According to this report in the Star-Tribune, the Archdiocese of St. Paul has hired another lawyer in their on-going investigation of allegations that Archbishop John Nienstedt behaved inappropriately to younger men. The key phrase in the report is "trying to discredit." I did not know that was part of the apostolic vocation. In Calvary cemetery, Archbishop John Ireland is turning over in his grave.
As mentioned yesterday, last week I went to a briefing at the Africa Faith & Justice Network (AFJN) after the group took two trips to Africa last autumn. In that post, I shared what they told us about their work fighting land-grabs. Today, I will share what they told us about their efforts to promote good and responsive governance.
Controversy has been brewing over a couple of lines in Austen Ivereigh's new biography of Pope Francis "The Great Reformer." Mr. Iveriegh has admitted that his phrasing of one paragraph was unfortunate, and is correcting it in future editions. But, the real problem is not that Ivereigh misphrased something.
Just about everything in Rusty Reno's essay at First Things about the departure of Leon Wieseltier from The New Republic is wrong, and the part that is not wrong is confused. Reno allows that:
In 1885, the great European powers met in Berlin to set the ground rules for their various colonization projects in Africa, divide up the continent into spheres of influence, and enact trade regulations for the exploitation of Africa’s vast resources.
As of this morning, twelve contributing editors, including such intellectual powerhouses as Sean Wilentz and Enrique Krauze, and such noted journalists as Ryan Lizza and Paul Berman, have resigned from The New Republic. And, thirteen senior editors, including Jonathan Cohn, John Judis, and Isaac Chotiner, have also resigned. I am not sure I see how this hemorrhaging of talent will lead to more clicks on their website.
Robert Christian, at Millennial, delivers a thorough and smart analysis of Pope Francis' talk to the European parliament.
The New Republic is dead, or at least it is now brain dead. Yesterday, editor Frank Foer and literary editor Leon Wieseltier resigned as the changes undertaken by owner and Facebook zillionaire Chris Hughes became so oppressively obnoxious, Foer and Wieseltier could no longer stay. Even as I write those words this morning, it is difficult to believe. Needless to say, this is also personal for me. Frank is a friend and Leon is a very good friend.
Former Sen. Jim Webb is reportedly considering a presidential bid. In this morning's Washington Post, Webb said that the problem with the Democrats is that they have become a party beholden to special interests. This is undoubtedly true. But, the shame is that Webb will have a hard time garnering any traction as a candidate without the support of those same interest groups.