Note to Readers: I apologize for this morning's post being late. I neglected to log it into "Distinctly Catholic" properly.
At the Law & Liberty blog, Professor John Inazu of Washington University in St. Louis raises some questions about Rick Garnett's "freedom of the Church" argument I linked to last week. This is a discussion worth having.
Paul Krugman, at the NYTimes, on the impracticality of libertarian economic theories.
Over at Time magazine, John Gehring has a splendidly balanced essay on Pope Francis' expected trip to the U.S. and how the pope is shaping the relationship of faith to culture. Liberals do not get a pass from Gehring on abortion and conservatives do not get a pass on social justice. And, the excitement so many of us feel on account of Pope Francis breathes through every sentence.
Last week I had the good fortune to attend the fifth meeting of the Catholic Conversation Project (CCP). Begun in the wake of the kerfuffle over President Obama’s appearance at Notre Dame’s graduation in 2009, and designed to defuse the culture war mentality that so easily consumes all in its wake, the CCP has been gathering young theologians together each summer for a few days of panels, discussions, camaraderie, and prayer. They invite some experts at each session to serve on panel discussions.
From yesterday's New York Times, Nick Kristof on the challenges facing America's working class, and how no one is paying enough attention to them. Indeed, the phrase "working class" needs to be brought back into common usage, as distinguished from the middle class. With Robert Putnam's forthcoming book on this topic, we can only hope that this pressing national concern will get the attention it deserves.
In this weekend's Washington Post Magazine, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who is my archbishop here in Washington, channels Pope Francis. The quote above is great, but read also +Wuerl's comments on not wanting to draw conclusions for others. As I have noted before, +Wuerl has the heart of a pastor and it is nice to see that heart on display in this interview.
C-Span is not my usual TV viewing fare, but this weekend – when my schedule was trying to return to normal after a week of travel – they aired replays of President Nixon’s two resignation speeches, one to the nation the night before his resignation and one, the next day, to the White House staff. I could not tear myself away and ended up watching them twice. Forty years ago, our nation faced a real constitutional crisis, not a faux crisis contrived by Fox and Friends.
This article by John Zmirak at American Catholic is stunning in every way. I do not share Mr. Zmirak's belief that "strict justice" requires deportation of all undocumented immigrants. His selective reading of Church teaching is remarkable. And this, in a journal that proclaims it examines politics and culture "from a Catholic perspective." Zmirak should try out his arguments with his local bishop or, better yet, with the Holy Father.
This story from earlier in the week at the Atlanta Journal Consitution merits widespread attention. Standard & Poors, not exactly a lefty think tank, has lowered its projections for U.S. economic growth on account of income inequality: The uber-rich save their money, removing it from the economy, and the rest of us have less and less to spend.