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Obama at the CHA


President Obama spoke to the Catholic Health Association meeting in Washington yesterday. Like all politicians speaking in front of religious groups, the president had to navigate some of the hard-to-see currents in the estuary where politics and religion mix and he mostly came out unscathed.

Getting the President of the United States to speak at a group’s annual meeting is one of the biggest coups possible in D.C. And, Obama made it clear why he chose this group to come and give a speech:

Erroneous Autonomy: A Conversation on Solidarity & Faith


Next Monday, the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies will convoke a conference, co-sponsored and hosted by the AFL-CIO, called “Erroneous Autonomy: A Conversation on Faith & Solidarity.” I am a visiting fellow at the Institute and have been working on this conference for about eight months. The keynote this year will be given by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, with a response from Fr.

Five Things to Remember


Every few days, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office for Media Relations sends reporters an email with the subject line "Five Things to Remember." They list various activities of the conference or highlight recent talks by bishops. The last item to remember is always "God loves you!" which is something we all need to remember. I am told that including this last item in every list of things to be remembered was the brainchild of Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, who watches over the USCCB from above now and is surely answering queries from the heavenly host.



I am not much for collecting things. I have never felt the need for items that trigger memories, neither pictures nor other memorabilia. Some days, I forget what day it is or forget to bring my suit to the dry cleaners, but I can remember the moments and encounters of my life without the stimulation of a thing.


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