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  • The Prodigal Father: Benedict XVI on Fathering

    via Catholic Exchange

    by Dave McClow

    Dave McclowThe “prodigal father” is the story of our time.  It is the story of fatherlessness in our families.  Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is and has always been highly aware of the crisis of fatherhood and its implications for society (see my previous blog).  He knows that when fatherhood is gutted, “something in the basic structure of human existence has been damaged” (The God of Jesus Christ, p. 29).  But he is also supremely insightful about what happens in the family, both positively and negatively, because of fathers! Let’s start out with the problems:

    Prodigal Fatherhood

    “A theologian has said that to­day we ought to supplement the story of the Prodigal Son with that of the prodigal father. Fathers are often entirely occupied by their work and give more wholehearted attention to their work than to their child, more to achievement than to gifts, and to the tasks implied by those gifts. But the loss of involvement of the father also causes grave inner damage to the sons” (God and the World, pp. 274-275).

    I’m not sure why he leaves out daughters, but the effect is just as devastating for daughters.  Are you leaving behind the gift of your children for busy-ness or business?  Are you too task and achievement oriented?  Part of this over-focus is the religious nature of our masculinity—our natural inclination toward sacrifice for a cause.  This is masculine spirituality that is often not acknowledged by men or women.  If men can’t relate to God as men, they turn to things which are not ultimate—that is, to things Scripture calls idols.  This is why work, hobbies, and sports can become all-consuming.

    Fear is another component of turning to non-ultimate things.  Sometimes a lot of men view the murky waters of relationships and emotions at home like a foreign country to be feared. They would rather turn elsewhere to feel like a success.  We need to invoke my vote for St. John Paul II’s #2 motto (after “Totus Tuus, Totally yours, Mary”), “Be not afraid!”  We need to have courage!  There is nothing wrong with work, hobbies, or sports, but they must be rightly ordered—they must not take precedence over people or God.  Even virtues in the extremes become vice.

    As Pope, Benedict XVI includes in the problem list broken families, worries,jesus fatherhood and money problems, along with “the distracting invasion of the media” in our daily life.  All of these things “can stand in the way of a calm and constructive relationship between father and child.” “It is not easy for those who have experienced an excessively authoritarian and inflexible father or one who was indifferent and lacking in affection, or even absent, to think serenely of God and to entrust themselves to him with confidence” (General Audience, January 30, 2013).

    Zeus

    He nails the problems of modern life including technology; and the perennial problems of fathers who can be excessively rigid, indifferent, lacking in affection, or even absent.  These things damage our view of God and make it difficult to trust.  Next, as Cardinal Ratzinger, he contrasts two very different fathers: Zeus and God the Father.

    If we look for a moment at pagan mythologies, then the father-god Zeus, for instance, is portrayed as moody, unpredictable, and willful: the father does incorporate power and authority, but without the corresponding degree of responsibility, the limitation of power through justice and kindness (God and the World, pp. 274-275).

    If you are the kind of father who wants your kids to obey just because you’re the father, you’re in the Zeus camp, which uses the power and authority of the role without the responsibility which limits that power through justice and kindness.  This father uses domination and fear to lord it over the kids and demands obedience.  Consequently, because they don’t like the master/slave relationship, the kids usually have a temper problem and find ways to rebel.  Or as Protestant apologist Josh McDowell has aptly put it, “Rules without relationship leads to rebellion.”  The master/slave idea is found more in Islam, a word which means submission. Allah is not a loving Father—in fact, this idea is blasphemous to a Muslim.  Allah is an all-powerful God who must be obeyed.

    God the Father as our Model

    Zeus shows us how not to be a good father.  The Pope Emeritus says that Scripture helps us know of “a God who shows us what it really means to be ‘father’; and it is the Gospel, especially, which reveals to us this face of God as a Father who loves” (General Audience, January 30, 2013). The Father uses power and responsibility with justice and kindness, which is a more relational approach. As Cardinal Ratzinger, he unpacks this idea:

    The Father as he appears in the Old Testament is quite different [from Zeus], and still more in what Jesus says about the Father: here, power corresponds to responsibility; here we meet a picture of power that is prop­erly directed, that is at one with love, that does not dominate through fear but creates trust. The fatherhood of God means devotion toward us, an acceptance of us by God at the deepest level, so that we can belong to him and turn to him in childlike love. Certainly, his fatherhood does mean that he sets the standards and corrects us with a strictness that manifests his love and that is always ready to forgive (God and the World, pp. 274-275).

