Senator Marco Rubio of Florida gave a speech yesterday at the Catholic University of America in which he focused on the importance of family as a bedrock of society and an incubator of values. The event was co-sponsored by the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, where I serve as a visiting fellow, and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The Washington Post reports that the White House is working on an alternative to the current "accommodation" for religious non-profits that object to complying with the contraception mandate. It is not clear from the report what that alternative would look like.
Over at Millennial, Kate Gordon has a very thoughtful essay on the border crisis based on a personal story, and focused on practical solutions. More good stuff from our next generation of Catholic writers.
Yesterday’s dueling rulings from the D.C. and 4th Circuit courts, regarding the legality of health care subsidies in those states that opted not to erect a state-level health insurance exchange, are occasioning all manner of hand wringing. On the merits, the 4th Circuit got it right and the D.C. Circuit got it wrong.
While the USCCB seems more interested in the plight of Christians at Hobby Lobby than the plight of Christians in the Holy Land (with the exception of Bishop Pates), Yleem Poblete, writing at American Thinker, makes the case for Obama to appoint, at long last, a new ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. Ms. Poblete is a new fellow at the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies where I serve as a visiting fellow.
My review of George Marsden's wonderful book, The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief, has been published at the Los Angeles Review of Books. You can find it here. You can also listen to a fine interview with Marsden conducted by Art Remillard of St. Francis University by clicking here. And, most importantly, I cannot strongly enough urge readers to get Marsden's book and read it.
Distinctly Catholic: I find it astonishing that a statement signed on behalf of bishops fails to mention God and is so utterly devoid of pastoral sensibility.
Mark Silk, at RNS, explains why every Catholic bishop in America should be worried about the allegations by Jennifer Haselberger in the St. Paul, Minnesota meltdown. Silk is spot-on. The money quote:
Several U.S. bishops have stepped up in recent days, not only to voice the Church's continued support for comprehensive immigration reform, but specifically to offer their assistance to the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children coming to the border from Central America.
There are few satisfactions in life greater than earning a rebuke from Bill Donohue of the Catholic League. He took issue with my column on Friday calling upon Archbishop Nienstedt to resign. The last thing I want to do is get into a shouting match with Bill Donohue: He has far more practice shouting than I do. But, I take the liberty of sharing with readers how being attacked by Donohue makes me feel.