Reader: School choice is a social justice issue, Austin backs off pregnancy centers, Candidates make gaffes

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Bishop Joseph P. McFadden of Harrisburg, PA: “School choice is a social justice issue.”

Austin, Texas suspends law attacking pregnancy centers.

New national CBS poll has Cain 18, Romney 15, Gingrich 15; Cain losing support of women. PDF. But a McClatchy poll has Newt in 2nd place, with Cain dropping to 3rd.

Both Virginia’s and now Mississippi’s Legislatures have flipped to full Republican control.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry went on a damage control tour after his debate “brain freeze.” He did all the morning news shows and recited the Top Ten list on Letterman.

Herman Cain also had gaffes. Cain apologized for calling House Minority Pelosi by the nickname ‘Princess Pelosi.’ In Michigan yesterday, he said: “How do you beat Obama – beat him with a Cain.” Cain then later jokingly asked if Anita Hill, who accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, would be endorsing him.



  • Michael Blissenbach

    Wouldn’t creating a school tax voucher system potentially end up in the secularization of Catholic schools the same way Catholic colleges ended up secularizing in part through the federal financial aid program? I like the idea in theory, but in practice I think it would spell doom for the Catholic educational institutions in this country.

  • Hank

    Pennsylvania SB 1 takes money directly from districts to fund vouchers…analyses conclude that 90% of kids in low-performing schools won’t even be eligible ( So, for the 90% left behind, do more with less. Actually, a lot less, since those education-loving Republicans passed budget cuts that takes away three times as much money from low-income districts as high-income districts in the state (

    • Rod

      Hank, if parents were willing to make a sacrifice, they too could send their kids to better schools. The problem is, they’d rather send their kids to “free” public schools and buy that better car, bigger TV, etc. This would not be an issue if public schools were doing a good job. But taxpayers are tired of giving money to a failing system.

  • Tito Edwards

    Great, I should just stop blogging at, Josh does a great job with his Lunchtime Reader!

    • Joshua Mercer

      Tito, that’s a generous compliment. Thank you very much. It was after all as well as the political tip sheets like The Page that inspired me to make this Catholic and Political headline digest.



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