Posts Tagged ‘Obama’

War as punishment: President Obama’s Syrian solution

Friday, September 6th, 2013

The most recent comments by United States President Barack Obama regarding a possible military intervention in Syria indicate views at odds with just war theory – the doctrine emerging from moral philosophy surrounding the just use of military force. On Saturday, President Obama expressed his desire to “hold the Assad regime accountable for their use Read more

Bishops query targeted killing by US drones

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Invoking just-war criteria, the United States Catholic bishops have questioned the moral legitimacy of the Obama administration’s use of drones in counter-terrorism actions. “Targeted killing should, by definition, be highly discriminatory,” said letters from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon and members of Congress. The letters questioning the use Read more

Catholic priest Emil Kapaun receives posthumous medal

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

They are all in their 80s now — these former POWs during the Korean War. One recalls in rapid-fire bursts how Father Emil Kapaun sneaked out of the barracks at night, risking his life to bring back morsels of food for his fellow prisoners. Another remembers seeing the young American priest use a rock and Read more

Obama praises Pope Benedict

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

President Obama praised Pope Benedict XVI on Monday, just hours after the pontiff announced his resignation. “On behalf of Americans everywhere, Michelle and I wish to extend our appreciation and prayers to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI,” Obama said in a written statement. The president said he “warmly” remembers the meeting he and the first Read more

The US Catholic bishops embarrassed themselves in Baltimore

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

You’ve got to feel a little sorry for the Catholic bishops. They declared that the Obama administration was making war on religion and not only was the president reelected but Catholics were the only Christian religious body to vote for him. To make matters worse, after devoting much talk and treasure to combatting the rising tide Read more

Worshipping Princes Romney and Obama

Friday, October 19th, 2012

Whatever happened to American Christians’ concerns over Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith? Like concerns about Romney’s conservatism and pro-life record, theological issues have been brushed aside in anticipation of November’s election. According to Tony Perkins from the Family Research Council, ‘growing enthusiasm’ for Romney’s campaign has much to do with the Obama administration’s support for same-sex Read more

Little comfort for gun victims as wannabe-presidents shoot for goals

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Before the dead had even been carried from the cinema in Colorado on Friday afternoon a CBS broadcaster said in a solemn radio editorial: ”We’ll eventually find out who James Holmes is, but he’s not a terrorist, we’re told, and thousands of other showings were peaceful, so really we have to start seeing these things as Read more

Catholic Health Association reverses course on mandate accommodation

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

In a call for broader religious exemptions, the Catholic Health Association has backtracked from its initial support for the Obama administration’s compromise on a rule that mandates employer coverage of contraception and sterilization. The association said it is “imperative” that the administration abandon its “narrow” definition of religious employer and exempt not only churches but Read more

Religion may tip election between Obama and Romney

Monday, June 4th, 2012

In a neck-and-neck race for the presidency, unique and unpredictable religious issues may produce subtle but significant shifts that could play a role in deciding the election between President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Most important are evangelical Christians, one of the most powerful and reliable voting blocs in the Republican party. Many Read more