The murders in Charleston, South Carolina make one’s mind reel and one’s soul strain. The alleged murderer, Dylann Roof, prayed and talked with those he intended to kill for an hour before pulling the trigger, yet his heart was not moved to release the hatred with which he entered Mother Emmanuel AME Church.
At the Federalist, the winner of the most shrill, misinformed rebuttal of Pope Francis's encyclical to date. The author assures us that an encyclical is only binding when it deals with faith and morals. Did he read the encyclical? Sure seemed like a lot of faith and morals to me.
The Senate will be returning to the issue of trade this week, after a revolt among Democrats in the House made it difficult to perceive a way forward in the lower chamber. The Democrats refused to support assistance for workers whose jobs are lost on account of the trade pacts, making the whole a poison pill. But, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell thinks he has found the silver bullet, re-inserting the worker assistance as an amendment to an essentially unrelated bill to promote trade with sub-Saharan Africa.
So I beat up on the dissidents this morning, but over at Millennial, the young Catholics are excited to say the least. And, they are the future of the Church and they get this issue in their bones. They have a series of articles, all of which are worth reading. Great job Millennial!
At Bloomberg Politics, Melinda Henneberger on efforts to lobby the pope in advance of his visit to the US.
There is something a little endearing about watching some conservative Catholics wrestle with the fact that they are dissenting from papal teaching. They are a bit clumsy at it. Perhaps, here at NCR, we could offer a symposium or something. What has become abundantly clear in the last twenty-four hours is that these conservatives are dissenting, and not just from one item in a long papal document, but from the very foundations of Catholic Social Teaching.
Meghan Clark, at Catholic Moral Theology, on her five takeways - not throwaways - from the encyclical.
At Vatican Radio, Patrick Deneen on how the encyclical, and Catholic Social teaching more generally, challenges everybody.
Distinctly Catholic: On one of the most important issues of the day, our Holy Father has blessed the Church with a document that is accessible to virtually anyone.
At RealClearPolitics, Peter Berkowitz exposes the falsehoods of the BDS effort to demonize Israel through divestment, and why all liberal democracies should be wary of this hoary strategy.
Funny, my invitation to attend Acton University must have been lost in the mail.
The encyclical Laudato Si, to be released tomorrow, is a big deal. Everybody knows it. I will not comment on the leaked draft of the encyclical, but will wait to see the final version. But, in advance of the official release, here are some guidelines to think about for all of us who take such things as encyclicals seriously.
As Congress considers adoption of the Pain-Capable Abortion bill, Democrats for Life urge inclusion of provisions to paid family leave in the bill. I cannot think of a better present to Pope Francis than to pass such a bill, with both elements, the week before he arrives in September.