Daily Links, May 22: So what else is happening in the world today?

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I must say it was a real challenge to find news stories today that weren't entirely related to the lawsuits filed against the federal government by Catholic institutions yesterday. Bryan Cones writes today about Cardinal Dolan's appearance on CBS This Morning to talk about the fight against the Obama administration and Stockton, California Bishop Stephen Blaire talked to America Magazine, expressing some concerns about the bishops' "religious liberty" campaign. And there are many, many more stories all over the web.

OK, but there must be some other news today, right?

The best piece I read today comes from Christian Science Monitor, which offers a special report on the challenges ex-inmates face after being released from prison.

If you're tired of hearing political messages in church, you're not alone--and some churches are responding by toning down the politics from the pulpit, according to Religion News Service.

A new poll by NBC and the Wall Street Journal shows that all the hype over Barack Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage hasn't made much difference in voters' opinions.

Some good news from California, where infant deaths have hit a record low.

The Vatican announced the removal of an Italian bishop for financial corruption. And speaking of corruption, the Legion of Christ admits it was aware for years that well-known priest Father Thomas Williams had fathered a child but didn't stop him from preaching on morality.

Tom Monaghan, the famous pizza entrepreneur who founded Ave Maria University and the Florida town that now surrounds the school, doesn't think all Catholic schools are created equal. During an appearance in Michigan, he said “The worst thing you can do is send your kids to a Catholic school if you want them to retain their faith.”

And a person who has influenced many people's lives died today: Eugene Polley. You may not recognize his name, but you've surely used the product he invented--the wireless remote control.