Over at RNS, Mark Silk examines the issue of media bias in religion reporting with his usual, even expected, eye for clarity.
In this morning's Washington Post, Michael Gerson on the huge decline in childhood mortality rates due to increased vaccination.
And, at Politico, the news tat Vermont is ending its attempt to create the first single payer system in the U.S.
Sony Pictures has chosen to pull its planned debut of the movie “The Interview” in the face of threats of a terrorist attack at theaters showing the movie and after the North Korean regime apparently hacked into Sony’s internal computers, unearthing unseemly emails. The movie depicted a plot to assassinate the leader of North Korea.
Over at Vatican Insider, a story about a documentary filmmaker giving Pope Francis two of his documentaries about the lives of immigrants to the U.S. Let's hope the pope watches them and, even more, let's hope that when he comes to the U.S. Papa Francesco makes a stop at the border and says Mass there for all those who have tried to cross it seeking a better life, only to encounter death or exploitation.
Over at Millennial, Dan DiLeo anticipates the pushback we will likely hear from some conservatives when Pope Francis released his much anticipated encyclical. We need some ecclesiastical climate change.
One more relic of the Cold War was torn down yesterday as the governments of Cuba and the United States announced they were resuming diplomatic recognition and undertaking an exchange of prisoners. The changes announced yesterday also take down a few bricks in the wall of the U.S. embargo against the island nation, but most of that wall will remain in place pending congressional action.
Over at CatholicMoralTheology.com, David Cloutier on the "libertarian default" in our culture. Powerful.
It was C. J. Reid, law professor at St. Thomas University in Minnesota who first proposed the meme of the older son in the parable of the prodigal to describe who some Catholics are reacting to Pope Francis' call for mercy. The meme has made it was to Vienna, according to this report at Vatican Insider.
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll should be a source of reflection for every Catholic, especially those in leadership. The poll indicated that among white Catholics, 44 percent thought torture was sometimes justified, and an additional 24 percent thought it was often justified. Only 17 percent said it was rarely justified and 12 percent said torture could never be justified.
As David Gibson has pointed out, it was Pope Paul VI, not Pope Francis, who said, “One day we will see our pets in the eternity of Christ.” The statement was not an exercise in the official magisterium of the Church, but it did not have to be. The sense of the faithful, at least those faithful who have dogs, knows this to be the case.