Joseph Stiglitz, writing in the New York Times, says that there is nothing inevitable about our current levels of income inequality. The whole piece is well worth the read. Here is the money graph:
The Hobby Lobby decision was greeted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and others as a great victory for religious freedom, a defeat for the forces of secularism in the “war on religion.” Women’s groups filled email boxes across the land with fundraising appeals, adding the Hobby Lobby decision to their list of grievances in the purported “war on women.” But, the truth be told, the Supreme Court’s decision reflects the muddled quality of these supposed “wars,” does little to assuage them, and the reactions all-around indi
Over at the website of the diocese of Spokane, they have just posted the ordination homily preached by Bishop Blase Cupich over the weekend. All of it is splendid but he noticed something about Pope Francis' Evangelii Gaudium that had escaped my notice. +Cupich writes:
I am not an economist, and I would never be nominated for, and would refuse to accept, anything called the "Hayek" prize. But, this article from the WSJ sums up the acceptance speech given by Casey Mulligan who received this year's Hayek prize. If you still have even the slightest lingering doubt that these libertarian economists are pernicious, read on.
In his latest interview, Pope Francis said, "I can only say that the communists have stolen our flag. The flag of the poor is Christian. Poverty is at the center of the Gospel." Can't wait to see what Larry Kudlow et al., make of that!
David Brooks penned one of his typically interesting essays yesterday at the New York Times. Interesting, but not persuasive. In the first instance, the binary choice between socialism and democratic capitalism which he calls a "contest of historic visions" is simplistic.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued an important document last week that did not generate as much attention as it should have. The text deals with the sensus fidei and it represents the work of the International Theological Commission over several years. I would add that it is a very finely done document, accessible to anyone with even a rudimentary familiarity with theology.
Over at Politico, the verdict is that immigration reform is dead. The step-by-step account is disheartening at several levels, but mostly because Republican congressional leaders could not find the courage to put the safety and welfare of 11 million people ahead of the internal politics of their caucus. I can understand a politician who does not wish to put his or her re-election at stake, but this was not even about that. It was about the politics on the Hill, not in the hinterlands.
Yesterday, I gave some initial impressions of the Instrumentum laboris for the forthcoming Synod on the Family, highlighting different strengths and weaknesses in the document. Today, I propose to take a step back and look at the document as a whole and what it portends both for the synod and for the Church in this privileged, albeit challenging, moment.
Fouad Ajami, the great scholar of the Muslim world, died this past weekend. Leon Wieseltier has a moving tribute to him which you can find here.