I came across this article at National Catholic Register by Adnrew Abela, the new dean of Catholic University's Business School, analyzing Pope Francis' exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. Abela, whom I know slightly, discusses problems when markets fall short of what the Pope is calling for and he writes this:
The Winter Olympics in Sochi once again invite reflection upon the relationship of sports to politics. When the fifth of five electric snowflakes failed to morph into one of the Olympic rings at the opening ceremonies, it was seen as emblematic of the contrast between Russia’s aspirations to greatness and their still woefully inadequate technology and tolerance.
Great minds think alike: Kaveny at Commonweal on the firing of an unwed mother at a Catholic school in Montana
Patrick Deneen likes to stir up trouble. In a new article at The American Conservative, he writes about the divisions within the Catholic Right between the Neuhaus, Weigel, Novak crowd and the Communio Brigade led by David Schindler. Of course, Deneen is a little late to the game here. I wrote about this divide fifteen years ago in the pages of the New Republic. Still, better late than never.
Over at the Wall Street Journal, Nicholas Hahn speculates about the succession in Chicago and manages to trash the memory of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin along the way.
Cotton Mather is alive and well and, apparently, serving as the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Helena, Montana. Patrick Haggarty is the name of the superintendent and he made and defended the decision to fire a Catholic school teacher who got pregnant out of wedlock. You expected the article to end with Haggarty announcing the woman would, henceforth, be made to wear a scarlet “A” upon her outer garments.
Over at National Review Online, Rick Garnett takes a similar tack as I did on the recent meeting of Notre Dame officials with Pope Francis. Glad to see that NRO readers are being exposed to some of the kookiness of the Catholic right, which seems to have an unnatural hatred for ND.
If you are as tired as I am of seeing lawyers argue on CNN, even though you know the issues being discussed are important, an upcoming lecture promises more than cable news soundbites. Professor Samuel Levine, who directs the Jewish Law Institute at Touro Law Center on Long Island, will be delivering a lecture entitled, "An Introduction to the Ethics of Criminal Law: Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys" at Loyola University Maryland, Knott Hall B01, in Baltimore, Maryland, February 17 at 5 p.m.
At the National Prayer Breakfast this morning, President Obama said:
In Legatus magazine, the Acton Institute's Samuel Gregg is at it again, trying to baptism his Tea Party vision of social justice. True enough that the vocation of a businessperson can lead to wonderful things.