Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on.
- Vice President Joe Biden, a strident supporter of abortion who professes to be Catholic (yes, that doesn’t make any sense), talked about his own future plans recently. Politico reports: “Vice President Joe Biden surprised a gathering of donors in Cincinnati last week when he floated the prospect of his succeeding President Barack Obama in the White House.” Biden would be just days shy of 74 on Election Day 2016, if he ran. A sitting Vice-President would not be an automatic lock on the nomination, but he would enjoy significant advantages. Politico says other Democrats contemplating 2016 runs include: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, and Virginia Senator Mark Warner.
- Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services, issued a statement reaffirming Catholic teaching in light of the military’s repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Recently the Navy considered allowing same-sex ‘marriage’ ceremonies in Navy chapels. After lawmakers protested, the Navy backed down. Archbishop Broglio said: “There is no question that the First Amendment guarantee of the ‘Free Exercise of Religion’ will forever ensure that no restrictions or limitations be placed on the role and teaching of a Catholic chaplain in the pulpit, the classroom, the barracks, or the office. Furthermore, it is likewise abhorrent to contemplate that any chaplain will ever be compelled to perform a religious ceremony contrary to the dictates of his/her faith.”
- On CNN, Howard Kurtz slammed CNN. In light of the events surrounding Arnold Schwarzenegger and former IMF president Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the news network did a look back at famous sex scandals involving politicians, but the news story didn’t include former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Kurtz was furious: “I’m sorry, if you’re going to do this kind of story you have to include Eliot Spitzer, even if he does now host a prime time CNN program. Otherwise you are airbrushing history.”
- Take five minutes and look at these amazing, rare full-color photos taken during the Great Depression. The photographer did a tremendous job.
- The Tennessee Senate passed a bill to ban teaching of homosexuality in public schools.
- ICYMI: Read CV Blogger Kathryn Lopez’s great article “Washington Grapples with Catholic Social Teaching” over at the National Catholic Register.