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Election 2012 -- Bishop Thomas John Paprocki has been thinking a writing a lot about this year's presidential election. You no doubt already read Michael Sean Winter's assessment of the the bishop's talk in La Crosse, Wisc., for that city's Red Mass (See MSW Responds to +Paprocki).

Now we learn that Paprocki is writig about party platforms in his column in his diocesan newspaper. He writes, Why am I mentioning these matters in the Democratic Party Platform? There are many positive and beneficial planks in the Democratic Party Platform, but I am pointing out those that explicitly endorse intrinsic evils.

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So what about the Republicans? I have read the Republican Party Platform and there is nothing in it that supports or promotes an intrinsic evil or a serious sin.

Election 2012 -- Franciscans urge attention to climate change in election

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The Economy 2012 -- Jobless Claims in US Fall More Than Forecast to Two-Month Low

The Economy 2012 -- Economy in US Expanded Less Than Forecast in Second Quarter

Catholic priest accused of ivory smuggling. A priest accused of molestation in the US is now implicated in the illegal trade of ivory in the Phillippines.

Uruguay lawmakers vote to legalize abortion The vote in Uruguay's Chamber of Deputies was 50-49

Hindus disheartened at Catholic Church banning yoga in England

Bishop Lori in Baltimore: Catholic archbishop to host event opposing same-sex marriage

We are not making this up: The Roman Catholic ministry Courage, which perpetuates the "ex-gay" myth and demands a life of celibacy from gay people, has released a terrifying video featuring a priest rapping about how sexual orientation and identity are a choice.

UPDATE: German court: Catholics who don't pay religious tax must leave church

Moving the fence around marriage: the conscience of a Catholic senator

NCR's sister publication, Celebration, posts reflections on each day's Scripture reading. Here's a link: celebrationpublications.org/dailybread. You may want to bookmark it. It's a great way to begin the day.

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