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  • The God Workout: Why Gyms and Hymns are Suffering The Same Fate

    via Catholic Stand 

    by Gabriel Garnica

    gabriel garnicaChrist warned us that following Him is heavy lifting, but that the ultimate prize of eternal salvation is worth the effort. Apparently, fewer and fewer people want to do heavy lifting, either in church or at the gym because, in case you have not noticed, gyms and churches suffer from the same problem of missing “members”.

    According to general statistics, somewhere between 67% to 80%  of people who sign up for gym memberships end up never going regularly, if at all. Likewise, statistics tell us that similar percentages of Catholics do not attend Mass regularly, if they go at all.  Just as loads of people show up in gyms around New Year’s eager and ready to trim and shape up their physical body, only to slack off and disappear the rest of the year, so too, loads of Catholics slide into the pews on Easter Sunday, only to slack off and disappear for the rest of the year as well.

    Why do people drag themselves to gyms and churches on a few occasions a year, only to magnify their apathy by not bothering to return?  My contention is that, in both cases, there are actually four types of reasons behind this tragic pattern.

    The Flash in The Pan

    Some people sincerely feel, deep down inside somewhere, that their physical and moral lives need shaping up. They work up the courage and drive to “sign up” for this shaping up by showing up at their local gym or church. However, their motivation to follow through is simply not there. They want the quick fix, the easy ride, or the notion of taking charge more than the long-term, persistent, and blood and sweat reality of following through on their initial drive.

    Physical and moral health is not a television sitcom or glitzy pill ad, where problems melt away without ups and downs. If Christ showed us anything, it is that following His example is not for the squeamish, lazy, or inconsistent.  This society, however, with its video game and digital mentality, has turned instant results and quick solutions into a religion itself, leaving patient persistence, integrity, personal responsibility, and proactive determination in the dust.

    The Virtual Member

    Some people like being a “member” of a gym or parish as a social feather in the cap or as some flimsy token of connection and involvement, but, when push comes to shove, they are more interested in the title “member” than the requirements and demands of membership.  After all, it is so much easier to reap the benefits of virtual, make-believe membership than to toil through the rigors of real, day-to-day membership, isn’t it?

    The Selfie Sculptor

    Many people approach the church or gym with the notion of re-shaping, re-defining, or re-inventing themselves, but only on their terms and convenience. They do not so much want to become better as to become better in their world. Thus, I want to lose weight, but without having to follow tedious exercises or diets.  Therefore, I want to improve my prayer life or get closer to God, but without having to being told by anyone what or how to pray or how to bring God more into my life.

    You should not tell me what I can and can’t eat any more than you should tell me how to confess my sins, or when I should not partake of the Eucharist.  I want to shape my life my way, without a set of rules, menus, or recipes by others.

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  • Malaysia Airlines passenger jet reportedly shot down over Ukraine

    via Fox News

    A Malaysian Airlines passenger plane with 295 aboard was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in Ukraine near the Russian border, according to multiple reports.

    The airline, which saw one of its fleet disappear over the Indian Ocean in March, confirmed only that “an incident” had occurred involving the Boeing 777, which was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam.

    “Malaysia Airlines has lost contact of MH17 from Amsterdam,” read a tweet from the airline. “The last known position was over Ukrainian airspace. More details to follow,” read a tweet from Malaysia Airlines’ account.

    Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said he has directed the country’s Ministry of Defense to investigate the incident, according to a message on his Twitter account. He said he could not confirm that the plane was shot down.

    But multiple reports, including from Russia’s Interfax news agency, said the plane was shot down at cruising altitude. Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister told The Associated press that the plane, carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew people onboard, was shot down.

