Those are the words used to describe the Supreme Court's jurisprudence regarding the First Amendment's Establishment Clause in a forthcoming article on the Hobby Lobby case. Mark Silk at RNS has the story.
Thanks to Morning Briefing for highlighting this story about how the Catholic bishops of Indiana are addressing the issue of same-sex marriage in their state. They state the Church's positions, all of them, clearly, starting with the dignity of gay people. The statement is respectful and orthodox. What more can you ask for?
Here is an Advent hymn with some deliciously modern minor chords throughout.
The incompetence of Kathleen Sebelius continues. Despite the fact that the Affordable Care Act requires every health insurance exchange to include a plan that does not cover abortion, despite the fact that without this provision of the law, the law would not have passed, it turns out that in many states, no such plan is being offered and even if there is such a plan, you will have a hard time finding that fact out. Grant Gallicho at Commonweal has the story.
Last night, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the budget deal negotiated by Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray. They also passed a defense bill and a one month extension of the farm bill. Not a word or a vote about extending unemployment benefits for those who have been without work for an extended period of time.
In this week's Common Good Forum at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, NCR's own Tom Roberts has a beautiful reflection on his own immigrant history and how that leads to a sense of solidarity with today's immigrants.
I know that chant is not for everybody, but this Advent classic is so beautiful.
To my way of thinking, there is no higher honor for those of us who comment on Catholicism in the public square than to be singled out by LifeSiteNews as someone who is, in their view, doing the devil's work. That is the "Oscar" award to which all of us who aspire to be in the sanity caucus should aspire.
Someone, please explain to me how this beautiful hymn did not make it into the Worship hymnal but they had room for some truly dreadful tunes?