PowerLinks 11.25.14
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PowerLinks 11.25.14

Catholic Social Thought and the Law: Usury
Steve Bainbridge, ProfessorBainbridge.com

In my seminar on Catholic Social Thought (CST) and the Law tonight’s discussion focuses on usury. Why does the Church oppose usury? What is the current teaching on usury? What is usury? Has the Church’s definition of usury and/or its position on usury changed over time? If so, what does that mean for other Church teachings?

Six new Catholic saints at a glance
Associated Press

Pope Francis on Sunday canonized six new saints, two Indians and four Italians, all of whom dedicated their lives to helping the poor.

Why the Crackdown? Christians Now Outnumber Communists in China
Steven W. Mosher, Aleteia

China’s Communist government has been on an anti-Christian rampage of late, tearing down churches in the coastal city of Wenzhou and elsewhere, arresting underground bishops and home church leaders, and illicitly ordaining pliant priests as Catholic “bishops.“ But underneath this escalating campaign of repression – in fact, the reason for it – is a rapidly growing population of Christians.

You’ve Never Heard of This Legislation. But If Passed, It Would Increase the Welfare State.
Robert Rector, The Daily Signal

The ABLE Act (H.R. 647) would effectively eliminate the asset test for many families that receive means-tested welfare assistance. Consequently, it would expand the welfare state.

Joe Carter

Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).