When veteran political analyst Charlie Cook speaks, people listen. This article at National Journal looks at recent polling data for older voters who tend to represent a disproportionate share of a midterm electorate. Cook says it is too soon to tell why older voters may be less enthusiastic about the GOP. I have a theory: In 2010, the Republicans scared the living bejeezus out of older voters over Obamacare.
What is it about this pope?
The next time someone tells you that things are not changing in the Church, ask them when was the last time that Archbishop John R. Quinn, emeritus archbishop of San Francisco, was invited to concelebrate Mass with the pope! Here is Quinn's interview at Vatican Insider about Pope Francis and synodality, and that Mass at the Casa Santa Marta where Pope Francis praised Quinn's book.
Pope Francis went to Lampedusa and encouraged all people, and especially Catholics, to end their indifference to the fate of immigrants.
Cong. Steve King of Iowa, who is a Catholic, goes on Univision and says that what happens to the undocumented is "not my responsibility."
This review of George Weigel's book, "Evangelical Catholicism," got lost in my emails so I apologize for taking so long to link to it. It appeared at First Things and is written by Notre Dame's John Cavadini. I was pretty pleased with my own review of Weigel's book, but Cavadini's brings his scholarly sensibility to bear in a way that is even more devastating. If you do not read anything else today, read this.
In this post at his blog at RNS, Mark Silk corrects George Will, who repeated a famous line of Dwight Eisenhower's but misunderstood its significance.
President Obama’s comments in race and the Trayvon Martin case Friday were significant in many regards. It is worth looking in some detail at the more salient points but especially on our response to his call for all Americans to do some “soul-searching.”
President Obama spoke personally and powerfully today about the experiences of black men in America. You can tell that conservative pundits were waiting because they all trotted out the same talking point within seconds of his conclusion. They were shocked that he spoke as he did because he had promised to be "a president for everyone." To be clear, in his remarks, the president was a "president for everyone" because everyone needed to hear what he had to say.
Fordham's Charles Camosy has a post up at the Post's "On Faith" blog on the way labels not only can tend to divide people, but often distort political debate. Good stuff.
Over at Commonweal, Rick Garnett uses the recent Supreme Court decisions on same sex marriage to explore the different varieties of conscience protection. Typically, Garnett offers a thoughtful analysis of the issues and I mostly am in agreement with him, especially on the need for civil society to be a less homogenous, more actually diverse, arena of human activity.