Religion News Service is hosting a "Pope Francis Art Contest." I am not very good at drawing stick figures, so I will not be submitting an entry. But, if you have an artistic touch, be sure to enter. Details can be found by clicking here.
At the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Ann Rodgers has one of her typically wonderful articles on the role of Catholic sisters staffing military hospitals during the Civil War. Then, as now, the sisters were on the front lines bringing the Lord's healing presence to those who suffered.
This article in the New York Post by Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, who also heads the USCCB's Committee on Migration, should, repeat should, invite some House Republicans to think about immigration a bit differently. +Gomez has also published a short new book on immigration that I will review tomorrow. On Wednesday, the House GOP caucus meets to discuss how to proceed on this issue.
Capitalists are always praising the need to take risk, but when a bunch of vulture capitalists who make money running hedge funds tries to impoverish an entire nation, things are out of hand. And, these vulture capitalists are hoping that U.S. courts will back them up. Here is the story in the LA Times and it features quotes from Eric LeCompte, head of JubileeUSA, an inter-faith group that advocates for debt relief for developing nations.
It tells us something, and something hopeful I think, about human nature that Pope Francis’ decision to canonize both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II has captured the imagination of even our secular media. Amidst all the banality of our modern consumer culture, there is still something attractive, something that fascinates, about the idea of sanctity.
Regular readers may remember an article I did in May, based on interviews with Professor Jim Youniss, and two of his assistants, Trevor Falk and Catherine Noga. Professor Youniss was working on interviews and a poll of Egyptian young people to ascertain their views on civic engagement and politics.
The Department of Labor announced that the economy added another 195,000 jobs in June, beating analysts expectations. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.6 %. Most importantly, the DOL's statement this morning included this:
"The USCCB ought to be embarrassed." These are the concluding words of a fine commentary by Mark Silk at RNS about Archbishop Lori's sad attempt to put an inter-denominational face on his one-man crusade against the HHS mandate. Sadly, too many at the USCCB have drunk the same Kool-Aid as +Lori and those bishops who harbor reservations about the course the conference is on are too few or too quiet. "We can't say anything that will harm the lawsuits," is the mantra.
The Founding Fathers had many ideological sources for their views. They were almost all familiar with the writings of John Locke, Cicero (or “Tully” as the founding generation often called him), and, most significantly, the fiercely anti-Catholic writings of Bishop Hoadley and Algernon Sidney. These last arch-Whigs have been much on my mind these past few days – although they are never far from it! – because one of the principal concerns of the Whigs was the danger posed by a standing army.