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Links for 07/15/15


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 Iran Nuke Agreement


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.

Links for 07/14/15


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.

More Dissent on the Right


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.

"Take nothing for the journey."


Yesterday’s Gospel reading really struck me, and the homily I heard on the text confirmed my impression. The text begins with the Master giving very precise instructions to his apostles:

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two
and gave them authority over unclean spirits. 
He instructed them to take nothing for the journey
but a walking stick—
no food, no sack, no money in their belts. 
They were, however, to wear sandals
but not a second tunic. 

Help for Puerto Rico


The headlines may be focused on the Greek debt crisis, but there is another, similar debt crisis coming to a head closer to home. The island of Puerto Rico has seen its bond market collapse, it is unable to raise the revenue to meet its debt obligations, and the whole economy on the island is teetering on the brink of collapse. “Congress should immediately extend bankruptcy protection to Puerto Rico,” said Eric LeCompte, executive director of JubileeUSA, a faith-based organization that focuses on issues of debt reduction. The island should have the same protections as any US city or state.


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November 20-December 3, 2015


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