At Millennial, an interview with the U.S.'s foremost labor priest, Fr. Clete Kiley.
The last two days, I have been review Joseph Capizzi’s new book Politics, Justice and War: Christian Governance and the Ethics of Warfare. You can find the first two parts here and here. Today, I will conclude the review.
At RealClearPolitics, Peter Berkowitz offers a thoughtful critique of the Iran deal, unlike the foolishness with Trump and Cruz at the Capitol yesterday. Having listened to the debate so far, I remain convinced that this vote is a very close call and no one should be throwing stones at people who decide differently.
Yesterday, I began my review of Joseph Capizzi’s important new book Politics, Justice, and War: Christian Governance and the Ethics of Warfare. I finished with Capizzi having responded to various critiques of classical just war theory and specifically the desire to separate that theory from politics. Today, I will pick up Capizzi’s treatment of the relationship of politics to war.
The Obama administration is proposing new rules to prevent transgender discrimination in health care. Let's hope that they are reasonable this time and do not ask Catholic hospitals to do things we should not be asked to do. I am beyond tired of having the LGBT community get a veto in this administration while they think nothing of kicking the Church - or the AFL-CIO (cf. TPP) - to the curb.
Joseph Capizzi has come out with a new book entitled Politics, Justice, and War: Christian Governance and the Ethics of Warfare. It is an important and serious contribution to the vast literature on just war ethics, especially needed at this time in history when that just war theory has been the subject of deep questioning and when the experience of war itself seems to be changing in ways that warrant a re-examination of the validity of traditional theological treatment of war.
At CNN, John Gehring on Pope Francis, who may be the best thing to happen to organized labor in years.
At The New Yorker, Alexander Stille writes about Pope Francis and his battles with curial intransigence. Stille gets some things wrong, but the question everyone is asking about the article is: Who is the cardinal with so many self-portraits adorning his apartment?
On their face, the situations of Viktor Orban and Kim Davis have little in common. The refugee crisis in Europe and the issuing of marriage licenses in Kentucky involve different issues, different countries, different people. But, the stances of both the prime minister of Hungary and the county clerk in Kentucky raise profound issues of Christian identity, conscience and witness.
At RNS, Mark Silk looks at the limits of religious liberty in light of the case of Kim Davis. I would go further. Ms. Davis seems not to understand that she is exemplifying the thing she claims to be fighting, government intrusion into people's religious beliefs. She is, after all, in this mess because she is a government official.
A couple of years back, I was having a conversation with Professor Stephen Schneck, the director of Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, where I serve as a visiting fellow. He wanted to pull together a conference that contrasted libertarianism with Catholic Social Teaching. It was a brilliant idea. We immediately knew we wanted Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez to deliver the keynote. And we knew with equal immediacy that we want the then-Bishop of Spokane, +Blase Cupich, to give the response.