Much has been written about the survey conducted by the College Republicans that shows the GOP has some problems on its hands, but this item, picked up at the Maddow Blog, may be the most challenging for the party is this: When asked to name leaders of the Democratic Party, the respondents mentioned Obama, Clinton, Gore, Kennedy, Pelosi, all elected officials.
President Obama reshuffled his national security team yesterday, announcing Susan Rice would take over from departing National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, and that Samantha Power would replace Rice as ambassador to the United Nations. What do the changes mean?
Yesterday, I responded to a post at the Institute for Religion & Democracy by Marjorie Jeffrey in which she attacked John Carr. As many readers know, Carr was the chief staffer for the U.S.
At this morning's general audience, the Holy Father challenged us all again, especially those of us who live in the affluent West, to replace our culture of "waste" with a culture of "solidarity."
“When ants unite their mouths, they can carry an elephant,” says an African proverb. I discovered that proverb in a press release from the Africa Faith & Justice Network applauding the decision of the government in Cameroon to halt the activities of a multinational company, Herakles Farms, which was clearing forests to create a palm oil plantation.
Dan DiLeo, writing at Millennial Journal, has a good article on why Catholic Millennials need to step up in the fight to put climate change more centrally on the political agenda of the nation - and the world. Part of the reason? For more than twenty years, our popes have been speaking very forcefully on the topic, indeed, often in ways that would get them labeled a socialist or worse by Fox News!
Over at Commonweal, Robert Geroux is posting a series of articles in which he confronts Fr. Robert Sirico ideas about Catholic social teaching. Here is the latest.
The Sage of Hartford, Mark Silk, looks at Gallup's latest survey on Americans' perceptions of the influence of religion. As ever, he brings a scholar's cautions to the data and enlightens the findings for the rest of us. Silk is an example of contemporary scholarship at its best, using the resources of the academy to comment on events, and in a manner, accessible to the rest of us. Good stuff.
The USCCB has posted a press release and the text of a letter signed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the presidents of the episcopal conferences of other G-8 nations, sent to the heads of government in advance of the G-8 annual summit. The letter is quite forceful in calling for a more just and equitable distribution of the earth's resources. I think it is fair to say that the text of the letter was not drafted by our friends at either the Acton Institute or the INstitute for Religion & Democracy.
Over at Whispers, Rocco has an account of yesterday's audience with Pope Francis and a group of pilgrims from Bergamo, hometown of Pope John XXIII on the 50th anniversary of his death.