Distinctly Catholic endorses George Pataki for President. Why not? Or should we wait to see what other really exciting candidates jump into the race. John Bolton anyone? Or, we could vote with our hearts and back former neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, a man whose qualification for the White House appears to be his truly remarkable ability to utter pious platitudes in a heartfelt way.
More evidence that Pope Francis makes some of our friends on the right unhinged, an essay at the libertarian leaning Federalist about the Holy Father and his encyclical.
And, sometimes, libertarians just get all crazy without any prompting from the pope. Here is a truly scary Rand Paul quote about health care and conspiracy theories.
Harold Meyerson, in this morning’s Washington Post, writes about the growing red state versus blue state divide regarding the treatment of worker remuneration and workers’ rights. In blue states, the minimum wage is going up and union rights are largely being protected. In red states, right-to-work laws are driving wages down and busting unions. What we are seeing is a renegotiation of the social contract.
This is too cool. In the 1990s, wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone Park. As expected, this had profound effects on other wildlife, but who knew that the wolves would have an effect on the landscape?
Last week, a federal appeals court denied a request from the University of Notre Dame for temporary relief from the contraception mandate imposed by the Department of Health and Human Services. The court did not rule on the merits of the underlying suit.
Gone, but not forgotten, the inimitable Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz tells women they should not participate in yoga. I wonder if his admonition applies to an archbishop I know who does an hour of yoga every morning for his bad back!
The vote in favor of same sex marriage in Ireland was overwhelming. The Irish people, especially Ireland’s young people, turned out in large numbers to support a measure that was unthinkable ten years ago and unheard of twenty years ago. There is a palpable sense that the Catholic roots of Ireland are no more, that traditional marriage was not the only thing on the ballot this past weekend, but Ireland’s Catholic heritage.
It is right and fitting that all Americans come together on this day and remember the sacrifices of our men and women in the armed forces, who fought and died on behalf of our country. “All Americans.” The brave men and women who have donned our nation’s uniform did not fight for liberals or for conservatives, nor for Republicans or Democrats. This holiday, like their sacrifice, is a shared moment and it should bind the nation together.
I hope everyone saw my colleague Brian Roewe's post yesterday afternoon about Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo pushing back against those who criticized the Vatican for hosting Ban Ki-moon and Jeffrey Sachs at a climate change conference. Be sure to clink on the link to the archbishop's exact words. Do ya think he is tired of this foolishness
Irony abounds in our political culture, perhaps in all political cultures. But, these days, if you want to find irony in its most exquisite form, you need to look at the Kansas of Sam Brownback.