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Instrumentum laboris: Second impressions


Yesterday, I gave some initial impressions of the Instrumentum laboris for the forthcoming Synod on the Family, highlighting different strengths and weaknesses in the document. Today, I propose to take a step back and look at the document as a whole and what it portends both for the synod and for the Church in this privileged, albeit challenging, moment.

Bruta Figura: Tea Party Version


In his concession speech, in which he failed to concede, Chris McDaniel showed some serious "bruta figura." But, just as remarkable is the fact that he displayed the quality that Tea Party types usually associate with the GOP establishment, and indict them for it, namely, a sense of entitlement. McDaniel seems angry at the fact that people exercised their right to vote and they voted for his opponent.

The Instrumentum laboris: First impressions


The Holy See released the Instrumentum laboris for the upcoming Synod on the Family today. The document is long and will require more in depth analysis to be sure. But, a quick reading of the text this morning suggests that the document is uneven. Parts are provocative, parts are stale, and much of it could have benefited from greater input from the people being discussed.

For example, in paragraph #31 we read this:

The Tea Party Loses in Mississippi


The Mississippi Republican primary last night threw another monkey wrench into the narrative about the Tea Party. Two weeks ago, when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary contest to a Tea Party opponent, the storyline was that the Tea Party is back. Now, with incumbent Senator Thad Cochran winning narrowly against Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel, the establishment is back.


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