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A Walk To Blair House

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Doug Mills: President Obama & President Xi Jinping, of China walk from the White House to the Blair House for dinner

President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, walk on the North Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, heading for a private dinner at the Blair House, across the street from the White House. Xi arrived in Washington late Thursday for a State Visit. Obama has invested more time building personal ties with the Chinese president than with most other world leaders. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk on the North Lawn heading for a private dinner at the Blair House, across the street from the White House

President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, walk from the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, for a private dinner at the Blair House, across the street from the White House. Xi arrived in Washington late Thursday for a State Visit. Obama has invested more time building personal ties with the Chinese president than with most other world leaders. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping walk to Blair House to join Vice President Joe Biden for dinner

President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, front right, walk from the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, for a private dinner at the Blair House, across the street from the White House. Xi arrived in Washington late Thursday for a State Visit. Obama has invested more time building personal ties with the Chinese president than with most other world leaders. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Sep
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Look who came crawling

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Pope Francis does not play

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State Dinner tomorrow night

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Thinking people: 1. Paranoia driven people: 0

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#TGIT is back TONIGHT! My body is ready

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Douchebags

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Gut wrenching

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Sep
15

Chat Away

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Sep
15

On Catholicism and the sanctity of life

Pope Francis gave an address to a joint session of Congress today. I hope to have an essay on the broader themes of his speech for tomorrow, but today I want to focus on one aspect which seems to have tarnished his halo with leftists who have pinned their hopes on him and are now disappointed, just as they did with President Obama.

Here is the offending passage:

The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.

That’s it. That was his only glancing reference to abortion. And he didn’t even use the word abortion.

But look at what he said: human life must be protected at every stage of its development.

As I’ve written before, I was raised Catholic. And although I can’t in good conscience call myself a believer any longer, that upbringing undergirds who I am. I can no more dispense with it than I can dispense with all the skeins of life which have made me who I am.

I’ve always been a liberal. And as early as I can remember, I’ve always disagreed with the Church’s position on abortion and birth control. Many times, I’ve disagreed vehemently with the Church, wanting finally to cast aside that part of me.

But as I’ve grown older, I have, I hope, grown wiser. What used to be black and white in my youth has become a symphony of grays. I still disagree with the Church on abortion and birth control. But I can respect its stance, at least on abortion.

How can I do this? Because unlike many of the evangelical Religious Right, the Catholic position on life is a total one. Again, turn to Pope Francis’ words: life must be protected at every stage of development.

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Sep
15

History

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TodayShow: Great pic of @POTUS and @Pontifex (via @gettyimages) #PopeInDC

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Sep
15

Chat Away

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Sep
15

The Pope Addresses Congress

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Sep
15

Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama greets young performers with the Dance Theatre of Harlem prior to the United Nations General Assembly spouses tour and luncheon at the Harlem Studio Museum in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2013 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Today

2:35: The President meets with Public Health Service officials who helped fight Ebola

7:15: Hosts a private dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping

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10:0 EDT: Pope Francis Address to Joint Meeting of Congress

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On This Day: Welcoming leaders to the G20 Summit at the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, September 24, 2009

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