Category Archives: Legislation

A 12 Days of Christmas Year in Review

What’s the best answer to Christmas sentimentality? The Christmas season liturgy. In the days that follow Christmas, the Church brings us the slaughter of innocents, the first martyr, and more. Christmas isn’t just sugarplum fairies and Santa Claus after all. It is good that the Church does this, because if you compare each day from [...]

Obama and the Disillusionment of America

We have come a long way since the rock-solid convictions of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the high hopes of John F.Kennedy’s aim-for-the-moon and “ask not” rhetoric. The anniversaries we have just celebrated seem like they come from another country, not just another time. Call it the disillusionment of America. And Obama may have disillusioned more [...]

12 Must-Read Quotes From Bishop Paprocki’s Same-Sex Marriage Exorcism

  In a much-publicized event on Wednesday that coincided with Governor Pat Quinn signing gay marriage into law in Illinois, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield led the faithful in “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage.” In his homily at the service, Bishop Paprocki demonstrated once again why he [...]

Top 10 Scholarly Tweets About the Body

Live tweeting an academic conference is a strange, self-contradictory thing to do. Creating a top 10 list from the tweets is probably worse. But here I go. Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture presented its celebrated Fall Conference Nov. 7-9.  The Fall Conference is a remarkable event, an ecumenical and interdisciplinary investigation of an [...]

Who Pays for Human Rights?

It is mildly heartening that the European Parliament “rejected” a bill that “as a human rights concern, abortion should be made legal, safe and accessible to all.” I say “mildly” and use quotes around “rejected” since you’d think calling infanticide a “fundamental human right” would yield zero Yea votes. Nay. The “murder is a fundamental [...]

BREAKING NEWS: Senate OKs resolution to allow priests back on military bases

On Monday, and again on Thursday, CatholicVote blasted messages to our members, asking them to call their two Senators to pass a resolution so that Catholic priests could say Mass on military installations. They finally got the message. From the AP: Military chaplains will be able to offer worship services to members of the armed [...]

Paul Ryan, Statesman

In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Congressman Paul Ryan made the case for a compromise to end the government shutdown, address the approaching debt limit, and start down the path to long-term fiscal sanity. Our government may be in the midst of a crisis, but Ryan also sees opportunity—there is something to be gained for both [...]


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