1. DC archbishop jabs Biden as ‘cafeteria Catholic’ who ‘picks and chooses’ for his ‘political advantage’, Biden has repeatedly described himself as a ‘devout Catholic’ who attends church regularly, By Yael Halon, Fox News, April 1, 2024, 6:30 AM, Opinion
 
Roman Catholic Cardinal Wilton Gregory took a swipe at President Biden’s faith on Sunday, calling him a “cafeteria Catholic” for picking and choosing parts of the faith while “ignoring or even contradicting” other aspects of his adherence.
 
Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, D.C., was asked on CBS’ “Face the Nation” whether he believes Biden’s long-touted Catholic roots will resonate with American Catholics in the upcoming 2024 election.
 
“I would say that he’s very sincere about his faith. But like a number of Catholics, he picks and chooses dimensions of the faith to highlight while ignoring or even contradicting other parts,” Gregory replied. “There is a phrase that we have used in the past, a ‘cafeteria Catholic,’ you choose that which is attractive, and dismiss that which is challenging.”
 
Biden has repeatedly described himself as a “devout Catholic” who attends church regularly. The White House has also used the term to describe Biden when defending his aggressive pro-choice stance on abortion.
 
CBS News host Ed O’Keefe pressed Gregory further, asking the country’s first Black cardinal to identify aspects of the faith that seem to be forgotten by Biden. Gregory appeared to give the president flak for his stance on abortion, telling the host that while he admires him “tremendously,” he hoped Biden would be more explicit in his personal belief as it relates to “life issues,” instead of manipulating dimensions of the faith for his “political advantage.”  
 
“I would say there are things, especially in terms of life issues, there are things that he chooses to ignore, or he uses the current situation as a political pawn rather than saying, ‘Look, my church believes this, I’m a good Catholic, I would like to believe this.’ Rather than to twist and turn some dimensions of the faith as a political advantage,” Gregory said.
 
The interview came one day after Biden faced online ridicule for marking Easter Sunday, the most solemn Christian holiday, as “Transgender Day of Visibility.” Prominent Christians, politicians and commentators flooded social media with criticism when the White House announced that March 31, which has been designated to honor the transgender movement since Biden took office, falls on Easter Sunday, one of the most important days for Christians, as they celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 
 

 
https://www.foxnews.com/media/dc-archbishop-jabs-biden-cafeteria-catholic-who-picks-chooses-political-advantage
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2. The Persistent Threat To Abortion Rights, By The New York Times, March 31, 2024, Pg. SR11, Editorial
 
The Supreme Court this week heard the first major challenge to abortion rights since it struck down Roe v. Wade two years ago — an attempt to severely limit access to mifepristone, the most commonly used abortion pill in the country, by a group of doctors who are morally opposed to the practice.
 
The justices seem prepared to throw out the lawsuit. During oral arguments, they questioned whether the doctors had suffered the harm necessary to bring the suit in the first place.
 
But that should come as small comfort to anyone concerned for the future of reproductive freedom in America. Judges at the state and federal level are ready to further restrict reproductive options and health care access. The presumptive Republican nominee for president, Donald Trump, has indicated support for a 15-week national abortion ban. And while the Supreme Court, in overturning Roe, ostensibly left it to each state to decide abortion policy, several states have gone against the will of their voters on abortion or tried to block ballot measures that would protect abortion rights. Anti-abortion forces may have had a tough week in the Supreme Court, but they remain focused on playing and winning a longer game.
 

 
Even potential victories for reproductive freedom may prove short-lived: The mifepristone case, for instance, is far from dead. Another plaintiff could bring the same case and have it considered on the merits, a possibility Justice Samuel Alito raised during oral arguments.
 

