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Douthat on the Pope's Critics


Ross Douthat at the New York Times has an interesting, and detailed, commentary about Pope Francis’ critics the other day. I am not sure why he started by citing a recent article in The New Republic that was, like the magazine as a whole these days, superficial. Nonetheless, Douthat invites us to distinguish the different groups that resist this pope and he is mostly on target, with a few important qualifiers.

Countdown on Iranian Nuke Negotiations


It is tempting this morning to focus on the bracketology of the NCAA basketball tournament, like the rest of the country. Alas, one of the fundamental problems our nation faces is that so many people think entertainment is more important than civic engagement, and powerful economic interests want it that way: While the people are busy watching sports or Real Housewives or something to do with the Kardashians, those economic interests are gaining control of the government. Besides, my UConn Huskies did not make the cut this year.

Pope Francis' 2nd Anniversary, Part II


One of Pope Francis’ first acts was to go to the Church of St. Anne, the parish church for Vatican employees, and say Mass there. At the end of the Mass, he stood outside the vestibule, greeting the parishioners at the door. The pastor at my church here in DC grabbed me as I walked into church later that morning. “Did you see him?” he asked excitedly. “He could have been any parish priest, greeting the people as they leave Mass.” One of the most foundational changes in this pontificate is that Pope Francis is re-fashioning the job description: He is the world’s parish priest.

Links for 03/10/15


More joint editorials? So asks Peter Wolfgang at Crisis magazine and suggests that NCR, the Register, American and Our Sunday Visitor follow up on our joint editorial last week against t he death penalty with another opposing physician assisted suicide. I have written about that issue multiple times. I do not how it would bring "balance" to the practice of issuing joint editorials as I suspect most NCR readers also oppose it. Also, why not a joint editorial against poverty? 


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