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Injustice in Ferguson

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Last night, District Attorney Robert McCulloch announced that a St. Louis County grand jury had declined to vote a true bill of indictment against police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The announcement was followed by episodic violence, out of all proportion to the grand jury decision: The violence was episodic. The injustices our criminal justice system perpetrates on black Americans is systemic.

Pat Archbold's Alternate Universe

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Over at the National Catholic Register, Pat Archbold is very upset with the USCCB for their statement supporting President Obama's executive order on immigration. Mr. Archbold is entitled to his opinions to be sure. And the Register, which likes to claim the mantle of obedience to the hierarchy, is entitled to print it. But, all of us in the press, even those of us who write opinion columns, are bound by the basic requirement of sanity in our writing.

Tea Leaves in the Windy City

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Last week, Archbishop Blase Cupich took the reins of the Archdiocese of Chicago, catapulted from the relatively small Diocese of Spokane (Catholic population of around 100,000) to the largest and most important diocese of the Midwest (Catholic population of around 2.2 million). The archbishops of Chicago also have played a significant role in the life of the Church in the entire United States and in the world. The installation of a new archbishop, therefore, has everyone scrutinizing the tea leaves to figure out what it means.

+Gomez Reacts to Obama Speech

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Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez issued a strong statement applauding the President's actions on immigration but reminding everyone that the measures adopted do not go far enough. We still need comprehensive immigration reform and, now, sadly, the GOP appears unwilling to bring the issue up in the lame duck, even though they know the Senate-passed reform legislation would win on a vote tomorrow. 

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