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Next Week's USCCB Mtg & The Ad Hoc Cmte on Religious Liberty

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Yesterday, in advance of next week’s spring meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I looked at the future of the bishops’ quadrennial document on the responsibilities of Catholics in political life, Faithful Citizenship. Today, I would like to look at another item on next week’s agenda, whether or not to extend the life of the ad hoc committee on religious liberty.

I do not anticipate that the bishops will pull the plug on this ad hoc committee, but they should.

What is George Weigel Smoking?

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Over at Aleteia, George Weigel has a review of a new book by Margaret Brinig and Nicole Stelle Garnett on the relationship of Catholic schools to the social capital in the neighborhoods they serve. I will be reviewing that book tomorrow. But, what is strange about Weigel's review is that he uses it to bring up an old proposal of his that the authors do not advocate. Weigel wants to shut down the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and turn it into a campaign to save Catholic schools.

Evaluating Hillary Clinton's Tenure at State

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In yesterday's Outlook section of the Washington Post, Walter Russell Meade offered a very fair assessment of Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State. Meade gets past the shouting about Benghazi and provides a detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses Secretary Clinton brought to her work, what she achieved, and what she did not achieve. Definitely, worth a read.

Kmiec's Quixotic Campaign

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Voters will go to the polls in several states tomorrow to cast ballots in primary elections. In California, my friend Doug Kmiec is running as an Independent candidate for Congress. He has built his campaign on the belief that campaign financing is ruining our democracy as well as a much needed reminder that "both parties have let us down." The observation is so obvious yet, how is one to create change when third parties are at such a disadvantage?

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