Normally, I am a fan of Peggy Noonan. But, her post at WSJ about "prayer-shaming" is bizarre. The point of the "prayer-shaming" is not to deny the efficacy of prayer, but to point out the hypocrisy of those in a position of responsibility, with power to do something about assault rifles, conveniently hiding behind prayer to mask their inaction. I agree that the other side is not much better and they could have waited before exploiting the tragedy for political gain.
A recent spate of articles demonstrates that the opposition to Pope Francis is not exactly warming to the idea of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, still less to the pope himself.
Zenit has published the full English translation of the Holy Father's interview with "Credere" in which he talks about his hopes for the year of mercy. Looks like Fridays are going to be big news days for us in the religious press corps. The money quote:
Distinctly Catholic: The killings in San Bernardino yesterday were the 355th mass shooting this year. It is the new normal.
In the New York Daily News, Charles Camosy on the rhetoric about the rhetoric in the wake of the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic over the weekend. Finally, a voice of sanity.
The Holy Father’s trip to Africa fit the pattern of his previous trips, except it seemed that pattern was on steroids. This was Francis to the nth degree and it was electric.
At Politico, Anne Krueger on the situation in Puerto Rico and the need for more federal assistance and involvement. She does a good job detailing the problems and the possibilities the island faces.
The University of Notre Dame’s Committee to examine the school’s core curriculum issued its reports yesterday. The headline is obvious: Despite pressure to drop the required theology courses for all undergraduates from the current two to a single course, the committee recommended retaining the current two-course requirement.
Less than a fortnight after the USCCB adopted a new version of "Faithful Citizenship" that really, really encourages Catholics to vote Republican, the conservative political right has proven the old adage that no good deed goes unpunished. Breitbart, the clearinghouse for political conservatism's latest ideas and news, suggests that the Church is not helping refugees out of obedience to the Word of God.
Tomorrow, the government of Puerto Rico has a debt payment due of $354 million. News reports indicate that the commonwealth may be able to cobble together the money to make this payment but, as Governor Alejandro Padilla has correctly said, the overall debt of the island’s government is “unpayable.” A yet larger payment is due on January 1. Puerto Rico’s total debt now stands at $72 billion.