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UPDATED - The following statement was issued by Sr. Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association, regarding the Supreme Court's decision today to uphold the Affordable Care Act:

The Catholic Health Association is taking time to carefully read and evaluate the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and may have additional comments once our review is complete.

We are pleased that, based on an initial read of the ruling, the ACA has been found constitutional and will remain in effect. CHA has long supported health reform that expands access and coverage to everyone. We signed onto amicus briefs encouraging the Court to find in favor of the ACA’s individual mandate and the Medicaid expansion.

As the ruling is examined, Catholic-sponsored health care providers will continue to lead health care transformation – finding new and better ways to provide compassionate, high-quality care while strengthening the communities we serve.

Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete


Last night, I was in New York City to speak at an event sponsored by the Crossroads Cultural Center at New York University. The topic was the Holy Father’s address to the Bundestag, a text well worth considering. But, for me, as for the audience, the highlight of the evening was my fellow panelist, Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete.

Voter ID Aim Exposed


State Rep. Mike Turzai of Pennsylvania told a Republican group this past weekend that the purpose of the state's new Voter ID law was all about handing the election to Gov. Romney. I have written about this before. Pennsylvania and most other states have no, repeat no, problem of voter fraud. But, the GOP has enacted these laws that will make it more difficult for poor people to vote, especially those in urban areas who have never had a car, in many states. It is an outrage. Again, I call on my conservative friends to speak out against this. Here is the video from Hardball:

Barron on Congar on the Council


I know Father Robert Barron leaves some people cold. I prefer his writing to his TV documentary. But, this essay he posted yesterday is, I think, very important, especially the end where he talks about the reasons for founding the journal Communio. It ties in, I think, with my post below about Abp DiNoia's appointment to the Ecclesia Dei Commission, and it is well worth the read.

UVA Prez is Back


By a unanimous decision, the Board of Visitors voted to re-instate UVA President Teresa Sullivan yesterday. Clearly, it is in the best interests of the university for everyone to figure out how to bury the hatchet, but I hope, too, that the underlying issue of what is required of a university in our day will not be lost. Sullivan now has an obligation to use her new found fame to address this issue thoughtfully, and not only on the campus in Charlottesville. The thought that a board would think about eliminating classics is simply horrific and we need to ask how we got to such a situation.

Why Ecclesia Dei Appt is Important


Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia, O.P. was named Vice-President of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” yesterday by Pope Benedict XVI. Archbishop DiNoia served with then-Cardinal Ratzinger at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for several years, then with Cardinal William Levada, before being named Secretary for the Congregation for Divine Worship in 2009 when he was also ordained titular Archbishop of Oregon City.

The Ecclesia Dei Commission was established by Pope John Paul II in 1988 to cultivate “full ecclesial communion of priests, seminarians, religious communities or individuals until now linked in various ways to the Fraternity founded by Archbishop Lefebvre.” As well, the commission aimed to promote the pastoral care of those Catholics who felt an attachment to the Tridentine Rites of the Church.

+DiNoia to Ecclesia Dei


CNS has the news story on the appointment of Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia, O.P., to the Commission Ecclesia Dei that oversees the discussions with the Lefebvrists. I will post on the significance of this very intriguing appointment tomorrow morning.

In the meantime, here is a video clip of Archbishop DiNoia's comments at the end of the Mass at which he was ordained an archbishop. It gives some sense of the fact, an undeniable fact, that DiNoia brings not only his extensive learning to this post, but a deeply ecclesial spirituality:


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July 14-27, 2017