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Let's Keep Climbing on this Limb


Over at First Things, Catholic University's Michael Gorman asks if Catholics will comply with the HHS mandate if we lose in the courts. He rightly points to the danger of using strong language in making our case but, then, astonishingly, suggests that we should shutter our Catholic institutions rather than comply. This is a strange stance coming from a philosophy professor whom, one would hope, had a sense of proportion and balance.

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


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?


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


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.


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