Kari J. Tremeryn

Kari J. Tremeryn has written 14 posts for Religious Rhetorics

Paternalism and the “Contraception Mandate”

One response to my previous post – in which I critiqued the widespread Catholic outrage over HHS’ so-called “contraception mandate” – deserves its own follow-up, because it gets to the heart of a lot of objections raised in the Catholic world about health insurance coverage of reproductive services in general, and specifically about this latest … Continue reading

Political outrage and the false “War on Catholics”

I have been trying – for the sake of my dissertation, spiritual equanimity, and marriage – to ignore what I see as false outrage over the recent Health & Human Services mandate that Catholic hospitals and similar religiously affiliated employers provide their employees with the same access to contraception as secular employers are required to … Continue reading

Archbishop Dolan gives us a geography lesson

Today, the New York Daily News carried a story (“NY’s top Catholic officials seek to halt Senate vote on legalizing gay marriage”) about Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s latest effort against New York’s pending same-sex marriage legislation. The story cites a blog post by the archbishop himself, published today, which I decided to check out for myself. … Continue reading

Whose outrage?

Yesterday, just in time for Pride,The Boston Globe ran an article titled “Canceled Mass outrages gays.” From the contents of the article, it seems to have been mis-titled. A more appropriate headline may have run, “Parish’s ‘All are welcome’ Mass outrages anonymous conservative Catholic bloggers.” Because the story the article actually tells is quite different. Susan … Continue reading

A new day for Religious Rhetorics

Hi folks. It’s a new day for Religious Rhetorics. Our model up till now — longer, more thorough posts — was simply not sustainable for either of us time-wise, resulting in some serious blog neglect. So we’re remaking the site — the first sign of which is the new look. While our overall emphasis — … Continue reading

The Clash of Frames in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate

We’ve fallen rather behind here at Religious Rhetorics – our one-post-a-month goal long since replaced by grad school pragmatism and prioritization. I think it may be more realistic to simply boldly announce that we will post “occasionally” – ever holding to an ideal of frequency and regularity, but conscious of (and, alas, often distracted by) … Continue reading

RSA: Catholic Identity and Abortion as a Political Legitimation Strategy in the 2009 Notre Dame Commencement Controversy

Again, as I did in November, I’m posting a relevant academic conference paper, with the accompanying increase in length and change in style (see my November 10, 2009 post for more on this). It always seems like a shame for a paper’s audience to be limited to whoever is sitting in the room during its … Continue reading

NCA: Abortion Criminalization as a Master Narrative in U.S. Catholic Political Rhetoric

Here’s one more – as prepared for presentation on November 14, 2009, at the 95th Annual National Communication Association Convention in Chicago, IL (“Discourses of Stability and Change”). In a November 8, 2009 article in Time magazine, Amy Sullivan writes, The leaders of the Roman Catholic Church traditionally couch even the harshest disagreements in decorous, … Continue reading

NCA: Catholic Social Teaching and the Abortion Reduction Counterstory in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election

This is a different kind of post than our usual Religious Rhetorics material. It is, rather, a relevant academic conference paper. This has the advantage of both adding more material to RR (otherwise, as evidenced by the rate of posts of late, somewhat difficult during the semester) and increasing the audience for our academic work. … Continue reading

Buttiglione and the Abortion ‘Battle’

(Cross-posted at Vox Nova.) In this piece, I’d like to reflect on recent developments in Italy, which offer both an important model for U.S. Catholics’ political involvement, as well as an opportunity for self-reflection within the American pro-life movement. After a July 15 legislative victory in which pro-choice and pro-life members of the Italian parliament … Continue reading


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