 
Then there is the Comstock Act, a 151-year-old federal law that anti-abortion activists are trying to revive to block the mailing of mifepristone and other abortion medication. During the oral arguments this week, Justices Alito and Clarence Thomas repeatedly expressed their openness to the use of the law, which was pushed by an anti-vice crusader decades before women won the right to vote. If anti-abortion activists can get themselves before a sympathetic court and secure a national injunction on this medication being mailed, they may well be able to block access to abortion throughout the country, including in states where it is legal.
 
However the mifepristone case turns out, the threats to reproductive rights the justices unleashed by overturning Roe go much further.
 
The anti-abortion movement is pursuing its aims on many legal fronts. One focus of intense activity are so-called fetal-personhood laws, which endow fetuses (and, in some cases, even fertilized eggs) with the same legal rights as living, breathing human beings.
 

 
If Mr. Trump’s party wins solid control of the House and Senate, this could put Americans’ reproductive rights at further risk, especially if Republicans first decide to do away with the filibuster. That would lower the threshold for passing legislation such as a 15-week abortion ban, which Mr. Trump seems likely to support.
 
Voters will be faced with a stark choice: the choice of whether to protect not just reproductive rights, but true equality for women.
 
https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/30/opinion/abortion-drug-supreme-court.html
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3. The Case for Saying ‘I Do’, By Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times, March 31, 2024, Pg. SR3, Opinion
 
With little notice, the United States may be crossing a historic milestone in family structure, one that may shape our health, wealth and happiness.
 
Historically, most American adults were married — more than two-thirds as recently as 1970. But the married share has crept downward, and today only about half of adults are married. Depending on the data source, we may already have entered an epoch in which a majority are not married.
 
“Our civilization is in the midst of an epochal shift, a shift away from marriage,” Brad Wilcox, a sociologist who directs the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, writes in his new book, “Get Married.” “In place of marriage, many Americans are remaining single or simply living together without wedding rings. And to be clear, it’s more of the former than the latter.”
 
Wilcox believes that perhaps a third of today’s young Americans will never marry. As a long-married romantic myself, I find that troubling, but it’s not just soggy sentimentality. Survey data indicates that married couples on average report more happiness, build more wealth, live longer and raise more successful children than single parents or cohabiting couples, though there are plenty of exceptions.
 

 
I’ve long been interested in family structure for two reasons. First, I believe the left made a historic mistake by demonizing the Moynihan Report, which 59 years ago this month warned about the consequences of family breakdown. Daniel Patrick Moynihan was prescient, for we now know that households headed by single mothers are five times as likely to live in poverty as those with married couples.
 
Second, loneliness and social isolation are growing problems. One poignant example: Perhaps 100,000 or more dead bodies in America go unclaimed each year, often because there are no loved ones to say farewell. It’s a topic explored in another recent book, “The Unclaimed,” by sociologists Pamela Prickett and Stefan Timmermans.
 

 
We are social animals, Aristotle noted more than two millenniums ago, and it’s still true. Spouses can be exasperating (as my wife can attest), but they also can cuddle, fill us with love and connect us to a purpose beyond ourselves. They are infinitely better, for us and for society, than virtual lovers on an app, and that seems worth celebrating openly.
 
https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/30/opinion/marriage-wealth-happiness.html
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4. Pope overcomes health concerns to preside over Easter Mass and appeal for peace in Gaza and Ukraine, By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, March 31, 2024, 4:54 PM
 
Pope Francis rallied from a winter-long bout of respiratory problems to lead some 60,000 people in Easter celebrations Sunday, making a strong appeal for a cease-fire in Gaza and a prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine.
 
Francis presided over Easter Sunday Mass in a flower-decked St. Peter’s Square and then delivered a heartfelt prayer for peace in his annual roundup of global crises. Gaza’s people, including the small Christian community there, have been a source of constant concern for Francis and Easter in the Holy Land overall was a somber affair this year given the war.
“Peace is never made with weapons, but with outstretched hands and open hearts,” Francis said from the loggia overlooking the square, to applause from the wind-swept crowd below.
 
