Virginia rejects a white supremacist Republican insider, in rebuke to Trump

Ralph Northam's election as Virginia governor amid reportedly high turnout on Tuesday is a stinging and welcome rebuke to President Trump and white nationalism. Dr. Northam's Republican rival, Ed Gillespie, an establishment operative, chose to dog-whistle himself breathless in pursuit of the state's pro-Trump white voters, and the president attested to his make-America-great-again credentials. By late Tuesday, though, Mr. Trump was trying to sidle away from Mr. Gillespie, claiming that a candidate who sacrificed his own reputation to adopt the president's style and positions in fact "did not embrace me or what I stand for." Mr. Gillespie did, and he lost. more »


Notre Dame reverses course and allows 3rd-party coverage of birth control

In an email to employees, the HR office wrote, "The University of Notre Dame, as a Catholic institution, follows Catholic teaching about the use of contraceptives and engaged in the recent lawsuit to protect its freedom to act in accord with its principles," the university stated in the email to faculty and staff updating its previous contraceptive notice. "Recognizing, however, the plurality of religious and other convictions among its employees, it will not interfere with the provision of contraceptives that will be administered and funded independently of the University." more »
Catholic Democrats respond to seminal analysis of US Catholic conservatives

In an article published on the Catholic website CRUX, Catholic Democrats President Steve Krueger responds to the argument made in the Italian Jesuit journal that American Catholic conservatives have hurt the Church by using it to advance the Republican ideological agenda. "[These] authors lift the veil on the dark side of the decades-old ecumenical accord between conservative Evangelicals and Catholics in the United States. They correctly observe, I believe, that it has metastasized into an unholy alliance yielding the bad fruit of an 'ecumenism of hate' - particularly with respect to 'its xenophobic and Islamophobic vision that wants walls and purifying deportations.'" more »

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Please Read: US Catholic Bishops' "Faithful Citizenship"

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"He gave us strength in time of trouble, wisdom in time of uncertainty, and sharing in time of happiness. He will always be by our side...[May he] be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:

Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not."

Sen Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)

Friday, November 24, 2017

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"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics."

First Inaugural Address, President Barack Obama


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