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Yesterday, the U.S. government granted official recognition to the Syrian opposition. Yesterday, the negotiations over the fiscal cliff continued. Yesterday, North Korea launched a missile into orbit. Yesterday, Michigan passed a "right-to-work" law. But, you wouldn't have known it if you were watching CNN last night. As soon as news broke about a shooting at a shopping mall in Portland, Oregon, CNN went into ambulance-chaser mode. The shootings in Portland were awful, to be sure. My heart goes out to the victims' and their families.

Shame in Michigan

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Michigan’s Republican-controlled legislature slammed through so-called, and misnamed, “right-to-work” laws yesterday and Republican Governor Rick Snyder signed them into law. Michigan, home of the United Auto Workers, scene of the Flint sit-down strike in the 1930’s, became the twenty-fourth state in the Union to adopt these flawed laws.

 

B16 on the Sensus Fidelium

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So, it appears that I am not the only one concerned about a certain sloppiness in appealing to the sensus fidelium. Pope Benedict XVI addressed the issue in his recent comments to the International Theological Commission. I think the Holy Father makes a key point: The sensus fidelium must cohere, in a sense, with what is known as the Vincentian canon, that is, what has been believed always, everywhere and by everyone.

Key Republicans on Immigration

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Politico profiles five key Republicans in the upcoming debate about immigration reform. As the story indicates, a pathway to citizenship still looms as an obstacle, but those who oppose such a pathway must ask themselves if the idea of a two-tier system of citizenship is healthy for a democracy. They must also ask themselves why, in this case, the idea that Congress might change the penalties for a crime, in this case, entering the country without proper documentation, cannot be changed.

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