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Bp Farrell on Poverty


Another U.S. bishop has weighed in on the issue of poverty in the 2012 campaign. Bishop Kevin Farrell posted this at the website of the Dallas diocese he leads.  The - pardon the expression - money quote:

"Poverty in America is a scandal, certainly not to the poor. There is no scandal to being poor. The scandal is for those of us who could help by using our influence and resources to promote community and government programs to assist and do not do so."

Personal & Political; Hypocrisy or Not?


At the Washington Post, Jacques Berlinblau, a professor at Georgetown, criticized Martha Raddatz for the question she asked the VP candidates about abortion. specifically asking them to speak about the issue in person terms. He writes:  "The problem is that such an appeal, inadvertently and subtly, bolstered a core conviction of the Religious Right.

"Forget Not the Poor" A Catholic-Jewish Sympsoium


This Sunday, the American Jewish Committee and the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies will be co-sponsoring a symposium on poverty. Kathy Saile from the USCCB and Bishop Denis Madden, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Inter-religious Dialogue, , Rabbi Sid Schwartz and Professor Peter Edelman will be among the speakers.  The event is the brainchild of former US ambassador to the Holy See Thomas Melady, who is one of the national co-chairs of Catholics for Romney.

A Star is Born


I have called attention previously to the new blog Millennial, written by Catholic Millennials, but a good read for old and young alike. It is sponsored by catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. They have a new post up by Marcus Mescher regarding Congressman Ryan's budget, Ayn Rand, and the recent statement from a group of Catholic intellectuals regarding the same. It is very crisply reasoned and written. Keep an eye on Mescher and the rest of the crew at Millennial. Good, good stuff.

The Veep Debate


The hard part about determining a “winner” in these debates is that there are two audiences the candidates have in mind and while it is fairly easy to judge how a candidate’s performance did or did not excite the base of his or her party, the effect on undecided voters is more difficult to assess. Some undecided voters are ambivalent. Some of known as “low information” voters – they were probably watching the playoffs but will see clips of the debate in the days ahead. Some undecided voters are deeply skeptical about politics per se.

Ohio's Evangelicals


Also over at RNS, Mark Silk looks at the latest polling data from Ohio and the relative lack of enthusiasm for Mr. Romney among evangelicals. He notes that McCain did better among white evangelicals than Romney is doing today. I would also note that on election night in 2004, the Kerry campaign was convinced they had won the state because they had met or exceeded their turnout numbers in Cleveland and other key Democratic districts.


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May 19-June 1, 2017