1. From the Western Canon to West Point, Two members of Cardinal Kung’s tiny graduating class will join the long gray line of cadets this summer., By Matthew Hennessey, The Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2024, Pg. A15, Opinion
Any high-school principal will tell you it’s a big deal when a graduating senior is accepted by the U.S. Military Academy. Getting two kids from the same high school in the same year into West Point is rare enough that in most American towns it would be front-page news. Two kids from the same high school in the same year out of a graduating class of fewer than two dozen? Stop the presses.
“I find it really remarkable,” says Alexander Miller, principal of Cardinal Kung Academy. “This kind of thing just doesn’t happen.” But it is happening. On July 1, two new Cardinal Kung graduates—Thomas Grimm of Ridgefield, Conn., and Kathleen Liberatore of Tuckahoe, N.Y.—will report for duty as cadets in the West Point class of 2028.

Cardinal Kung was founded by a group of parents seeking to give their children a classical education grounded in the Catholic faith. It opened its doors in 2018 to 20 students. Most of the initial cohort had been home-schooled. Some had tried other Catholic or private schools and come away disappointed with the experience for one reason or another. “Many of our families have seen the shortcomings of utility-driven education as opposed to liberal education,” Mr. Miller says.

This year Cardinal Kung has 117 students enrolled in grades 7-12 (my son Patrick among them). Nearly all recent graduates have gone off to college. Most end up at smaller Catholic schools like the University of Dallas and Thomas Aquinas College though some have landed on larger campuses such as Notre Dame and the University of South Carolina.
College for college’s sake isn’t the point. “The goal is to help them discover the love of learning,” Mr. Miller says. “The goal is for them to realize they have a responsibility to themselves to think deeply about important questions.” Among these is the proper role of patriotism in society: “The purpose of education is to form good citizens.”
From what I can see, it’s working.
2. Pro-lifers jailed, gun-toting teens walk, Progressive prosecutors care only about jailing political opponents, By The Washington Times, May 16, 2024, Editorial
Lauren Handy was sentenced to four years, nine months in prison Tuesday for praying for an end to the killing of unborn babies at the front door of an abortion mill. The 30-year-old activist harmed no one, yet the same federal prosecutors allowing violent felons to prowl the streets sought a harsher sentence than the one the judge imposed.
On Oct. 22, 2020, Handy and nine others created an encampment inside the front door of the Washington Surgi-Clinic on F Street NW. Their mistake was rallying to the cause of justice for the unborn instead of “Justice for Palestine.”
The group’s opposition to what happens in such places is well founded. The driver of a medical waste truck allegedly provided Handy the remains of late-term babies that may have been born alive and left to die. The Biden administration has no interest in investigating that actual crime. Instead, it sought to lock up Handy under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which makes it a felony to speak up for the unborn near abortion clinics.

Meanwhile, violent felons are allowed to roam the streets of Washington. Surveillance camera video captured the horrifying scene of a rifle-toting 18-year-old firing 26 shots at an occupied car in the early hours of April 22 in a Southeast neighborhood. Despite being caught with an illegal weapon, the suspect was sprung by D.C. Superior Court Judge Lloyd U. Nolan Jr. and placed under house arrest pending further proceedings.
Rabble-rousers speaking out in favor of Hamas on college campuses nationwide are likewise treated like royalty. At George Washington University, a student arrested last week on suspicion of assaulting a police officer was released without charge.

While it’s reasonable to give a pass to students to the extent they peacefully question whether Israel’s campaign in the Gaza Strip has gone too far, the same charity must be extended to those on the other side of the political spectrum whose only crime is creating a bit of inconvenience and noise. Nothing Handy did comes close to deserving nearly five years in the slammer.
There is no justice as long as this double standard persists.
3. Support for legal abortion is widespread in many places, especially in Europe., By Janell Fetterolf And Laura Clancy, Pew Research Center, May 15, 2024
Majorities in most of the 27 places around the world that Pew Research Center surveyed in 2023 and 2024 say abortion should be legal in all or most cases. But attitudes differ widely – even within places. Religiously unaffiliated adults, people on the ideological left and women are more likely to support legal abortion in many places.
A median of 66% of adults across the 27 places surveyed believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while a median of 30% believe it should be illegal in all or most cases.
In the United States, where a Supreme Court decision ended the constitutional right to abortion in 2022, 63% of adults say abortion should be legal in all or most cases. U.S. support for legal abortion has not changed in recent years.
In Europe, there is widespread agreement that abortion should be legal. In nearly every European country surveyed, at least 75% of adults hold this view, including roughly 25% or more who say it should be legal in all cases.
Swedes are especially supportive: 95% say it should be legal, including 66% who say it should be legal in all cases.
Poland stands out among the European countries surveyed for its residents’ more restrictive views, at least compared with other Europeans. Over half of Poles (56%) say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, but 36% say it should be illegal in all or most cases.
Attitudes are more varied in the Asia-Pacific region. Majorities say abortion should be legal in all or most cases in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. But in Vietnam, a majority (59%) say it should be illegal in all or most cases, and 82% in Indonesia share this view.
In Israel, 51% of adults say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 42% say it should be illegal in all or most cases.
In all three African countries surveyed – Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa – majorities say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. That includes 88% of adults in Kenya and 91% in Nigeria.
In South America, views about legal abortion are divided in Argentina and Mexico. But in Brazil, seven-in-ten adults say abortion should be illegal in all or most cases.

