I am not the only person who has soured on President Barack Obama, but still, it does not seem fair that when the unemployment rate hits a six-year low, he gets almost no credit for that fact. The guy can't catch a break. And, the GOP charge that this recovery is still relatively anemic compared to previous recoveries misses the point: The downturn in 2008 was worse than previous recessions, economically and psychologically, so of course the recovery has been different.
Amelia Thomson-Deveaux, at Politico, on the Becket Fund. The key section, highlighting the promise and the problem with the Becket Fund, is this:
The Holy Father opened the Synod yesterday morning, but he has been giving hints for some time about how he views this event in the life of the Church, hints that came to fruition over the weekend.
Bloomberg News reports that Pope Francis has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He gets my vote.
At his blog at the website of the Archdiocese of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl offers some thoughts on the Synod on the Family which begins on Sunday. +Wuerl is a synod father. I will call readers' attention to the key thing +Wuerl does not do - he does not "take sides" the way so many others have, but encourages his fellow synod fathers to be attentive to the Holy Spirit, and encourages the rest of us to pray that the Holy Spirit will inflame the hearts of the synod fathers.
Yesterday, Morning Briefing featured a link to a news story about the bishops of California filing a civil rights complaint regarding a new requirement from the state of California’s Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC).
The President of the Philippines Episcopal Conference, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, on the "challenge of Pope Francis" - and +Villegas is warmed by the challenge, not frightened. His comments about the changes Pope Francis is bring about, in fundamental attitudes, are brutally candid. This is indeed a revolution. (h/t Rocco)
Are we surprised that when he spoke to the Plenary of the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace, the Holy Father did not begin with crony capitalism. Actually, his opening substantive paragraph read:
Tuesday and Wednesday, I wrote about last week’s conference “Liberty & Solidarity: Living the Vocation to Business,” which was co-sponsored by Catholic University’s School of Business and Economics and the Napa Institute. Today I shall conclude my reflections on this event.
Having spent a few days recently venting about social scientists, let me tip my hat to one such whom I admire, Trinity College's Mark Silk, although he is so much more than a social scientist. Nonetheless, when looking at survey data, such as that released by Pew last week, it is always a good idea to see what Silk has to say about the results because he often sees things that escape the rest of us. Here is his latest.