Voters will go to the polls in several states tomorrow to cast ballots in primary elections. In California, my friend Doug Kmiec is running as an Independent candidate for Congress. He has built his campaign on the belief that campaign financing is ruining our democracy as well as a much needed reminder that "both parties have let us down." The observation is so obvious yet, how is one to create change when third parties are at such a disadvantage?
Over at HuffPost, C. J. Reid on "Brains, guns and preventable murder."
Robert Blair Kaiser has taken issue with the excommunication of an Austrian couple, Martha and Gert Heizer, because they held Eucharistic celebrations without a priest. Kaiser’s column is one of the most muddled, ill-considered articles I have read in a long time and it warrants a response.
At Crisis magazine, Regis Martin has penned an extraordinary screed in which he accuses most of the nation's - and the world's - bishops for cowardice because they do not follow the application of Canon 915 the way that Cardinal Burke and Bishop Paprocki and Archbishop Vigneron do. Mr. Martin writes:
Billy Kangas, an anti-hunger activist, has a great article up at Millennial that explains why ending hunger is also a pro-life cause worthy of the attention of pro-life advocates. The seamless garment is back.
Israeli politicians are debating the possibility of unilateral withdrawals from certain heavily populated areas in the West Bank. Peter Berkowitz looks at the pro's and con's.
At the National Post, Charles Camosy of Fordham offers the hope that Justin Trudeau's bizarre decision to introduce a litmus test on abortions rights for Liberal members of parliament might ignite the kind of policy debate that could yield not only better public policy but greater intellectual consistency on the part of liberals and conservatives alike.
On no day have I been more relieved that I did not vote for President Barack Obama’s re-election than Wednesday when he addressed the graduating cadets at West Point. My relief is ephemeral because, without my vote, Obama still won and so was able to articulate a foreign policy perspective that explicitly places America’s interests above America’s values. Liberal ideals be damned.
Here is a statement from the Massachusetts Catholic Conference on proposed gun control legislation in the Bay State:
STATEMENT OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF THE COMMONWEALTH ON PROPOSED FIREARM LEGISLATION
“The Roman Catholic Bishops of the Commonwealth are in support of adjustments to existing firearm laws. Any law that would address the role that violence, some mental illnesses, and substance abuse play in many tragedies involving firearms would be a welcomed advance in this area of the law and would be a great benefit to our society.
The Star-Tribune reports that in a deposition, former Vicar General of the Archdiocese of St. Paul, Rev. Peter Laird, said he had recommended to Archbishop John Nienstedt that he resign his post as archbishop. It is advice that should have been taken at the time. It is advice that should still be taken today. This is not going to end well for the archbishop and the only thing he is prolonging is the misery of the poor people in a great, historic archdiocese that deserves better.