Yesterday, I wrote about the Catholic case against libertarianism. I had not planned on revisiting the topic but then my friend Rick Garnett, of Notre Dame, tweeted out a link to my article with the comment: “’Laissez-faire’ is a straw man, I think. Doesn’t exist.” Professor Garnett is one of the brightest and, usually, most incisive, commentators in the U.S. Catholic commentariat. I will attribute his pithy, but woefully inadequate, comment to end-of-semester fatigue combined with the limitations of the twitter-verse.
From Radio Vaticana, the text of Pope Francis' message to the International Labor Organization. Funny, he did not talk about the need to let the invisible hand of the market work its wonders, or the need to legally prioritize the right to property over the rights of workers, nor did he worry about "collectivism." No, the pope championed solidarity and the organizations, both civil society and civil government, that can facilitate and instantiate solidarity.
Over at RNS, Mark Silk thinks the Holy Father's comments on the presser coming back from the Holy Land indicate that bishops are soon to be held accountable for failing to abide by their own rules governing the handling of sex abuse charges by their clergy. Me thinks Silk is right.
At the Daily Beast, Tim Teeman profiles Helen Patton, and what it was like to grow up with such a famous grandfather. A very interesting story of cross-generational influences and perspectives.
Last year, I debated Father Robert Sirico, Founder of the Acton Institute. During the debate, Fr. Sirico suggested that while I might be a heretic on other grounds, my economic views may be wrong, but they were not, indeed could not be, heretical.
Michael Shulson, at Religion & Politics, writes about the return of "Moral Mondays" at the state capitol in Raleigh, North Carolina, where progressive activists gather to argue for more humane treatment of the citizenry from that state's GOP-controlled legislature.
It was not just that Pope Francis announced he would be meeting with victims next month. Nor was it that he compared the molestation of children to a black Mass, an incarnation of evil. Nor was it that he uttered the words "zero tolerance" without which various Church officials will always find some wiggle room to protect friends.
This article at HuffPost, by Paul Raushenbush, looks at the Holy Father's trip to the Holy Land and its significance.
The image, understandably, went viral. Pope Francis had just finished praying at the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism and, just so, one of the holiest sites in Christendom. This last remnant of the Temple loomed above him as he prayed silently, then placed a note into one of the crevices of the wall. So far, the image recalled the earlier images of Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI doing the same.
Growing up in a small town, Memorial Day was a big deal, the day our town hosted its own parade. When I was very little, I was mostly excited by the fire trucks that always took part in the parade down Main Street. Later on, Memorial Day’s focus was on making sure my trombone was polished and oiled, so I could join our school’s band in what I am sure were some ear-splittingly painful renditions of the national anthem and other patriotic songs.