Matty, I’m sorry for using California taxpayer dollars to rant about education being a human right issue. Really, I am. But I’m wondering that EJ Dionne is right: will this Obama/ND debate will continue to motivate “moderate and liberal Catholics to fight back”? In response to some of Dionne’s rhetoric, this is an interesting view of the use of the term “the Vatican” and Pope Pius IX’s crown of thorns for Jefferson Davis. What role do we really want the Pope to play in American, or anyone else’s, national politics? Consider Senator John Danforth‘s Faith and Politics: How the “Moral Values” Debate Divides America and How to Move Forward Together and President Jimmy Carter’s Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis on these topics.