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Happy 175th Birthday to The Tablet

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The Tablet celebrates its 175th birthday this year. As readers know, I serve as one of their U.S.correspondents and I can say that my association with this venerable magazine has been entirely wonderful. Also strange, because I have yet to meet any of my colleagues on that side of the Atlantic. But, in our frequent emails and occasional phone conversations, I am always impressed with their intellectual rigor, their journalistic inquisitiveness and their deep, deep commitment to strong writing. So, to Catherine, Elena, Abigail, James and the rest of the Tablet Team, ad multos annos.

Finally, Sanity on Francis' Encyclical

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After a barrage of articles attacking Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, which has not yet been issued, here is a thoughtful analysis at The Jesuit Post of some of the themes we can anticipate when the letter is finally released. I think items #4 and #5 are especially important: Look for the pope to link concern for the environment with concern for the poor and, as well, to treat the issues of human and natural ecology as a whole.

Another "Prebuttal" of Pope's Encyclical on Environment

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Okay. It is pretty difficult to believe that there is not an organized effort among Catholic conservatives to rebut in advance whatever Pope Francis might say in his forthcoming encyclical on the environment, what we might call a "prebuttal." I mentioned four such articles in the past two days. Here is a fifth, and probably the clumsiest, from Kishore Jayabalan, who directs the Acton Institute's Rome office.

The Right Preempts the Pope

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Yesterday, I put up a link to an article by Dennis Prager that amounted to a preemptive strike against Pope Francis’ forthcoming encyclical on the environment. His article was more of a rant than an argument so I only posted it with a brief comment. Within minutes, friends besieged me with two other articles that warrant a more detailed reply, but which amount to the same thing, a preemptive effort to downplay or contradict an encyclical precisely no one yet knows will say.

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