The Obama administration appears ready to wade into the murky waters of anti-discrimination policy. They are set to announce a new rule that would bar federal contracts from b e awarded to companies that do not have a non-discrimination policy for gays and lesbians. On this, the administration is likely to get the rule wrong.
Distinctly Catholic: The man the USCCB is set to tap for the Committee on Domestic Policy is an attorney who focused on issues relating to religious freedom. Surprise, surprise.
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Argentina's appeal of a lower court ruling in favor of predatory hedge funds that buy sovereign debt for pennies on the dollar and then seek repayment at full value. JubileeUSA, which had urged the court to rule against the vulture funds, has the story and their response here. This is very bad news and gives the lie to those who claim "rule of law" is sufficient regulation of markets.
One of the best things about Trinity Sunday is that we get to sing the hymn Grosser Gott, or "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name," which is our English version of the Te Deum. You would think you would be able to find a good video of this great hymn being sung in English, but I could not locate one. Here it is being sung in German at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna.
Melinda Gates recently announced that the Gates Foundation will not fund abortions in its anti-poverty, family planning programs. I know, I know. Many on the right will be upset that Gates continues to link birth control with fighting poverty.
I confess up front to two difficulties in writing this morning. First, the text of Paul Griffiths’ talk at the recent Catholic Theological Society of America convention is not yet published and I was not in the room. Second, I am not a theologian by training but an historian, and the two enterprises yield different casts of mind to be sure. But, with those caveats stated, the issues raised by Griffiths, and the responses they are generating, are too fascinating to sit this one out.
I was one of those concerned that the USCCB had invited Bradley Wilcox to address them yesterday at their meeting in New Orleans, given his op-ed in the Washington Post which was, at best, tone deaf in its treatment of violence against women. And, while I was not able to hear the entirety of his talk, and the USCCB has not yet posted the on-demand video of it, what I did hear was fine. He agreed with liberals that you cannot discuss the sad state of marriage without looking at the economic pressures most families face.
Over at Mirror of Justice, Rick Garnett raises some issues about the commentary on the recent conference "Erroneous Autonomy: The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism." I still do not buy his charge that we are tilting at strawmen: The fact that laissez-faire does not exist in a pristine form does not mean that those who tend to look to its worldview for answers are real, not straw, and their arguments pernicious precisely because they invest the "laws of the market" with autho
Distinctly Catholic: The last thing for the United States to do is be dragged back into an Iraqi civil war. The territorial integrity of Iraq isn't worth the killing.
Elizabeth Stoker, writing at The Week, points to the flimsiness and incoherence of NRO's recent attempt to takedown Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez's talk at the conference "Erroneous Autonomy: The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism." Her treatment is brief, but she puts her finger right on the libertarian fallacies.