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The U.S. is Not Norway (or Greece, or Germany, or Canada…)

In his Washington Post column on Monday, E.J. Dionne pointed to Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Australia, and Germany as examples of countries where a social-democratic welfare state has produced the results we should be looking for: greater income equality and social mobility, more generous social benefits, and so on. “[W]e need more active and [...]

Two Archbishops, Two Takes on Freedom

Michael Sean Winters has an interesting post praising Archbishop Chaput’s homily for the close of the Fortnight for Freedom. Archbishop Chaput’s homily gets to the heart of religious freedom, emphasizing that political freedom is never really an end in itself. Freedom, true freedom, is not freedom from. Rather, true freedom is always freedom for something. [...]

RE: Is The Mandate Really a Tax?

Just a quick response to Steve’s post. One of the reasons the President and Democratic leaders in Congress went to such lengths to describe the Mandate as “not a tax” is because they thought the bill would never pass if they called it a tax. As I recall, many conservatives harped on this over and [...]

It’s Called “Democracy”

I’ve had a busy week, and haven’t gotten a chance to post here at CV. I was going to write a post about the bishops and economics, and the role of principles and prudence, but then Omar Gutierrez saved me the trouble by saying everything I would have, only better. I’ve been so busy, in [...]

On the Air: The Vatican and the Nuns

I was on WAMU’s The Diane Rehm Show on NPR this morning, along with Sr. Maureen Fiedler, S.L. (who is also a member of NETWORK) and John Allen (National Catholic Reporter) to discuss the Vatican and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. My guess is that NPR listeners were inclined to favor the LCWR and [...]

Good Government, Bad Government, and the Demands of Catholic Citizenship

Two recent newspaper articles—one by a self-identified “Progressive Catholic” and the other by a Catholic who is conservative-libertarian in persuasion—neatly articulate two common, competing visions of the role of government in our society. Each article captured an important truth about the role of government, and each article also failed to account for at least one [...]

President Obama Honors Polish Hero, Insults Poles

Jan Karski, a Polish Catholic, worked in the Polish Underground during the Second World War. As a young artillery officer in the Polish Army, Karski was stationed at Oświęcim in the southwest of Poland when the Nazis invaded. (The Nazis would soon convert the barracks of Karski’s own unit into a concentration camp which bore [...]

Religious Liberty, “War on Women”, and Our National Pastime…All Rolled into One

ESPN reports that the boys’ baseball team from Our Lady of Sorrows high school in beautiful Phoenix, Arizona has forfeited their league’s championship game rather than take the field against a girl. Officials at Our Lady of Sorrows declined comment. In a written statement Thursday, the school said the decision to forfeit was consistent with [...]

Joe Biden, Gay Marriage, and the 2012 Election

Vice President Biden went on Meet the Press this weekend and told David Gregory that he’s “absolutely comfortable” with gay marriage and that he doesn’t see much of a distinction between gay marriage and marriage marriage. Leave aside for now the fact that Joe “I’m-gonna-shove-my-rosary-beads-down-their-throat” Biden is Catholic while his understanding of marriage is…not so [...]


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