Rarely has a debate outcome so closely tracked the recent polls. Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz dominated the debate, with Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Chris Christie fighting for the other, bronze medal, spot on the final platform. If you tried to put yourself into the mindset of a typical Republican voter, you would have received plenty to confirm your attitudes towards whichever candidates you like, and nothing to cause you to change your mind.
The University of Notre Dame announced that Fr. Joseph Corpora, CSC, has been named a Missionary of Mercy by Pope Francis. Fr. Corpora works at the university's ACE program and he is one of the nicest, smartest priests I know. Congrats to Fr. Joe and, even more, to those who will reap the benefit of his appointment to this ministry.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops filed its amicus brief with the Supreme Court this week in the case Zubik v. Burwell. Later this spring, the Court will hear a group of cases brought by religious organizations that object to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. A final decision in the case is expected in June at the end of the current Supreme Court term.
This weekend, in New York City, Communion & Liberation hosts its annual Encounter, the largest three day event of its type. Highlighting this year's event is a discussion with Jeffrey Sachs and Cardinal Sean O'Malley about the environment and Laudato Si'. For more information, click here.
Commentary: President Obama asked four pretty good questions last night. His answers were uneven at best.
Politico is reporting that Kim Davis will be attending tonight's State of the Union address but it not clear who is bringing her as their guest. Do nuncio's get to bring a guest? Will she be brining one of her husbands?
Yesterday, an employee at Google took his case to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that his First Amendment right to free speech permitted him to publish on his own website the algorithms Google uses to drive its search engines. Google argued that the algorithms were intellectual property, and that publishing them defrauded the company of their millions of dollars of investment and gave their competitors an unfair advantage, because they could use the trade secrets for free.
In an interview with the Catholic Standard, Cardinal Donald Wuerl rebuts the idea that some people close to the pope were trying to manipulate the synod: "It is simply impossible to manipulate the thinking and voting of over 250 bishops and cardinals from around the world as if they were somehow mindless androids." Lots of other good comments so read the whole interview.
Last week, I linked to a video of a 1980 GOP presidential primary debate between Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, in which the two discussed the subject of immigration with sufficient compassion that the two men would be laughed off the stage of a GOP debate this year. Then, over the weekend, I was chatting with a friend, a very smart friend, and a pastor to boot, and he was waxing nostalgic about Reagan.
At the Wanderer, Cardinal Raymond Burke speaks about the synod on the family and says part of the final report is "deceptive." What he means, of course, is that the synod fathers discerned something different in Familiaris Consortio from what he discerned. Why that is "deceptive" I do not know.