What does abortion in the United States look like? The Guttmacher Institute explores this issue in some detail. For a start, it notes that 57% of women opting for abortion are economically disadvantaged. In fact, the abortion rate among women living below the federal poverty level ($9,570 for a single woman with no children) is more than four times that of women above 300% of the poverty level (44 vs. 10 abortions per 1,000 women). And when asked to give… Read more

Jose Maria Escriva’s book, The Way, has one quote that frequently pops into my mind over the years. It goes something like”Don’t say ‘that person drives me crazy’ say ‘that person sanctifies me.'”We all have one person in our life who is trying to make us a better person, even though they don’t know that. We get a very off centered vision of ourselves and then comes a person in our life who shows us who we REALLY are. Impatient,… Read more

EconomyCentral Asia – Economic changes in Central Asia focusing on the old Silk RoadRomania – Welfare checks to be replaced with goatsHuman RightsChina – The villagers, in Guangxi province, reportedly attacked government offices after officials imposed heavy fines on families who had too many children.China – Changes in women’s rightsRussia and European Union – Tensions in conference over concerns about human rights. (See also)Russia – Mikhail Gorbachev defends Putin’s policiesMigrationBritain – Migrants cause debate over public housing.Lebanon – Concerns that… Read more

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As soon as you enter a debate on the topic of global warming, your interlocutor will sooner or later accuse you of proposing policy actions that could have devastating consequences, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable. It’s time, I think, to address this criticism head on with a modicum of vigor. In this, there’s no better starting point than the UK-treasury mandated Stern Review, tasked with considering the costs and benefits of policy actions geared toward reducing greenhouse gas… Read more

“In regards to human vicissitudes, it is not always the mass majority that decides, but the superiority of the moral force that inclines the political balance towards itself.”–Simón BolívarSimón Bolívar (1783-1830), Venezuelan, also called El Libertador (“The Liberator”) was the foremost leader of the fight for independence in Venezuela, Colombia, Perú, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Panamá. His political and moral ideas have shaped the political thought of most of Latin America until the present day. Read more

Finally, it seems that Democrats are getting their act together and starting to discuss the immigration issue in the Senate. Read more

When thinking through the intersection of Catholicism and public policy, you begin to realize how deep and diverse the Church is. I write as a convert, raised in a Texas Southern Baptist household under the formidable and loving guidance of a family of deacons. There are many striking aspects of Catholicism for the former evangelical, including the realization that disagreement among Catholics is frequent, valid, and even desirable. Disagreement about public policy forces the serious person to think through the… Read more

During my last years as a graduate student at Saint Louis University, the university renovated its student center in which was to be found a chapel frequented by many students, oftentimes for a quick prayer between classes or even for a moment of Eucharistic adoration. As seems to be the rage at many Catholic universities and colleges these days, the chapel was demolished and replaced instead with a new multicultural center. In effect, university’s Catholic identity was reduced to only… Read more

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