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More on the tax cut compromise


On his God's Politics blog, Jim Wallis says that President Obama should have fought tax cuts for the wealthy.

He should have fought this one. The richest 2 percent of the country just got an extension of tax cuts they didn’t need at great cost to us all. President Barack Obama should have been fighting against the self-interest of the very wealthiest Americans long before this. So he is now backed into a corner, and just made a compromise that he thinks is the best deal possible ... The president did want to keep some things for average Americans in this compromise, but he lost the big battle a long time ago by not fighting the people whose greed, recklessness, and utter lack of concern for the common good have led us into this terrible crisis.

Read the full entry: President Obama Should Have Fought This One

Bridget Mary 'talks' with Benedict


A press release from the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests:

In his just-released book, Light of the World: "The Pope, the Church and the Sign of the Times," Pope Benedict XVI says ordaining women is not the church's choice to make. See: Pope: Church has 'no authority' to ordain women

In her just-released book, Living Gospel Equality Now, Loving in the Heart of God: A Roman Catholic Women Priest Story," Bridget Mary Meehan shares her journey to priesthood as a Roman Catholic woman. See: Living Gospel Equality Now

The following "press release" is an imagined dialogue between the Pope and Bridget Mary.

Pope Benedict: It's Jesus' fault. He didn't ordain women priests. Why blame me for everything?

Bridget Mary: Don't blame Jesus! He didn't ordain anyone -- male or female.

Pope Benedict: He had only male Apostles.

Maryland poised to approve same-sex marriage


Maryland is a blue, blue state. So blue, in fact, that the Democrats gained seats in the state Senate this past November when Republicans were racking up big wins elsewhere. And Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley won re-election by a healthy margin.

Now, in spite of historic opposition by both the Catholic bishops and the black churches, the state appears to be in a position to join a growing number of jurisdictions in approving same-sex marriage.

The neighboring District of Columbia approved such a measure in March of this year.

The leadership in the House of Delegates says they have the votes to pass such a measure, but the state Senate may have to overcome a filibuster. If that is successful, Governor O’Malley, a Catholic himself, is prepared to sign such legislation.

Read more from this morning’s Washington Post.t

Dueling Catholic journalists in Chicago


Catholic commentator Tom Roeser is hopping mad. But then he's almost always hopping mad. This week, however, he's ticked off at Chicago journalist Carol Marin. But then he's almost always ticked off at her.

In his Monday blog post, Roeser (who wears a number of hats, including as Chicago correspondent for "The Wanderer") took Marin to task for her Saturday column about last week's move toward legalizing civil unions in Illinois.

Marin pointed out in her "Sun-Times" piece that Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, House Speaker Mike Madigan and Governor Patrick Quinn are all Catholic.

Des Moines bishop: Stop late term abortions


From The Des Moines Register:

Diocese of Des Moines Bishop Richard Pates today released a letter urging people to work against a late-term abortion doctor from Nebraska from expanding into Iowa.

The letter was written in November and first sent to parishioners. It was released to the general public today in response to news coverage of a legislative effort to pass a law that further restrict late-term abortions in Iowa.

The Diocese of Des Moines Catholic includes 82 parishes in 23 counties in central and southwest Iowa.

Haitians to testify in Conn. abuse case


Hat Tip to Kathy Shaw at AbuseTracker:

WATERBURY, Conn. — A local charity is helping a number of young Haitian men who will arrive in Connecticut this month to testify at the sentencing of the school director who they say sexually abused them.

Acts 4 Ministry is providing winter coats and other warm clothing for the six men who will speak of their victimization at the Dec. 21 sentencing hearing of Douglas Perlitz, a 1992 graduate of Fairfield University who pleaded guilty in August to sexually abusing one boy at the Project Pierre Toussaint school in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, where he was director.

Read the full report: Charity clothing Haitian witnesses in sex abuse case

Celebrating the Immaculate Conception with the Berrigans


It seems we're celebrating the feast of the Immaculate Conception in a unique way today here at NCR.

We're celebrating by recognizing those ever-prescient prophets and brothers, the Berrigans. We've got three stories on our Web site today that take inspiration from their lives and witness.

First, there's my report from a talk Dan Berrigan gave in New York early last week. That talk was a rare glimpse at what the now-89-year-old priest poet is thinking and feeling.

Dan's message in turn spurred us to write an editorial on U.S. military policy: Quiet cancer of militarism on the US soul.

And, to add even more to our celebration, Jesuit Fr. John Dear, writing in his weekly 'On the Road to Peace' column, takes a look at Phil Berrigan's life on the eighth anniversary of his death.

Dear's thought for how we can celebrate Phil's life this Advent?

Another take on the tax package


Here's Andrew "The Daily Dish" Sullivan's take on the tax package Congress is chewing over: "Obama has been a little shrewder than they took him to be."

Obama: President; McConnell: Sucker

It's been fascinating to watch the left's emotional roller-coaster these past few weeks. It's also been fascinating to watch Obama out-run them, and to observe their responses to the final deal in the last 24 hours. Krugman has gone from "Let's Not Make A Deal" to "better than what I expected." The response from the far-right has also been illuminating. Drudge rushed to declare Obama's payroll tax cut as a Republican idea. Hinderaker below insists "Obama has admitted that the Republicans were right all along." Notice something about all of this? They all now realize that Obama has been a little shrewder than they took him to be.


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