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Post date: 03/01/2019
Some media and politicians like to tell us we are deeply divided, but there is much more agreement than they would have us think. Looking at recent polling data, I have found that most Americans agree that there should be stricter regulations on abortion access. Much stricter.  This may be a surprise because a lot of polling on abortion is...
Post date: 03/01/2019
“We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until the culture of life is reflected in the rule of law and lived in the law of love …. Whether, in this great contest between the culture of life and the culture of death, we were recruited many years ago or whether we were recruited only yesterday, we have been recruited for the duration.”  These words...
Post date: 03/01/2019
First circulated underground in communist Czechoslovakia in October 1978, Vaclav Havel’s brilliant dissection of totalitarianism, “The Power of the Powerless,” retains its salience four decades later. It should be required reading for politicians given to describing the Knights of Columbus as an “extremist” organization because of the Knights’ pro...
Post date: 03/01/2019
One of our girls gave me a book for Christmas, “One Man’s Meat,” by E.B. White.  We agreed to start a little book club, just the two of us – coffee once a month to talk about it. The book is a collection of monthly columns White wrote for Harper’s after leaving Manhattan to take up farming in Maine. That was the appeal for our daughter, who spent...
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...

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