Good news from Africa: The Africa Faith & Justice Network met with Upper Volta's Paramount Queen Mothers Association to discuss how to avoid land grabs by multinational corporations, and the women tribal leaders are already moving their communities away from these pernicious neo-colonial schemes to defraud the people of their land.
Distinctly Catholic: Tonight's Democratic debate will likely lack the fireworks that have characterized the GOP debates.
Happy Columbus Day to one and all. In yesterday's WaPo Outlook section, Kris Lane examines five myths about Columbus that warrant attention.
Distinctly Catholic: As reports emerge from the Synod of Bishops on the family, we are able to discern some of the key fault lines in the discussion.
At CNS, a report on the visit by Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to meet with administration and congressional leaders. There is a lot of movement on the issue of Puerto Rico's debt crisis, but so far, no concrete action. The religious leaders on the island are united in an effort to prevent austerity measures that would disproportionately harm the poor.
Last Monday night, I began writing my rebuttal to a post at First Things which, among other things, alleged that the synod was essentially rigged, a charge also made by Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register. The next morning, lo and behold, the Holy Father made a rare intervention in the synod, denouncing a “hermeneutic of conspiracy,” and I posted my finished blog rebutting the conspiracy theorists. To be clear: Pope Francis and I are not in cahoots!
In the LATimes, Charlie Camosy on how that state's new physician assisted suicide law goes against its vaunted "progressive" principles. His opening comparison with the NRA is brilliant. I am heartsick that Gov. Jerry Brown signed this horrible law.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, Australia, has some very thoughtful posts up about the synod.
Yesterday, I looked at the mess the Republican Party has on its hands in Congress. Alas, that is a walk in the park compared to the catastrophe that is the GOP presidential nominating contest so far.
I have enjoyed my “fortnight of freedom” from writing about politics, concentrating on the papal visit, the Kim Davis mess, and then the synod. But, time waits for no man and for no blogger, and a lot has happened in the political realm in the past couple of weeks.
At Politico, the long, astonishingly silly, shadow of Norman Vincent Peale extends to Donald Trump. The author unaccountably leaves out the fact that NVP was a leading Nativist of his day, virulently anti-Catholic, and opposed the candidacy of John F. Kennedy on those grounds, all of which may have something to do with Trump's nativism.