I am on holiday for a week and, so, will limit my postings to my usual morning commentary. Please check NCRToday, our group blog, for links to other important stories.
In January, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor,
Among the principal findings of the report:
46% of all workers in Los Angeles, 811,000 workers, make less than $15 per hour.
More than half of those workers, 454,000, are full-time workers.
The crisis in the Ukraine has brought home how important the National Collection for the Church in Eastern Europe remains. This collection will be taken up tomorrow, Ash Wednesday. The Catholic Church in Ukraine has a long history of persecution. Like its Orthodox brethren, it was persecuted by the communists but it has also been on the receiving end of hostility from some of the Orthodox brethren.
Andrew Abela and Joseph Capizzi have just published “A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions & Insights from Catholic Teaching.” The book is much better than I feared. (More on the substance of the fears anon.) It consists of quotes drawn from the Church’s teaching on issues of business and economics and one can only hope that many Catholic businesspeople will better acquaint themselves with that teaching via this medium.
Vatican Insider is has an English language report on Argentinean theologian Victor Manuel Fernandez, who took on the idea of "non-negotiable" teachings of the Church in an interview with La Repubblica. It was Professor Robbie George who was the first and loudest proponent of this "non-negotiable" nonsense here in the States. I wonder if we will hear it again from his and his acolytes?
This report in the Inlander details the efforts of Catholic Charities in Spokane, Washington to help poor people sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The story explains, powerfully, how the lives of those who need insurance are often chaotic, and they need help to access the benefits the ACA confers.
Henry Blodget at Business Insider places the blame for the anemic economic recovery right where it belongs: The greed of American corporations.
Over at the SCOTUS blog, Rick Garnett has a very thoughtful essay on the issues at stake in the Supreme Court's upcoming oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood challenges to the HHS contraception mandate.
No one should be surprised that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops to occupy key strategic assets within the Crimea. The darling of Sochi, who basked in all the attention and respectability that comes with hosting an Olympics, remained at heart a thug. That, we could live with. But this thug has a vision, a vision of a restored Russian Empire. It is a vision that has already caused the deaths of countless thousands in Georgia and South Ossetia. That vision is currently provoking chaos in Ukraine and threatening something worse then chaos.
A short documentary about the spiritual significance of dogs. Keep the Kleenex close.