Showing posts with label Religious Freedom. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Religious Freedom. Show all posts

Monday, November 5, 2012

Archbishop Chaput on the politics of secularism

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput talks about religious freedom and the roles of religion and secularism in politics, in this video from Catholic News Service:

(Found on the New Advent blog.)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Helen Alvaré on Religious Freedom and Sexual Liberationism

In this video from the Franciscan University of Steubenville's Distinguished Speakers Series, Dr. Helen Alvaré convincingly argues that the ideology of "sexualityism" (or sexual liberationism or sexual libertinism) is the biggest opponent of religious freedom in the West today.

Content Warning: This video contains frank discussions of sexuality and sexual morality, and would not be appropriate for children.

Here is the video description from YouTube:

Dr. Helen Alvaré, professor of law at George Mason School of Law, delivers the annual Henkels Lecture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series. Her talk, "Religious Freedom and Sexual Liberationism," looked at how secular society's interpretation of birth control, co-habitation, and abortion as the new norms has generated an incredible mistrust among the sexes.

You can find more videos from Franciscan University of Steubenville on their YouTube channel.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Short and Simple HHS Mandate Video

Here is a very short and simple video explaining the problem with the HHS mandate:

The video was produced by the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and I found the video on the Aggie Catholics blog.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Fr. Robert Barron on Religious Liberty

Again, I'm starting to catch up on Fr. Barron's videos. This is an excellent short talk on religious liberty:

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Video from the Archdiocese of Washington on the Religious Freedom Lawsuit

This video from the Archdiocese of Washington explains the archdiocese's participation in the recent wave of lawsuits filed by Catholic organizations against the U.S. government over the HHS contraception mandate:

I thought that the video was great, except that she focused on the rights of religious organizations only. I would have liked to see some mention also of the rights of Catholic laymen and laywomen who own secular businesses, who also should be not be required to pay for products and procedures that they find morally objectionable.

(Found on the Archdiocese of Washington blog.)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Catholic Women Speak Out Against the HHS Contraception Mandate

This video is long, and I haven't watched the whole thing yet, but what I have seen so far is good:

Here is the video description from YouTube:

On February 27th, 2012, the Catholic Information Center in Washington DC hosted a panel discussion, wherein five women with varied backgrounds argued against the Health and Human Services mandate that would require Catholic institutions to provide contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortifacients in their health insurance policies.

Friday, March 16, 2012

U.S. Bishops on the HHS Mandate's Threat to Religious Liberty

Several bishops speak on the current threat to religious liberty in the United States. This video was posted a month ago, but unfortunately it is still very relevant:

(Found at The American Catholic.)

Friday, March 2, 2012

Religious Liberty

This video covers the religious liberty problems with the HHS contraception mandate, but puts the blame squarely on the larger issue, which is Obamacare:

(Found on The American Catholic.)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

HHS Contraception Mandate: Contact Your Senators Today!

The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act tomorrow, March 1, 2012. This act would protect the religious freedom of Catholic organizations, by proctecting them from the contraception mandate that was recently imposed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

As you probably already know, this mandate is a big deal. It is a clear violation of the rights of religious liberty as found in the first amendment to the U.S. Constition. If it allowed to stand, it will impose large fines on Catholic hospitals, Catholic universities, Catholic media organizations, and other Catholic organizations who are unwilling to go against the Catholic faith by paying for contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilizations. Francis Cardinal George of Chicago has even said that Catholic hospitals and other Catholic organizations will be forced either to renounce their Catholic identity or to go out of business, if the mandate is not changed. Here is part of Cardinal George's recent column:

If you haven’t already purchased the Archdiocesan Directory for 2012, I would suggest you get one as a souvenir. On page L-3, there is a complete list of Catholic hospitals and health care institutions in Cook and Lake counties. Each entry represents much sacrifice on the part of medical personnel, administrators and religious sponsors. Each name signifies the love of Christ to people of all classes and races and religions. Two Lents from now, unless something changes, that page will be blank.

(Read the entire column here.)

I contacted both of my senators yesterday about my opposition to the HHS contraception mandate, and my support for the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. If you are in the United States, have you contacted your senators yet? If not, please call their offices today. Just go to and select your state to find your two senators. Or find out more from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops here or here (the second link is a PDF file).

