At Lawfare, Ben Wittes posts photos and maps that show why the issue of Jerusalem's status in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations is so nettlesome from a strategic point of view.
We are more than two years into the papacy of Pope Francis. The entire nation is focused on his upcoming visit to the United States, which will begin exactly one month from Saturday. In DC, I can assure you, the begging and the shoving and the cajoling to get tickets to one of the papal events is unlike anything I have ever seen. So, it is a good time to discern what are the most important themes in this pontificate, what are the areas of continuity and discontinuity from previous pontificates, and where is Pope Francis leading the Church at this moment in time.
At HuffPost, Sam Stein and Amanda Terkel point out that Trump is not the only Republican who toys with the idea of revoking the 14th Amendment.
GQ profiles the most famous Catholic in America: Stephen Colbert.
For weeks, one of the complaints against Donald Trump has been his failure to get specific about what policies his rhetoric would seem to require. Yesterday, on the issue of immigration, he published a plan and we all may be wishing he had kept it vague. The specifics, such as they are, horrify.
In this morning's Washington Post, E.J. Dionne wonders how often Yeats' poem "The Second Coming" will be quoted in this election cycle: "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." Of course, this begs a different question: What affect will Pope Francis have on public discourse seeing as he meets most people's criteria of "the best" and he is full of conviction!
Samuel Gregg, Research Director at the Acton Institute, has decided to cast aspersions upon the consistent ethic of life, articulated most famously by the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin and re-proposed in recent weeks by +Bernardin’s successor, Archbishop Blase Cupich. Gregg’s essay warrants a reply.
Over at CatholicMoralTheology.com, Allesandro Rovati, of Belmont Abbey College, looks at t he theology of Laudato Si' which, interestingly, has gotten less commentary than the politics. We need more such theological analyzes of this text such as Rovati provides, but this is a very good start. I would give equal attention to the invitation to look at everything through the lens of the Incarnation as through the lens of the Resurrection, but that is a small quibble and the one implies the other.
Yesterday, I linked to Mark Silk’s column at RNS in which he pushed back against the cultural meme, currently coming for the most part from the bleachers on the right, that we are all going to hell in a handbasket. He quotes an Episcopalian pastor, Rev. Andrew Petirpin, to that effect:
Mark Silk at RNS, makes a convincing case that ours are not the worst of times, despite what the naysayers and doom-mongers claim.
The chirothecoe are coming off. Last week, Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago published an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune about the outrage sparked by the release of undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the dismemberment of unborn children in order to harvest their organs. Not everyone was happy with what the archbishop had to say, specifically this paragraph: