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No Compromise

George Weigel

Calling the HHS mandate "illegal and unjust" and a threat of "unprecedented magnitude," the US Catholic bishops have issued a strong declaration of unified opposition to the Obama administration's assault on religious liberty.

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National Review Online / March 15, 2012

Religious Freedom IS Social Justice

George Weigel

Some of Obama's cheerleaders among the Catholic Left are calling for the bishops to cave on the HHS "accommodation." The bishops can best defend religious liberty and social justice by standing strong and seeing the HHS "contraceptive" mandate defeated.

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National Review Online / March 12, 2012

God Save the Queen

George Weigel

On February 6, Queen Elizabeth II marked her diamond jubilee, an achievement that Great Britain will celebrate throughout 2012. On need not be a monarchist to join in saluting the Queen, who embodies several qualities that are in short supply among twenty-first century public figures.

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Syndicated Column / March 7, 2012

Obama’s Contraception Spin Machine

George Weigel

The Obama administration still seems to think that the Catholic bishops can be logrolled into accepting a hollow "accommodation" on the HHS mandate. The White House will find that they have quite underestimated the bishops' resolve in this fight which boils down to first principles.

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National Review Online / March 8, 2012

The Battle Continues, Beyond Rush

George Weigel

The media echo chamber may continue to reverberate with Rush Limbaugh's stupidities. But the real battle for religious liberty continues, and, as it moves towards the courts, it looks more and more like a battle that can and will be won. The issue is clear, and the Catholic bishops are all-in.

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National Review Online / March 5, 2012

The Catholic Diaspora and the Tragedy of Liberal Catholicism

George Weigel

That liberal Catholics have given political cover to a gross infringement on religious freedom by a federal government represents a tragic betrayal of the best in the liberal Catholic heritage in the U.S., even as it illustrates the utter incoherence into which post-conciliar liberal Catholicism in America has tragically fallen.

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Syndicated Column / February 29, 2012

What Would Father Richard Say?

George Weigel

Father Richard John Neuhaus would have understood perfectly just what the Left was up to in the current controversies of church and state: bringing to bear social, political, and cultural pressures to sustain the irrational and immoral.

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National Review Online / March 1, 2012

HHS and Soft Totalitarianism

George Weigel

The HHS regulations announced on January 20 are an exercise in "soft totalitarianism:" an effort to eliminate the vital role in health care, education, and social service played by the institutions of civil society, unless those institutions become extensions of the state.

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Syndicated Column / February 15, 2012

The Catholic Betrayal of Religious Freedom

George Weigel

"Liberal Catholics" who refuse to grasp the threats to religious freedom posed by the Obama administration on so many fronts — the HHS mandate, the EEOC's recently rejected attempt to strip the "ministerial exemption" from employment law, the State Department's dumbing-down of religious freedom to a mere "freedom of worship" — are betraying the best of their own heritage.

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National Review Online / February 20, 2012

Divide and Conquer?

George Weigel

Everyone understands that the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of New York, speaks for the Church in the United States in a singular way, especially when he speaks for a united bishops' conference on matters of first principles. Everyone, that is, but the Obama White House.

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National Review Online / February 15, 2012

Catholic Bishops: Don’t Revise, Rescind

George Weigel

The Catholic Bishops have made clear that the Obama Administration's war on religious liberty is one they are determined to fight and win, legislatively and/or judicially, and they will do so with the solidarity of allies across the American religious spectrum.

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National Review Online / February 11, 2012

The Libertine Police State

George Weigel

The sexual revolution distorts everything that gets in its way; and in due course, it will persecute anything that gets in its way.

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National Reveiw Online / February 13, 2012