow her own conscience and be trusted to decide […]

Jon O'Brien

Independent As a Catholic, I find Donald Trump’s anti-abortion legislation disgusting

I wrote last year that “In the end, Donald J Trump, the unorthodox candidate, is no different than any other Republican establishment candidate” when it comes to a woman’s right to choose. I would have liked to have been proven wrong. But just three days into his term, President Trump is doubling down on ultra-conservative Republican dogma. […]

Jon O'Brien

National Catholic Reporter No Compromise?

Fr. Thomas Reese misses the target in “Time for compromise on gay rights and religious freedom,” (NCR, Dec. 30, 2016-Jan 12, 2017). To begin, perpetuating the false narrative that pits those who fight for civil rights and the vast majority of people of faith against each other is historically wrong. People of faith have always […]

Glenn Northern
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