The Department of Labor announced that the economy added 192,000 jobs in March. Just as importantly, they revised the February and January numbers upwards: The initial reports for those two months were dismal and, it turns out, they were not as bad as feared once the numbers were revised.
Last month, the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at the Catholic University of America, where I am a visiting fellow, hosted its annual dinner at which a prominent Catholic is invited to give the Dean Hoge Memorial Lecture and another prominent Catholic is awarded the Bishop Kaine Medallion for lifelong service to the academy, the nation and the Church. This year, the Medallion was given to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the lecture was given by Sr. Carol Keehan.
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not to their own facts.” This celebrated line of the late, great Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan has become a political football, hurled first by Senate Majority Leader at the Koch Brothers in a speech on the Senate floor and then hurled back at Reid by the Charles Koch in an op-ed in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. Alas, poor epistemology. No one studies it anymore.
Mark Silk at RNS has some interesting observations on the showing of a film about Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, the Jewish convert who became Archbishop of Paris, at a recent Jewish film festival. Cardinal Lustiger was not a man after my own heart, except on the way he refused to renounce his Jewish identity. Even in death: Before his body was carried into the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris for the funeral, Jewish prayers were recited over his coffin. (At 14:00 in the video below.)
At RealClearPolitics, Peter Berkowitz explains why a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains the only viable option.
Pope Francis has called our Church to go to the peripheries of life and be ambassadors of God’s mercy there. On Tuesday, a group of bishops went to the periphery of the U.S., literally, celebrating a Mass a few feet from the fence that divides the U.S. from Mexico. They prayed for those who have lost their lives trying to cross the border. They pleaded for Congress to pass humane immigration reform. It is too soon to know if their actions will have a political effect, but every Latino Catholic understood that whatever the U.S.
Over at Millennial, Meghan Clark has a powerfully incisive article on the way we talk about poverty and what Catholic social teaching demands.
The culture wars are still on at the Napa Institute. Here is a report from Catholic News Agency about their next conference which aims to help Catholics prepare for a "hostile culture."
Mother Jones reports that Hobby Lobby, the craft chain owned by devout evangelicals who objected to complying with the HHS contraception mandate, invests in the very same companies that make the objectionable contraception through Hobby Lobby's retirement plan. Ooops.
Our Dominican friends at Dominicana have been having fun with our Jesuit friends at the Jesuit Post. Here is one of the articles they are cross-posting that is especially wonderful, a Thomistic style refutation of the proposition that the Jesuits are greater than the Dominicans. The humor is pretty in-house, but it is hilarious nonetheless.