The instability of the Mideast has gotten worse, not better, requiring very clear-eyed assessments of what can be done to advance the cause of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. In this essay at RealClearPolitics, Peter Berkowitz provides just such an assessment.
Michael Peppard, a theologian at Fordham, had an op-ed yesterday in the Washington Post on religious liberty. It is worth a read. Peppard does something far to few people on both sides of the various religious liberty debates undertake, he draws distinctions.
What do Pope Francis and Tom Cruise have in common? According to this article at WaPo by John Gehring, they are both making all the right moves.
Our friends at the Africa Faith and Justice Network posted this video and an article about the need for the US, and the West generally, to re-evaluate its relationship with the government of Rwanda in the face of targeted killings of regime opponents. Bless the good people at AFJN for keeping an eye on these issues.
Melinda Henneberger writes another sterling column on the pro-life movement, its views and limits, and the media bias that really does exist.
Yesterday, I was delighted to be a guest on NPR's "Tell Me More" with the always engaging Michel Martin. We discussed Pope Francis. Here is the link.
I received a flurry of emails yesterday, some personal, some from left wing organizations, all attacking Congressman Paul Ryan for remarks he made about poverty in the inner city. Here are two accounts of the kerfuffle, one from Politico and one from CNN.
The comments at issue were these:
Vaticanologist Andrea Tornielli assembles the most important quotes from Pope Francis on the kind of bishop he believes the Church needs. We will see if the new pope can get it. It won't be easy.
Today, I conclude my review of Molly Worthen’s Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism.