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:
I have not been shy about criticizing Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia in the past, so when he delivers a talk that is good, not great, but good, I have a special responsibility to call attention to it. Archbishop Chaput’s talk to the Napa Institute over the weekend, published at the National Catholic Register, affords me the opportunity to fulfill this obligation.
Archbishop Chaput stated:
There has been a lot of news the past few weeks, much of it horrible, especially the blossoming crises in Ukraine, Nigeria, Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan, the U.S. border, etc. So, let's end the weekend with something very important but also very uplifting.
Catholic University history professor Julia Young contributed an article this week to Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good's series on immigration. Ms. Young looks at the history of efforts by the Church to help Latino immigrants. It is a proud history.
Phil Lawler, who drives the conservative website CatholicCulture.org, should think about re-naming his site Catholic-AmishCulture.org, because his latest post essentially thinks the Catholic Church should withdraw from the business of providing social services with government funds, lest we inappropriately taint our moral purity. Most disturbing is his concluding paragraph. He writes: