Senate to consider anti-healthcare bill

Writes the president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a major supporter of healthcare research, "The Senate Republicansí health bill...is a Jekyll-and-Hyde plan: in some ways kinder than the House Republican plan, and in some ways meaner, to use President Donald Trumpís yardstick. Overall the plan will benefit the wealthy and young adults, but hurt larger numbers of people who are old or poor. On Medicaid, the federal-state health program covering 69 million lower-income people, the Senate plan is harsher than the House plan. Like the House bill, the Senate bill would effectively kill the expansion of Medicaid that was allowed under the Affordable Care Act." more »


Pope and president clash on care for the environment

Pope Francis met May 24 with President Donald Trump, and urged him to respect the environment and read his papal encyclical on the subject.
Speaking privately in the apostolic palace for about 30 minutes, the two discused working for peace in the world. The atmosphere for the first encounter between the two world leaders, known to disagree on a range of issues, appeared at the beginning to be stiff and formal. Pope Francis has spoken forcefully about the need to protect the world's poor from the adverse effects of global warming. more »
Catholic Democrats condemns Trump withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord

An underlying rationale, given by Trump today in a dark speech reminiscent of his Inaugural Address, for abrogating and undermining the accord is that it is "very unfair at the highest level to the U.S." Trump once again ignored Jesus' exhortation - best paraphrased by President John F. Kennedy - that "from those to whom much is given, much will be required." We believe that this applies to nations as well, particularly given the fact that the US is the largest carbon polluter in history. more »

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Please Read: US Catholic Bishops' "Faithful Citizenship"

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"He gave us strength in time of trouble, wisdom in time of uncertainty, and sharing in time of happiness. He will always be by our side...[May he] be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:

Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not."

Sen Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics."

First Inaugural Address, President Barack Obama


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