At National Review, Ed Whelan of the Ethics and Public Policy Center responds to my criticism of the degree to which the US bishops have turned over their religious liberty campaign to the Becket Fund. His critique is pretty weak.
Distinctly Catholic: It will take more than a president to fix the messes we are in, the economic, environmental and moral messes. It will take all of us.
At Time magazine, Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez, OFM calls on Congress to pass legislation extending bankruptcy protections to Puerto Rico.
At the Religion & Ethics page of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Charles Camosy on what Pope Francis might think of the Planned Parenthood video controversy.
The undercover video of a Planned Parenthood official describing the extraction of body parts, between bites of a salad and sips of wine, is not easy to watch. In some basic sense, the videotaped comments speak for themselves: This is what dehumanization looks and sounds like. Hannah Arendt coined the term “banality of evil” and it applies here. Still, the video raises as many questions as it answers for the pro-life movement.
A report from the Kalmanovitz Initiative at Georgetown University on the efforts to organize adjunct faculty at the school. This could be a model for other universities dealing with this important issue. Certainly, schools that are concerned with their Catholic identity need to consider living in accordance with the Church's social doctrine. (h/t to Clayton Sinyai at the Catholic Labor Network.)
Distinctly Catholic. Will someone in authority in the church tell the Little Sisters that they can fill out the form with a clear conscience?
Jubilee USA, which has done such great work on the issues of sovereign debt forgiveness, responds to the Holy Father's comments on the plan back from Latin America, calling for an international bankruptcy process to help countries burdened by debt. Corporations have the right to go into bankruptcy courts, why not "the people"?
The deal with Iran, after marathon negotiations, was greeted with both derision and praise yesterday. There is no doubt President Obama hopes the deal will be one of the cornerstones of his legacy, a hope that only increases suspicions. But the critics of the deal mostly covered themselves in shame yesterday.
At Huffington Post, an advocate for physician-assisted suicide demonstrates how little she understands the Catholic Church: The constituency of a bishop is not Catholic voters, it is Jesus Christ. More importantly, this is an issue on which the Church's leaders should continue to engage, and engage deeply because it is frightening to contemplate, as you can tell by the euphemisms deployed by the proponents of PAS.
While my phone line and email inbox were filling with delight at the Holy Father’s addresses during his Latin American tour last week, especially his talk to the World Congress of Social Movements, it appears that some other prominent Catholic commentators were crying in their beer or gnashing their teeth. It did not take long for them to vent their frustrations.