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MSW Visits Notre Dame


By reputation, I had long been aware that the University of Notre Dame is a great Catholic university. This past weekend, for the very first time, I made the trek to South Bend and was able to assess that reputation first hand and, in the event, to confirm it. I have many impressions of my whirlwind three days on campus. Here are some of them.

"He is our son"


At the first day of the Synod, an Australian couple told a story about friends of theirs who welcomed their gay son and his partner at Christmastime. They rightly noted that the couple in question summed up their attitude in a few words "He is our son." It is not only the appropriate Christian response, it is the only humane response.

The Synod Opens


The Holy Father opened the Extraordinary Synod on the Family at Mass in St. Peter’s on Sunday. We have grown accustomed to the Holy Father delivering powerful, precise, challenging homilies. These words could not be lost on the assembled synod fathers:

Obama Can't Catch a Break


I am not the only person who has soured on President Barack Obama, but still, it does not seem fair that when the unemployment rate hits a six-year low, he gets almost no credit for that fact. The guy can't catch a break. And, the GOP charge that this recovery is still relatively anemic compared to previous recoveries misses the point: The downturn in 2008 was worse than previous recessions, economically and psychologically, so of course the recovery has been different. 


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