Francis appeared in good form, despite having celebrated the 2½-hour nighttime Easter Vigil just hours before. The pontiff, who had part of one lung removed as a young man, has been battling respiratory problems all winter and his full participation in Easter services was not entirely guaranteed, especially after he skipped the traditional Good Friday procession.
 

 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/03/31/easter-sunday-vatican-pope-francis/6e8a22f2-ef3a-11ee-a4c9-88e569a98b58_story.html
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5. American Religion In 2050, By Ross Douthat, The New York Times, March 31, 2024, Pg. SR3, Opinion
 
​Another Easter, another survey showing religion’s recent ebb: This one is from Gallup, confirming a deepening of the 21st-century decline in church attendance.
 
But diminishment coexists with transformation. The kind of Christian practice that’s likely to endure and thrive as loosely affiliated church members fall away isn’t the kind we associate with the flood tide of American Christianity 60 years ago. Meanwhile, the main alternative to traditional religion, a faith in secular progress, has entered into its own crisis of commitment and belief, with mysticism creeping back in around secularism’s edges.
 
So let’s try to imagine how these trends might shape American religion a generation hence. Clearly the old order of Protestant denominationalism, Methodists and Presbyterians and Episcopalians clustering around the city green, no longer defines our religious life. In its place, what alignments are taking shape? How might an American in 2050 describe the country’s key religious groups?
 
Let’s imagine such a description. Start with a group we’ll call the neotraditionalists. These are liturgical and doctrinally conservative Christians, with a Roman Catholic core orbited by some Reformation factions, Calvinists especially, as well as some Eastern Orthodox churches, small but flush with converts.
 
The “neo” as well as the “traditionalist” matters. These believers have created, rather than inherited, their conservative culture. Generally they are highly educated and upwardly mobile, though their tendency to have large families limits that mobility. The stereotypical neo-trad lives around a city or college town in a conservative state and sends her kids to one of the ever-expanding network of classical high schools. But there are important neo-trad subcultures in big liberal cities, supplying the behind-the-scenes leadership — judges, administrators, wonks — for whatever kind of political conservatism exists in 2050.
 

Next, we have a larger group, the mere Christians. These are Americans we would call ex-evangelical or nondenominational Protestant today, but terms like “denomination” and “Protestant” seem quaint in our imagined 2050 and even “evangelical” is falling into abeyance. Instead most people in this category just identify as Christians, while attending churches with names like Elevate and Rise and Resurrection — institutions that are theologically conservative, but not doctrinally intense and not liturgical at all.
 

 
Next up, the liberal Christians. For generations the more liberal-leaning Protestant denominations have been declining. But liberal Christianity is a renewable resource, as long as there are conservative Christianities to inspire rebellion and disillusionment.
 
The question is what liberal faith’s institutional form looks like in 2050. Maybe a liberal Catholicism that’s short on priests but enduring under lay leadership. Maybe a liberal form of nondenominational Christianity built by the heirs of today’s disillusioned “ex-vangelicals.” Maybe a Mainline Protestantism that’s survived through consolidation, with former Episcopalians and Methodists and Congregationalists clustered together in a United Progressive Church.
 
Then, the all-American pagans. This is a catchall for the emergent post-Christian forms of religious faith — via New Age spirituality, astrology, U.F.O. fascinations, meditation and mind-altering drugs, magic and witchcraft, intellectual pantheism and old-school polytheism and even Satanism.
 

 
Then, the fast-growing outsiders. These are smaller groups that because of geographic concentration and high fertility seem increasingly important. The Mormons would be the obvious example, though their fertility advantage has diminished a bit. The Amish are another: By the 2050s their population may be shooting past a million. Orthodox Jews will probably outnumber their Reform and Conservative brethren. And whichever form of Islam manages the ordeal of assimilation in America could have a similar trajectory.
 
