Both the Holy See and the White House confirmed that President Barack Obama will be visiting Pope Francis on March 27. I think it is a safe bet that some of our friends on the right will need to take lots and lots of aspirin to keep their heads from exploding. You just know that is one day when it will be sorta fun to listen to Rush Limbaugh!
Not sure how I missed this, but the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear the case involving the Susan B. Anthony List and former Congressman Steve Driehaus. The SBA charged that Driehaus' vote for the Affordable Care Act was a vote for taxpayer funded abortions. An Ohio law forbids political ads that contain a known lie.
Last week, I began my review of Samuel Gregg’s book “Tea Party Catholic.” You can find the earlier installments by clicking here and here. As noted, this book makes perfect sense if you listen to Rush Limbaugh and watch Fox News and believe all that you there hear and see.
I had said on Friday I would conclude my review of "Tea Party Catholic" today, but that seems a bizarre way to mark this holiday, celebrating the life and legacy of a man who could well be described as the antithesis of the Tea Party. How much better to celebrate today by listening to the Morehouse College Glee Club sing the great hymn, "Lift Every Voice and Sing":
Rorate Caeli is upset with Cardinal Sean O'Malley, indeed, they have been brought to tears, because he dared to allow a female Methodist minister re-affirm his baptism at an ecumenical service in Sudbury last weekend. For a less biased account, check out this report at the Globe.
Yesterday, I began my review of Samuel Gregg’s book “Tea Party Catholic,” focusing on his penchant for tendentious binary choices and his inability to put history to its proper use, as an instructor in complexity. Today, we look at Gregg’s frequent use of strawmen to make his case. I cannot remember a book I have read, ever, in which so many of my dog-eared, marginal notes consisted of the word “strawman” as this book.
To say that Samuel Gregg’s new book “Tea Party Catholic” is a bad book is a bit like saying Liberace was flamboyant. The adjectives are apt, to be sure, but somehow inadequate. Regular readers will recall that I reviewed Gregg’s previous book, Becoming Europe,” which you can find by clicking here. That book, too, was more agitprop than scholarship, and the Acton Institute, where Gregg serves as Research Director, seems determined to be to capitalism what Pravda was to Marxism.
A friend who read my post yesterday on the sacraments called my attention to this beautiful essay by Michael Garvey in the Notre Dame magazine. The money quote: "That, to put it indelicately, is what the Church is: a conglomeration of Eucharist-addicts."
This report from the Religious Information Service of Ukraine is deeply disturbing: The Catholic Church in the Ukraine has as many martyrs as any other Church in Europe. And, now, the repressive ways of previous regimes are making a comeback.
Mary Hunt’s latest article at Religion Dispatches displays both Francis Derangement Syndrome (FDS) and If Only Pope Francis Knew What I Know Syndrome (IOPFKWIKS).