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Greetings From Baltimore


The bishops are at the Basilica of the Assumption for Mass this morning. The public sessions will begin at 10 a.m. with Cardinal Timothy Dolan's presidential address and a speech by the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Vigano. I will be here in Baltimore for the next three days, live-blogging the USCCB plenary. My colleagues Joshua McElwee and Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ, are also here. So stay tuned to NCR's website for the most complete, incisive coverage of this year's USCCB meeting.

RC Leaders Urge Bishops to Defend Anti-Poverty Programs


Every few months, another right-wing groups attacks the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) or Catholic Relief Services (CRS), usually leveling a charge of guilt by association because one of these anti-poverty organizations finds itself, in the field, aligned with other groups that do not share the Church's teachings in one regard or another. It would all be foolish if it were not so insidious.

Blomberg on Town of Greece v. Galloway


Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel at the Becket Fund, has a fine essay commenting on the Supreme Court case Town of Greece v. Galloway, in which the town's right to open its meetings with a prayer is being challenged. I am not an originalist, so I care a lot less what Sam Adams thought of prayers at legislative meetings, but I think Blomberg hits the nail on the head when he notes: "Today’s oral argument before the U.S.

Fr. Dwight vs. Cardinal Oscar


A little over a month ago, I had never heard of Fr. Dwight Longenecker. But, when he viciously attacked a young woman's article, an article I had also criticized but tried to criticize with some measure of charity, I made Longenecker's unhappy, albeit electronic, acquaintance. I had, and have, no desire to get involved in an on-going vet of his particular brand of vitriol.


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