1.I’m so grateful Ross Douthat gets to write what he does at the New York Times. His Wednesday column this week on Cardinal McCarrick is wise and true. Hearts ache for something better from those who know better.
2. There’s an extraordinary profile in the Washington Post of Kristen and (the late) J. J. Hanson, who are beautiful witnesses for life and love against physician-assisted suicide and our throwaway culture.
If you have a moment to read it and thank the author, please do. She’s firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some video of the couple together here:
JJ Hanson fought assisted suicide while fighting brain cancer. Please pray for JJ, who died 12/30, his wife Kristen, and young sons Lucas & James. Our story with the couple when lawmakers proposed a resolution condemning assisted suicide: pic.twitter.com/mC2lp9riDo
— Jason Calvi (@JasonCalvi) January 2, 2018
Around the world, people suffer abhorrent violations of their #ReligiousFreedom. That’s why @StateDept is holding the first-ever #IRFMinisterial. Our goal is simple: to promote the God-given human right to believe what you want to believe. Read my op-ed: https://t.co/PDnPpN5yB5
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 25, 2018
5. Protesting a healthier approach:
Abortion, birth control, vasectomies, tubal ligations, some types of end-of-life care, emergency contraception and procedures related to gender transition can all be off-limits if your local hospital happens to be Catholic. https://t.co/l61SUiC4Z7
— FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) July 25, 2018
Today, by the way, is the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae. Had it been more widely embraced, some of pain and suffering we see today might have been alleviated.
8. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on “Making Love Last.”
Twitter, basically. pic.twitter.com/mwizQHF3yK
— Luke Epplin (@LukeEpplin) July 24, 2018
PLUS: A Claremont fellowship program in D.C. for speechwriters. Act quickly if interested. Deadline is Friday.