In the wake of a far-reaching sexual abuse scandal and subsequent cover-up, the insular nature of the Catholic Church has come under increased scrutiny. Among many issues threatening the credibility of the Church as an institution dedicated to social justice, the question of female ordination highlights the reactionary and often bigoted disposition of the Church. The simple truth is that barring women from service as priests is a sexist policy—an insistence on tradition that hinders the viability of the Church in more ways than one. (more…)
America’s bubble economy is on the verge of another crisis. At a total of $870 billion, the student debt bubble puts the housing bubble to shame and has already surpassed the nation’s collective $693 billion credit card balance. One doesn’t have to be one of the millions of students and graduates submerged in debt to recognize that this bubble is a ticking time bomb for the entire economy. As for the students who have amassed such onerous loans—their financial future is bleak.
This month, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan released his “Path to Prosperity,” or proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2012, to much fanfare and media crooning. Largely lost in the partisan shuffle that ensued are three crucial points about the proposal: it does not meaningfully cut the deficit for decades, many factual assertions in the plan are based on a shockingly disingenuous report by the Heritage Foundation, and the Ryan’s budget would all but eliminate the historical guarantee of health care access in old age. (more…)