Thinking about Francis: A recent interview by Pope Emeritus Benedict and a speech by Cardinal Peter Turkson underscore Pope Francis' "hermeneutic of reform."
In this morning's Washington Post, Michael Gerson has a devastating piece that should prick the conscience of all Republicans who are flirting with the idea of supporting Donald Trump. The money quote: "Trump has little history of changing or refining his views through study and policy advice. Many of his goals, while too foolish to implement, are too vivid to revise." Bingo.
Judge Merrick Garland should be confirmed as a justice of the Supreme Court. But, in this bizarre election year, with the angry base of the GOP hijacking the entire party, it is doubtful that Senate Republicans will further risk the wrath of their base and they have pledged not to even hold a hearing on the nomination, still less a vote.
At Mirror of Justice, my friend Rick Garnett responds to another friend Tony Annett. This is a discussion worth having and I will likely return to the topic in due course.
It’s virtually official: Come November, Americans will be choosing between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and businessman Donald Trump. For the past month, I have predicted this outcome but last night’s results made it a virtual certainty.
In Sunday's Arts section of the Washington Post, an interesting article about one man's efforts to restore the pipe organ to its proper place in the concert hall. I wish he had not felt the need to denigrate the role of organs in churches, but he is right that the concert repertoire is too little known.
In the movie “Game Change” there is a scene in which John McCain’s campaign consultants urge him to run ads that feature controversial black pastor Rev. Wright, who was Obama’s pastor. McCain explains that there is a dark side to American populism that some candidates are willing to tap into to win election, but that he is not one of those politicians. This is a movie, to be sure, but apparently something very like that conversation did happen in the McCain camp and they never ran ads featuring Rev. Wright.
In yesterday's Washington Post, Carlos Lozada on two books that display the left's disappointment with Obama. Lozada nails it: The meritocracy of the "creative classes" dominates the worldview of those who surround this, or any, president. The problem is solipsism.
As we prepare for the Holy Father’s apostolic exhortation on the family, we are going to hear a lot about how the Church can’t change this and it can’t change that. Indeed, the idea of the Church as essentially unchangeable is one of the most commonly held myths, especially outside the Church, about us. So, it is instructive to think about two anniversaries that happened this past weekend: Yesterday was the anniversary of Pope Francis’s election three years ago and Saturday was the anniversary of the coronation of Pope Pius XII as pope in 1939.
From the Center for Migration Studies' journal, Don Kerwin looks at who benefits from DAPA and DACA, and how deeply embedded they already are in American society. These are the people the Republicans want to deport and, maybe, six or ten years later, let them in.