Finally, a wild card: the intelligentsia. For a century or more the American intellectual classes have been much more unbelieving than the country as a whole. Does that default posture survive another generation’s worth of change? Do progressive-minded intellectuals throw themselves into some mixture of paganism and transhumanism? Do humanists make common cause with liberal Christians or even neo-traditionalists against some threatening techno-future? Can an arid and implausible atheism really endure in a much weirder American future?
 
https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/30/opinion/easter-religion-america.html
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6. Pope’s global round-up interesting in part for what he didn’t say, By John L. Allen Jr., Crux, March 31, 2024
 
​A pope’s Easter Sunday Urbi et Orbi blessing, meaning “to the city and the world,” is generally understood to be one of his premier foreign policy statements of the year, a sort of 365-degree review of the global situation.
 
Which issues and hotspots a pontiff chooses to highlight, therefore – and, equally, which he chooses to omit – are understood to be an x-ray of the Vatican’s current diplomatic and geopolitical agenda.
 

 
First, he did not unveil any dramatic new diplomatic initiatives or proposals. The closest he came was a call for a comprehensive prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine, “all for the sake of all.”
 

 
Second, while Francis’s remarks on the Russia/Ukraine conflict were obviously crafted to appear even-handed, nevertheless he may once again have irritated some Ukrainians by condemning “rearming” at a time when President Volodymyr Zelensky is pressing the U.S. to come through with a $60 billion aid package.
 

 
Third, as ever, it’s as interesting to note the regions and peoples the pope skipped over as those he mentioned.
 

 
On the other hand, it’s striking that while mentioning the fate of the Rohingya people in Myanmar, he made no mention of the similarly trying conditions facing the Uyghur minority in nearby China. Nor was there any call for de-escalation in the South China Sea, despite the fact that Taiwan has recently conducted missile tests in response to Chinese “grey zone” incursions seemingly intended to back up Bejing’s claims on the island.
 
In a similarly notable omission, Francis did not allude to ongoing conflict in India, including in the state of Manipur, where a largely Christian ethnic minority has been the subject of attacks from militant Hindu nationalists, with more than 300 churches reportedly destroyed. With elections set for next month, representatives of minorities in India, including its Christian community, say they’re concerned that an expected landslide victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could mean a further deterioration in India’s climate for religious freedom.
 
In terms of why Francis didn’t say any of this out loud, the logic seems fairly clear: China and India are among the Vatican’s most important diplomatic interlocutors at the moment, including a deal with Beijing over the appointment of bishops, and there’s hesitation to do or say anything that might be perceived as provocative.
 
As a corollary, there’s also understandable concern that public criticism could elicit blowback, thereby making things worse in the name of making them better.
 
A similar logic may help explain why the pontiff made no mention of Nicaragua, where the government of President Daniel Ortega has banned all outdoor religious celebrations for Easter for the second year in a row. Ortega’s wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, announced plans to substitute religious processions with events celebrating Socialist ideology.
 
Perhaps the concern is that if the pope were to appear to be explicitly condemning the regime, the crackdown actually could become even more intense.
 
However one parses it, the clear impression from Pope Francis’s 2024 Urbi et Orbi message is that once again, a pope is attempting to walk a fine line, speaking out when he perceives it might help, and biting his tongue when, on balance, discretion seems the better part of valor.
 
Whether popes always strike that balance appropriately is, of course, a matter for fair debate. In any event, however, one has to acknowledge the complexity of the exercise.
 
https://cruxnow.com/news-analysis/2024/03/popes-global-round-up-interesting-in-part-for-what-he-didnt-say
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7. Why Pews Are Packed on Easter Sunday, It’s tough to enjoy God’s finest gifts by oneself. That’s why he gave us churches., By Timothy Dolan, The Wall Street Journal, March 29, 2024, Pg. A13, Opinion
 
There’s no denying it. Many Americans no longer consider themselves members of any particular religion. They may believe in God and the power of prayer, and many say they seek “spirituality,” but more and more check “none” when asked their creed. Some of the survey findings are as dreary as that first Good Friday afternoon on a hill outside Jerusalem.
 
