Over at RNS, Mark Silk on the diminishing influence of white evangelical voters in Virginia.
Next week’s plenary session of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will be very telling. Yes, their public agenda is a “pre-Francis” one, but this will not be the first meeting at which the real action takes place in executive session. There, the bishops face five immediate issues that warrant their attention.
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good announced that they have received more than 2,200 responses to the survey, drafted to solicit input from the Catholic laity about the Synod questionnaire the Vatican sent to the USCCB. In their weekly email, CACG printed some of the responses they have gotten. Check it out here.
Politico is reporting that the conservative newspaper the Washington Times is suspending Rand Paul's columns on account of his evident plagiarizing. I find the responses from Sen. Paul's staff troubling - he is so busy, he has so many demands on his time. The idea that he cannot handle his current job's demands does not exactly recommend him for a promotion. But, there is also a bit of a sham going on here: Very few politicians write their own speeches or op-eds.
Over at Vatican Insider, Andrea Tornielli looks at the side of Joseph Ratzinger's writings and speeches that many so-called "Raztingerians" forgot, a little too conveniently I might add. This article confirms for me two things I have noticed about those who continually try and note the continuity between Pope Benedict and Pope Francis.
These two articles, one by veteran Vaticanologist Sandro Magister and the other by Fr. Robert Imbelli of Boston College, shed important light not only on Pope Francis, but on the rich diversity of thought and insight within our Catholic tradition, and even within the Jesuit tradition. The money quote from Fr. Imbelli:
Next week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan will preside over the USCCB meeting as president for the last time. Before looking ahead, it is necessary to look back and assess the last three years.
At his blog at WaPo, Ezra Klein, who has made wonkishness cool again, on the memo that could have saved the Obama administration its current headache.
Mark Silk at RNS reports on an effort to draft David Barton to challenge incumbent GOP Senator John Cornyn in Texas. As always, Silk's grasp of the way political and religious themes intertwine these days is spot-on. Really, though, is it possible that an author whose book, The Jefferson Lies, had to be withdrawn because of its own lies, could win a primary? For dog-catcher? For Senate? When you think about the Lone Star State's junior senator, perhaps it is possible.
It’s Election Day, at least in some parts of the country. Even though today is not a national election, with the kinds of results that set the terms of governance for the next two or four years, the results will be examined for lessons for next year’s mid-term elections. And those lessons are already apparent, at least for Republicans.