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Links for 05/2716


From the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, the best bishop's retirement video ever. (h/t to Rocco)

Mark Silk, at RNS, in the hypocrisy of some Catholic colleges and universities for blocking efforts to form unions by their employees, even though the Catholic Church endorses the rights of workers to organize themselves. And, they hide behond claims of religious liberty to do it! Catholic identity indeed!

Memories and thoughts for Memorial Day


I grew up in the little town of Hampton, Connecticut, which then had a population of about 1400 and today is home to some 2000 souls.  Much of the town’s land belongs to either the Goodwin State Forest or to a preservation tract adjoining Trail Wood, the home of naturalist Edwin Way Teale. We have a General Store on the Main Street, across from the Congregational Church. The Catholic Church, Our Lady of Lourdes, is on a side road because, in the late 19th century, this Yankee town did not want a Catholic Church on the Main Street! There is still no traffic signal in our town.

Links for 05/25/16


If you are looking for a reason to stop supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont just provided you with the best one: He named Cornel West to the Democratic platform committee. Cong. Keith Ellison is a good appointment. So is Jim Zogby, although we disagree about Mideast policy. But, Cornel West? Is there a more predictable thinker in the academy? 

Links for 05/23/16


In this morning's Washington Post, E. J. Dionne on the need to link populist rhetoric with populist policies. In one sense Dionne is right, but it is not clear it will matter: Trump's verbiage and demeanor resonate with people and they are willing to overlook the fact that he does not have much in the way of policy proposals. If you think policy determines elections, ask President Al Gore if that's the case.


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