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Post date: 02/15/2019
Surrounded by hundreds of school choice advocates, Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, chairwoman of the state Legislature’s Revenue Committee, announced the introduction of legislation that would have a transformational effect on thousands of low-income and working-class families.  The legislation, LB670, known as the Opportunity Scholarships Act, would...
Post date: 02/15/2019
Peter Steinfels’s long career in journalism included years of service as editor of Commonweal (from which perch he took me to the woodshed more than once), followed by a decade as senior religion correspondent of the New York Times. Steinfels has now done the Catholic Church in the United States – and American society as a whole – a tremendous...
Post date: 02/15/2019
It was the celebration that was particularly galling. On the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, signed into law a protocol that gives practically unrestricted access to abortion, permitting the killing of an unborn child up until the moment of delivery. In the wake of the ratification, the...
Post date: 02/15/2019
All afternoon I had been hunkered over my MacBook, perched above a frozen lake and watching the sun cast pink into the clouds. I was thinking about what lie dormant and all the possibility below, waiting to thaw. My task at hand: editing a cover story about three Catholic families who had taken radical leaps of faith. One couple moved to Costa...
Post date: 02/01/2019
Last month I ended my column with the story of a Wisconsin woman who refused to vote for any Republican, but vowed to vote for Donald Trump because he would “shake things up.” What did this woman see in the country that needed to be shaken up?  As I write this column, two major stories in the previous 48 hours have been shown to be complete or...
Post date: 02/01/2019
A recent piece by the Lincoln Journal-Star editorial board wasted no time criticizing Gov. Pete Ricketts’ biennial budget proposal for including a pro-life provision that prohibits taxpayer dollars from subsidizing the abortion industry. The editorial advanced two arguments to support its disapproval. Both arguments miss the mark and fail to paint...
Post date: 02/01/2019
By now the entire country has seen a video of a supposedly racist confrontation, in front of the Lincoln Memorial, between a grinning young high school student and a Native American elder, chanting and beating a drum. The immediate and ferocious judgment of the internet community was that the boy was effectively taunting and belittling the elder,...
Post date: 02/01/2019
The slogan “Nothing about us without us” was used by Solidarity in the 1980s in Poland, borrowing a royal motto from the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the mid-second millennium.  Then, it was expressed in Latin: “Nihil de nobis sine nobis.” Later, it appeared in Polish on the banners of 19th-century Poles fighting their country’s partition by...
Post date: 01/18/2019
In my last column, I commented that Jesus never said: “Thy Legislature come!” And while true, it is also true God has given us a charge: He wants us to be politically active Catholics. One way that we can be politically active Catholics is to prepare our own hearts and minds for the current legislative session, which began Jan. 9. Last time, I...
Post date: 01/18/2019
Leading scientists worldwide have strongly objected to an unauthorized and premature effort to produce “designer babies” in China. I agree with their objections. But I also find some of their own proposals inadequate and even objectionable. The background: In late November, Chinese researcher He Jiankui revealed that he had altered the genetic...

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