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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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    • Posted by: Gregory108 - Apr. 01, 2017 6:58 PM ET USA

      How do these people become cardinals? So many holy priests, many of them young men, struggling and working in the trenches, teaching authentic doctrine, hearing confessions day and night, praying for the sick and dying, instructing and admonishing, trying to save souls, while their heads and spiritual fathers, who should be supporting, teaching and building them up, engage in such ridiculous PC garbage! Time to retire! As in 1 Timothy 4:12, I guess the young must be examples to their elders!

    • Posted by: space15796 - Apr. 01, 2017 1:01 PM ET USA

      I have a Chinese friend who is now a naturalized US Citizen after years of waiting. She was so excited about her family coming to visit her here so she could show them that indeed the sky IS blue, this is not a fiction. Really. The youngsters in the group were so surprised - had never seen a blue sky. So yeah, that's a goal to aim for ....let's be more like them.

    • Posted by: ALC - Mar. 31, 2017 6:30 PM ET USA

      It is amazing to me the amount of time, energy, and words given to the environment from the Vatican. If they only gave 1/10 of the amount of attention to the problems within the Church regarding lack of belief in the Real Presence, so called Catholics who support abortion and SSM, we might stand a chance of surviving this crisis of Faith in our Church. But, not as long as Francis is Pope. His agenda is secular and not ecclesiastical.

    • Posted by: a son of Mary - Mar. 31, 2017 5:50 PM ET USA

      God forgive me but where do we find such idiots? The Chinese Communist party doesn't eat food from China and neither should you. It's loaded with antibiotics, pesticides, hormones and so on. All highly damaging to the environment. And Cardinal, in case you forgot the thousands of Chinese martyrs, read Diaries of the Chinese Martyrs.

    • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Mar. 31, 2017 2:31 PM ET USA

      China pollution is beyond understanding unless you look at the few images coming over showing the solid cloud of particulates from the spewing factories. A scientific study badly needing to be done is how much of LA's problem comes from China. And, dear Cardinal, it remains to be seen if China is willing to take the huge economic hit that "easing the pollution" will require. Sorry, you are indeed making very laughable statements designed, no doubt, to ingratiate.

    • Posted by: MWCooney - Mar. 31, 2017 1:40 PM ET USA

      The intellectual failures of our current leadership are mere symptoms of the underlying moral failure that is characteristic of our times. Cardinal Turkson's failure to see the obvious only reveals his subservience to the zeitgeist, and it would, indeed, be comical, if the stakes weren't so high.

    • Posted by: Retired01 - Mar. 31, 2017 11:43 AM ET USA

      So in addition to Bergoglio-babel, Kasper-babel etc., etc., now we also have Turkson-babel.

    • Posted by: feedback - Mar. 30, 2017 5:38 PM ET USA

      It is absolutely ridiculous. If the Cardinal only typed in Google images: "China pollution" he would've had better idea.

    • Posted by: jackbene3651 - Mar. 30, 2017 4:41 PM ET USA

      Turkson was listed by some as papabile when Benedict XVI resigned.