Attitudes toward abortion are strongly tied to how important people say religion is in their lives. In places where a greater share of people say religion is at least somewhat important to them, much smaller shares think abortion should be legal.

4. New Kansas abortion clinic will open to help meet demand from restrictive neighboring states, A new abortion clinic is going to open in southeast Kansas this fall, bolstering the state’s role as a regional hub for reproductive health services since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, By Hannah Fingerhut and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press, May 15, 2024, 6:57 PM
A new abortion clinic will open in southeast Kansas this fall, bolstering the state’s role as a regional hub for reproductive health services whose neighbors have severely restricted access since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood Great Plains announced Tuesday that Pittsburg, Kansas, will be home to a new facility providing abortion procedures and pills, as well as pregnancy services, contraception, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases.
After the Roe reversal, Kansas was the first state where voters weighed in on abortion at the ballot box, resoundingly rejecting a constitutional amendment that could have led to an abortion ban in August 2022.
Since then, the state — which prohibits abortions after 21 weeks of pregnancy — has become a destination for people from more restrictive nearby states seeking abortion.

5. Catholic Church responds to mental health crisis across the U.S. and globally, By Kate Quiñones, Catholic News Agency, May 15, 2024, 6:20 PM
The percentage of U.S. adults diagnosed with depression has risen almost 10% since 2015, reaching 29% according to a 2023 Gallup poll, and data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that almost half of U.S. teens report experiencing persistent sadness and hopelessness. The Catholic Church is responding.
Following a 2023 U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops initiative, Catholics across the country have been working in their local communities to address the mental health crisis. 

6. Elderly pro-life activist sentenced to over two years in prison under FACE Act, By Peter Pinedo, Catholic News Agency, May 15, 2024, 6:40 PM
Joan Andrews Bell, a 76-year-old Catholic and pro-life activist, has been sentenced to over two years in prison for her involvement in a “rescue” at a Washington, D.C., abortion clinic.
In addition to Bell, three other activists — Jean Marshall, 74, Jonathan Darnel, 42, and Herb Geraghty, 27 — were sentenced on Wednesday. Marshall received a 24-month sentence, Darnel was sentenced to 34 months, and Geraghty received 27 months.
The sentences were given by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.

On Tuesday three other activists — Lauren Handy, 30, John Hinshaw, 69, and William Goodman, 54 — also received sentences ranging from nearly five years to just under two years for the same demonstration. Handy received the harshest sentence, four years and nine months, for her role as the organizer.

Martin Cannon, an attorney with the Thomas More Society, which represented Handy, told CNA that they will likely be appealing “most if not all” of the sentences. Any appeals in these cases would go to the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. 

7. Supreme Court Denies Pregnancy Center Appeal to Keep Donor Information Private, Through the subpoena, Platkin ordered First Choice to turn over much of its internal communications as well as communications with patients and donors, some of which would reveal donors’ private information., By Peter Pinedo, Catholic News Agency, May 15, 2024
The Supreme Court has denied a New Jersey pro-life pregnancy center’s appeal to keep its donor list and other correspondence private.
This comes after New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin, a Democrat, subpoenaed First Choice Women’s Resource Centers in November 2023 for “possible violations” against the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act relating to the group’s handling of patient data and statements about abortion pill reversal.
Through the subpoena, Platkin ordered First Choice to turn over much of its internal communications as well as communications with patients and donors, some of which would reveal donors’ private information.
Shortly before issuing the subpoena, Platkin signed onto a letter in which he and 15 other attorneys general accused pro-life pregnancy centers of spreading “harmful” misinformation about reproductive health care. The letter also accused pregnancy centers of using “deceptive tactics to lure in patients.”

Represented by the law firm Alliance Defending Freedom, First Choice countersued in December 2023 to block Platkin’s subpoena. The ministry claimed that the subpoena violates its rights under the First and 14th Amendments and that it was being “selectively and unlawfully” targeted because of its pro-life views.
“AG Platkin never cited any complaint or other substantive evidence of wrongdoing to justify his demands but has launched an exploratory probe into the lawful activities, constitutionally protected speech, religious observance, constitutionally protected associations, and nonpublic internal communications and records of a nonprofit organization that holds a view with which he disagrees as a matter of public policy,” First Choice wrote in its countersuit.
First Choice’s request to block the subpoena has since been dismissed by a New Jersey circuit judge, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and now the Supreme Court.
8. House G.O.P. Defunds L.G.B.T.Q. Centers by Banning Earmarks for Nonprofits, Under pressure from the right to stop funding L.G.B.T.Q. projects but wary of alienating Democrats, Republicans have a new solution: bar lawmakers from steering any federal money to individual nonprofit groups., By Catie Edmondson, The New York Times, May 14, 2024
When Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee moved unilaterally last summer to nix federal funding requested by Democrats for three programs serving the L.G.B.T.Q. community, the normally collegial spending panel erupted in partisan strife.

Now House Republicans, facing mounting pressure from conservative groups and hard-line lawmakers in their own ranks to choke off federal funding for L.G.B.T.Q. groups, are trying to avoid another battle with Democrats over the issue by simply barring nonprofit organizations of any kind from receiving federal funding through earmarks.

The three earmarks requested by House Democrats that were removed at the insistence of Republicans were $970,000 to the L.G.B.T. Center of Greater Reading in Pennsylvania, $850,000 to build 74 new housing units for L.G.B.T.Q. seniors in Massachusetts and $1.8 million for the construction of a new community center for the Gay Community Center of Philadelphia.

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