Over at Mirror of Justice, Thomas Berg has some very thoughtful reflections on the death this weekend of former Congressman Jim Oberstar. In a Congress of pygmies, Oberstar was a giant among men.
The National Catholic Register, and its owners EWTN, appear to be campaigning for the job of dissenters-in-chief. Of course, that label was hurled against NCR, our NCR, for years, so it will at least be fun to see how the shoe fits on the right foot instead of the left. But, who in their, ehem, right mind could look out at the Church and be concerned about Pope Francis and the effect he is having on the Church?
Distinctly Catholic: That the future of the U.S. Catholic church is largely Hispanic is well known but not understood. This report seeks to provide data to leaders making decisions.
Fascinating interview on Salt & Light television with longtime Vaticanologist Gerard O'Connell:
The April numbers on employment are in and they are better than expected. The economy added 288,000 jobs last month. As well, the numbers for March and February were revised upward. And, the number of long-term unemployed has declined by 908,000 in the past year but still, 3.5 million people have been unemployed for longer than nine months. There is work to do, but the numbers are moving in the right direction.
Over at Millennial, Robert Christian looks at the brouhaha unleashed by Pope Francis' tweet earlier this week: "Inequality is the root of social evil." Christian does a good job dissecting the difference between inequality generally and inequality in the specifically economic sphere. But, he really hits the nail on the head when he writes, "It’s a mistake to focus on the semantics rather than the core message....Is economic inequality the root of social evil?
It is difficult to imagine how American politics could become any more coarse. Yet, the evidence seems overwhelming: Just as sportsmen and women must always strive to jump higher or run faster, the tendency in our politics to push the envelope, no matter how regressive the contents of the envelope, seems inexorable.
Not sure how I missed the publication of this article by Michelle Cottle on Pope Francis and the political effect he is having in the US, especially because she quotes me several times. Better late than never. Here is the link.
My criticisms of libertarianism are more foundational and full-throttled. But, Peter Berkowitz's criticisms at RealClearPolitics, coming from a serious and thoughtful conservative, are worthy of note precisely because they come from someone who is less allergic to libertarian sensibilities than I am.
Just how twisted are some gun rights advocates? Check out this blog criticizing Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, who quite rightly decreed that guns will not be permitted in Catholic sanctuaries, Georgia's new "guns everywhere" law notwithstanding. The author of this blog unwittingly provides the precise reason +Gregory's decision was the right one: Do you really want someone capable of such a tortured exegesis coming into your church with a gun?