Daily Links: Friday the 13th! Statements, signatures, and self defense
It's Friday the 13th today--beware! (Or, carry on as normal.) Turns out we'll have one more Friday the 13th in 2012, this July. Learn a little more about the superstitions surrounding this day here .
Some churches in Seattle are declining the archbishop's request to collect signatures in support of a referendum to repeal same-sex marriage. Bryan Cones weighs in  on petitions at Mass.
Catholic leaders today released a statement  condemning Paul Ryan's budget . They said: "Simply put, this budget is morally indefensible and betrays Catholic principles of solidarity, just taxation and a commitment to the common good. A budget that turns its back on the hungry, the elderly and the sick while giving more tax breaks to the wealthiest few can’t be justified in Christian terms." Faith in Public Life notes the bishops' very loud silence  on this issue as compared to talking about contraception.
Mark Silk at Religion News Service takes a look at self defense, St. Augstine, and Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. 
Catholic Charities here in Chicago has jumped on board  with the "Let's Move" program aimed at promoting health and reducing childhood obesity.
As debates continue about the Affordable Care Act, one hospital CEO has given his opinion  of healthcare in the U.S.: "America already has a universal health-care mandate. We simply fund it and supply that care in a nonsensical, inefficient, exorbitantly expensive way."
And, is this  an attack on religion?