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The Rollout of the Encyclical on the Environment

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Cardinal Pietro Parolin gave brief welcoming remarks to a Vatican conference this morning on “The New Climate Economy: How Economic Growth and Sustainability Can Go Hand in Hand.” The event, like last month’s conference on climate change, represents a new sophistication in Vatican communications strategy: They have discovered the roll out. So, although Parolin’s remarks were brief, I suspect they indicate some of the major themes we shall see in the encyclical itself.

The Clintons, the Bushes & Queen Anne

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The latest dramas surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential bid – the money paid to the Clinton Foundation and directly to her for speaking gigs, and her unwillingness to take any questions from the press corps – appear at first blush as run-of-the-mill Clinton scandals: They are bad enough to make you say “ick” but not bad enough to get anyone indicted. But they show something else. Clinton and her campaign team (and much of the press corps) is not just out of touch with regular Americans, they appear to live in an alternate universe.

Catholic-Evangelical Poverty Summit: A Report

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The last three days, I have been attending the Catholic-Evangelical Summit on Poverty at Georgetown, which was the brainchild of John Carr, who leads Georgetown’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought & Public Life, Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals, and Robert Putnam, Harvard political scientist and author of the new book “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.” The event had a yet more diverse array of sponsors, from the Salvation Army to Oxfam, and a still more diverse group of participants.

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