At America magazine, John Carr looks at the upcoming meeting of the President with the Pope.
Last week, I wrote about the fact that the legislature in my home state of Connecticut is debating a physician assisted suicide bill and I linked to a powerful, moving op-ed from Vicki Kennedy published just before a referendum in Massachusetts on a similar proposal there. Another important essay published before the 2012 vote in the Bay State was brought to my attention.
Lorena O'Neil profiles Cardinal Sean O'Malley at Ozy.media. One thing to note. If you doubt it is a new day in the Church, this profile of "the most influential Catholic in America," quotes John Carr, Chris Hale and yours truly. 'Nuff said.
This Thursday, President Obama will visit Pope Francis. The pictures alone will set certain conservative hearts on edge and make liberal Catholics swoon. But, will the visit yield more than a photo-op for a president struggling with low poll numbers? Can we expect anything of substance to emerge from the meeting, or at least for some seeds to be planted that might yield a harvest later on?
The Ignatian Solidarity Network has posted a list of ideas for ways that people can stand in solidarity with our bishops when they go to the border on March 31st and, just as importantly, in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters. If your parish or diocese is not doing anything yet, here are some good ideas of things to be done. Remember NCR readers - we are the ultramontanists now!
This report at Vatican Insider about the European bishops' recent statement on the situation the continent faces is important for several reasons. First, they have not abandoned the "European project" at a time when nationalistic parties are all too willing to stoke social and political anxieties by ranting about Brussels. Second, they forcefully advocate for solidarity when all too many economists, and the politicians who listen to them, keep preaching a doctrine of austerity.
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The legislature in my home state of Connecticut is debating a proposal to permit physician assisted suicide. This is the latest such political battle over the issue. In 2012, Massachusetts voters narrowly defeated a similar proposal in a referendum. The next year, the legislature in Vermont adopted one. Physician assisted suicide has been legal in Oregon since the 90s and in Washington State since 2008.
Over at Religion & Politics, Tracy Fessenden looks at the forthcoming possible outcomes of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby case, which challenges part of the HHS contraception mandate. This is a fine summation of the different points of view and I suspect Fessenden is right, that the Roberts' Court will look for a "save" on the most limited grounds possible, instead of seeking an over-arching opinion on religious liberty cases.
The Massachusetts Catholic Conference weighs in on the need to raise the minimum wage. I am sure the crazies who have spent much time attacking Fr. Bryan Hehir these past few years will be having a field day. The bishops of the bay State are to be commended: This is Catholic Social teaching 101.