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The Democrats and the Wasserman Schultz problem

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As chair of the Democratic National Committee since 2011, Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the public face of the Democratic Party. Elected by over 300 Democratic leaders from across the country, she represents the party on talk shows and serves as a major fundraiser and influential strategist. Her leadership has engendered controversy, however, as a result of questions about her integrity and her advocacy of positions placing her well to the right of most of her fellow Democrats.

Supreme Court decisions and the US Catholic bishops

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The 2015 session of the U.S. Supreme Court produced a number of significant decisions.

We will of necessity focus on arguably the two most significant cases, especially in regard to the hierarchy of the Catholic church. Those decisions are ,of course, the decision authorizing same-sex marriage throughout the country and the decision regarding the Affordable Care Act.

Timeline of a crisis

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Editor's note: This timeline is part of a weeklong series dedicated to looking back on 30 years of the abuse crisis in the Catholic church. Read all parts of the series.

1962: Fr. Gerald Fitzgerald, founder of the Paraclete Center to aid troubled priests in Jimenez Springs, N.M., meets with Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani, head of the Holy Office in Rome, to warn him that there is no cure for pedophile priests.

Conversation starters

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Editor's note: This blog post is part of a weeklong series dedicated to looking back on 30 years of the abuse crisis in the Catholic church. Read all parts of the series.

Editor Dennis Coday was in Buffalo, N.Y., for the Catholic Press Association's annual conference at the end of June. In his absence, I agreed to write this blog, always willing to take advantage of a good opportunity to promote what we do here at NCR.

Dennis and his team made it especially easy for me.

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