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Review: Becoming Europe


Samuel Gregg’s new book, Becoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture and How America Can Avoid a European Future, is a bad book. Its principal shortcomings are its tendentious portrayal of the values that animate those of us who champion the modern welfare state, its simplistic and often distorted reading of events and, most especially damning in a book that aims to make an argument, Gregg makes more assertions than arguments as he sets forth this manifesto for the free market. And, to be clear, while Mr.

Vermont Backs Assisted Suicide


Bad news from the Green Mountain State. The state of Vermont passed a law permitting physician assisted suicide, and the governor is expected to sign it. You will recall that last year, voters in Massachusetts narrowly rejected a similar proposal. The new law in Vermont will doubtlessly embolden activists to try their luck in other states such as Connecticut or New Hampshire or even New York.

Gosnell's Guilt - And Ours


Everything about the trial of Kermit Gosnell was gruesome and horrific. It was difficult to read the stories, hard not to turn away from the television screen when the photos were displayed. This was the culture of death at its worst.


The trial was also telling. In the wake of Roe v. Wade, Daniel Callahan wrote these words in the pages of Commonweal, words I have quoted before, but which remain as haunting as when they were first written. Sadly, now, they are also prescient:

+O'Connell Stands Firm on Dallas Norms


Here is the press release from the Diocese of Trenton, posted on their homepage, about the resignation of the priest and youth ministers who violated the policies adopted by the diocese to comply with the norms of the Dallas Charter for the Protection of Children. Unlike the statements from the Archdiocese of Newark, which have been frequently incorrect, this statement is clear and unequivocal. More bishops need to treat their obligations under the Dallas norms with the same forthrightness.  


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June 16-29, 2017