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Links for 09/22/15


Cardinal Timothy Dolan throws his support behind efforts to link the 20-week abortion ban and paid family leave. Here is a classic case of the extremes controlling the debate and frustrating the kind of linkage that the cardinal rightly calls for. The GOP does not want to allow an amendment linking the two because they oppose paid family leave. The Dems do not want to make the 20-week abortion ban more likely to pass, so they oppose the linkage.

+Cupich: "A Consistent Ethic of Solidarity"


Archbishop Blase Cupich delivered a very important talk yesterday, speaking to the members of the Chicago Federation of Labor. His talk comes after Pope Francis’ many talks that focus on the importance of dignity of work and, as well, Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s address to a conference at the AFL-CIO headquarters in June, a conference that +Cupich attended and which was co-sponsored by Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research.

The Reagan Library Debate: Who Won and Who Lost


The first 20 minutes of the Republican debate at the Reagan Library last night were among the strangest television I have ever witnessed. The stage, with its impressive backdrop of the old Air Force One, was turned into a sandbox with the candidates hurling insults, not ideas. At first I thought moderator Jake Tapper has lost control of the debate, but then I realized that this kind of foolishness has been what the GOP contest has been like so far. Finally, Ohio Governor John Kasich stepped in and asked Tapper to tell the rest of the participants that recess was over. It was bizarre.

Links for 09/16/15


I am a word guy not a video guy, but let's break the mold today. Here are two videos for the readership. The first consists of interviews among participants at a conference on polarization in the Catholic Church that was held at the University of Notre Dame last April and which I was happy to attend. Many of those interviewed are also members of the Catholic Conversation Project which I wrote about in the current print issue of NCR. The second is a C-Span video of the panel on Pope Francis and Economics held yesterday at the Cato Institute.

Tonight's GOP Debate at the Reagan Library


Tonight, the GOP road show, actually the Trump road show that happens to be occurring in the middle of a GOP presidential nominating process, comes to the Reagan Library in California for a debate sponsored by CNN. A team of horses couldn’t pull me away from the television: what could be better than first class entertainment combined with third rate politics?


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