Pope Francis, speaking to a group of eighty Asian bishops, reminded them that the goal of evangelization is to bring people to Christ, not to bring them to me. Another home run talk that deserves a great deal of thought and reflection.
For the second time in as many months, the Washington Post has published an op-ed that unwittingly exposes the culture of death in all its ugliness. I say unwittingly because in both cases the authors of these articles seem blithely unaware of the moral implications of their arguments.
It turns out that next month I shall be in Bavaria with a few days to meander around, and the thought occurred that I should visit the battlefield at Blenheim. Up until the advent of air power in the 20th century, battles were often determined by geography, and visiting them always provides greater insight to what transpired. I have never mastered German, and have asked a friend to research whether or not there is much to see. But, this train of thought led me to pull Churchill's "Life of Marlborough" from the shelves of my library.
Over at Catholic Moral Theology, Tobias Winright looks at the recent Vatican statements supporting even military action to save the refugees in Iraq from the onslaught of ISIS.
Until last night, the scenes from Fallujah, Missouri – excuse me, I mean Ferguson, Missouri – were difficult even to watch. These were not standard fare “heavily armed police officers,” of the kind we see here in Washington at inauguration time or when a foreign leader of a volatile nation comes to visit. The images seemed to suggest an invasion was afoot.
At The New Republic, Noam Scheiber on Hillary Clinton's first big mistake.
Politico has the story of GOP anti-immigrant ads dominating their campaigns. The key graph reads:
I am not sure we can credit Pope Francis with the renewed national focus on income inequality. Just as the “Francis Effect” on Catholics is the result of two factors – his remarkable personality and the continued hunger of ordinary people for the Gospel – so, too, the traction of the income inequality debate comes both from some important people talking about it and from the hunger of ordinary people for a more just society.
Over at Vox Nova, Morning's Minion looks at the genesis and development of that blog, and confronts a principal challenge we ace in the Catholic blogosphere, especially for those of us on the left-of-center. In objecting to the acrimony caused by the wedding of orthodox Catholicism with a crimped, Republican orthodoxy, we have had to engage in some acrimony of our own.
One of the best things I ever did was see Lauren Bacall as "The Woman of the Year" on Broadway. They don't make 'em like her anymore, do they.