Robert Royal looks at the situation in Los Angeles and Cardinal Mahony's weak rebuttal to Archbishop Gomez's letter. It is splendid and you should read it in its entirety.
Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina did an interview with former Education Secretary Bill Bennett in which he said the following, according to the Huff Post:
“So I’m going to adjust my education curriculum to what business and commerce needs to get our kids jobs as opposed to moving back in with their parents after they graduate with debt," McCrory said, adding, "What are we teaching these courses for if they're not going to help get a job?"
Now that we have all had the weekend to consider the revisions announced to the
Opinion: The proposed final rule on the federal contraception mandate, announced today, is a victory for the Catholic church.
I noted previously that I was pleased to be part of a panel discussion at Catholic University on what to expect from Obama's second term. Joining me on the panel were Melinda Henneberger from the Washington Post, Rachel Swarns from the New York Times, and Greg Erlandson from Our Sunday Visitor. you can see video of the discussion here.
Several sources have indicated that the administration will be announcing its Final Rule on the HHS mandate today. Stay tuned for news and analysis.
Kristen Day, head the group Democrats for Life, wrote a letter to New York State Senator Jeff Klein after Klein said that “real” Democrats support abortion rights. Hats off to Day for setting the record straight and reminding Sen. Klein, and everyone, that while we pro-lifers are a minority within the Democratic Party, we are not a negligible minority and we may be the only intellectually coherent wing of either party! Here is the full text of Day's letter:
“I find these files to be brutal and painful reading,” wrote Archbishop Jose Gomez in a letter to the clergy and faithful of Los Angeles that was released last night. “The behavior described in these files is terribly sad and evil. There is no excuse, no explaining away what happened to these children. The priests involved had the duty to be their spiritual fathers and they failed.”
The Diocese of Worcester has canceled a planned speech by Robert Spencer at an upcoming Catholic Men's Conference. Normally, I do not approve of cancelling speakers slated to address a Catholic audience. I find such efforts counter-productive at best and moralistically reductionist at worst. But, there is really no reason to have a speaker who is just hateful, and Mr. Spencer's characterizations of Islam are hateful, extremely so.
This morning's Washington Post reports that two African-American legislators in Virginia, both Democrats, are considering whether or not to support a GOP-backed redistricting plan that would cram more minority voters into fewer districts, making two districts more likely to elect a minority candidate, but making the eight surrounding districts less friendly to Democrats of any color.