The New Republic is dead, or at least it is now brain dead. Yesterday, editor Frank Foer and literary editor Leon Wieseltier resigned as the changes undertaken by owner and Facebook zillionaire Chris Hughes became so oppressively obnoxious, Foer and Wieseltier could no longer stay. Even as I write those words this morning, it is difficult to believe. Needless to say, this is also personal for me. Frank is a friend and Leon is a very good friend.
Former Sen. Jim Webb is reportedly considering a presidential bid. In this morning's Washington Post, Webb said that the problem with the Democrats is that they have become a party beholden to special interests. This is undoubtedly true. But, the shame is that Webb will have a hard time garnering any traction as a candidate without the support of those same interest groups.
Senator Elizabeth Warren will be giving the keynote address at an AFL-CIO sponsored Summit on Wages in January. Politico has the story. I am betting she will get a better reception than Hillary Clinton got yesterday at Georgetown University.
Two news items this week pointed to the arduousness of Pope Francis' efforts to reform the central administrative organs of the Holy See. Pope Francis and other Vatican officials met with officials from the Dominican Republic to discuss the ongoing investigation of Joseph Wesolowski, the former archbishop and nuncio to the Dominican Republic who was defrocked earlier this year on charges of sex abuse of minors.
Over at Talking Points Memo, John Gehring plays whack-a-mole with the article in Sunday's Washington Post arguing that the agenda of the Holy Father and the political activities of the Koch Brothers are really the same.
...I would want to be a parishioner here.
(h/t to Rocco)
If you like the game of chess, you are going to enjoy the lameduck session of Congress. Every move by the key political actors opens up challenges and opportunities for opponents, sometimes with consequences that were not foreseen, a battle of wills and political smarts set upon a stage.
My colleague, Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ, has a fine article about the need to establish due process - indeed any process - into the method by which the Holy See decides evaluates bishops and decides if and when their resignation should be demanded. I have nothing to add to Fr. Reese's fine column but the article did put me in mind of one of my favorite songs from "The Mikado."
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia unveiled its "official hymn" for next year's World Meeting of Families this past weekend. Its title: "Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom." The title does not really capture the words, most of which focus on the Holy Family and the bonds of family.
Nothing quite disturbs an otherwise lovely Sunday morning like opening one’s morning paper and finding a headline that reads: “Following the pope – and the Kochs.” I am sure the headline was meant to be provocative, and it worked. I am provoked. The photo above the headline, of Pope Francis between the two Koch brothers, did not assuage the provocation.