The Debt Deal That Should Be Made

Where do we go from here? President Obama is re-elected, but Republicans not only retained control in the House of Representatives, but added to their majority. While the GOP was a train wreck in the Senate and blew opportunities to close the gap or take control, they still have more than enough seats to filibuster controversial legislation (you only need 41), something they didn’t have in the f... More

Thank God for Catholic Education

I was able to capture a little gratitude from two Catholic-school grads this week. From an interview with Peter Dans, a medical doctor, who wrote a book on Christians in the movies in his spare time: How does your Catholic education at Transfiguration School in New York’s Chinatown influence the way you take in and interact with popular culture? As you know, the term “catholic” means “univ... More

Reader: CV mentioned in WSJ, Perry climbs back to 13%, House ready to pass payroll tax cut extension

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. There is little room for dissent with Kathleen Sebelius in charge, says WSJ columnist Bill McGurn. He gives a shout out to the new CatholicVote ad in his column. (Subscription might be required). Too soon to call it a comeback, but Rick Perry climbs up to 13% in the latest Iowa poll. Per... More

A Moral Look at the Debt-Ceiling Debate

What exactly are our moral obligations here? Fr. Robert Sirico from Acton tells me: There are three important things any legislator must base his decisions on: First, our responsibility to future generations requires that we keep our fiscal house in order. Second, the dignity of individual citizens must be protected by allowing wealth-creating institutions to flourish and respecting the importan... More


On Speaker Boehner and Catholic “Cruelty”

Recently in this space, I wrote about the group of liberal Catholic academics, led by professors at Catholic University of America, who wrote a stern public letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, a Catholic and a Republican. My post generated a lot of response. I was invited by FoxNews to address the topic on the Sunday morning “Fox & Friends.” (Click here.) That invitation gave me a... More


Liberal Catholic academics send Boehner an uncharitable and deeply-flawed letter

A group of liberal Catholic academics, led by professors at Catholic University, have written a public letter to Catholic Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) calling for protection of social-welfare programs that they argue are mortally threatened by the current budget proposal. The lead signatory, Professor Stephen Schneck, invokes the Gospel mandate to help the poor—to ensure that “the ... More

Insulting the Speaker

John Boehner will be speaking at my alma mater, the Catholic University of America, this weekend — as CUA’s commencement speaker. The most pro-life Speaker of the House we’ve had, I was happy to see CUA invite the Ohio Catholic. As a student there points out, he is a “get” and one to be proud to welcome. But before Boehner gets to campus, he has been greeted by an insulting letter f... More


So the government almost shut down over abortion? Wow.

You may see baby feet. Some in our government keep their eyes closed, it seems. An abortion ends a human life. I don’t think even the most willfully ignorant supporters of [a woman’s right to choose] denies that these days. Ends. a human life. We’re not talking hardened criminals who have killed children, raped grannies, and violated election laws. We’re talking humans who ... More

Defunding Planned Parenthood must be a ‘non-negotiable’

Brian Burch, President of, signed on to the following letter calling on House Speaker John Boehner to remain firm and ensure that the Continuing Resolution that keeps the federal government running does not include funding for Planned Parenthood. David Brody of CBN News wrote about this here. The letter in full: February 24, 2011 The Honorable John Boehner U.S. House of Represent... More



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