Seven 2011 Events That Will Change the Church’s Story in America

photo composite. main image: stephencuyos.com via flickr Catholic Vote editor Josh Mercer is going to be ticked that I didn’t think of any of these when he asked bloggers for this sort of thing a few weeks ago. But, as 2012 approaches, here’s a quick run-down of events from the past year that will impact the Church in America in our time, in no particular order. 1. Denver Babies Start College ... More

Reader: 18 Catholic colleges oppose contraceptive mandate, Perry apologizes for ‘heartless’ remark, FRC hits Mitt

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Eighteen Catholic colleges united in a letter to oppose the federal government’s contraception mandate and the lack of religious liberty in the mandate. The letter said: “No federal rule has defined being ‘religious’ as narrowly and discriminatorily as the Mandate appears to do, and no regulation ha... More

In His Presence: Peace Comes to Morning Joe

As I was drinking coffee this morning to keep rolling — with my reading and writing schedule-checking and online producing — responding to e-mails and clicking on different websites along the way, I was drowning in the anxiety overload. Hopelessly falling behind. Not only was I clearly and totally overstimulated, I had Morning Joe, on MSNBC, on the TV in the background. Perhaps ironica... More

Reader: Romney & Perry spar before debate, 3 Dems blast IL redistricting, Pope addresses German Parliament

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Mitt Romney and Rick Perry scrapped just hours before the GOP debate in Orlando tonight on Fox News at 9 pm ET. Picking up on the concern that Perry might have a tough time winning suburban voters, Tim Pawlenty wrote an op-ed for Politico with the not-so-subtle title: “Romney is electable.” http://cvote.... More

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