Varia — September 22, 2017

1. USCCB expresses some praise but also serious concerns about the latest health care bill in the Senate: http://www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-169.cfm Key quote: “Without significant improvement, this bill does not meet the moral criteria for health care reform outlined in our previous letters, and must be changed.”

2. The Senate moves forward on a bill to help Christians in Iraq: https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-usa/2017/09/21/us-senate-committee-advances-bill-aid-christians-iraq/

3. Scientists are for all intents and purposes cloning humans, and regulation is needed immediately: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/451617/regulate-embryo-research-too-late

4. So much for religious freedom in Minnesota: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/judge-rejects-couples-argument-for-refusing-gay-customers/2017/09/21/2655ea88-9eca-11e7-b2a7-bc70b6f98089_story.html?utm_term=.f70ca54149d2

5. Another challenge to the right of adoption and foster care agencies that wish to rely on their religious beliefs in placing children: http://religionclause.blogspot.com/2017/09/lawsuit-challenges-adoption-agencies.html

6. Good summary on the improper questioning of a Catholic judicial nominee, and the weak defenses offered for it (including by some misguided Catholics): http://mirrorofjustice.blogs.com/mirrorofjustice/2017/09/some-misguided-defenses-of-sen-feinsteins-questioning-of-judicial-nominee.html

7. Perhaps it would be a good time to remind people that mass murder (i.e., “destroying” an entire country) is not morally acceptable? Perhaps Gaudium et Spes 80 would be a good starting point?

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Varia — September 22, 2017

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