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Pope Francis' Pregnant Remarks

Pope Francis' Pregnant Remarks

"Life" Issues, autonomy, Christian Church, Christianity, Church, conservatism, contraception, critical judgment, Ethics, Ideology, Religion, Sexuality, Spirituality, Theology
For progressives – really, for anyone who is on a first-name basis with the 21st century – it’s been a rough ride so far with Pope Francis. There was initial giddiness about stories concerning his carrying his own luggage and paying his own hotel bill. (Had we really set the bar so low that paying your own hotel bill was seen as a tectonic change in matters ecclesial?) Later, there were more tangible indicators of Francis’ departure from both the style and the substance of his predecessors. Other Popes had critiqued capitalism, but Francis did so in conspicuously sharper terms, sharp enough, in fact, to set many of the junkyard dogs of Fox News and right-wing talk radio baying for fresh meat. And his famous remark about the “heaven-worthiness” of LGBTQ people and even atheists at least fli
Womb With a View Redux — Part 2

Womb With a View Redux — Part 2

ACA / Obamacare, autonomy, Christianity, Church, conflict, conservatism, Consitution, contraception, critical judgment, culture, employer mandate, First Amendment, Freedom, Healthcare, Hobby Lobby, Ideology, secularism, Sexuality, Spirituality, Theology, Tolerance, Women
For part 1 of this post, see https://beguineagain.com/2014/08/14/womb-with-a-view-redux-part-1/ (Correction: In part 1 of this post, I referred to “36 other substances / devices for contraception”. The correct number should be 14 other methods. The ACA contraception mandate covers 18, not 40, contraceptive methods (20 total, but 18 for women) approved by the FDA, 4 of which were at issue in the Hobby Lobby case.) All that said, however, we must also acknowledge that by no means are all the problems with the Hobby Lobby ruling “pseudo”. Some are both significant and real, such as … o The real (potential) problem of the case for Hobby Lobby being argued and decided on a statutory rather than constitutional basis  As paradoxical as it perhaps may sound at first, the fact that the Hobby
Womb With a View Redux — Part 1

Womb With a View Redux — Part 1

ACA / Obamacare, autonomy, Christianity, conflict, Consitution, contraception, critical judgment, culture, employer mandate, Ethics, Freedom, Healthcare, Hobby Lobby, Ideology, Philosophy, Politics, Religion, republic, secularism, separation of Church and State, Sexuality, Spirituality, Theology, Tolerance, Women
In the month or so since the Supreme Court rendered its opinion in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, I have decided that the Hobby Lobby decision is easy to hate in the short-term but easy to … if not love, exactly … at least easy to tolerate in the long term. It really is not as bad as you perhaps have heard. I say this for several different, but related reasons that make snap judgments easy but, as is often the case, wrong in some important respects. These reasons include the history of the Federal statute, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA, usually pronounced riff-ra), according to which Hobby Lobby was decided; the pre-RFRA case law pertaining to the granting of religious exemptions to Federal (and State, though not all States have RFRAs) laws; the specific language of RFRA