At RealClearPolitics, Peter Berkowitz thinks the other big Supreme Court case, on the Affordable Care Act, was a win for conservatives, even if they don't see it.
The difference in worldviews between the Catholic and the modern, technological was on full display this morning. In Ecuador, speaking to civil leaders in Quito, the Holy Father said this:
I have often spoken the importance of the family as the primary cell of society. In the family, we find the basic values of love, fraternity and mutual respect, which translate into essential values for society as a whole: gratitude, solidarity and subsidiarity.
My colleague, Josh McElwee, reports on Pope Francis's sermon in Ecuador yesterday. One section of the homily really jumped out at me:
"Families have to risk to give love, to share love," he said, adding briefly to his prepared text. "We must risk to give love out to others."
Distinctly Catholic: The West Virginia bishop recently received some unfavorable coverage for his reaction to Laudato Si'. I thought the op-ed was unfair.
Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas calls Laudato Si' an "Agenda for a Generation." One of the best reflections on the encyclical to date from a U.S. bishop.
Oxi. By an overwhelming margin, 61% of the Greek people said “no” to the austerity plans proffered by European finance ministers in exchange for re-financing the country’s debt. No one knows exactly what will happen now, especially later this month when Greece owes a huge payment on its debt, and as the country’s banking system totters on the edge of collapse.
Fr. Robert Barron has produced a video response to the Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage. The best that can be said is that it is not all bad, although he could have left out the photo of Uncle Joe Stalin and the quote from Cardinal George about his predecessor dying in jail. Really? Does anyone think +Blase Cupich is going to die in prison? Let's stop with the histrionics.
The other night, Turner Classic Movies ran the 1957 film adaptation of the Esther Forbes book Johnny Tremain, the young apprentice who was the Forrest Gump of revolutionary Boston. I remember reading this book when I was probably ten years old and it achieved its purpose. My young mind identified with all the noble sentiments young Johnny discovered in himself, most especially, loyalty to one’s country, which was an exceptional country, a country where, as James Otis says in the climactic scene, “a man can stand up.”
In this morning's WaPo, E.J. Dionne notices the part of Gov. Chris Christie's announcement speech that everyone else missed - his tribute to hard work and his family. Let's hope that at least some people at the World Meeting on Families focuses on the socio-economic challenges facing families too.
The past two days, I have been examining Todd Scribner’s book A Partisan Church: American Catholicism & the Rise of Neo-Conservative Catholics. You can find part 1 here and part 2 here. Today, I shall conclude this review. It made sense to me to go into detail in examining the first two chapters, not only to highlight how the story begins, but to show how Scribner deftly handles his subject.