    Gerashenko says on his Facebook page the plane was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet when it was hit Thursday by a missile fired from a Buk launcher. A similar launcher was seen by Associated Press journalists near the eastern Ukrainian town of Snizhne earlier Thursday.

    The adviser also told Russian news agency Interfax that all onboard have been killed.

    The border area where the plane apparently went down, near the city of Kremenchuk, has been embroiled in the larger dispute between Ukraine and ethnic Russian separatists. Fighting has intensified in recent months in the region. A day before, according to the Ukrainian government, a Russian military plane shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet in Ukrainian airspace.

    Pentagon Spokesman Col. Steve Warren said he was aware of reports of the downed passenger jet in Ukraine,but did not have further information.

    A senior White House official said President Obama has been briefed on the incident. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said whether it was intentional or accidental it is an “international incident” when a passenger jet is shot down. McCaul said he believed only a military grade weapon could have downed the plane.

    The Boeing jets are equipped with twin Rolls-Royce Trent engines, typically cruises at 35,000 feet at speeds up to 639 miles per hour.

    On March 8, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, also a Boeing 777 and carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew on a route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared somewhere over the ocean. It has not been found.

  • America’s Other Border Crisis

    via Truth & Charity

    by Micah Murphy

    Micah MurphyWhile millions of Americans share their concerns about our southern border and the rapid influx of illegal immigrants, Catholics have been sharing their views more than most I’ve seen, with a sharply divided approach between our theological need to care for the less fortunate – in this case the orphan and the foreigner – and a genuine concern for the safety of our social and economic infrastructures, which, collapsed, would do no good for anyone, much less illegal immigrants. What has gone largely unnoticed by the Catholic populace and the American citizenry in general, however, is our other border crisis, in which myriad foreigners are crossing into our country on an hourly basis at a terrifying rate, threatening to destroy not only our social and economic infrastructures, but our culture and the very soul of our country. They’ve had a presence in our country since before even the Vikings arrived, but they are foreigners nonetheless. To make matters worse, the vast majority of our politicians are in collusion with them and we, the American people, have given them aid countless times.

    No, I’m not talking about the Canadians.

    I’m talking about demons.

    Native to heaven, but banished to hell, they are migrants in our world, satan 2using us as pawns in their ongoing conflict with our mutual Creator. Yet their suddenly increased numbers in our own country, markedly higher in influence than just a century ago, indicates a border crisis unparalleled in our national history. In these last hundred years, most of which was a century handed over to the devil, demons have plagued our country, dragging us into two world wars and a whole series of startling conflicts since and several economic depressions and recessions. For those, perhaps, their actions have been noted, though perhaps not so much by the historians of the last few decades. The worst blow they’ve dealt, though, has been done in stealth, hidden from most and gone unnoticed, because this foreigner is also an enemy who wishes nothing more than to destroy us.

    The great war of demons against America is fought on many fronts, but if you could pin down their general battle strategy, it would be this: blind the humans. This blindness is not physical. Demons know well the fortune given to their cause in our first Fall, when our nature was turned upside down and our souls subjugated to our bodies. The foreigner calls it “blessed concupiscence” but we ought to know better. It’s been plaguing every human interaction since that first sin. Now it hides our blindness from us, for we fallen men focus primarily on the physical, and in the arrogance of our physical sight, insist that we see. But we see nothing. Most men never even open the eyes of their souls to see the campaign waged against them.

    The demons have blinded us. They’ve turned our attention away from spiritual to physical sight, and we do not see the war they wage on our souls by means of philosophies washed over our national consciousness and changing us, in the course of a century, from a Christian nation to a pagan one: nationalism, objectivism, sexualism, materialism, secular humanism, secular messianism, commercialism, scientism, liberalism, liberal capitalism, socialism, moral relativism, protestantism, transhumanism, and a thousand more subphilosophies, each with its own idol-god at the center, and that idol, ultimately, is the self.

    If the promised final judgment came today, the trumpets would blow and we would be shocked as the demons were revealed around us, their words of pride and self-worship ringing in our ears. We would look around and realize that these foreigners to our land were so numerous, so ubiquitous, that this country was no longer ours, but theirs.

