At RNS, Charles Camosy opines on who is not "paying his fair share"....Bernie Sanders! I think the level of charitable giving is not the problem. The 13.5 marginal tax rate is devastating. About the same as Mitt Romney.
The images from the Holy Father’s trip to Lesbos this weekend, where he visited a refugee camp, were so moving that you could feel your heart climb into your throat. The pictures of the three families of refugees climbing the stairs onto the papal plane took one’s breath away. The photo showing the Holy Father standing, flanked by the Greek Archbishop and the Ecumenical Patriarch, as they prayed and tossed wreathes into the water, that photo also bespoke a changed reality in the way the Christian Church encounters the culture in the age of Francis.
Apparently, there will be no photo op for Bernie Sanders with the Pope. As I wrote at the beginning of the week, he should have been more concerned about the Catholics in Rome, New York than the Catholics in Rome, Italy. That said, the senator gave a fine speech and you can find the text here.
The opening statements at last night’s Democratic presidential debate featured both candidates playing to type: Sen. Bernie Sanders delivered a jeremiad against the influence of money in politics and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered a more visionary, upbeat pitch, firmly focused on the future. These are both tropes that go back to the first decades of English settlement in the Western Hemisphere, with Sanders in the role of Cotton Mather and Clinton in the role of John Winthrop.
More from the anti-Pope Francis brigade: Fr. Zuhlsdorf has found a nickname for Amoris Laetitia: He suggests Familiaris divortio. This is so disrespectful. Again, I pose the question: Can you imagine this kind of disrespect being leveled at Pope John Paul II? I took a class with the conservatives' theological demon, Fr.
Yesterday was Puerto Rico Day at the U.S. Congress. The 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the “Borinqueneers,” received the Congressional Gold Medal for their long service to the armed forces of the United States. And, in a different part of the Capitol building, negotiations began in earnest over legislation designed to help the island climb out of its fiscal and humanitarian crisis.
At Politico, Kate Andersen Brower on the roles First Ladies played in their husbands' campaigns in previous years. Very interesting to see that this year's crop of spouses are relatively quiet compared to their predecessors.
The last two nights, PBS aired a four-hour documentary on the life of Jackie Robinson. Produced by Ken Burns the documentary was splendidly well done, allowing the complexities in Robinson’s life to emerge, complexities that were muted in the movie “42” which came out a few years back. What was fascinating, and very sad, was the realization that race continues to haunt American political and cultural life.
At RNS, Mark Silk wonders if the religious organizations challenging the HHS contraception mandate will reach a compromise or not. He thinks not. I think they will.
Last night, I caught the end of this racist rant by Bill O'Reilly. It was appalling. Politico has the story.
Most of the reactions to Amoris Laetitia, the apostolic exhortation delivered by Pope Francis last Friday, have been welcoming, which seems fitting seeing as the Holy Father calls on the Church to be more welcoming in the text. Even those bishops whom we suspect were in the minority at the synod have issued positive statements. That said, some of the responses have been remarkably negative.