Some people invest their money to make more money. Others, to buy the kind of government they want. Politico has the story on the Koch Brothers' plan to spend $889 million on tyhe 2016 elections. I eagerly await the articles from my friends concerned about crony capitalism, condemning this brazen effort to abuse the right to free speech. The Koch Brothers are to campaign spending what Charlie Hebdo is to satire.
George Wiegel penned an essay recently entitled “To See Things as They Are,” and he really got me going. Early in his essay, he unleashes this paragraph that made me think Weigel was going to shed his narrow neo-con vision and embrace Pope Francis. Weigel wrote:
In this morning's Washington Post, E.J. Dionne on the new culture battles. It is kinda shocking that Republicans, who in the wake of their loss in 2012 talked all about the need to reach out to minorities and especially Latinos, decided to host their first big event of the 2016 season with Cong. Steve King.
Professor Robert P. George was not happy with my criticism of his article in First Things in which he set forth what he perceives as the limits which are owed papal teaching, in anticipation of Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on the environment. He has given a fulsome response at the same journal.
I was trolling the rightwing blogosphere - and I use that verb advisedly - and I came across this post at Rorate Caeli attacking Archbishop Blase Cupich. The article was bad enough, but what really caught my eye was the twitter feed which included this item:
The Holy Father's sermon this morning reminded us that God never tires of forgiving us our sins. He does more than remind us, he emphasizes how easy it is to lull ourselves into thinking that God must be tired of forgiving us, an easy and lame excuse for avoiding confession. And, the Holy Father encourages us all to go to confession, not in a mechanical way, but so that we can encounter "God, the Father of mercies." Lent is almost upon.
Just when you think the Mideast can’t become more dangerous and problematic, it gets more dangerous and problematic.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is hosting a prayer rally for his brand of "evangelical Catholicism." What this has in common with real Catholic social teaching, still less with the Gospel, is anyone's guess.
Vladimir Putin's government evidently feels threatened by three nuns, so they are being expelled. Tells you all you need to know about Mr. Putin.
Today, pro-life activists from around the country come to Washington to march for life on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. The march comes at a strange time for the politics of abortion: The debate is as potent as ever, yet it seems stuck. The opposing sides yell at each other but do not listen to each other and, similarly, on both sides, it is the most extreme voices that carry the day and, consequently, prevent anything like progress.
Go here to see photos of the veterans of the Battle of the Bulge commemorating their unspeakably heroic efforts, 70 years on. In the first photo, the very beautiful and glamorous lady on the right, in red, is my old and dear friend, Helen Patton, granddaughter of General Patton whose Third Army came to the rescue of Bastogne. Helen's devotion to veterans has marked her life and bettered us all.