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Links for 12/14/15


Normally, I am a fan of Peggy Noonan. But, her post at WSJ about "prayer-shaming" is bizarre. The point of the "prayer-shaming" is not to deny the efficacy of prayer, but to point out the hypocrisy of those in a position of responsibility, with power to do something about assault rifles, conveniently hiding behind prayer to mask their inaction. I agree that the other side is not much better and they could have waited before exploiting the tragedy for political gain.

Links for 11/30/15


Less than a fortnight after the USCCB adopted a new version of "Faithful Citizenship" that really, really encourages Catholics to vote Republican, the conservative political right has proven the old adage that no good deed goes unpunished. Breitbart, the clearinghouse for political conservatism's latest ideas and news, suggests that the Church is not helping refugees out of obedience to the Word of God.

Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis


Tomorrow, the government of Puerto Rico has a debt payment due of $354 million. News reports indicate that the commonwealth may be able to cobble together the money to make this payment but, as Governor Alejandro Padilla has correctly said, the overall debt of the island’s government is “unpayable.” A yet larger payment is due on January 1. Puerto Rico’s total debt now stands at $72 billion.


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