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Papa Francesco & Evangelium Vitae


I encourage everyone who has not done so yet to read this homily the Holy Father delivered last Sunday on "Evangelium Vitae Sunday." The tone is quite different from what we often hear from the pro-life movement here in the U.S., no? The Pope is inviting all of us to think about the Gift of Life as something very profound, and the challenge of protecting that gift as something that requires a deep commitment to the Lord, not just a legal fix.

Boehner's Conundrum


This report at Politico illustrates Speaker John Boehner's conundrum on immigration reform. Cong. Dana Rohrbacher says that if Boehner brings an immigration bill to the floor that does not have the support of a majority of House Republicans, he will lose his speakership. To be clear, there is no bill that could garner the support of a majority of Republicans in the House that would have any chance of passing the Senate.

SCOTUS & Voting


The United States Supreme Court ruled 7-2 yesterday that an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship in order to register to vote violated the Constitutional prerogatives of the federal government, which in 1993 passed the National Voter Registration Act, allowing for a simplified registration form. In the simplified form, a would-be voter simply swears that he or she is a citizen, under penalty of perjury if the statement is false, but does not have to produce a birth certificate or passport or other proof of citizenship.


The CTSA Convention: An "Outsider's" View


Writing at CatholicMoralTheology.com, Jason King reflects on attending the recent Catholic Theological Society of America meeting, and feeling a tad more welcome than he feared, but still like something of an outsider. This is an interesting development within the Catholic theological world, young theologians with a profound desire to move past the labels that have characterized, and haunted, the theological community for too long.


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July 14-27, 2017