Over at RealClearPolitics, another typically lucid and elegant essay from Peter Berkowitz, this time a review of Edmund Fawcett's "Liberalism" The Life of an Idea."
Distinctly Catholic: Whether one agrees or disagrees with all of Walter Kasper's conclusions or insights, his is a powerful and faithful mind.
I can't recall reading a single article with more tendentious claims in it than this piece at Crisis by Joe Hargrave defending libertarianism and capitalism from the charge that they are not consonant with Catholic social teaching. These sentences show the complete lack of human solidarity that stalks the piece and places it well outside orthodox Catholic teaching:
LifeSiteNews reports on a recent talk by Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke in Rome at an international pro-life conference. LifeSiteNews is a big fan of Cardinal Burke so they are not likely to take anything he said and highlight it with the intention of mocking him. But, how else to explain this quote from the piece:
The last two days, I have been looking at Boston College’s important new study of Hispanic parish ministry in the U.S.
What do North Carolina Senator Kay Hagen and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul have in common? They are both rooting for the same guy, Greg Bannon, to win the GOP primary in North Carolina today. The winner of that primary will face Hagen in November and she would like nothing better than to face Bannon, a Tea Party champion who holds extreme views on any number of issues. Sen. Paul no doubt has his eyes on the GOP presidential primary in 2016 and the power of the Tea Party to get behind his campaign.
The news that Condi Rice has bowed out of her planned speaking engagement at Rutgers University's graduation ceremony is disturbing. Of course, I am secretly glad that somebody other than a Catholic school is having this kind of discussion. But, Rice is not just a person of stature and intellect, the kind of person you would want giving a graduation speech, she is a remarkable person.
Lorena O'Neil, at Oxymedia, profiles Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez and does a good job capturing the essence of why he is emerging as a leader in the U.S. Church.
Distinctly Catholic: Many things jump out from the survey's data, but if there is an overall theme, it is that parishes with Hispanic ministry are vibrant.
I am in full agreement with RNS's Mark Silk that Cardinal Sean O'Malley's press conference on Saturday was stunning and, hopefully, a sign that the entire Church is finally going to climb out of denial about the crime of sexually abusing minors. Silk, like NCR, has been tough as tough can be on this subject, so when he is hopeful, at least guardedly hopeful, we can all hope we are on the right track.