It was thirty-five years ago today when Pope Paul VI went to his heavenly reward. Papa Montini is now sandwiched between two popes who are portrayed as larger than life and who will be canonized together later this year, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. (Let us not forget Pope John Paul I who brief shining pontificate reminded us, as we are being reminded again, of how a pope can govern with humility.) I do not know if Paul VI was a saint but I do think he will go down as one of the great pope's of his time.
A couple of summers ago, Washington experienced its first earthquake in years. I was at my home and it sounded like there was someone, and someone big, walking across the roof. Yesterday, Washington experienced a different kind of earthquake: The Graham family sold the Washington Post to Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com.
Politico has a story about Gov. Martin O'Malley considering a presidential bid in 2016. I think he should run, and have told him so. Hillary may or may not get into the race but even formidable candidates never know when there is a banana peel in their path. I live most of the year in Maryland and O'Malley is not only well-liked, but admired for his effectiveness.
Sarah Christian at Millennial has the story. And congressional Republicans wonder why they are tanking in the polls.
It would be amusing, if it were not so sad, to see many conservative Catholics attempt to qualify Pope Francis’ comment - “who am I to judge?” – when asked about the circumstance of a Vatican prelate against whom charges of homosexual conduct were leveled.
CNBC has the numbers. Not only did last month's number come in lower than expected, but the previous month's figures were revised downward. The fact that the unemployment rate itself dipped one-tenth of a percentage point is meaningless.
Samantha Power has been confirmed as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Some Republicans in Congress have come up with a great idea: Shut down the government to dramatize their commitment to overturning Obamacare. (Why didn’t I think of that!) This maneuver would, as they see it, demonstrate their conservative bona fides even if it failed and, if it worked, so much the better.
At the Post's "On Faith" blog, John Gehring gives his take on Pope Francis. I quibble with his apparent distinction between "Church doctrine" and "the example of Jesus in the Gospels" as if the one did not flow from the other, but all in all, I think Gehring captures the sense of freshness about this pontificate and responds accordingly, with a hopeful, open-hearted stance. "Look, I am doing something new," we read in Isaiah. "Do you not perceive it?" Sadly, some don't.
Over at Spiritual Politics, Mark Silk wittily expresses the hope that he can go on Fox News, as author Reza Aslan did, and watch his Amazon numbers skyrocket. Hilarious.