Nov. 29, 2013 10:00am
Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie (The Catholic Association)
Dr. Christie was born in Miami, Florida to Cuban immigrant parents. At the age of five she moved to Guadalajara, Mexico while her mother studied medicine. She did her primary schooling there and returned to Miami at the age of twelve. She graduated from Columbia University in 1991 and the University of Miami Medical School in 1995, where she did her residency and fellowship. She sub-specialized in Musculoskeletal Radiology. She married a fellow medical student and had her first child during medical school, her second during residency, and her third during her fellowship. She had her fourth child while in private practice and adopted a fifth from China.
Our family attended the Spanish mass at our church this past Sunday, which we like to do periodically. The pews and side aisles of our largely Hispanic parish were full of parishioners representing every country in Latin America and also every socio-economic class in the U.S.
November 26, 2013
“The owners of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties are fighting for the most basic right to run their business according to their religious beliefs. They stand for the 200 and counting plaintiffs who should not have to choose between their faith or crippling fines. That their cases have made it all the way to the Supreme Court is not a surprise, as the HHS mandate is an egregious violation of religious freedom.”
Ashley McGuire, Senior Fellow with The Catholic Association
November 26, 2013
“We look forward to the Green and Hahn families finally having their day before the Supreme Court. They deserve the chance to win back freedom from the abortion pill mandate, and the freedom to make a living in their family business without being forced by the government to violate their faith."
Maureen Ferguson, Senior Policy Advisor with The Catholic Association
National Review Online: Bench-Memos
November 22, 2013
By Ed Whelan
Yesterday, in Zubik v. Sebelius, federal district judge Arthur J. Schwab (Western District of Pennsylvania) entered a preliminary injunction in favor of nonprofit Catholic organizations challenging the so-called “accommodation” that the Obama administration has concocted for the HHS contraception mandate.
Until now, all the merits-related rulings on the HHS mandate have come in cases brought by owners of closely held, for-profit companies—the class of plaintiffs that the Obama administration thought undeserving of any religious-liberty protections from the mandate. Now that the accommodation rule has been finalized, the HHS mandate will apply against religious nonprofits beginning January 1. So rulings on other motions for preliminary injunctive relief should be made soon. Judge Schwab’s ruling (which I have yet to study) signals that a new wave of legal problems for the HHS mandate may be arriving.
November 21, 2013
By Ryan Scheel
The Holy Father again has shown his deep compassion and love for the sick at his weekly audience in St Peter’s Square. Showing no hesitance and displaying the living out of the Beatitudes that characterizes his Petrine ministry, Pope Francis embraced, kissed, and blessed a man with severe facial deformities. Pope Francis, while speaking with the man, gestured toward the sky in a private moment, in the midst of a crowded square. The name of the man and the cause of his disfigurement are unknown
The scene was reminiscent of another encounter the Holy Father had with a man disfigured by neurofibromatosis in St. Peter’s Square a few weeks ago that got international attention.