Reader: Catholic group gets Univ funding, Factcheckers refute Obama on taxes, 4 abortion centers close in TX

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Wisconsin is not establishing Catholicism as the State Church by including a Catholic student group called the Badger Catholic in the list of groups which receive funding from the University of Wisconsin. Five years of lawsuits later, the University will now provide the student group with $500,000 in back f... More

Disappointing: Hawaii Senate ends prayer after ACLU lawsuit

The last official opening day prayer, Jan. 19, 2011. Why is the ACLU so successful? Because people capitulate so easily to their threats. The ACLU wins so many battles without breaking a sweat. A citizen complained to the Hawaii Attorney General’s office that prayers given by invited speakers before the Hawaii Senate often referenced Jesus Christ. The Attorney General advised the Hawaii Sena... More

JFK: 50 years later

Today marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration as President of the United States, the first (and so far only) Catholic to ascend to the highest office in the land. Rocco Palmo over at Whispers notes the historic nature of his inauguration for Catholics: Fifty years ago today, after three centuries of persecution, struggle and prejudice, the American Catholic jo... More

Bishop Tobin asks if Rhode Island has lost her soul

Gov. Lincoln Chafee Bishop Thomas Tobin continues to be one of the best writers in the Church today. His recent article on the inauguration of Governor Lincoln Chafee is no exception. Chafee was once a pro-abortion Republican, but he left the GOP in 2007. This past November, he was elected Governor of Rhode Island as an Independent. For his inaugural festivities, Chafee broke with tradition and de... More

Outrage: Court rules against Mount Soledad

Unreal. The 20-year judicial war on a desert cross just won’t stop. A federal appeals court today ruled that the Mount Soledad Memorial Cross is unconstitutional (though they didn’t say that the landmark must be removed.) The ruling came down from Judge M. Margaret McKeown, whose office is just miles from the cross. McKeown was appointed to the bench by President Clinton in 1998. Judge... More

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