    Yet we know that Christ is victorious. He has already won the war and the only conflicts now playing out on the battlefield are fought by despondent demons seeking a few casualties on their way back to hell. If only we were not blind, we would see this and rush to the safety of our Savior, Christ the Victor.

    If only we were not blind.

    Wake up, America! Be not so distracted by the foreigner at your gate that you overlook the foreigner in your midst working for your destruction. Give your lives to Christ and reclaim this American culture for Him before it is too late. Replace the empty self-seeking philosophies of your last century with the the Way, the Truth, and the Life promised to you in the Gospel. Live as He would live, totally, holding back nothing for yourselves, that you may drive out the enemy and put God in charge of your nation.

    Only then will you handle the illegal immigrant crisis – and every other problem America faces – with grace and truth. Only then will you be everything you long to be.

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 17, 2014 – Hour 1

    Kresta in the Afternoon – July 17, 2014 – Hour 1

    • Description: Kresta in the Afternoon is what Catholic radio has been missing: a daily conversation - personal, authentic and human. It looks at all of life through the lens of Scripture and the teaching tradition of the Catholic Church. The scope is not limited to spiritual subjects...our host Al Kresta talks abortion, war, peace, dissent, old age, New Age, heavy metal, light eating, politics, church affairs, current events, family and marriage, movies and media, theology and apologetics, sports, crime and business. It's talk radio where God matters.
  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 17, 2014 – Hour 2

    Kresta in the Afternoon – July 17, 2014 – Hour 2

    + Segment #1 of 3

    Project Pedro Pan and Today’s Manufactured Border Crisis

    + Segment #2 of 3

    Ten Things to Remember if Pope Francis Upsets You

    • Description: It’s been just over a year since Pope Francis took office, and he has said and done things that have confused many traditional Catholics. When a headline screams that he stated that 2% of Catholic clergy are pedophiles, that he “promises to solve the celibacy problem” that he doesn’t want to convert Evangelicals or that he doesn’t judge a homosexual who “searches for the Lord and has goodwill” they experience confusion, anger, resentment, bewilderment and fear. Some have given up on Pope Francis. Others say he is “the false prophet” who will accompany the anti Christ in the end times. Others don’t like his dress sense, grumble about his media gaffes and some think they are all intentional and that he is a very shrewd Jesuit who wants to undermine the Catholic faith. The sensationalism doesn’t do any good. Fr. Dwight Longenecker joins us with ten things you should do if Pope Francis upsets you.
    • Segment Guests:
      • Fr Dwight Longenecker
        Raised as Evangelical, ordained Anglican priest, and was eventually ordained a Catholic priest. Author of “The Path to Rome-Modern Journeys to the Catholic Faith”. His Patheos blog is “Standing on My Head” Married w/ 4 kids. Hosts “More Christianity” Radio Show produced by Ave Maria Radio
      • Resources:

    + Segment #3 of 3

    Anglican Church Allows Women Bishops

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 16, 2014 – Hour 1

    Kresta in the Afternoon – July 16, 2014 – Hour 1

    + Segment #1 of 3

    Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Humane Culture

    • Description: In their founding documents, the United States and the United Nations recognized the principles that all men have inherent dignity and that they deserve equal rights. They both have declared those principles the conditions fundamental to freedom, justice, and peace. Yet both the United States and the United Nations have within them powerful political forces passing laws or resolutions that violate first principles and put at risk the most vulnerable populations. In “Non-Negotiable,” Sheila Liaugminas goes beyond the politics of pragmatism and cultural relativism to reacquaint the reader with first principles. She demonstrates what the Church has to say about the most important issues of our time and why, and she anticipates the questions readers will ask and provides the answers they will need in the struggle to restore respect for human dignity. Sheila joins us.
    • Segment Guests:
      • Sheila Liaugminas
        Former co-host Emmy-award winning “You”. Worked for TIME magazine and Chicago Tribune. Host of “A Closer Look” on Relevant Radio
      • Resources:
        • Book(s):
          • Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Humane Culture
            Buy this resource now. Click here to purchase.

