Catholic Church

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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

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

Nefarious Narratives in the Catholic Abortion Conflict

Recent months have seen a rekindling of the abortion wars, particularly in Catholic political rhetoric. In the process, we have seen that master narratives about abortion from both the Left and the Right can be equally pernicious. This spring’s controversy at Notre Dame offered a clear glimpse of the Right’s master narrative, which equates Catholic … Continue reading

Heartbreak, Hope, and Notre Dame: Legitimacy and Catholic Identity in the Public Square

This spring has been marked by both heartbreak and hope for many U.S. Catholics. The heartbreak came as, in the name of Catholic faith, too many bishops joined their voices to the protest against the University of Notre Dame’s recent honoring of President Obama. I call this heartbreaking because the actions of these bishops helped … Continue reading

Notre Dame and Catholic Embarrassment

But the true embarrassment for Catholics is that the leaders of our Church are buying into this misleading and harmful rhetoric, and thereby lending it false legitimacy….Politicizing Catholic identity harms not only our Church, but also our nation and, in this increasingly globalized society, our world. Continue reading

The Rhetoric of Outrage: “Good vs. Evil” and the Notre Dame Commencement Controversy

The value in understanding the rhetoric at work in the Notre Dame controversy is not limited to one commencement address; this situation points to a larger cultural issue, both in the Catholic Church and in American society. Continue reading


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