Over at RNS, Mark Silk draws a comparison between the resistance to Pope Francis today and the stance of Jansenists in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries against the Jesuits of their day. Make sure you read it to the end - the last graph is devastatingly accurate.
Today is the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. It is a time to reflect on the long, profound relationship between Catholicism and workers and specifically organized labor. That relationship remains robust, but not central, to the self-identity of Catholicism in America today. It is time to make that relationship central again.
On a 6-2 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an Environmental Protection Agency rule that seeks to punish those polluters whose emissions cross state lines. It is nice to see a victory for the environment, not for big corporations, from the Roberts' Court. But, the best part about the decision?
Over at Commonweal, Grant Gallicho does a masterful examination of conservative angst about Pope Francis. Let's hope Pope Francis is aware of this kind of opposition. It is not limited to a few cultural commentators at conservative websites.
Yesterday, I applauded Bishop Robert McElroy's remarks at John Carr's event on the moral implications of partisanship Monday night. Here is the text of the bishops's talk:
PARTISANSHIP, INTEGRITY, AND THE COMMON GOOD
REMARKS BY BISHOP ROBERT MCELROY AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
APRIL 28, 2014
Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, has been fined $2.5 million and banned from attending National Basketball Association events for life as a result of his offensive racial comments, recorded by his girlfriend and somehow released to the world. Additionally, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he will approach other owners in the league about forcing Sterling to sell his franchise.
Over at Millennial, Nathaniel Romano, SJ looks at the recent Supreme Court decision on campaign contributions and poses exactly the right questions about the relationship between money and political participation. The money quote:
As some of you may know, NCR is conducting its annual webathon this week. Every morning, I get up, brew the coffee, read the paper, look at my notes, sit down at the computer and do my part, writing hopefully provocative commentary on the Church, politics, and the estuary where the two intersect. This week, we need you to do your part. You can brew coffee if you wish. You do not have to retrieve any dog-eared books. You do not need to take any notes.
Last night, a diverse group of political hands met at Georgetown to discuss the moral implications of partisanship. The evening’s discussion was the fifth event sponsored by John Carr’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought in Public Life and one can only hope that these discussions permeate the otherwise intellectually moribund political class that currently calls the shots in this city.
In Sunday's Washington Post, Kathleen Parker has a good examination of the GOP's willingness to look the other way when they find they are dancing with racists. As she rightly notes, it is wrong to suggest that all Republicans are racist, but it is also wrong to deny that the GOP needs to do a better job distancing itself from racists, and not just racists but cranks of all varieties.