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Weekend reading

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Aug 29, 2014

Going into the long Labor Day weekend, here are a few thought-provoking editorial columns:

  • David Quinn, writing in the Irish Independent, argues that ”Commercial surrogacy is a disaster and must be banned .” He illustrates his point with a few of the tangled legal issues that inevitably arise when one person (or couple) claims legal control over the child born to another. But the legal issues pale in comparison with the moral issues involved in hiring a woman to give birth and then surrender the child. Surrogate parenting is a form of human trafficking, and should be condemned as such.
  • Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput, in his archdiocesan newspaper, offers ”A lesson in priorities.” Unfortunately, he observes, religious freedom has never been a high priority for American foreign policy. Now threats to religious freedom are a problem of mounting concern here at home. The archbishop warns Americans that “we’ll get the measure of religious liberty we deserve based on the kind of people we elect to federal office — something we need to remember in an election year.”
  • And Kevin Seamus Hasson, in the Wall Street Journal, has misgivings about the New York Mayor de Blasio’s plan to provide government funding for pre-K classes in religious schools. “Religious groups that accept favors from the government often come to regret the strings,” Hasson remarks—a point that I have made in this space recently.

    Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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