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When Catholics Fight Back

SB 360, also known as Senate Bill 360, a proposal requiring priests in California to break the sacramental seal of confession, was placed on hold by its sponsor, State Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo), on 9 June, right before a hearing on the bill. For months before the vote, activists in California, across the nation, [...]

The Failure of Our Gay Marriage Arguments

Unless you're willing to assert that homosexual behavior is immoral or unnatural (or both), you'll have a hard time making an effective case against same-sex marriage (SSM). It won't be impossible, just exceedingly difficult. Perhaps you'll be able to reinforce the convictions of those who, like yourself, are already opposed to SSM. But you won't [...]

Corporal punishment in Catholic schools

An interesting debate is unfolding around a Catholic school in New Orleans: St. Augustine's, a historically African-American boys' prep school, is apparently the last Catholic school in the country to use corporal punishment on students. In February, Archbishop Gregory Aymond called for an end to the practice, which he said "institutionalizes violence, runs counter to [...]

Too Big a Job?

Daniel Stone’s weekend article from Newsweek on the sheer scope and impossibility of the modern-day presidency is fascinating reading: Obama has looked to many models of leadership, including FDR and Abraham Lincoln, two transformative presidents who governed during times of upheaval. But what’s lost in those historical comparisons is that both men ran slim bureaucracies [...]

Having A Frank Conversation About Race

If we are to have, as Attorney-General Eric Holder suggested more than a year ago, a national "frank conversation about race," the first thing that needs to be said is that such a conversation is virtually impossible. Why? Because those who are on the "conservative" side in this discussion will be accused of either racism [...]

First African American priest being considered for sainthood

Frances Cardinal George of Chicago announced yesterday that he is appointing a commission to gather information about Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first known African-American Catholic priest. Cardinal George said Tolton's prayer and assistance can help us be "a more united church." Tolton escaped from slavery at the beginning of the Civil War, and was baptized [...]

Abortion Is Devastating the African American Community… Is Anyone Noticing?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, African American women have 40 percent of the nation's abortions, but make up only 13 percent of the population. That black children are being aborted at such a high rate has not been a subject of discussion among the Democrats in the Congress and the White House, who [...]

Feelings of Inferiority

What an interesting coincidence that Barack Obama will be sworn in as president the day after we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Will Obama finish King's work of equality -- which is also the unfinished work of Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Lyndon Johnson? Many societies have been divided into a dominant [...]

You’ve Gotta Have Heart? How Obama Chooses Judges

Evoking the power of the human heart is the daily bread of American pop culture. It rarely raises an eyebrow. But the use of "heart" by Barack Obama to describe his criteria for picking judges is troubling. Speaking to Planned Parenthood just over a year ago, Obama said: We need somebody who's got the heart, [...]

Why Barack Obama Will Not Win the Catholic Vote

To win the White House in 2008, the Democrats have to win back the Catholic voters they lost to the GOP in 2000 and 2004. A previous Window forecast that if the Democrats nominated Hillary Clinton, she would win the Catholic vote. However, with his commanding victory in the Iowa caucus, Barack Obama may be [...]

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