A great column, proposing a great idea, but with a huge dose of sadness: Harold Meyerson's last oped column in the Washington Post. Meyerson has been a stalwart defender of labor and the little guy on those pages and I do not see anyone else taking up his causes with the consistency he expended on them. And, the repeal of 10(b) 18 is a good idea on its face.
First Things has now posted the text of Ross Douthat’s “Erasmus Lecture,” delivered at the end of October, and a curious text it is, starting with the title. Is there really a "crisis" for conservative Catholics, or is it just a snit? Douthat is smart, but he has for too long accepted at face value the American conservative, or neo-conservative, narrative about developments within the Catholic Church over the past fifty years.
Michael Sean Winters offers Onion-style news stories that you won't read about in 2016 but you kind of wish you could. Happy New Year!
Distinctly Catholic: Let's close this look ahead by examining the intersection of religion and politics, the estuary where they combine, and which currents will become dominant or wane.
In this morning's Washington Post, Ruth Marcus says that Trump is right: Bill Clinton's predatory sexual ways are fair game in his wife's campaign. I am ambivalent here. I would not let Mr. Clinton near my daughter if I had a daughter. But, I do not assess his presidency, or FDR's for that matter, because neither man was entirely faithful to his wife.
Distinctly Catholic: Let's look at what 2016 might hold for the Catholic church -- shakeups in the Curia, a consistory and an apostolic exhortation.
It's not every day I get to direct readers' attention, favorably, to an item at First Things but they posted yesterday the text of a Christmas sermon by Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia, Op, that is well worth a read.
Distinctly Catholic: Let’s look ahead to 2016 and anticipate what the new year will bring, starting with politics.
At RNS, David Gibson has a great profile of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, whom he accurately describes as "the pope's man in Washington."
The bishops of New Jersey have caught the Christmas Spirit, issuing a letter about welcoming welcoming the stranger, both refugees and immigrants.
One of the most beautiful nineteenth century Christmas carols is “In the Bleak Midwinter.” I have always been a bit suspicious of its emotional pull: Midwinter in England may experience “snow on snow” but midwinter in the eastern Mediterranean, where Bethlehem is located, is surely far less bleak. Nonetheless, it is a beautiful carol, and the words benefit from being set to a tune by Holst.