The press release below from Democrats for Life indicates that the health care exchange set up in Rhode Island has failed to abide by one of the much-debated provisions of the Affordable Care Act, namely, that each exchange must offer at least one plan that does not include abortion coverage. As I have noted before, I think there are plenty of circumstances in which a family might want a plan that covers abortion, even though they never intend to use it, but because other provisions of the given plan meet their needs.
Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois held his service of “Prayers in Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage” yesterday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
The London-based international Catholic weekly The Tablet has launched a new website and, to promote it, all content is now free. I have some skin in this game: I am the U.S. correspondent for the Tablet in addition to my duties here at NCR. Those who care about the Church and the world of ideas should, of course, have subscriptions to both.
I know that this story has gone viral: A well-intentioned manager at a Wal-Mart set up a box for donations in an employee lounge so that the store's associates - that would be their employees - who are too poor to afford Thanksgiving dinner can get some help from their co-workers. Wal-Mart's employees are paid so little, and receive no benefits, that they might not be able to afford Thanksgiving.
At RealClearBooks, Peter Berkowitz reviews Ari Shavit's new book "My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel." Those who increasingly adopt a knee-jerk anti-Israeli attitude are well advised to read the book, or at least the review!
Three recent articles were brought to my attention, all of which try to grapple with the themes articulated by Pope Francis. I am indebted to Rocco for providing the first two links and to an unknown sender for the third.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo offered his thoughts on “the interview” that Pope Francis gave to the Jesuit journals. Cardinal DiNardo writes:
Over at Commonweal, Michael Peppard blitzes and sacks a recent essay by Russell Moore, the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
This report from VIS News, on Pope Francis' video message to the Ecclesia in America conference in Mexico City ties in well with my morning post about the National Catholic Bioethics Center. The money quote:
Asia News reports on Pope Francis' homily the other day at Mass, in which he castigated worldiness and what he called "adolescent progressivism." Couldn't have said it better myself.
A group of devoted Catholics and other believers are engaged in a "Fast 4 Families" on the National Mall, to call attention to, and pray for the success of, comprehensive immigration reform. The group was visited by Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City after +Wester concluded his meetings at the USCCB plenary. Pray for those who are fasting and, if you can, pay them a visit to show your solidarity. Here is a video about the fast.