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Hendershott: “Catholic governors seek to retain contraception mandates for religious employers”

While the Trump administration is working to fulfill a campaign promise to allow employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to female employees for religious and moral reasons, a growing number of states are implementing so-called “contraceptive equity laws” aimed at retaining state level contraceptive mandates…

Hendershott: Squawk! Duquesne University’s LGBT Group Offended By Chick-fil-A

Emboldened by their recent high-profile protest of plans to bring Chick-fil-A to campus, Duquesne University’s gay-straight alliance announced that after several years of inactivity, their LGBT organization, Lambda, is “functional again” and committed to creating an inclusive community to help make LGBT students “feel comfortable” on campus.

Martin: A Pope Turns Ninety

In the long march of the Church’s history, stretching all the way back to a certain failed fisherman called Peter—whom Christ himself caught with the bait of eternal life—few occupants of the papal chair have evinced as lofty a level of erudition, existing in happy combination with ardent and uncomplicated piety, as the Bavarian Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Who, God willing, turns ninety on April 16, this Easter Sunday.

Martin: Thoughts on Suicide

It takes only four seconds to reach the water, the experts tell us, hitting it at a speed of about 75 mph. Death is usually instantaneous, although a few have survived the trauma, some of them even returning to get it right the second time. And while the death toll is impressive, what really catches the eye is the fact that, almost without exception, they are all pointing West, hurling themselves into the black expanse of the night.

Hendershott: Political Partisans Within The Ivy-Covered Halls

In her address last month at CPAC 2017, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos strongly criticized the nation’s college campuses for trying to indoctrinate students. She claimed that the faculty — “from adjunct professors to deans” — are telling students “what to say, and more ominously, what to think. On many college campuses, if you voted for Donald Trump, you’re a threat to the university community.”

Hendershott: President of Catholic university in D.C. attacks Kellyanne Conway

In a normal world, university presidents are grateful for their graduates. They invite them back to campus, honor their achievements, and celebrate their accomplishments. University presidents know that the alumni are the most faithful constituency they have, and most avoid doing anything that might offend them. So, why would Patricia McGuire, the President of the Catholic Trinity Washington University, accuse Kellyanne Conway—one of Trinity’s most accomplished graduates—of “spreading a skein of lies” in her work as a senior advisor to President Donald Trump?