Peter Berkowitz, writing at RealClearPolitics, argues that Israel should continue to help the Palestinian Authority create the infrastructure needed to sustain its population, and continue to shrink the number of checkpoints in the West Bank. Sounds like a plan. Along the way, Berkowitz corrects some misapprehensions about what is actually going on in the West Bank.
Last night, in her “town hall meeting” on CNN, Hillary Rodham Clinton was asked about gun violence in schools. She said we need a conversation about gun laws. It was a classic dodge: When a politician does not want to come clean with what they really think, they call for a “national conversation” on the topic at hand.
The text of Paul Griffiths' plenary address at the CTSA convention has now been posted at CatholicMoralTheology.com.
I am pretty sure the editors of the Wall Street Journal would be disinclined to endorse Pope Francis' call for international regulation of markets via state action, to promote impact investment. Yet, that is just what he called for yesterday in speaking to a meeting at the Vatican on the theme "Investing in the Poor," which was organized, in part, by the University of Notre Dame. The pope said:
The Obama administration appears ready to wade into the murky waters of anti-discrimination policy. They are set to announce a new rule that would bar federal contracts from b e awarded to companies that do not have a non-discrimination policy for gays and lesbians. On this, the administration is likely to get the rule wrong.
Distinctly Catholic: The man the USCCB is set to tap for the Committee on Domestic Policy is an attorney who focused on issues relating to religious freedom. Surprise, surprise.
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Argentina's appeal of a lower court ruling in favor of predatory hedge funds that buy sovereign debt for pennies on the dollar and then seek repayment at full value. JubileeUSA, which had urged the court to rule against the vulture funds, has the story and their response here. This is very bad news and gives the lie to those who claim "rule of law" is sufficient regulation of markets.
One of the best things about Trinity Sunday is that we get to sing the hymn Grosser Gott, or "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name," which is our English version of the Te Deum. You would think you would be able to find a good video of this great hymn being sung in English, but I could not locate one. Here it is being sung in German at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna.
Melinda Gates recently announced that the Gates Foundation will not fund abortions in its anti-poverty, family planning programs. I know, I know. Many on the right will be upset that Gates continues to link birth control with fighting poverty.
I confess up front to two difficulties in writing this morning. First, the text of Paul Griffiths’ talk at the recent Catholic Theological Society of America convention is not yet published and I was not in the room. Second, I am not a theologian by training but an historian, and the two enterprises yield different casts of mind to be sure. But, with those caveats stated, the issues raised by Griffiths, and the responses they are generating, are too fascinating to sit this one out.