True, on Easter Sunday the pews will be jammed. Christians of wavering commitment frequently “come home” for Easter and Christmas, much as many Jews return to synagogue for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. While some of my fellow pastors might wonder out loud where these people are the other 50 Sundays of the year, or refer with mild irritation to the “birth-and-resurrection club,” I am always heartened to see them.
 
I do worry, though, as I note people drifting from the family of the church. Faith is deeply personal, but it isn’t private. By its nature, faith is communal. A congregation is a spiritual family. Many use that word “family” loosely to mean any group of like-minded friends, from which any member can part ways for any reason. A biological family doesn’t work like that—it’s unchosen, it’s permanent, and loyalty to it doesn’t wane with preference or mood. Members of a spiritual family likewise bear an obligation to remain a part of it.
 

 
Anthropologists tell us that even the most ancient religions were always found in groups of people. Rituals, feasts, music, art, song, dance, a sacred meal—these things are tough to savor by oneself.
 
Yet people sure try. They tell us they want to believe but not belong; that they want faith but not religion; that they prefer spirituality, whatever that might mean, to communal worship. They seem to want God as a Father but to remain an only child; Jesus as the Good Shepherd if they’re the only lamb in the flock. They want a God by themselves, Christ without his church.
 

 
So, how to win them back? We might begin by embracing the crowds this Easter and not rolling our eyes because some of them haven’t been seen since last year. These wandering brothers and sisters may not know it, but they’ve come out of a sense that this is the day on which the Son of God broke the power of death.
 
As in a gathering of kin, congregating with one’s spiritual family—people with whom one has a deep instant connection—is liberating and fulfilling. There are very few social gatherings in which ordinary people can enter and not sense critical eyes sizing them up, assessing their status and guessing their motives. There are even fewer in which every participant sings, recites creeds and listens to ancient wisdom in a spirit of humility and love.
 
At its best, Christian worship is such a setting. And when Christians worship at their best, their wandering brothers and sisters tend to come home.
 
Cardinal Dolan is Roman Catholic archbishop of New York.
 
https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-pews-are-packed-on-easter-sunday-dolan-jesus-resurrection-nones-e2fa748d
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8. A ‘divinely created’ being: States try to define fetal personhood, By Rachel Hatzipanagos, The Washington Post, March 29, 2024, 7:00 AM
 
When is a human embryo not simply a clump of cells but a person with distinct legal rights? The answer, which holds much consequence in a post-Roe world, depends on the state where that embryo resides.
 
A Georgia law enacted in 2022 considers people to be “homo sapiens at any stage of development that is carried in the womb.” In Alaska, a bill before state lawmakers defines a person as an “entity that has the moral right of self-determination.” And in West Virginia, a measure moving through the legislature defines a person as a “divinely created” being entitled to “equal protection to the right of life.”
 
Such language also may affect when a parent can collect child support (Kentucky) or an individual be charged with murder (Iowa).
 
While the issue of fetal personhood has been part of the abortion debate for decades, it took the fall of Roe v. Wade and a woman’s constitutional right to abortion for the impact of personhood measures to become a reality.
 

 
Four states have passed personhood statutes, though one, in Arizona, was blocked by a court. At least 17 others have debated similar legislation in recent years, according to data from Pregnancy Justice, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit research center that supports abortion rights. Those efforts are separate from often-longstanding references to personhood in states’ criminal codes.
 
Alabama added a fetal personhood clause to its constitution in 2018. Six years later, the Alabama Supreme Court pointed to that amendment in ruling that frozen embryos created through in vitro fertilization were “extrauterine children.” Anyone who destroyed a frozen embryo, either willfully or accidentally, could be held liable, the court concluded.
 

 
Colorado — H.B. 24-1224 defined a person as an unborn child at any stage of development, “from fertilization at the fusion of a human spermatozoon with a human ovum.” It died in committee on March 4.
 
