In this morning's Washington Post, Meghan Clark and Nichole Flores explain who gets hurt in a government shutdown: women and children in need. Of course, the House of Representatives earlier voted to slash the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) so perhaps we should not be surprised. But, the point must be made again and again - the political theater that is Washington today has real world effects.
The National Catholic Bioethics Center does important work, but I fear their latest statement betrays a bias against the Affordable Care Act that has colored their judgment. This issue is whether or not Catholic institutions can serve as "navigators" or other facilitators for the implementation of the new law, helping to get poor people to understand the new law and to "navigate" through their choices to find the policy that will best serve their needs and the subsidies that will permit them to pay for it. The NCBC says Catholic institutions should not help in this way.
Gar Alperovitz’s book What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution is the worst book you really should read.
In an article for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' "Life Issues Forum," Richard Doerflinger seeks to set forth "the facts" about abortion coverage under the Affordable Care Act. To be sure, Doerflinger, the point man for the bishops' conference on pro-life issues, is exceedingly knowledgeable about these matters, and his commitment to the pro-life cause is as admirable as it is obvious. But knowledge and commitment also require a sense of perspective and balance, without which you get a tendentious article like the one he wrote.
There is much that is praiseworthy in the pastoral letter of the bishops of Colorado on the issue of immigration reform. But, at times, it seems to be challenging the previous statements of the U.S. Bishops' conference and trafficking in conservative, largely discredited ideas, about the health of society.
As Melinda Henneberger notes in her column at the Washington Post, some of the most incisive comments about Pope Francis during the discussion "The Francis Factor," which launched John Carr's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown Tuesday night, came from David Brooks, who is not a Catholic.
LifeSiteNews is not happy. First they attacked CRS and CCHD for their work among the poor. Now, they are going after Pope Francis. The myopia of this crowd is stunning. Haven't they ever heard of multi-tasking? The Church can defend the poor and the unborn.
Today is the 25th anniversary of the episcopal ordination of Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez, the Archbishop of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Last autumn, I had hoped to attend the festivities marking the 500th arrival of the first bishop of the Catholic Church in the Western Hemisphere, +Alonso Manso, the first bishop of San Juan, Puerto Rico. But, Ambrose, the St. Bernard, got sick and I had to cancel. This morning, having secured the services of the best dog sitter on the planet, I am heading to San Juan for a different, and more personal, celebration: Thursday, October 3, will mark the 25th anniversary of the episcopal ordination of +Roberto Gonzalez, who is now the archbishop of San Juan. Ergo, no post this morning.