I read the New York Times every day for about 25 years. At this time of the year, I used to look forward to their Christmas coverage. Since some might not realize or admit that the Paper of Record has substantially changed in its coverage of religious topics, I thought a look at the Grey Lady’s Christmas coverage would offer more insight into the media’s secularism. (more…)
Yearly Archives: 2011
On December 15, 2011, The American Spectator published commentary by Catholic Advocate’s leadership on immigration reform and the Latino vote:
By Deal W. Hudson & Matt Smith
Must the GOP shoot itself in the foot over immigration?
If the GOP is to win back the White House in 2012, it cannot afford to alienate Catholic and Latino voters. Just as the shift of support from Catholic and Latino voters helped George W. Bush into the White House twice, it can do the same for Barack Obama. (more…)
On December 10, 2011, The Daily Beast/Newsweek published the following commentary written by Catholic Advocate’s leadership:
The Catholic vote is up for grabs—and more complex than ever. Deal W. Hudson and Matt Smith, leaders in Catholic political advocacy, explain how either party could win it next year.
Candidates seeking to woo Catholic voters in 2012 will be dealing with political dynamics far more complicated than any since 1980. Since the Reagan years, when it became clear Catholic voters were up for grabs, both Democrats and Republicans have developed somewhat predictable ways of courting them. Democrats pretend settled issues like abortion and marriage are matters of private conscience, while Republicans have asserted themselves as the pro-life party. (more…)
A CALL TO CATHOLIC CITIZENSHIP
Join us in Washington D.C. on January 24, 2012
We would like to invite you to a very special day-long event in DC the day after the March for Life. The event is for Catholic voters and activists looking to get more involved in the political process, along with anyone who will be dealing with Catholic voters. In fact, several of our speakers will be prominent evangelicals who understand the crucial importance of the Catholic vote.
It’s no secret that liberal pro-abortion groups were successful in fooling Catholics in 2008. This time Catholic Advocate will stand in the way of their deceptions by helping to equip you and thousands of other activists to reach Catholic voters with the authentic social teaching of the Church about political participation. Will you join us for this important event?
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A few weeks ago, October 24, 2011, members of the mainstream media reported on a Vatican document. They invariably spin any document coming from the Vatican one way or the other, depending on whether or not it conforms to a liberal viewpoint. The latest episode occurred when the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace issued its ponderously titled “Towards Reforming the International Financial and Monetary System in the Context of Global Public Authority.”
The headlines announcing “The Vatican Calls for a World Bank” misrepresented the document itself and ignored the fact that it in no way represented an authoritative statement of Church teaching. The next step in the media comment was, of course, to link the release of the document with the Occupy Wall Street movement which was just beginning to gain momentum.
Those who comment responsibly and knowledgeably on Vatican matters did what they always do — publish their corrective columns the following day, explaining how a document from a particular Vatican council should not be misrepresented by the American media as something akin to the papal encyclical. But, by then, the damage is usually done. One of these columns, however, appeared only a few days ago and deserves our attention at Catholic Advocate. (more…)
In his commencement address at Notre Dame on May 17, 2009, President Obama called for an unprecedented common ground for those with differing beliefs, but his actions have undermined that hopeful sentiment. Watch the video below to learn more.
On Thursday, October 13, 2011, the House of Representatives passed the Protect Life Act. H.R. 358 amends the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to modify special rules relating to coverage of abortion services.
The bill received bipartisan support with 15 Democrats and 236 Republicans voting for the Protect Life Act. Two Republicans and 170 Democrats voted no. Three Republicans and seven Democrats did not vote. Continue reading to see how your Member of Congress voted. (more…)
Having been actively involved in politics at all levels for the last half century, I have never seen such unconcern and political disregard for Coptic Christians in the Middle East as I have the past two years. While the Associated Press has covered the brutality and horrific mistreatment of Christians in the Middle East, U.S. foreign policy has expressed very little concern, while our political officials have remained silent. Has American foreign policy lost it’s moral compass, or do our leaders think that the people of our country no longer care about anything other than themselves? (more…)
New York’s 9th Congressional District has been in Democratic hands since the Harding Administration. So Republican Robert Turner’s victory last month is worthy of discussion.
Much commentary focused on the Orthodox Jewish rejection of President Obama’s Israeli policy. While accurate, this reporting failed to account for the impact of two crucial demographics, and thus does not adequately assess what this election means for today’s electorate. (more…)