Florida — S.B. 476 defines a fetus as an “unborn child” shielded by civil negligence laws. It was postponed in late February, when lawmakers worried that it could threaten IVF.
 
Illinois — H.B. 2606 defines an “unborn child” as a person from “the species homo sapiens from fertilization until live birth.”
 
Missouri — H.B. 1616 says that life begins at conception and that “unborn children” have the same “rights, powers, privileges … granted by the laws of this state to any other person.”
 
South Carolina — H.B. 3549 says that an “unborn child at any stage of development” is a person who, if attacked or killed, “is afforded equal protection” under the state’s assault and homicide laws.
 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2024/03/29/fetal-personhood-laws-states-abortion/
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9. To conceive or not to conceive: Either way, women face a fight, By Kathy Hochul, The Washington Post, March 29, 2024, 3:51 PM, Letter to the Editor
 
​Regarding the March 27 front-page article “Justices wary of bid to restrict pill access”:
When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the justices divided our nation in two. Americans now live either in states where reproductive health care has been drastically curtailed or in states such as New York. We’ve expanded abortion access, welcomed patients from states where health care is under attack, taken legal measures to protect both patients and providers, stockpiled a five-year supply of the abortion pill misoprostol and enabled over-the-counter access to birth control.
 
This week, the oral arguments in Food and Drug Administration v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine served as a warning that even women in Democratic-led states might not be safe from draconian efforts to limit their freedoms. While the Supreme Court seemed skeptical that the antiabortion doctors asking the justices to restrict access to mifepristone in every state have legal standing to bring their suit, a technicality won’t stop about 50 years of relentless efforts to strip away women’s rights.
 

 
This case isn’t just about abortion, either. It’s an attack on majority decision-making in Democratic states, on the principle that personal health-care decisions should be made by individuals and even on our common understanding of drug safety. The plaintiff in this case is demanding a degree of certainty from the Food and Drug Administration that could be used to undermine approvals for vaccines, overdose-prevention medications or any other treatment extreme conservatives choose to put in the crosshairs of their next culture war.
 
In 2024, the rights of women should be advancing, and their health outcomes should be improving. We must not retreat into the dark shadows of the past. While the court’s decision remains pending, this moment highlights the vital importance of the upcoming elections at every level of government. We must stand up for abortion rights for not just the women of today but the generations that will follow.
 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/03/29/mifepristone-ivf-hormonal-birth-control/
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10. Pope, looking strong, washes feet of 12 women at Rome prison from his wheelchair, By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press, March 28, 2024, 2:04 PM
 
Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of 12 women inmates at a Rome prison during a Holy Thursday ritual meant to emphasize his vocation of service and humility.
 
The 87-year-old Francis performed the ritual from his wheelchair, after recent ailments have compounded his mobility problems. The Rebibbia prison venue was outfitted to accommodate his needs: The women sat on stools on a raised-up platform, enabling the pope to move down the line with ease from his wheelchair without having to strain himself.
 
Many of the women wept as Francis washed their feet, gently pouring water over one bared foot and patting it dry with a small towel. He finished the gesture by kissing each foot, often looking up to the woman with a smile.
 
The Holy Thursday foot-washing ceremony is a hallmark of every Holy Week and recalls the foot-washing Jesus performed on his 12 apostles at their last supper together before he was crucified.
 

 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2024/03/28/pope-vatican-easter/dfe5e1c2-ecef-11ee-8f2c-380a821c02db_story.html
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11. Oregon city can’t limit church’s homeless meal services, federal judge rules, By Associated Press, March 28, 2024, 10:29 PM
 
A federal judge has ruled that a southern Oregon city can’t limit a local church’s homeless meal services.
 
U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke found that an ordinance passed by the small city of Brookings, on the southern Oregon coast, violated the religious freedom rights of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, KGW reported. He issued his opinion on Wednesday.
 
The 2021 ordinance limited the church’s homeless meal services to two days a week, and required a permit to serve free food in residential areas. It was passed in response to resident complaints.
 
