Generations & American Catholicism

Friday, January 23, 2009 \PM\.\Fri\.

There have been some refreshingly candid (if not entirely harmonious) conversations over at Mirror of Justice recently about the blog’s mission as it approaches its fifth anniversary. Mirror of Justice is a great resource for Catholic legal scholarship, and it has a diverse set of contributors with different perspectives on Catholic legal theory.

I have thoughts about many of the issues that have come up, but one topic that I found especially interesting was the discussion of generational differences.

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Obama’s New Politics and Abortion

Friday, January 23, 2009 \AM\.\Fri\.

Yesterday was the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling by the Supreme Court, and also the day of the annual March For Life. It was also the anniversary of the day on which President Clinton had reversed Reagan’s Mexico City Policy, which denies US funds slated for international family planning services to any organization which provides or refers people to abortions. And the anniversary of the day on which President Bush reinstated the policy.

Given that President Obama had promised to move quickly to rescind the policy again as Clinton had, news organizations ranging from Lifesite News to NPR reported that he would probably follow his predescessor’s lead by issuing an executive order on abortion on January 22nd as well. It was thus mildly surprising when the Christian Broadcasting Network broke the story that Obama would not rescind the policy on the day of the March for Life. A few Catholic progressives got carried away and scolded their anti-Obama bretheren for jumping the gun, and it was more widely suggested this was a sign of the sort of approach Obama would take to moral issues more widely: treading slowly and granting respect to his opponents views.

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Life Imitates a Simpsons’ Episode – A Continuing Series

Friday, January 23, 2009 \AM\.\Fri\.

killer-poodle

Jacques Chirac, former president of France, was mauled by his clinically depressed poodle Sumo.  I trust that I speak for all of our contributors and readers when I wish Sumo a rapid recovery.  Hattip to Instapunidit.


Flubbing the Oath

Friday, January 23, 2009 \AM\.\Fri\.