We should be chary of trying to enlist God on behalf of our partisan politics. This used to be common sense. But nowadays not everyone is restrained by such reticence. In recent years it has become common to hear the assertion that Catholics are bound to vote for the most anti-abortion candidate available between the two major parties. I don’t say the most pro-life candidate available, because similar claims aren’t generally made about other forms of illegitimate killing. 

Now that approach would make the voting decision for a Catholic a simple one if, in fact, it was a position with magisterial support. But it is not. More…



The Case for National Gratitude
Amir Azarvan

America is a relatively free and prosperous land.  That we’re citizens of this country - and not of one in which such qualities are less manifest – ought to produce in us a sense of gratitude.  But whether we’re also justified in displaying national pride is a question that is often over-looked, and one that is particularly relevant to America’s Christian majority (as is the question of whether the struggle for independence from Britain was a direct violation of Romans 13:1-7 – but that’s for another discussion).  What does our faith teach us about pride?  Can we infer God’s position on pride, according to the Scriptures?


Out of Many Hearts, Thoughts May Be Revealed: a Reflection on the Spadaro Figueroa Article in La Civilta Cattolica

During the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, Simeon famously said to Mary, “And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.” (Luke 2:35) The sword that pierced the heart of the Mother of God is often depicted in paintings of the Blessed Mother, reminding us of the sorrows she endured in the Passion of her Son.


But why was it necessary for Mary to endure such suffering? Simeon gave one answer. It was so that “out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.” More...





Charlie Gard and the Usurpation of the Family 

As of this writing, the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London is reconsidering its decision to turn off the life support of 11-month-old Charlie Gard, and will seek a court order “to decide whether it is in the baby’s interests to be given an experimental drug.” Charlie “has a rare and debilitating genetic condition that has no cure, and the hospital had” previously “said that letting him die was the only humane option to end his potential pain and suffering.” The hospital had “won a series of court rulings, most recently last week, authorizing it to withdraw life support.”  More... 





Implementing Rerum Novarum in Seattle


Three years ago, Seattle raised its local minimum wage to $15 per hour. Under the plan, employers with more than 500 employees who do not provide them with health insurance would have to reach $15 per hour level by this year. Employers with more than 500 employees who do provide health insurance would have until 2018. The new minimum would “be phased in through 2021 for smaller employers.” Tips would count toward the required minimum at first, but that would be “phased out over time.” More...

As anticipated, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) “and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have completed an estimate of the direct spending and revenue effects of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017,” the Senate’s version of the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA), which was passed by the House of Representatives. The conclusion is that the “Senate bill would increase the number of people who are uninsured by 22 million in 2026 relative to the number under current law,” which is “slightly fewer than the increase in the number of uninsured estimated for the House-passed legislation.” Specifically, by “2026, an estimated 49 million people would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law.” More…





A Bishop’s Concern About the Senate’s Healthcare Proposal

Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, has weighed in with some remarks, preliminary to more detailed comments to follow. And he has pulled no punches, pointing out that it “is precisely the detrimental impact on the poor and vulnerable that makes the Senate draft unacceptable as written.” More...










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