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  •  This is all about the cardinal (2+ / 0-)
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    Ahianne, a2nite

    in his role as the diocesan bishop, cracking down on a Catholic university in his diocese and ordering it to put a stop to practices about which it had previously chosen to look the other way.

    The sad thing is, until it became a big issue in last year's election campaign, BC (where I went to grad school in the late 1980s and early 1990s) was one of the only Catholic universities whose faculty/staff health insurance policies included coverage of birth control as a matter of course.  But the election year news coverage waved that practice in the cardinal's face, and he put a stop to it.

    Another interesting fact about BC: Back in the mid-1970s, an earlier BC administration threatened to shut down The Heights, BC's student-run newspaper, because the paper's staff made a decision to accept an ad from a local women's health clinic that also provided abortion services.  The editor of The Heights at that time was John E. McDonough (, later a public health policy expert who advised Mitt Romney and the Mass. legislature on the creation of Romneycare, and then advised the Democrats in the US Senate on the creation of Obamacare.

    Some stories just keep circling around and around and around.

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