At the SCOTUS blog, Notre Dame's Rick Garnett looks at what the Supreme Court's decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway means for First Amendment jurisprudence. My only real quibble with his analysis is the quote about this decision, like others, being a "dog's breakfast." My dogs eat very well at breakfast, thank you very much.
My cover story at the Tablet on Boston College's "Belfast Project," which led to the arrest of Gerry Adams and raises profound issues about the future of oral history projects has been published and it is not behind a paywall.
Last week, the Holy Father addressed leaders of United Nations who called on him in Rome. He gave a short talk, which included these words calling for "the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the State." Then, America's conservative chattering classes went ballistic.
My colleague at the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, Fr. Aniedi Okure, O.P., is the director of the Africa Faith and Justice Network. A native of Nigeria, Fr. Okure has issued the following statement about girls abducted by Boko Haram:
Yesterday, I called attention to E.J. Dionne's wonderful commentary on the Supreme Court decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway. George Will also commented on the piece and, unlike Dionne, he agreed with the majority opinion.
Pope Francis met with UN leaders today and, unsurprisingly, his comments packed a punch. He invoked te story of the rich tax collector, Zacchaeus, whose heart was changed by the gaze of Jesus. The Holy Father then said:
If the azaleas are in bloom, it must be time for the annual battle over graduation speakers and Catholic identity, one of the perennial struggles in the culture wars and one of the least illustrative.
In this morning's Washington Post, E.J. Dionne does a great job parsing the issues in Town of Greece v. Galloway, the Supreme Court's decision on prayer at the start of town hall meetings.
Over at Politico, Cong. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) hits the nail on the head regarding immigration reform:
Over at RealClearPolitics, another typically lucid and elegant essay from Peter Berkowitz, this time a review of Edmund Fawcett's "Liberalism" The Life of an Idea."