Yesterday, reading Archbishop John Nienstedt’s defiant statement of his intention to carry on as the Archbishop of St. Paul, my thoughts drifted back to May 1940. I know the limits of analogies between the political sphere and the religious, but in this case, the focus is on leadership, its exercise, and the dangerous way that some leaders misperceive their own situations.
The current issue of the Tablet (London, not Brooklyn) has a cover story about the succession in Chicago by someone you all know.
Over at Catholicmoraltheology.com, Tobias Winright and Jackie Turvey Tait apply just war principles to the conflict in Gaza. A thoughtful, non-inflammatory analysis, which is not so easy to find these days.
The impeachment buzz swirling around Washington is but the latest example of the strange, symbiotic relationship that exists between the two parties’ extremes, a relationship that is always especially strong in the run up to a midterm election. Midterm elections are marked by low turnout, and angry people vote. Hence, the impeachment talk.
Over at America, Holly Taylor Coolman on how she came to appreciate Aquinas, and others find themselves doing the same.
The Trustees of Medicare and Social Security announced that Medicare numbers are improving over the long haul, in large part because of the Affordable Care Act, but that Social Security's solvency faces some challenges. Our friends at the Center for American Progress point out that no one should be doing a "chicken little" routine over the Social Security numbers - and you can bet the house that we will hear some fear-mongering about the out-of-control costs of entitlements in the wake of the new report.
Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of Austria-Hungary’s Declaration of War against Serbia, and lighting the fuse of what would become known as the “war to end all wars.” Such was the carnage, people who lived through the four bloody years of World War I could not imagine that statesmen in the future would fail to grasp the necessity of avoiding war at all costs. Alas, the hope that the evils of war had not been in vain, but had paved the way to a more pacific future, that hope proved illusory.
According to a study by the non-partisan and insanely prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, the Affordable Care Act has brought health insurance to some 20 million people. Let's hope they all vote come November. And, why was this not front page news everywhere?
Ann Coulter, the right wing provacateuse, has Cardinal Timothy Dolan in her sights because of his support for immigrants. In one tweet she suggested that the prelates who are calling for humanitarian assistance for the migrants do not really believe in God. Stunning.
At the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's "Religion & Ethics" section, Michael Stafford on the border crisis. The money quote: