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The cost of health care, if we have it, if we don't

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The role of end-of-life care has burst into the debate about health care reform. Among other thoughtful voices, Randall Terry on his radio program, has raised the specter of pressure being brought to bear on elderly people to end their lives to save the inheritance for the children. Of course, Mr. Terry insinuated himself in the most public, least dignified end-of-life situation in modern memory, the Terry Schiavo case which remains the most obvious example of how not to address these issues. But, hey, if you can exploit a bit of fear to kill health care reform, why not?

What's on the minds of many U.S. women religious

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This morning I posted an article on the NCR web site having to do with the second phase of the Vatican-sponsored investigation of U.S. women religious. The article reports that for the first time since the news of the investigation broke last January, the Vatican is saying that it will involve a look at “the soundness of doctrine held and taught" by U.S. women religious.

Might Obama one day visit Hiroshima?

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President Obama has said that ridding the world of nuclear weapons is the greatest task of the 21st century.

Now a Japanese family with the name of Shinzeki could conceivably be the means by which Obama could visit Hiroshima, the site of the first U.S. atomic bomb blast on Aug. 6, 1945. No U.S. president has ever visited Hiroshima.
Here is how the invitation could play out from local Japanese citizen into the Obama administration.

College fraternity gets religion

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Here's one way for a college fraternity to 'get religion' - buy a rectory and church. Looks like an upstanding fraternity at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is in the queue to make such a purchase from the Albany, NY Catholic Diocese. Noel Olsen, the diocesan director of real property, said the diocese did an extensive check into the fraternity's background before deciding to go ahead with the sale.

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