Reader: IL dioceses drop suit and end foster care, Catholics must fight porn, Obama has turned his back on Catholics

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Another triumph for the aggressive secularist state: Catholic dioceses in IL drop lawsuit, will no longer provide foster care. http://cvote.to/8O Catholics have a duty to fight against pornography and its devastating spiritual and societal consequences, says family activist Patrick Trueman. http://cvote.to/8... More

Justice, A President, and a North African Country

According to the Washington Post this evening, President Obama’s actions in Libya have placed us (that is, America) at war, our third in less than a decade. Obama, not surprisingly, defended his unconstitutional actions with a plea to a higher standard of morality. To brush aside America’s responsibility as a leader and — more profoundly — our responsibilities to our fellow human being... More
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B16 on Libya and Other Assorted News Regarding

Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI spoke on the crisis in Libya. I appeal to international bodies and whose who hold military and political responsibility for an immediate start of a dialogue that suspends the use of arms. To read the report from Reuters, please click here. Additionally, the two highest officials in the Obama Administration, the Secretary of War (sorry, Defense–the problem of bein... More
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No One Person Should Wield the Power of War

Today, the White House—at least through its press security—defended its policies in Libya, claiming no need to consult the House or Senate as the president is not declaring war against Libya. As CNN reported today: “We are not engaged in militarily-driven regime change,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters. Instead, the administration is engaged in “time-lim... More
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War and the Constitution

Over at National Review Online, Andy McCarthy has a good and useful piece on the constitutional questions involved in President Obama’s decision to wage war in Libya without seeking congressional authorization.  His central point: the president has overstepped the bounds of his constitutional powers, but not in a way that can be brought before a court of law.  This may sound strange to tho... More
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Libya: Obama Could Have Been Presidential. Instead, Pull the Plug.

Obama's Kosovo? Or Somalia? I’m with Brad on Obama and Libya. Except when I’m not. I would love to see Obama’s wings clipped. The czars, the health care takeover, the use of TARP funds to buy auto companies, the energy policy aimed to drag us back to the heady days of the 1970s (if not the 1570s), the “beer summit,” the bowing, the fecklessness, the arrogance (th... More

Obama’s Actions are Unconstitutional: Redux

Long before our time, the customs of our ancestors molded admirable men, and in turn these eminent men upheld the ways and institutions of their forbearers.  Our age, however, inherited the Republic like some beautiful painting of bygone days, its colors already fading through great age; and not only has our time neglected to freshen the colors of the picture, but we have failed to preserve its f... More
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Another “War of Muslim Liberation.”

This weekend, the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol editorialized promptly in favor of the newly-launched American military campaign against the regime of Muamar Gaddafi.  I have always been grateful that the Standard has, to my knowledge, been consistently pro-life from the beginning, and that it has often published insightful and respectful pieces on Catholic leaders such as John Paul II (includ... More
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President Obama’s decision to declare war on Libya is unconstitutional, and also foolish

President Obama’s decision to declare war against Libya is as unconstitutional as it is strategically stupid.  It might also very well be immoral from the Augustinian and Thomistic traditions of just war. And, let me be blunt, the Obama administration has been a near total disaster from its opening moments–from its desire to nationalize the health care system to its absurd “cash... More

How many Libyans died in the mean time, Mr. President?

Eight years to the day from the day the sky lit up over Baghdad as W. Bush acted decisively, with Congressional approval and a massive international coalition, to eliminate an odious and threatening regime in Iraq, the United States has begun launching missiles to vigorously support a no fly zone over Libya to ground the air force of whats-his-name Qadaffi. The French air force has already begun s... More

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