The Catholic News Agency has an article by Mary Hasson that features yours truly and Melinda Henneberger on the subject of the Gosnell trial, President Obama, and the politics of abortion. Hasson writes that I am "soul searching" and that Henneberger and I are "rather reluctant combatants." I am not soul searching on the issue of abortion. I am not reluctant to address the issue. More on this tomorrow.
In the current print edition of NCR, my news update on the debate over immigration reform can be found here.
This article at CatholicMoralTheology.com by Charles Camosy shows, again, that the truly scary thing is that the people who advocate this horror are not "bad people," in the common meaning of that phrase. Yet, they embrace this horror as a right and a good. It is frightening that our culture seems more outraged by the prospect of the Keystone pipeline than it does by the horror of infanticide.
There is an interesting debate going on over at First Things. Their editor, Rusty Reno, challenged conservatives to recognize what we on the left have long recognized, namely, that the free market economy needs regulation and that government has a role in redistributing wealth.
The Department of Labor announced this morning that the economy added 165,000 new jobs last month. Just as important, the DOL revised the figures for February and March upward. You will recall that last month, the number of new jobs added was shockingly low, at 88,000 new jobs. The DOL now estimates that 138,000 jobs were added in March. They also revised the number for February upward to 332,000 jobs. This is all very good news.
I have been chastising my fellow Catholics on the left for adopting a begrudging attitude towards Pope Francis, pointing out that I think it is wrong-headed to start our examination of this pontificate by creating a checklist to see if the new pope agrees with us. The process of conversion, which is at the heart of the faith, involves creating a checklist to see if we agree with the Church, right?
"Better late than never," goes the saying. But, as Michael Gerson points out in this morning's Washington Post, sometimes waiting limits one's options and so, in Syria, President Obama's inaction has created the situation he most wanted to avoid: more U.S. involvement in the Middle East.
At his press conference earlier this week, marking the 100th day of his second term, President Obama expressed his intention to try again to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay. His political capital should be better spent.
Writing at Politico, Rich Lowry examines the euphemisms in the President's speech at Planned Parenthood and in the coverage of the trial of Dr. Gosnell. And, he calls out the NYTimes for not being willing to use the word baby in describing children who have been born and, therefore, no longer correctly called fetuses. (No word yet on whether or not Lowry heard the voice of God telling him to call out the Times.) Lowry does not use the word "Orwellian" but I will.
Over at CatholicCulture.org, they have the story about an upcoming conference on the sacred liturgy. "Among the speakers are Cardinals Antonio Cañizares Llovera, Walter Brandmüller, Malcolm Ranjith, and Raymond Burke; Archbishop Alexander Sample," they write. I am guessing my invitation got lost in the mail. Quick question: How many of these prelates own a cappa magna? How much did they spend on said cappas? And, the really key question: why would anyone spend that kind of money on a cappa magna?