Ohio Moves to Root Out Human Trafficking

Last Thursday Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich announced a $5 million initiative to reduce the risk of violence from those with mental health issues. The very next day Alan Johnson of the Columbus Dispatch reported that Kasich took part in a human trafficking awareness event, following on signing legislation last year to combat sex-slavery in Ohio. “The average age of a runaway is 12... More

Ohio Moves to Prevent Newtown-like Attacks with $5Million for … Mental Health Services.

Just as Ohio, under Republican Governor John Kasich, has lessons for Washington in how government can encourage economic growth, Ohio has a bold idea to deal with the problem of mentally unstable people killing lots lots of people: do something about mental health. Ohio children and young adults facing mental health crises will be the focus of a $5 million intervention program established by Gov. ... More


Dear fellow Ohioans who are not socialists:

The people who wrote this indictment of President Obama’s failure to be liberal progressive enough: [W]e have no illusions about the audacity of hope, no faith that the re-election of President Obama alone will accomplish the radical change this magazine has championed. For America to be on a different path in 2016 from that of 2012, progressive movements will have to “occupy” all the le... More

Steubenville Cross-in-the-Logo Fight Continues, May Expand.

The city of Steubenville logo, as adopted in December 2011 “Victory”! The militantly secularist group declared on their website (no, I’m not naming them or linking to them—I will not help with their SEO). They had pressured the city of Steubenville to agree in principle to remove the cross and steeple that represents Franciscan University of Steubenville (my employer) from ... More

Charlie Wilson supports the HHS mandate

Or, at least, his recent comments make it seem that way. BFFsCharlie Wilson, the Catholic former pro-life former congressman from Ohio’s sixth district wants his seat back. Charlie Wilson voted for Obamacare. He was one of those on-the-fence last-minute votes that put Obamacare over the top. Charlie Wilson recently expressed pride in his votes while in Congress. But when I wrote about his ... More

Mitt Romney Converts to Catholicism

Okay, not exactly. But he did say that he feels as if he is Catholic during a campaign stop on Wednesday. He said we all are. In case you have not already seen the video, Romney said in Ohio: Religious liberty — our first freedom of those enumerated in the Bill of Rights. And the president and his administration said they are going to usurp your religious freedom by demanding that you prov... More

Well, Charlie Wilson, I guess you didn’t learn.

Charlie Wilson and his bud, Nancy Pelosi, sharing a laugh at a press conference. Charlie Wilson, Catholic Democrat former pro-life former congressman from my district, OH-6, wants his seat back. He lost in 2010 to Republican Bill Johnson and is sore about it. In an article in the Wheeling News-Intelligencer (that’s in West Virginia, by the way, across the river from the district… just ... More

Y-town Bishop Murry, SJ, dis-invites abortion-supporting State Rep. Hagan

Ohio State Representative Robert Hagan* of my home town, Youngstown, received a phone call from the Mercy School of Nursing** letting him know that George Murry, SJ, bishop of Youngstown, had requested that they rescind the invitation to have him speak at their commencement tomorrow. Hagan, who is Catholic, put this statement on his Facebook page: Ohio State Rep. Bob Hagan D-YoungstownI have fough... More

Reader: Christopher Hitchens dies of cancer, Wisconsin cuts funding to PP, SC Gov. Haley endorses Romney

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Pat Archbold is still praying for Christopher Hitchens, an atheist writer who passed away this morning. [Correction: he died last night.] http://is.gd/uOtopL Our own Thomas Peters encouraged Catholics to pray for Hitchens when word first broke out about his cancer back in 2010. http://is.gd/ZODe9L Pla... More

Reader: Election 2011 results, Paterno to resign, Christmas tree tax, Bishop warns of ‘Atheocracy’

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. Republicans take over Virginia Senate, pending a recount. Bryce Reeves (right) has an 86 vote lead. If that holds, the GOP will control both house of the Legislature and the Governor’s office. http://cvote.to/7w Ohio voters rejected GOP’s public union reform plan but also rejected President Obama’s hea... More



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