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MA Bishops Back Gun Control


Here is a statement from the Massachusetts Catholic Conference on proposed gun control legislation in the Bay State:


“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. 

+Nienstedt Should Take the Advice


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.

Is "Laissez-faire" a "straw man"?


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.

Pope Francis vs. Acton Institute


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.


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