Patrick Deneen likes to stir up trouble. In a new article at The American Conservative, he writes about the divisions within the Catholic Right between the Neuhaus, Weigel, Novak crowd and the Communio Brigade led by David Schindler. Of course, Deneen is a little late to the game here. I wrote about this divide fifteen years ago in the pages of the New Republic. Still, better late than never.
Over at the Wall Street Journal, Nicholas Hahn speculates about the succession in Chicago and manages to trash the memory of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin along the way.
Cotton Mather is alive and well and, apparently, serving as the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Helena, Montana. Patrick Haggarty is the name of the superintendent and he made and defended the decision to fire a Catholic school teacher who got pregnant out of wedlock. You expected the article to end with Haggarty announcing the woman would, henceforth, be made to wear a scarlet “A” upon her outer garments.
Over at National Review Online, Rick Garnett takes a similar tack as I did on the recent meeting of Notre Dame officials with Pope Francis. Glad to see that NRO readers are being exposed to some of the kookiness of the Catholic right, which seems to have an unnatural hatred for ND.
If you are as tired as I am of seeing lawyers argue on CNN, even though you know the issues being discussed are important, an upcoming lecture promises more than cable news soundbites. Professor Samuel Levine, who directs the Jewish Law Institute at Touro Law Center on Long Island, will be delivering a lecture entitled, "An Introduction to the Ethics of Criminal Law: Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys" at Loyola University Maryland, Knott Hall B01, in Baltimore, Maryland, February 17 at 5 p.m.
At the National Prayer Breakfast this morning, President Obama said:
In Legatus magazine, the Acton Institute's Samuel Gregg is at it again, trying to baptism his Tea Party vision of social justice. True enough that the vocation of a businessperson can lead to wonderful things.
Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good has a great post up this week at their Common Good Forum on the need to prioritize the poor in public health issues, specifically focusing on the eradication of seven neglected tropical diseases. The article is Emily Conron's debut at CACG but her ability to bring together the moral vision of the Church articulated by Pope Francis with the practical means of ending the exclusion of millions of people who suffer from the diseases identifies Conron as a voice to keep an eye on.
From the organization that brought you the “Zionism is racism” resolution, now we have been told that the Catholic Church is in violation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. From the organization that, quite recently, enlisted the Qaddafi regime to lead the UN Committee on Human Rights, we are told that the Catholic Church is unduly concerned about human rights because it teaches that unborn children should not be killed and that traditional marriage is a thing worth championing. Whose culture war is it now?
The blog "Mirror of Justice," dedicated to Catholic legal theory, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Some of the best, moth thoughtful commentary on the intersection of law and the Catholic faith finds expression in their pages. Congratulations and let's hope the next ten years are just as stellar.