The new CBO report on the effects of raising the minimum wage will, of course, be consumed by partisan and ideological talking points. But, the arguments deployed will show how the political and economic biases of each side do, and do not, reflect the kind of analysis applied by Catholic social teaching.
Rick Hertzberg, at the New Yorker, has a fun essay on the many sayings in the period piece "The Masters of Sex," which are anachronistic. They would never make such mistakes with costumes. Why is language so ill-treated?
Robert Costa, in this morning's Washington Post, is reporting that congressional Republicans have decided to shy away from any big issues that might divide their caucus in advance of this autumn's midterm elections. Hence, the foot dragging on immigration reform.
Archbishop Vincent Nichols, set to be made a cardinal on Saturday, spoke out on behalf of the poor in the UK in an interview with Vatican Radio. Unlike some defenders of the free market here in the states, +Nichols is not afraid to voice some moral outrage and the perpetuation of destitute living situations in an otherwise affluent country.
Pastor Jamie Coots died the other day. Coots led a church I have never attended and starred in a reality show I have never watched. The focus of both church and show was the fact that Coots was a Bible-believing snake handler and, predictably, he did not die of anything we normally intend when we attribute a death to “natural causes.” A rattlesnake bit him and he refused medical treatment. He died.
Rorate Caeli, a conservative blog with a big fondness for the traditional Latin Mass, reports that Pope Francis told a group of visiting Czech bishops that while he is sympathetic to older folk who miss the Mass they grew up with, for younger people he sees it as "just a kind of fashion." Alas, I encountered this fashion yesterday. I woke up late and did not have time to go downtown to my parish and went to Mass at the nearby chapel on the campus of the University of Maryland.
Archbishop John Myers of Newark is, understandably, concerned about his retirement. So, according to NJ.com, he is adding a $500,000 addition to an already swanky home in New Jersey, complete with hot tub and swimming pool, fireplaces, etc. The report does not indicate who will be living with the archbishop in the house, which will tap out at about 7,500 square feet of living space.
In this morning's Washington Post, E.J. Dionne makes the conservative case for raising the minimum wage. The money quote, all puns intended, comes from a Republican in California, Ron Unz, who ran for governor of that state and is a Silicon Valley millionaire:
Professor Robbie George has again donned his culture warrior armor and pronounced himself satisfied with the decision to fire a Montana Catholic school teacher who got pregnant out of wedlock or, perhaps, he is intending to defend the decision to fire a gay administrator from a Catholic school when that man got married to his partner.
Can liberals love PBS's "Downton Abbey"? The short answer is: Of course. The long answer, also yes, is provided by Morning's Minion at Vox Nova.