A Happy Feast to all my Boricua friends, both those on the island and in the diaspora on this, their patronal feast, The Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. Wish I was in San Juan for the Mass!
I was trying to figure out the politics of the Farm Bill's defeat and what it says about the state of politics in D.C. today. But E.J. Dionne, in this morning's Washington Post, said everything that needs to be said.
The Fortnight for Freedom kicked off Friday night with a Mass at the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore. As I wrote last week, I do not like it when Masses are turned into political rallies, although I must confess that this year, the rhetoric was less heated than last, less of a focus on the culture wars and more of a focus on the good the Church does in society. This is a welcome change in tone.
I have long suspected that Eric Metaxas is two parts politician, three parts marketing guru and one part evangelical Christian. A toxic mix. Now, he has noisily quit an evangelical group committed to immigration reform because he believes, apparently erroneously, that the group took money from George Soros. There are a couple of stories in the Scriptures about those who were scandalized when the Lord ate with tax collectors and sinners.
Over at Vox Nova, Morning's Minion pens a "Catholic Defense of Obamacare." The article is in response to a truly alarming post at Catholic University's new business school. I hope we can expect better next time from the new school. We can certainly rely on Morning's Minion to always explain Catholic social teaching in all its clarity and commitment to justice.
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.