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.
In this morning's Salt Lake City Tribune, Bishop John Wester explains the moral reasons to oppose amendments to the immigration reform bill being proposed by his home state's Senator Orrin Hatch.
The foes of immigration reform have never had much of a moral case, at least not as we Catholics understand the moral calculi at issue: The right to be treated humanely crosses borders, and whether an immigrant has papers or does not have papers, their human rights, including he right to migrate, remains intact. Or, as Jehovah said more pithily to Moses, “You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Ex. 22:21)
At America magazine, John Carr looks at Pope Francis' first 100 days.
I encourage everyone who has not done so yet to read this homily the Holy Father delivered last Sunday on "Evangelium Vitae Sunday." The tone is quite different from what we often hear from the pro-life movement here in the U.S., no? The Pope is inviting all of us to think about the Gift of Life as something very profound, and the challenge of protecting that gift as something that requires a deep commitment to the Lord, not just a legal fix.