At the National Post, Charles Camosy of Fordham offers the hope that Justin Trudeau's bizarre decision to introduce a litmus test on abortions rights for Liberal members of parliament might ignite the kind of policy debate that could yield not only better public policy but greater intellectual consistency on the part of liberals and conservatives alike.
On no day have I been more relieved that I did not vote for President Barack Obama’s re-election than Wednesday when he addressed the graduating cadets at West Point. My relief is ephemeral because, without my vote, Obama still won and so was able to articulate a foreign policy perspective that explicitly places America’s interests above America’s values. Liberal ideals be damned.
Here is a statement from the Massachusetts Catholic Conference on proposed gun control legislation in the Bay State:
STATEMENT OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF THE COMMONWEALTH ON PROPOSED FIREARM LEGISLATION
“The Roman Catholic Bishops of the Commonwealth are in support of adjustments to existing firearm laws. Any law that would address the role that violence, some mental illnesses, and substance abuse play in many tragedies involving firearms would be a welcomed advance in this area of the law and would be a great benefit to our society.
The Star-Tribune reports that in a deposition, former Vicar General of the Archdiocese of St. Paul, Rev. Peter Laird, said he had recommended to Archbishop John Nienstedt that he resign his post as archbishop. It is advice that should have been taken at the time. It is advice that should still be taken today. This is not going to end well for the archbishop and the only thing he is prolonging is the misery of the poor people in a great, historic archdiocese that deserves better.
Yesterday, I wrote about the Catholic case against libertarianism. I had not planned on revisiting the topic but then my friend Rick Garnett, of Notre Dame, tweeted out a link to my article with the comment: “’Laissez-faire’ is a straw man, I think. Doesn’t exist.” Professor Garnett is one of the brightest and, usually, most incisive, commentators in the U.S. Catholic commentariat. I will attribute his pithy, but woefully inadequate, comment to end-of-semester fatigue combined with the limitations of the twitter-verse.
From Radio Vaticana, the text of Pope Francis' message to the International Labor Organization. Funny, he did not talk about the need to let the invisible hand of the market work its wonders, or the need to legally prioritize the right to property over the rights of workers, nor did he worry about "collectivism." No, the pope championed solidarity and the organizations, both civil society and civil government, that can facilitate and instantiate solidarity.
Over at RNS, Mark Silk thinks the Holy Father's comments on the presser coming back from the Holy Land indicate that bishops are soon to be held accountable for failing to abide by their own rules governing the handling of sex abuse charges by their clergy. Me thinks Silk is right.
At the Daily Beast, Tim Teeman profiles Helen Patton, and what it was like to grow up with such a famous grandfather. A very interesting story of cross-generational influences and perspectives.
Last year, I debated Father Robert Sirico, Founder of the Acton Institute. During the debate, Fr. Sirico suggested that while I might be a heretic on other grounds, my economic views may be wrong, but they were not, indeed could not be, heretical.
Michael Shulson, at Religion & Politics, writes about the return of "Moral Mondays" at the state capitol in Raleigh, North Carolina, where progressive activists gather to argue for more humane treatment of the citizenry from that state's GOP-controlled legislature.