The church sued the city in 2022, saying the ordinance violated its right to freely practice religion.
 
KGW reported the church’s Rev. Bernie Lindley describing feeding people as an expression of religious belief.
 

 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/2024/03/28/oregon-church-homeless-meal-service-lawsuit/1fe7b3e8-ed74-11ee-8f2c-380a821c02db_story.html
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12. His job is to interpret the Constitution. Would he rather run the FDA?, By Ruth Marcus, The Washington Post, March 28, 2024, 7:30 AM
 
​Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. somehow comes off as unhappy and aggrieved even when he’s winning — which is often these days, given the court’s conservative supermajority. So, it was no surprise that Alito, clearly on the losing side in the latest abortion case to reach the high court, sounded so peeved at the notion that American women might keep their access to abortion medication and so desperate to find a rationale for restricting it.
 
Alito’s blood has been boiling over the abortion drug mifepristone for almost a year. He issued an angry dissent last spring when the court allowed the current Food and Drug Administration rules easing access to the medication to remain in place while the case made its way through the lower courts.
 
And Alito was in peak form at ​Tuesday’s oral arguments on the regulations. There was no argument against mifepristone that he wasn’t willing to deploy. Why, Alito demanded of Solicitor General Elizabeth B. Prelogar, didn’t the FDA take the 151-year-old Comstock Act into account in determining whether to allow mifepristone to be sent through the mail?
 

 
Someone, give that man the job he really wants and make him FDA commissioner.
 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/03/28/alito-abortion-fda-mifepristone-dobbs/
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13. Catholic Army chaplain, Servant of God, to get statue at Kansas Capitol, By John Lavenburg, Crux, March 28, 2024
 
​A Catholic priest from the Diocese of Wichita who served as an Army chaplain in World War II and the Korean war, known for risking his life to minister to troops on the front lines, will soon have a permanent statue in his honor at the state Capitol.
 
On March 22, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed Senate Bill 431, which directs the Capitol Preservation Committee to create a memorial honoring Father Emil Joseph Kapaun at the state Capitol. The bill passed through both chambers of the Kansas Legislature with unanimous votes.
 

 
https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-usa/2024/03/catholic-army-chaplain-servant-of-god-to-get-statue-at-kansas-capitol
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14. Governors in West Virginia, Utah, Idaho sign religious freedom bills, By Tyler Arnold, Catholic News Agency, March 28, 2024, 2:00 PM
 
​Governors Jim Justice of West Virginia, Spencer Cox of Utah, and Brad Little of Idaho — all Republicans — signed legislation in their states to enhance religious freedom protections. 
 
The new West Virginia law establishes stronger religious freedom protections for student organizations at public universities. The Utah law allows residents to bring civil action against government entities if those entities violate their religious freedom. And the new Idaho legislation protects religious rights for faith-based adoption centers and foster care homes.
 

 
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/257229/governors-in-west-virginia-utah-idaho-sign-religious-freedom-bills
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15. Oregon reports significant uptick in assisted suicides, By Peter Pinedo, Catholic News Agency, March 28, 2024, 3:00 PM
 
​The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is reporting a significant rise in assisted suicide prescriptions and deaths in the state, a move that comes after authorities in 2022 began allowing out-of-state residents to access the lethal services.
 
Since the state’s passage of the “Death with Dignity Act” in 1997, assisted suicide numbers have been generally rising there, with a markedly sharp uptick since 2013. OHA on March 20 released its 2023 assisted suicide data summary that reported a considerable increase in suicide prescriptions in 2023. 
 
The study found that assisted suicide prescriptions in the state rose from 433 in 2022 to 560 last year.
 
Of those 560 prescriptions, 367 people are known to have died from ingesting the suicide “medications.” This is up from the 304 who died from assisted suicide drugs in Oregon in 2022.
 

 
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/257231/oregon-reports-significant-uptick-in-assisted-suicides
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