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Pope Francis' latest bombshell interview

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Pope Francis delivered another bombshell interview, this time with Eugenio Scalfari of La Repubblica. It is, in its way, even more stunning than the longer interview with the Jesuit journals in part because the pope is here speaking with a man who does not share the faith of the Church yet that fact does not once produce a breakdown in communication and Francis displays in his dialogue exactly what he means by a culture of encounter.

Scalfari writes:

The "Danger of Good Popes"?

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Me? I don't perceive much of a danger in the Church having good popes. But, Brantley Millegan, writing at First Things, only six months into the pontificate of Pope Francis, thinks it is time to trot out a series of arguments once reserved for Gallicans and the goofy left about the limits of the papacy. I am sure there is no coincidence between this oh, so thoughtful reflection on the history of the papacy and the advent of a pope who is upsetting the apple carts of the American right.

The "Spoils Society"

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Robert Samuelson has a great op-ed in this morning's Wasington Post about the divergence between those who create wealth and those who engage in predatory behavior, redistributing upward the wealth created by others. This addresses what I have called the "financialization" of the economy. It is the most sever cancer eating at the heart of the market economy and one that our pro-market ideologues tend to ignore. 

Ни шагу назад! / Ni shagu nazad!

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“Ни шагу назад! / Ni shagu nazad!” Order number 227 was given by Stalin on July 28, 1942 to the defenders of Stalingrad and those on other fronts during the most difficult time on the Eastern Front in World War II. It translates: Not one step back!

 

As the government shutdown nears, President Obama and congressional Democrats should take Order 227 as his motto in the face of on-going attempts to meddle with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.

The Francis Factor

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Next Tuesday, October 1, John Carr will be launching his new Initiative on Catholic Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University with a fascinating discussion: "The Francis Factor." The evening will include the PBS team of Mark Shields and David Brooks, Kim Daniels from the USCCB and Alexia Kelley from FADICA. John Carr is one of the few people I would jump in front of a train to save, and you can bet this will be a lively conversation. You can find more details by clicking here.

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