Over at Commonweal, Mollie Wilson O'Reilly writes that she thinks Pope Francis is making George Weigel nervous. Ya think? A splendid piece.
Yesterday, former Speaker of the House Danny Hastert and Cardinal Francis George joined hands with Illinois business leaders to make the case for comprehensive immigration reform. The Chicago Tribune has the story. The business push is especially important as the issue rests in the hands of the House GOP leaders, all of whom are beholden, in varying degrees, to business interests.
Yesterday, again at the vet’s (this time for Ambrose, the St. Bernard), I saw something on the CNN ticker about a new Congressional Budget Office report on the Affordable Care Act. It said something about jobs. I was distracted but could sense this did not bode well.
Sandra Fluke's rise to political stardom was something of a fluke itself. We know about her because Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut." She is apparently now running for Congress. I suppose stranger things have happened, but it is not only strange, it is depressing for the future of the Democratic Party that a rise to stardom can happen because of one's stance on the contraception mandate.
Politico reports that Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Chuck Schumer are having negotiations on the issue. The USCCB, like the White House and most immigration reform advocates, welcomed the statement of principles announced by House republicans last week. The is not the end, to quote Churchill. It is not even the beginning of the end. But, it may be the end of the beginning.
On the first day of Creation, God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Now, every Monday night, a group of people, many disadvantaged youth, gather in Chestnut Ridge, West Virginia and they make light for even more disadvantaged families in Africa.
In case you missed it at NCRToday, please consult my colleague Tom Roberts' commentary on John Dear's charges against the Society of Jesus. Glad to see someone on the left refuse to don the pom-poms and turn himself into a cheerleader for anyone with an axe to grind.
M. Anthony Mills, at RealClearReligion, has a fine essay on one of Pope Francis's more ridiculous detractors, Fox News' Adam Shaw. This is the first time I have seen Mr. Mills' byline, but I shall be looking for it in the future. This is good stuff.
There is a very interesting debate going on between two friends of mine, Peter Berkowitz and Peter Beinart. (Here is a link to Beinart's original piece.) Of course, the most important issue for my purposes has to do with the decline in religious observance in the past few decades among young Americans. In his response to Beinart, Berkowitz writes:
"Super Bowl or 'Downton'?" I asked my neighbor as she walked her dog last night. "We switched back and forth," she replied. Me? The game was so lopsided by the time "Downton Abbey" came on, I abandoned the 21st century for the Roaring '20s for the entire hour and, apparently, I did not miss much.