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Post date: 05/15/2019
Recently, the state Judiciary Committee advanced LB519, introduced by Sen. Julie Slama of Auburn. LB519 has become an omnibus bill for several different human trafficking proposals. Included in this package is LB516, introduced by Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln, which the Nebraska Catholic Conference supported earlier this session during...
Post date: 05/15/2019
In Herman Wouk’s novel “War and Remembrance,” Warren Henry shocks his Bible-reading father, the novel’s hero, by claiming that human beings are “microbes on a grain of dust … and when it’s over we’re just dead meat.” The Washington state legislature has now topped the cynical young Warren by declaring that we’re useful meat, as in potential...
Post date: 05/15/2019
The pro-life film “Unplanned” has exceeded expectations, recouping its $6 million filming budget on its first weekend in theaters. At this writing, it has taken in over $17 million – despite the fact that many television stations and social media sites refused to accept advertising for it. It depicts the true story of Abby Johnson, a Planned...
Post date: 05/15/2019
“Wife Returned After Having Fine Funeral.”  The headline of a 483-word story in the March 15, 1904, edition of the New York Times bore a sly nod to Tom Sawyer.  A man named Ignacio Valente was charging the city with a funeral bill he had been wrongfully issued, according to the Times.  It had all started in the kitchen: “Valente is an Italian, and...
Post date: 05/15/2019
There were more Christian martyrs in the 20th century than in all of the previous 19 centuries combined. Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and many of their lesser-known totalitarian colleagues put millions of Christians to death for their faith in that terrible 100-year period. One of the saddest features of the still-young 21st century is that this...
Post date: 05/01/2019
On April 10, the Nebraska Legislature’s Revenue Committee advanced LB670 – the Opportunity Scholarships Act – to the whole legislative body. The legislation was advanced by a 5-2 vote. Supporting the legislation were Sens. Lou Ann Linehan (Elkhorn), Mark Kolterman (Seward), Mike Groene (North Platte), Tom Briese (Albion) and Brett Lindstrom (Omaha...
Post date: 05/01/2019
I’d like to focus again this month on things we agree on as Americans, particularly around immigration. There is a lot we agree on, but we feel very much divided. There are several reasons for this.   One reason is our tendency to generalize about two sides of the debate. Consider the following: Who said in a pro-immigration speech that “America...
Post date: 05/01/2019
Some two millennia ago, a ragtag bunch of nobodies learned what their tortured and executed friend, the rabbi Jesus from Nazareth, meant by “rising from the dead” (Mk 9:9-10) – because they met him again, the same but utterly transformed, as the Risen Lord. The Easter Effect upturned all they had once thought about time, history and God’s promises...
Post date: 05/01/2019
I am so proud of our students. Last month the student government association of the Catholic University of America, the body that represents our undergraduates, passed a resolution asking the university to prohibit access through the campus network to the 200 most frequently visited pornography websites on the internet. I told them we’d be happy...
Post date: 04/18/2019
“We are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the ‘culture of death’ and the ‘culture of life.’ We find ourselves not only ‘faced with’ but necessarily ‘in the midst of’ this conflict ….”  These words come from St. Pope John Paul II’s famous encyclical, “The Gospel of Life” (no. 28). And their truth was...

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