And yes this is still a video blog, so finally, here are two videos on this topic:

(Videos found on

Friday, February 17, 2012

Bishop Lori testifies before Congress: The parable of the kosher deli

Bishop William Lori is the bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and he is also the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty. Bishop Lori testified yesterday before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, in regard to the HHS contraception mandate. In his testimony, Bishop Lori used a modern-day parable to illustrate how the contraception mandate violates religious liberty:

The full text of Bishop Lori's testimony can be read here.

UPDATE: The embedded video was working fine earlier today, but it has since stopped working. If it is still not working, you can try this link to view the video at, or you can view the YouTube version of the video, which I am embedding below:

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fr. Barron: The HHS Mandate is Anti-Catholic and Un-American

Fr. Barron lays out the disturbing agenda of modern secular liberalism with respect to religious institutions:

He correctly diagnoses the larger issue of the HHS contraception mandate -- namely that modern secular liberalism seeks to push religion out of the public square.

Fr. Barron comments further in this follow-up video:

Another Petition Protesting the HHS Contraception Mandate

From the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty:

Click here to view and sign the petition.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

HHS Contraception Mandate

NOTE: I have added some updates at the end of this post.

I have intended for a few weeks now to post some videos about the recent contraception mandate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In the unlikely event that you haven't heard about this mandate, essentially the issue is as follows:

As part of the "Obamacare" health care law, the Department of Health and Human Services has defined contraception, sterilization, and even abortifacient "emergency contraception" as preventive care which must be covered in all employer-sponsored health plans. Most religious organizations are not exempt from this requirement, meaning that organizations such as Catholic universities, Catholic charities, and Catholic hospitals must choose either to pay for medicines and procedures which they believe are morally wrong, or stop providing health insurance coverage for their employees and pay a steep fine to the government.

Obviously, the first option (providing contraception) is not an option that a Catholic individual or a Catholic organization can follow without violating the teachings of the church. And the second option is clearly unjust, because it prevents Catholics and Catholic organizations from providing health care coverage to their employees, and penalizes them monetarily for not being willing to violate their consciences. This HHS mandate is a clear violation of the religious liberty of Catholics, or of anyone whose religion teaches that these medicines and procedures are morally wrong.

To read more about this mandate, I would recommend starting with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' web page on the HHS mandate, as well as the National Catholic Register for ongoing news coverage.

And of course, since this blog is focused on Catholic videos, I do have some videos on this issue. First, here is Archbishop and Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan of New York on CBS News:

Ave Maria University states that they will not comply with the contraception mandate:

And here is Fr. Barron's commentary on the contraception mandate, in which he replies to some commentators who favor the mandate:

Finally, there are several petitions that people can sign, including the following:

Online petition at, courtesy of Ave Maria Radio
Online petition at
"Stop the Birth Control Mandate" petition
Becket Fund for Religious Liberty Petition

UPDATE 1: Here is one more video, from the Archdiocese of St. Louis, which I found on the Aggie Catholics blog:

UPDATE 2 (Feb. 11, 2012): Yesterday, President Obama offered an "accommodation," essentially saying that religious employers who provide health insurance to their employees must still purchase plans that provide free contraception, but the contraception will be paid for by the insurance company rather than by the employer. Of course this is merely a change in semantics, not a change in the actual situation. The insurance companies do not magically create money with which to pay for these "free" contraceptives; rather the contraceptives must be paid for with the premiums paid by their customers -- including religious employers. Thankfully, it does not appear that the Catholic bishops or many Catholic religious organizations are buying this. Here is the most recent statement from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and here is a video statement from Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa, Oklahoma:

Thursday, August 18, 2011

World Youth Day Video: Freedom of Religion and Other Topics

Several speakers are featured in this video from this year's World Youth Day in Madrid, including Archbishop Charles Chaput, Carl Anderson (supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus), Fr. Thomas Rosica, Helen Alvaré, and a filmmaker whose name I missed. The topics include religion and the media, freedom of religion, secularism, and legal issues around family and sexuality.

For links to more World Youth Day videos and information, please see my earlier post. And in case any advertisements appear in this video, I will repeat the following disclaimer:

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UPDATE: I watched this video in another browser without ad-blocking software, and indeed it does have advertisements (a short commercial at the beginning, and a pop-up ad that displays at the bottom of the video, but that you can close). The ones I saw were not objectionable, but different people may see different ads. If you want to block the ads, you can try using Mozilla Firefox with Adblock Plus; that has worked for me.