It is rare that one encounters a book that is seminal, well written and important, all at the same time. But, Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools’ Importance in Urban America, by Margaret Brinig and Nicole Stelle Garnett is such a book.
Over at Aleteia, George Weigel has a review of a new book by Margaret Brinig and Nicole Stelle Garnett on the relationship of Catholic schools to the social capital in the neighborhoods they serve. I will be reviewing that book tomorrow. But, what is strange about Weigel's review is that he uses it to bring up an old proposal of his that the authors do not advocate. Weigel wants to shut down the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and turn it into a campaign to save Catholic schools.
In yesterday's Outlook section of the Washington Post, Walter Russell Meade offered a very fair assessment of Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State. Meade gets past the shouting about Benghazi and provides a detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses Secretary Clinton brought to her work, what she achieved, and what she did not achieve. Definitely, worth a read.
Voters will go to the polls in several states tomorrow to cast ballots in primary elections. In California, my friend Doug Kmiec is running as an Independent candidate for Congress. He has built his campaign on the belief that campaign financing is ruining our democracy as well as a much needed reminder that "both parties have let us down." The observation is so obvious yet, how is one to create change when third parties are at such a disadvantage?
Over at HuffPost, C. J. Reid on "Brains, guns and preventable murder."
Robert Blair Kaiser has taken issue with the excommunication of an Austrian couple, Martha and Gert Heizer, because they held Eucharistic celebrations without a priest. Kaiser’s column is one of the most muddled, ill-considered articles I have read in a long time and it warrants a response.
At Crisis magazine, Regis Martin has penned an extraordinary screed in which he accuses most of the nation's - and the world's - bishops for cowardice because they do not follow the application of Canon 915 the way that Cardinal Burke and Bishop Paprocki and Archbishop Vigneron do. Mr. Martin writes:
Billy Kangas, an anti-hunger activist, has a great article up at Millennial that explains why ending hunger is also a pro-life cause worthy of the attention of pro-life advocates. The seamless garment is back.
Israeli politicians are debating the possibility of unilateral withdrawals from certain heavily populated areas in the West Bank. Peter Berkowitz looks at the pro's and con's.
At the National Post, Charles Camosy of Fordham offers the hope that Justin Trudeau's bizarre decision to introduce a litmus test on abortions rights for Liberal members of parliament might ignite the kind of policy debate that could yield not only better public policy but greater intellectual consistency on the part of liberals and conservatives alike.