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:
Ten years ago, Democrats talked about fighting poverty and Republicans used opposition to same-sex marriage as a wedge issue to win elections. Today, Democrats use support for same-sex marriage as a wedge issue to win elections, and it is a Republican who has returned the moral imperative to combat poverty to the policy agenda in Washington. We live in interesting times.
Over at First Things, Peter Leithart on "Subversive Sleep." I try to take a nap every day, in part because I rise early to walk the beasts and write the blog. I am delighted to find out that my daily ritual is a statement of subversion to the capitalist overlords.
BBC News has the story: The Holy Father met with Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, the Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan for converting to Christianity and only released after much international pressure.
Not sure how I missed this when it was first posted, but New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan came out swinging on his blog about the protests against the unaccompanied and undocumented children coming to the border. "It was un-American; it was un-biblical; it was inhumane, " Dolan wrote.
Senator Marco Rubio of Florida gave a speech yesterday at the Catholic University of America in which he focused on the importance of family as a bedrock of society and an incubator of values. The event was co-sponsored by the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, where I serve as a visiting fellow, and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The Washington Post reports that the White House is working on an alternative to the current "accommodation" for religious non-profits that object to complying with the contraception mandate. It is not clear from the report what that alternative would look like.
Over at Millennial, Kate Gordon has a very thoughtful essay on the border crisis based on a personal story, and focused on practical solutions. More good stuff from our next generation of Catholic writers.