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The Planned Parenthood Undercover Video


The undercover video of a Planned Parenthood official describing the extraction of body parts, between bites of a salad and sips of wine, is not easy to watch. In some basic sense, the videotaped comments speak for themselves: This is what dehumanization looks and sounds like. Hannah Arendt coined the term “banality of evil” and it applies here. Still, the video raises as many questions as it answers for the pro-life movement.

Links for 07/16/15


A report from the Kalmanovitz Initiative at Georgetown University on the efforts to organize adjunct faculty at the school. This could be a model for other universities dealing with this important issue. Certainly, schools that are concerned with their Catholic identity need to consider living in accordance with the Church's social doctrine. (h/t to Clayton Sinyai at the Catholic Labor Network.)

Links for 07/14/15


At Huffington Post, an advocate for physician-assisted suicide demonstrates how little she understands the Catholic Church: The constituency of a bishop is not Catholic voters, it is Jesus Christ. More importantly, this is an issue on which the Church's leaders should continue to engage, and engage deeply because it is frightening to contemplate, as you can tell by the euphemisms deployed by the proponents of PAS.

More Dissent on the Right


While my phone line and email inbox were filling with delight at the Holy Father’s addresses during his Latin American tour last week, especially his talk to the World Congress of Social Movements, it appears that some other prominent Catholic commentators were crying in their beer or gnashing their teeth. It did not take long for them to vent their frustrations.

"Take nothing for the journey."


Yesterday’s Gospel reading really struck me, and the homily I heard on the text confirmed my impression. The text begins with the Master giving very precise instructions to his apostles:

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two
and gave them authority over unclean spirits. 
He instructed them to take nothing for the journey
but a walking stick—
no food, no sack, no money in their belts. 
They were, however, to wear sandals
but not a second tunic. 


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