Tortured Credibility

Friday, May 22, 2009 \PM\.\Fri\.

It has become an oft repeated trope of Catholics who are on the left or the self-consciously-unclassifiable portions of the American political spectrum that the pro-life movement has suffered a catastrophic loss of credibility because of its association with the Republican Party, and thence with the Iraq War and the use of torture on Al Qaeda detainees. Until the pro-life movement distances itself from the Republican Party and all of the pro-life leadership who have defended the Iraq War and/or the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on detainees, the argument goes, the pro-life movement will have no moral authority and will be the laughing stock of enlightened Catholics everywhere.

Regardless of what one thinks about the Iraq War and torture (myself, I continue to support the former but oppose the latter) I’m not sure that this claim works very well. Further, I think that those who make it often fail to recognize the extent to which it cuts both ways.

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Some Pictures Need No Commentary

Friday, May 22, 2009 \AM\.\Fri\.


Hattip to Curt Jester.

Bishop Criticized

Friday, May 22, 2009 \AM\.\Fri\.

Politician stopped at door to Church

Father Z comments on criticisms of a bishop for refusing communion to a politician.  Doug Kmiec has not yet given his opinion on the situation as far as I know.

Hands Off Our Joe!

Friday, May 22, 2009 \AM\.\Fri\.


In the time of the Great Depression the mood of the nation was lightened by the antics of Little Orphan Annie.  We have the antics of that never ending fount of unintentional humor Joe Biden.  From revealing the existence of a secret bunker, to doing his best to create a panic over the swine flu, to attempting to blow the election last year, Joe Biden has become our best hope for a daily chuckle in these dire economic times.

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Jesuitical 4

Friday, May 22, 2009 \AM\.\Fri\.

Seattle University

Part of my ongoing series on the JesuitsHattip to Dawn Eden.  Yesterday, Ascension Thursday, Seattle University, a Jesuit Institution, hosted a panel on “reproductive justice”.  Here is the campus announcement:

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