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February 18, 2014
How can I ever repay you?: Catholic colleges and the student loan crisis
The blessings of a college education often come with the curse of tens of thousands in loans. 
For his first three years at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Robert Cleveland went through the same drill every fall. He'd show up at the private Catholic university for the start of the semester, sign paperwork for his college loans, and then get busy with his coursework. At the start of his senior year, however, the aspiring music journalist began to realize how much debt he'd gotten himself into. "It just kind of creeps up on you," he says. Read more.

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What do Washington and Lincoln offer to Catholics?
The two presidents, both born in February, deserve our gratitude. How can Catholics view the celebration of Presidents Day? 

We Americans love the flag, the military, parades, and patriotic music. Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and Fourth of July are celebrated with near-religious rituals. Presidents Day brings only a few images of George Washington (who now shares the holiday with Abe Lincoln) and specials at auto dealers. The day passes without much reflectionRead more.

UN demands removal of all known and suspected clergy child abusers
Will Pope Francis fully support removing all accused and the suspected, and show that he truly cares more about the victims?
Last week, the United Nations ordered the Vatican to take an enormous step in bringing justice to the victims of the sex abuse scandal. In a statement, the Committee on the Rights of the Child demanded the Vatican to immediately remove of all Catholic clergy known or suspected to be child abusers, to hold them accountable for their actions, and to turn them over to civil authorities. Read more.

Should we legalize marijuana?
When it comes to marijuana matters, is America going to pot?  
In 2010 the California Cannabis Initiative qualified for the state's ballot. If passed, it would have decriminalized certain offenses and permitted the personal consumption and cultivation of cannabis sativa, the drug commonly known by its Mexican colloquial name, marijuana, that goes by many names, including grass, reefer, pot, dope, weed, bud, Mary Jane, and hippie lettuce.  

The debate about this ballot here in California was contentious, and ultimately the initiative failed, being opposed by 53.5 percent of voters. Though the California initiative was defeated, support for changing the laws on marijuana usage has increased nationwide. Fifty-eight percent of Americans now support legalization of medical marijuana. Read more.

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Immigration reform: If not now, when? 
As the bee population declines, we can either listen to the buzz or feel the sting. 
The recent announcement by House Speaker John Boehner that he and his Republican caucus were unlikely to act on the long overdue immigration reform is the latest in a string of unconscionable postponements of progress on one of the most urgent social issues of our day. Coming only a week after raising hopes that House Republicans would finally get moving on immigration reform, Boehner's latest disappointing reversal--and his disingenuous rationalizations for it--makes one wonder if the Republican leadership will ever escape the stranglehold of its extreme xenophobic wing. Read more.
Watch: Philomena
Directed by Stephen Frears (The Weinstein Company, 2013) 

Philomena, Stephen Frears' touching film about the quest of an elderly Irish woman to find the baby she was forced to give up 50 years before, is a tale of redemption that is capable of restoring anyone's faith in ordinary and broken human beings. In this odd-couple odyssey, a discredited BBC journalist named Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) agrees to write a human interest piece about Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), who is desperately looking for her son Anthony, taken from her in the 1950s while she was pressed into entering a "convent" for wayward young women who had children out of wedlock. Read more. 

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