Here is a news story in the Staten Island Advance, about Cardinal Timothy Dolan visiting a mosque. Evidently, the visit went well. I wonder how much more credible and persuasive the USCCB's religious liberty campaign would be if they mentioned the very real, direct, threats to the religious freedom of America's Muslims more frequently?
Tonight, the Fortnight for Freedom will kick off with a Mass at the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore. I suspect that this year, even more than last year, the Fortnight will be a dud, garnering little attention beyond the choir.
Writing at CatholicMoralTheology.com, John Berkman gets a thumbs up for sharing this story about his recent appearance on a panel before the U.S. bishops at their meeting in San Diego:
Over at CNN's Belief Blog, John Gehring on the first hundred days of Pope Francis.
Dana Milbank, in this morning's Washington Post, writes about yesterday's tea party rally and how it turned on one of its own, Sen. Marco Rubio. This is going to get ugly.
No, that's not right. It already is ugly.
In this morning's Washington Post, E.J. Dionne writes about the current political prospects for immigration reform. As usual, E.J. nails it.
There was good news and what I prefer to call crazy news, rather than bad news, about the economy yesterday.
Let’s start with the good news. The G-8 took steps to crack down on tax avoidance schemes that further impoverish developing countries by allowing wealthy plutocrats, and corrupt public officials and private businesspeople, to avoid paying their fare share of taxes. Eric LeCompte, President of JubileeUSA, said of the G-8 summit:
Centuries hence, cultural anthropologists will marvel that we early 21st century Americans gave a hoot what celebrities thought about important issues. Really, why would anyone care what Russell Brand has to say about anything? Does starring in "Arthur" provide policy expertise?
Regular readers will know I am not much of a fan of Congressman Paul Ryan's economic views. But, he gets high praise for not only defending the need for comprehensive immigration reform, but for going on to talk radio and debating the issue with Laura Ingraham! That takes courage.
Something called "Acton U" is going on this week, a series of seminars sponsored by the Acton Institute. Here is a listing of their scheduled offerings. I have one question and one observation. The question: Who is paying for all this? The observation: Can't attend any of it because I have to wash my hair.