My colleague at the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, Fr. Aniedi Okure, O.P., is the director of the Africa Faith and Justice Network. A native of Nigeria, Fr. Okure has issued the following statement about girls abducted by Boko Haram:
Yesterday, I called attention to E.J. Dionne's wonderful commentary on the Supreme Court decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway. George Will also commented on the piece and, unlike Dionne, he agreed with the majority opinion.
Pope Francis met with UN leaders today and, unsurprisingly, his comments packed a punch. He invoked te story of the rich tax collector, Zacchaeus, whose heart was changed by the gaze of Jesus. The Holy Father then said:
If the azaleas are in bloom, it must be time for the annual battle over graduation speakers and Catholic identity, one of the perennial struggles in the culture wars and one of the least illustrative.
In this morning's Washington Post, E.J. Dionne does a great job parsing the issues in Town of Greece v. Galloway, the Supreme Court's decision on prayer at the start of town hall meetings.
Over at Politico, Cong. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) hits the nail on the head regarding immigration reform:
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: