This morning's Washington Post has a story about the increase in homelessness in Washington, D.C. - 13 percent higher than the previous year - mostly on account of the decrease in affordable housing units. D.C. real estate prices have come roaring back and gentrification is claiming more and more parts of the city.
It is a very good thing that Cardinal Sean O’Malley spoke at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast earlier this week. Someone needed to remind the assembled diners about the Joy of the Gospel. Because, before the cardinal took to the microphone, the assembly was treated to a culture war diatribe from Professor Robert George that might well have been entitled “The Misery of the Gospel.”
Professor George opened with these strange words:
Distinctly Catholic: The Salvadoran church is poised to make a major announcement. Could it be that Archbishop Oscar Romero will soon be beatified?
Is Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley running for president? Will he run even if Hillary Clinton runs? Politico has the story. In light of what I wrote this morning, I will note that Gov. O'Malley was the mayor of Baltimore.
Over at Millennial, Robert Christian has a great article about the recent event at John Carr's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought in Public Life. Christian rightly notes that one of the threads of the evening's discussion was the corrupting influence of money on the political process. How different our political landscape would be if our jurisprudence did not confuse cash and speech!
This morning’s Washington Post contains a story about Congressman Eric Cantor, who is facing a primary challenge from a Tea Party-backed economics professor for the Republican nomination. Cantor, who is Majority Leader of the House, threw his support behind an incumbent district chairman at a party convention last week, and the incumbent lost to another Tea Party-backed candidate.
Here is our friend Dan Misleh's blog about the Holy See's conference on sustainability. Dan is the director of the Catholic Covenant on Climate Change and we met a few years back when he organized a conference on Benedict XVI's writings on the environment.
According to AP, House Speaker John Boehner has "nudged" Jeb Bush to run for the presidency. Bush should nudge Boehner to pass immigration reform, without which, any GOP candidate is doomed to get the same share of the Latino vote as Mitt Romney and, just so, lose the White House.
Here is the text of Cardinal Sean O'Malley's remarks at this morning's National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. I was hoping the event would be televised, but it was not. I am curious to know how the cardinal's message was received, especially his words about working with immigrants and our broken, inadequate immigration system. President George W. Bush addressed this issue at the prayer breakfast during his presidency, and was surprised he got so little applause, which tells you most of what you need to know about the event. Here is +O'Malley's text:
It has been 64 years since Reinhold Niebuhr published The Irony of American History. In 1952, many Americans remained haunted in a real way by the memories of what it had taken to defeat totalitarianism in World War II. They were still living in fear of a thermonuclear war and worried about the repressive communist regimes that had followed the Red Army into central Europe and taken over China. McCarthyism brought fear into America more directly, into our colleges and universities and unions and into the arts.