In this weekend's Washington Post Magazine, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who is my archbishop here in Washington, channels Pope Francis. The quote above is great, but read also +Wuerl's comments on not wanting to draw conclusions for others. As I have noted before, +Wuerl has the heart of a pastor and it is nice to see that heart on display in this interview.
C-Span is not my usual TV viewing fare, but this weekend – when my schedule was trying to return to normal after a week of travel – they aired replays of President Nixon’s two resignation speeches, one to the nation the night before his resignation and one, the next day, to the White House staff. I could not tear myself away and ended up watching them twice. Forty years ago, our nation faced a real constitutional crisis, not a faux crisis contrived by Fox and Friends.
This article by John Zmirak at American Catholic is stunning in every way. I do not share Mr. Zmirak's belief that "strict justice" requires deportation of all undocumented immigrants. His selective reading of Church teaching is remarkable. And this, in a journal that proclaims it examines politics and culture "from a Catholic perspective." Zmirak should try out his arguments with his local bishop or, better yet, with the Holy Father.
This story from earlier in the week at the Atlanta Journal Consitution merits widespread attention. Standard & Poors, not exactly a lefty think tank, has lowered its projections for U.S. economic growth on account of income inequality: The uber-rich save their money, removing it from the economy, and the rest of us have less and less to spend.
Over at Millennial, Robert Christian on the threat of genocide in Iraq. He rightly places the lion's share of the blame for the turmoil on the terrorists themselves, but notes that they got their opportunity because the Bush administration completely misunderstood the consequences of their decision to go to war and the Obama administration completely failed to aid the moderate opposition to Assad in Syria. Good stuff.
The crises in the Mideast just seem to get worse and worse. President Obama has decided to use air strikes against Islamic terrorists in Iraq who have taken over large swaths of that country and continue to threaten minority populations with genocide. The truce in Gaza was broken by Hamas, which launched new rocket attacks into Israel, prompting further retaliation from Israel. Syria remains in a state of civil war.
Governor Martin O'Malley is pushing back hard against the White House insinuations regarding his statements and actions about the unaccompanied minors coming to the border. Good for him. Someone in the Democratic Party has to acknowledge that the damn of political solidarity has broken, the White House is adrift and/or inept, and the future of the party should not be tied to the Obama administration's increasingly insular focus and the failures the flow therefrom. HuffPost has the story.
Mark Silk rightly asks - where is the outrage from religious leaders at the GOP for their hostility to the unaccompanied children coming to the border? Obama signs an LGBT non-discrimination rule and you would think the heavens were falling. But, the GOP personifies the throwaway culture, treats these children as a nuisance, and wants to send them back into the burning buildings which their home countries have become, and there is no outrage coming from the USCCB.
There is so much wrong with Fr. Robert Sirico’s commentary on the Hobby Lobby decision and the implications of President Obama’s LGBT non-discrimination rule, it is difficult to know where to start.
Fr. Sirico’s most obnoxious argument, which he relates to the non-discrimination rule for federal contractors, and the USCCB response to that rule (he deplores the rule and applauds the response) is this:
On this day, the Feast of the Transfiguration, in 1978, Pope Paul VI went to his eternal reward. I remain convinced that Montini's was the great pontificate of the last half of the twentieth century, laying all the theological groundwork that would come to fruition in later pontificates, keeping the Church together in the post-conciliar years, and navigating the challenges the Second Vatican Council set for the Church. On the day he died, I was bereft. He was the only pope I had ever known.