A friend asked me the other day to send a link to the brilliant essay by Leon Wieseltier on scientism. The occasion of Leon's article was a previously published essay by Steven Pinker, but in re-reading Leon's words, the thought came to me that they have a bearing on the criticism being hurled at Evangelii Gaudium by the likes of Rev. Robert Sirirco and Samuel Gregg of the Acton Institute. Not for nothing is economics known as the dismal science.
Sen. Mitch McConnell says that he can't imagine a clean vote on raising the debt ceiling. Politico has the story.
The meltdown in the Archdiocese of St. Paul is tragic in the strict, Shakespearean sense of the word. In a Shakespeare tragedy, either circumstances conspire to ruin the protagonists (think “Romeo and Juliet”), or the character flaws of the protagonist bring about his ruin (think “Julius Caesar”). In this case, both the circumstances and the character flaws are operative and profoundly tragic.
I apologize for the lack of links today - slammed doing pre-Christmas errands. Here is a beautiful hymn.
I know, I know. This is not really music for Advent. But, yesterday was Gaudete Sunday and so we were invited to anticipate the great Solemnity heading our way. This aria by J.S. Bach comes at the end of the Christmas oratorio and is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written.
On Gaudete Sunday, I did not need to read this op-ed by George Will first thing in the morning to cast a damper on the day. It is not just snarky and condescending, it is that Will perfectly evidences the thing Pope Francis is railing against, the de-personalization of the economy. Will writes:
Kudos to Rocco Palmo for linking to a story he did years ago about the different approaches to church leadership evidenced by Cardinals Burke and Wuerl. The money quote:
As few weeks back, I wondered why Cardinal Marc Ouellet had not been confirmed as Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. Now, we know. This morning, the Holy Father announced a major shake-up of that all-important congregation, confirming Cardinal Ouellet as prefect, but shuffling the membership in profound ways, especially for the Church in the United States.
Those are the words used to describe the Supreme Court's jurisprudence regarding the First Amendment's Establishment Clause in a forthcoming article on the Hobby Lobby case. Mark Silk at RNS has the story.