At the Washington Post's "On Faith," blog, Charles Camosy looks at the abortion laws in Ireland and explains how Ireland is one of the safest place for pregnant women on the planet. The money quote: "Even after the malpractice which led to Savita’s horrible death, Ireland remains one of the safest places in the world for pregnant women. It is a great example of a developed country which refuses to choose between women and their prenatal children.
Welcome to Distinctly Catholic, a blog by Michael Sean Winters that examines politics, religion and the estuary where the two meet, all from a distinctively Catholic point of view. The blog is small "c" catholic as well as big "C" Catholic, examining a wide range of issues but always from the perspective of Catholic history and theology.
In this morning's Washington Post, Harold Meyerson looks at the future of organized labor. This is a large question for the Church. The labor movement has been one of the Church's strongest allies through the years.
In her most recent column, Ann Coulter sneers -- actually, it is worse than that -- at evangelicals who have come to support immigration reform, or, as she puts it, "amnesty for illegal aliens." I have been told I am not supposed to used the word "venom," but if this is not venomous, what is it?
Let’s look at two unrelated news stories.
The Washington Post has a report this morning on yesterday's congressional hearing into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi last September. There is no issue that dramatized the partisanship of Fox and MSNBC than the Benghazi attack. Fox claims there was a cover-up and Sean Hannity says it is like Watergate. At MSNBC, they mention Ben Gay more often than they do Benghazi.
Over at Religion & Politics, Amy Frykholm examines Hillary Clinton's efforts to reach out to religious groups in conducting foreign diplomacy during her tenure as Secretary of State.
The Holy Father’s address to the International Union of Superiors General was a small masterpiece. There were many aspects of his talk that warrant attention, but this morning I would like to focus on his paragraph about the ecclesial mission of consecrated life, specifically his call to “’sentire’ con la Chiesa,” to think and feel with the Church.
Here is the Zenit translation of the relevant paragraph:
Over at RealClearReligion.com, Nicholas G. Hahn III has an essay attacking me and this blog this morning. Seeing as he never really engages any of my arguments, I do not think his article warrants a reply. But, my beloved St. Bernard, Ambrose, wishes to assure readers of NCR and RCR that he is grateful for their prayers.
Michael Gerson, in this morning's Washington Post, on the common good. I especially like his ending, pointing out the way Catholic Social Teaching challenges everybody!
At Millennial, Robert Christian has a penetrating and important essay on the way we objectify people, especially women, with ideas of "attractiveness" that can be very harmful. This essay is important in its own right, but it also indicates the way some of our Millennial Catholics see things in ways that escape the attention of some of us old goats. Great stuff.