One hundred and fifty years ago today, a division of troops under the command of Confederate General A. P. Hill was almost to the town of Gettysburg where they hoped to find a supply of shoes. What they found, instead, were two brigades of Union troops under the command of General John Buford. Thus began the three day Battle of Gettysburg.
I just wrote, and will keep, the title above, but it is not quite right. The Vatican announced this morning that next week Pope Francis will go to the small island of Lampedusa where immigrants from Africa seek to enter Europe. Recently, a boat carrying many of these desperately poor migrants capsized killing many of the migrants. The Pope clearly sees what many opponents of comprehensive immigration reform do not see: These are people we are talking about.
In this morning's Washington Post, E.J. Dionne on Edmund Burke, the conservative thinker whom modern liberals love to throw at the feet of modern conservatives.
When I grow up, I want to be as smart and provocative a thinker as Mark Silk. This short commentary on how the church might engage the issue of same-sex marriage is simply brilliant.
The Department of Health and Human Services issued its final rule on the controversial contraception mandate on Friday. Reportedly, the administrative committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will be having a conference call sometime today to frame their response.
Over at CatholicMoralTheology.com, Dana Dillon, another one of my theological heroes, has an exquisite essay on how to speak about same sex marriage issues while honoring the core belief of our faith that God is the source of both truth and love. Just a lovely essay from one of the nation's leading up-and-coming theologians. And, the analogy from Dorothy Day is worth the price of admission.
Politico looks at the shifting political sands in the GOP caucus as immigration reform heads to that side of Capitol Hill after a large bipartisan majority, 68-32, passed the bill in the Senate.
Earlier, I called attention to Morning Minion's takedown of an article attacking Obamacare by Brian Engelland who, sadly, will be among the faculty at The Catholic University of America's new business school. Here is another look at the same article by Engelland, this time at Commonweal.
There are not many books that have literally changed my life, but one of them is "Heart of the World, Center of the Church: Ecclesiology, Liberalism, and Liberation" by Professor David Schindler of the John Paul II Institute for the Study of Marriage and the Family.
Mark Silk, at his blog at RNS, says Justice Antonin Scalia has a point: The majority opinion that overturned DOMA virtually made the case for those who wish to challenge state-level bans on same-sex marriage.