    + Segment #2 of 3

    Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Humane Culture (continued)

    + Segment #3 of 3

    Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Humane Culture (continued)

  • Kresta in the Afternoon – July 16, 2014 – Hour 2

    Kresta in the Afternoon – July 16, 2014 – Hour 2

    + Segment #1 of 3

    Kresta Comments: Can Islam Change? & A New Way of Arguing against Euthanasia

    + Segment #2 of 3

    Why is Catholicism in Decline?

    • Description: One of David Carlin’s sociological preoccupations is concern for the question: Why has Catholicism gone into steep decline in the last half-century or so in the most modernized and prosperous countries in the world -- that is, the United States, Canada, and much of Europe? The most popular answer to this question is that the decline is totally the result of Vatican II. But he rejects that answer. If Vatican II played a role in the decline, it was only a very small role. The important factors are to be found elsewhere. There may be a hundred of these factors, but one might be more prevalent than the others. Christianity is a salvation religion. Our culture has lost the sense of sin, so it sees no reason to need a Savior. David joins us.
    • Segment Guests:
      • David Carlin
        Professor of sociology and philosophy at Community College of Rhode Island at Newport. Former Democratic majority leader of Rhode Island senate. Author of “Can a Catholic be a Democrat?: How the Party I Loved became the Enemy of my Religion” and “The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America.”
      • Resources:

    + Segment #3 of 3

    Senate Democrats launch push or “the most radical pro-abortion bill ever considered by Congress” /

    • Description: Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee discussed a new bill that would remove any state laws placing restrictions on abortion. Deceptively called the Women’s Health Protection Act, the bill would remove laws that limit the performance of an abortion to a licensed physician, laws that allow a medical professional to opt out of an abortion, and laws that ban abortions late in the pregnancy. Carol Tobias, President of the National Right to Life Committee, joins us.
    • Segment Guests:
      • Carol Tobias
        President, National Right to Life Committee. Executive director, North Dakota Right to Life 1983-1991. Oversaw efforts of NRLC’s PAC on behalf of George Bush
      • Resources:
      • Monica Miller
        Director of Citizens for a Pro-life Society — an activist pro-life group that she founded in 1986. She is also an Associate Professor of Sacred Theology at Madonna University. Author of several books including Sexuality and Authority in the Catholic Church, The Theology of the Passion of the Christ, Abandoned: The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars
      • Resources:
      • Eric Schiedler
        Executive Director, Pro-Life Action League. Former assistant director of the GIFT Foundation. Head of Fox Valley Families against Planned Parenthood
      • Resources:
  • Today on “Kresta in the Afternoon” – July 16

    Talking about the “things that matter most” on July 16

    4:00 – Non-Negotiable: Essential Principles of a Just Society and Humane Culture
    In their founding documents, the United States and the United Nations recognized the principles that all men have inherent dignity and that they deserve equal rights. They both have declared those principles the conditions fundamental to freedom, justice, and peace. Yet both the United States and the United Nations have within them powerful political forces passing laws or resolutions that violate first principles and put at risk the most vulnerable populations. In “Non-Negotiable,” Sheila Liaugminas goes beyond the politics of pragmatism and cultural relativism to reacquaint the reader with first principles. She demonstrates what the Church has to say about the most important issues of our time and why, and she anticipates the questions readers will ask and provides the answers they will need in the struggle to restore respect for human dignity. Sheila joins us.

    5:00 – Kresta Comments: Can Islam Change? & A New Way of Arguing against Euthanasia

    5:20 – Why is Catholicism in Decline?
    One of David Carlin’s sociological preoccupations is concern for the question: Why has Catholicism gone into steep decline in the last half-century or so in the most modernized and prosperous countries in the world — that is, the United States, Canada, and much of Europe? The most popular answer to this question is that the decline is totally the result of Vatican II. But he rejects that answer. If Vatican II played a role in the decline, it was only a very small role. The important factors are to be found elsewhere. There may be a hundred of these factors, but one might be more prevalent than the others. Christianity is a salvation religion. Our culture has lost the sense of sin, so it sees no reason to need a Savior. David joins us.

