Distinctly Catholic: There are three main takeaways from the Benghazi Committee hearings. First, when you talk about the Clintons, you know that drama will follow.
At CatholicMoralTheology.com, and important commentary by Julie Hanlon Rubio on the internal forum. While I still hope a remedy in the external forum might be found, the internal forum might be the common ground Rubio suggests it is.
Vice President Joe Biden’s decision not to seek the presidency is understandable and regrettable. Events, most especially the untimely death of his son earlier this year, seemed to conspire against his seeking the top job. As Biden said yesterday, the window had closed on the opportunity of mounting a viable candidacy. The window metaphor is accurate about more than the timing of a potential bid this year: The window has been closing for some time on politicians like Biden. His departure turns the page from one type of politician to a different, and to my mind, far less likeable kind.
A very, very important explication of the discussion of conscience at the synod can be found at MatholicMoralTheology.com. Co-authored by Jana Bennett and David Cloutier, they examine conscience and the related issue of practical versus theoretical knowledge. And, they work in one of my favorite of John Henry Newman's quotes: "We walk to heaven backwards." Newman is here describing what the zelanti sneer at, the law of gradualism.
Congressman Paul Ryan announced last night that he would be willing to run for Speaker of the House, provided certain conditions were met. It was a brilliant turning of the tables on the Freedom Caucus, the forty or so arch-conservative members of the GOP caucus who had thought they would be the ones presenting a list of demands. Ryan beat them to the punch and if they fail to rally around him now, they will expose themselves as even more extreme than we had previously thought – which is saying a lot.
Yesterday, I posted links for today's date. Apologies. It has been that kind of a month! This account for the (b) above.
At Politico, Marco Rubio heads hard right on immigration proving that if the GOP thinks his last name is going to help them with Latino voters who are not Cuban, they are mistaken.
Also at Politico, Frederic Hof on how wrong he was about Syria
The work of the synod enters into its final stretch this week, with the thorniest issues at the center of the discussion. It is time for the synod fathers to come together and engage in the hard work of reconciling their divergent opinions. In the past few days, we have seen some of the dividing lines become public, and it is worth looking at some of them to understand how steep a road the synod fathers face.
A rude woman insults a mentally handicapped bagger at a grocery store, and the cashier asks her to leave. I love heart-warming stories like this.
Two videos worth looking at. The first, Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez Nieves of San Juan at the synod. His comments on the English-language groups is very interesting:
Team Valjean at the Synod has apparently decided that they have had enough of Team Javert dominating the news coverage. “Basta!” they said this weekend, first in a presser given by Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich on Friday, then in the Holy Father’s comments at the ceremony marking the anniversary of Pope Paul VI establishing the Synod of Bishops, and, lastly, yesterday in two interviews by Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Let’s looks at these in reverse chronological order.