A bishop friend always reminds me to be respectful when disagreeing, a reminder I confess I often fail to honor. But, President Obama's decision to diss Vladimir Putin, canceling a planned meeting next month, is entirely appropriate. Putin has a tough job, but the toughness of the job does not require the toughness of his anti-democratic policies.
The New York Times this morning has a long, and depressing, profile of D.A. King, a former insurance agent in Georgia who quit his job to work full-time fighting immigration reform. Take a moment to read the article because it shows what we who support humane reform are up against as Congress goes home for its August recess.
The USCCB has posted it annual Labor Day statement, from Bishop Stephen Blaire, head of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. It is a fine statement and readers should ask their pastors to include it in their church bulletins.
It was thirty-five years ago today when Pope Paul VI went to his heavenly reward. Papa Montini is now sandwiched between two popes who are portrayed as larger than life and who will be canonized together later this year, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. (Let us not forget Pope John Paul I who brief shining pontificate reminded us, as we are being reminded again, of how a pope can govern with humility.) I do not know if Paul VI was a saint but I do think he will go down as one of the great pope's of his time.
A couple of summers ago, Washington experienced its first earthquake in years. I was at my home and it sounded like there was someone, and someone big, walking across the roof. Yesterday, Washington experienced a different kind of earthquake: The Graham family sold the Washington Post to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com.
Politico has a story about Gov. Martin O'Malley considering a presidential bid in 2016. I think he should run, and have told him so. Hillary may or may not get into the race but even formidable candidates never know when there is a banana peel in their path. I live most of the year in Maryland and O'Malley is not only well-liked, but admired for his effectiveness.
Sarah Christian at Millennial has the story. And congressional Republicans wonder why they are tanking in the polls.
It would be amusing, if it were not so sad, to see many conservative Catholics attempt to qualify Pope Francis’ comment - “who am I to judge?” – when asked about the circumstance of a Vatican prelate against whom charges of homosexual conduct were leveled.
CNBC has the numbers. Not only did last month's number come in lower than expected, but the previous month's figures were revised downward. The fact that the unemployment rate itself dipped one-tenth of a percentage point is meaningless.
Samantha Power has been confirmed as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.