President Obama’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday, and the reactions to those remarks, illustrate why yesterday’s breakfast should be the last. No one goes for the breakfast – and I like a good breakfast – and no one really goes for the prayer. The event is a weird tribute to civic religion, in which no one believes, and presidents did fine without it for 160 years.
Washington -- The International Monetary Fund has announced a new program of debt relief for the African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.
Yesterday, my colleague Dan Morris-Young reported on additions to the official handbook for the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. The additions are part of the effort by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to address the issue of the Catholic identity of the local Catholic schools.
At Millennial, which remains one of the best reads on the Catholic blogosphere, Robert Christian on whether or not Hillary Clinton can handle the populist left and why she should start swimming in those waters, at least when it comes to domestic policy.
President Obama’s new budget proposal epitomizes the central conundrum in evaluating the man and his presidency: A man who is such a gifted politician at election time, who has said repeatedly that he believes “good policy is good politics” seems incapable of putting forth policies that are capable of galvanizing public support. A mish-mash of proposals, all with a huge price tag, and not a single compelling argument for the whole.
Pope Francis last week gave some hints about how he views environmental issues in an address to farmers. This surely does not sound like "radical environmentalist" talk to me, just good old Catholic Social Teaching.
Distinctly Catholic. In libertarianism’s binary vision of “the state” versus “individual freedom” there is very little room for civil society or the church.
This unmasterful essay by Austin Ruse at Crisis clings to all the agitprop of the Catholic right in a way that is almost a caricature. Can we all agree to retire the concept of "non-negotiable" items when discussing the political significance of our faith?
I am glad it is over. As football games go, the final minute and one-half of last night’s Super Bowl would be hard to beat. After being down by ten points at the start of the fourth quarter, the Patriots score a go-ahead touchdown, only to find the Seahawks on the one yard line after an improbable catch of a Hail Mary pass. The final interception, by a relatively unknown player, made for great drama. (Except for that nasty brawl: For the amount of money these guys are being paid, we can expect them to behave better than school children.) So, no complaints about the game.
From the category "Great Minds Think Alike," Jeffrey Sachs at the Guardian on Germany, Greece and debt crises. Truth be told, Sachs is a real intellectual and I just get to play one on the internet.
At RNS, Mark Silk on Duke's decision to allow the Muslim prayer call from its iconic chapel tower, and its reversal.