    5:40 – Senate Democrats launch push or “the most radical pro-abortion bill ever considered by Congress
    Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee discussed a new bill that would remove any state laws placing restrictions on abortion. Deceptively called the Women’s Health Protection Act, the bill would remove laws that limit the performance of an abortion to a licensed physician, laws that allow a medical professional to opt out of an abortion, and laws that ban abortions late in the pregnancy. Carol Tobias, President of the National Right to Life Committee, joins us.

    5:45 – National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Babies
    Dr. Monica Miller and Eric Scheidler join us to discuss the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Babies.

  • Senate GOP blocks bill on contraception coverage

    via ABC News

    by Donna Cassatta

    Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a bill aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies with religious objections, a legislative setback for Democrats that they hope will be a political winner in November’s elections.

    The vote was 56-43 to move ahead on the measure, short of the 60 votes necessary to proceed.

    Democrats sponsored the election-year bill to reverse last month’s Supreme Court ruling that closely held businesses with religious objections could deny coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

    Republicans called the bill a political stunt aimed at helping vulnerable Democratic incumbents in the elections.

    Indeed, Democrats have seized on the birth control issue as they look ahead to November with hopes of energizing voters, especially women, to preserve the party’s Senate majority. Democrats must defend more seats, and Republicans are upbeat about their prospects of gaining the six necessary to secure control, especially in GOP-leaning Southern states.

    Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., who is in a competitive re-election contest, summed up her party’s argument on the issue.

    “A woman’s health care decision should be made with her doctor, with her family, with her faith, not by her employer with her employer’s faith,” Shaheen said in a Senate speech.

    But Republicans said that the Democratic effort was merely a move to boost struggling incumbents and that both parties support a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions.

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Democrats “think they can score political points and create divisions where there aren’t any by distorting the facts.”

    McConnell joined with two Republican women, Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Deb Fischer of Nebraska, in backing separate legislation that would reaffirm current law on access to contraception and in calling for a Food and Drug Administration study on whether contraceptives could be sold over the counter without a prescription.

    In one of the most closely watched races in the country, McConnell faces Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in his bid for a sixth term.

    Three Republicans broke ranks with their party — Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mark Kirk of Illinois — and backed the Democratic-led legislation. In a procedural move, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., switched his vote to no, allowing him to bring the measure up for another vote closer to the election.

    All other Democrats backed the bill.

    National statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that more than 99 percent of women ages 15 to 44 who have had sexual intercourse have used at least one form of contraception.

    “I trust women to make their own health care decisions, and I don’t believe their employers should have a say in them,” said Democratic Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, a chief sponsor of the legislation with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

    Udall faces a tough race against Republican Rep. Cory Gardner in November.

    In Colorado in 2008, female voters were critical to Udall’s election to the Senate, favoring his candidacy 56 percent to 41 percent while men backed him 50 percent to 46 percent, according to exit polls conducted by Edison Research for The Associated Press and other news organizations.

    In the 2012 presidential election, Democrats overall captured the female vote by double digit margins as did the party in House races — 55 percent to 44 percent — when Obama won re-election. Democrats enjoyed a slightly better edge in the 2008 elections when Obama captured his first term and Democrats maintained their congressional majority.

    It was far different in the 2010 midterm elections, some eight months after Obama signed the health care law and as the tea party energized the GOP. Female voters backed Republicans 49 percent to the Democrats’ 48 percent in a low-turnout election that enabled the GOP takeover of the House.

    Late last month, a deeply divided Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that requiring closely-held companies to pay for various forms of women’s contraception to which they object violates the corporations’ religious freedom. The decision marked the first time the high court had declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

    “Five men on the Supreme Court rolled back the clock on women in America,” Murray said.

    Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said the court’s decision has “awakened the pro-choice majority in this country.”

    In Kentucky, NARAL began a 30-second, black-and-white ad criticizing Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell for his opposition to the legislation. The tag line said, “Mitch McConnell will never do the right thing for Kentucky women.”

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