Today the Maryland House of Representatives will hold a hearing on a proposal to allow physician-assisted suicide. The proposal in Maryland is almost uniquely bad. For example, the bill does not even require a physician prescribing a lethal injection to order a psychological evaluation of the person requesting it. I do not believe there are any safeguards that would justify supporting the proposal, but without them, the possibilities of abuse should be obvious even to those who are sympathetic to physician-assisted suicide.
Tom Rosshirt, writing at the horribly named International Integrators, on what makes for a good speech - and so much more. It has been almost two years since we have seen a column by Rosshirt who is one of the most gifted writers I know.
This morning, on the NCR homepage, we have posted a new editorial calling for an end to the death penalty in the United States. This morning, too, that same editorial is running on the homepages at Our Sunday Visitor, the National Catholic Register, and America.
Downton is pure, unadulterated fluff, the kind of thing for which we should turn to television. But, Wolf Hall, BBC's latest drama, is that horrible creature, fiction written with historical figures. At the Telegraph, Dominic Selwood on why the show's portrayal of a sympathetic Thomas Cromwell is way off the mark. I concur. More importantly, so does Simon Schama.
When my dad entered St. Mary’s parish school in Jewett City, Connecticut, he did not speak English, only Polish, and so he had to repeat first grade. The nuns oversaw my dad’s transition from Polish farmhouse to American mainstream. The middle of nine children, he was the first to go to college and by the time I came on the scene, he was as American as apple pie. A few weeks ago, he told me he was going to Mass at Sagrada Corazon church about fifteen minutes from our home, because he had requested a Mass there for the mother of a Spanish-speaking friend of the family.
Cardinal Raymond Burke is at it again. In an interview posted at Rorate Caeli, he suggests that Evangelii Gaudium is not an exercise in the papal magisterium. For the record, in the English translation, the pope intends precisely the opposite of what Cardinal Burke states. More to the point, why even try and suggest such a thing? He is either very, very bewildered or heading towards the door marked schism.
Distinctly Catholic: In Lent, the Gloria and Alleluia are suppressed in the liturgy, but there is nothing to prevent San Diegans from using these expressions of joy today.
There has been a lot of foolish ink spilled on the issue of President Obama's Authorization for Use of Military Force in the fight against ISIS. Here is some very fine congressional testimony by the Brookings Institution's Ben Wittes and others.
Israeli Prime Minister will make the biggest blunder of his professional career tomorrow when he addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, thumbing his nose at the incumbent President and, worse, opening a hole in the dam of bipartisan support for strong U.S.-Israeli relations.
Yesterday, I linked to the text of Bishop Flores' lecture here at Catholic University on Tuesday. Here is a link to Pat Zapor's news report on the lecture and, if you want to know why you should read it, Zapor's article zooms right in on the most provocative claim: