- - Monday, October 12, 2015

(1) Jerry Brown’s Catholic Struggle Over Assisted Suicide (Los Angeles Times)

***Politicians take note. If you ever have to make a decision that is not going to fly with vast swaths of your religious constituents, then hope that a reporter writes a piece telling people you really struggled with the decision. As long as you struggled with the decision…the conclusions won’t matter as much.

(2) Jerry Brown signs bill requiring crisis pregnancy centers to provide abortion information (KCRA) 

***So, did Gov. Brown struggle over this decision too? Why would a place that exists for the purpose of saving babies from abortion ever think to mention abortion as a possibility? Also, shouldn’t abortion clinics receive a mandate to provide non-abortion counseling, including 3D ultrasounds shown to the mother?

(3) From Micah Mattix: “In The New YorkerKathryn Schulz takes Henry David Thoreau to the woodshed. He was a cold, hypocritical narcissist, and his Walden is a narrow, simplistic paean to a sort of secular asceticism.

(4) Leader of Christian group adjusts incorrect doomsday prediction: ‘Soon’ (The Guardian)

(5) Episcopalians Continue Bleeding Members, Attendance at Alarming Rate, by Jeff Walton (Juicy Ecumenism)

(bonus) The Cross as Foundation of Western Culture, by John Panagiotou (American Orthodox Institute)


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