Today if the Feast of St. Charles Borromeo. It is also the anniversary of the coronation of Saint Pope John XXIII. John had been elected on October 28, 1958, and given the elaborate ceremonies involved in a papal coronation, ceremonies that John loved, the preparations took about a week. Still, he chose this feast for a reason and delivered the first clue that his would be a reforming papacy: Borromeo was one of the great reformers of the sixteenth century and Roncalli knew all about him, having edited the Acta of his episcopal visits after the Council of Trent.
A Politico, they ask if Sen. Elizabeth Warren has defeated Wall Street already? The evidence: Large banks are downsizing on their own. Fascinating stuff. One step forward.
At HuffPost, Robert Reich on the way incomes are redistributed to the rich in ways that are often opaque to the rest of us. Two steps back.
Today is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November which means it is election day. In Kentucky, voters will be selecting a new governor. In Virginia, control of the state legislature is up for grabs. In my home town in Connecticut, my Dad tells me the most heated contest if for tax collector. (I am sure there is a funny biblical joke to be made about that, but I haven’t found it yet.) Mostly, today, my thoughts are on what this day will look like one year from now.
At Time magazine, Christopher Hale on what Speaker Paul Ryan could learn from Pope Francis.
At RNS, Mark Silk offers a predictably judicious take on the kerfuffle between some RC theologians and NYTimes columnist Ross Douthat.
Yesterday, at Mass, the Church presented for our reflection on the Feast of All Saints, one of the most well known passages in the Gospel, the Beatitudes, which are for us Christians, the very model of saintliness. Although these are among the most well known words of Jesus in the Bible, they never grow stale or rote, they always help the Christian focus on what is vitally important.
If you do not read anything else today, read this, at Commonweal. It is short. It is so damned splendid. Thank you Cathleen Kaveny for making me laugh really hard.
At the Washington Post, Jared Bernstein on the Obama Administration's plan to help Puerto Rico. One of the best explanations of how the plan is structured, why it is good and how it could be better.
If one more liberal politician or talking head speaks about “being on the right side of history” I am going to throw something at the television set. This phrase is, of course, Stalinist in its explicit origins and the ideological affinity with Stalinism should be obvious. But, hey, high school history lessons aren’t what they once were and, besides, the idea is at least implicit in non-Stalinist ideologies as well. In no instance does it make a whit of sense.
At Crux, John Gehring analyzed the synod on the family, putting it in the broader perspective of Pope Francis' pontificate.
Distinctly Catholic: The best thing to be said about last night's Republican presidential debate is that it was only two hours.
I had it in mind to write about the academic theologians and their umbrage at Ross Douthat, but Kaya Oakes at Religion Dispatches beat me to it. I disagree with Douthat too, but I have no issue with his writing about theological matters at NYTimes. Besides, I am tired of these petitions signed by academics.