In Sunday's Arts section of the Washington Post, an interesting article about one man's efforts to restore the pipe organ to its proper place in the concert hall. I wish he had not felt the need to denigrate the role of organs in churches, but he is right that the concert repertoire is too little known.
In the movie “Game Change” there is a scene in which John McCain’s campaign consultants urge him to run ads that feature controversial black pastor Rev. Wright, who was Obama’s pastor. McCain explains that there is a dark side to American populism that some candidates are willing to tap into to win election, but that he is not one of those politicians. This is a movie, to be sure, but apparently something very like that conversation did happen in the McCain camp and they never ran ads featuring Rev. Wright.
In yesterday's Washington Post, Carlos Lozada on two books that display the left's disappointment with Obama. Lozada nails it: The meritocracy of the "creative classes" dominates the worldview of those who surround this, or any, president. The problem is solipsism.
As we prepare for the Holy Father’s apostolic exhortation on the family, we are going to hear a lot about how the Church can’t change this and it can’t change that. Indeed, the idea of the Church as essentially unchangeable is one of the most commonly held myths, especially outside the Church, about us. So, it is instructive to think about two anniversaries that happened this past weekend: Yesterday was the anniversary of Pope Francis’s election three years ago and Saturday was the anniversary of the coronation of Pope Pius XII as pope in 1939.
From the Center for Migration Studies' journal, Don Kerwin looks at who benefits from DAPA and DACA, and how deeply embedded they already are in American society. These are the people the Republicans want to deport and, maybe, six or ten years later, let them in.
Yesterday, Sandro Magister reported that Pope Francis has sent the name of Archbishop Christophe Pierre to the U.S. government for approval, in advance of naming the archbishop as the next nuncio to the United States. Archbishop Pierre is currently the nuncio in Mexico.
The other day, I linked to the article at National Review in which the Catholic Republicans' A-listers urged their fellow Catholics not to vote for Donald Trump. I was thinking of penning a response, but Tony Annett at Commonweal beat me to it. His searing critique can be found here.
For the next few weeks, most commentators on politics will be focusing on the primaries and caucuses, which is at it should be: In a democracy, nothing is more basic than votes. But, there are conversations beginning to bubble up on the sidelines that are instructive about the state of our politics in this very strange year.
At RNS, Mark Silk analyzes Bernie Sanders' Jewishness and the effect, or lack thereof, it has on his candidacy. The comparison with Joe Lieberman is instructive and the phrase "Land of the Hanging Chad" is priceless.
Even a few weeks ago, let alone several months ago, most would have rolled their eyes at the suggestion that Donald Trump would effectively wrap up his race for the GOP nomination before former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton succeeded in securing the Democratic nod. But, with his big wins in Mississippi and Michigan, and a late night win in Hawaii, Trump is virtually impossible to stop while Clinton squandered her lead in Michigan and lost the state narrowly to Sen. Bernie Sanders.