I had saved this post from Vatican Insider and then forgot to put up the link previously. Pope Francis, in another one of his daily homilies at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, warns against lukewarmness in our faith, and how that happens when we make ourselves the measure, not Christ.
Ross Douthat, at the New York Times, on the increasing, and bipartisan, influence of libertarian ideas. As I have said before, the ideological fault lines in American politics do not line up precisely with the partisan fault lines, and that lack of coherence can't last forever. I do not know if it will be a slow, gradual process by which one party becomes the libertarian party on all or most issues, or if some crisis will speed up the process.
Yesterday, I called attention to an interview on the Piers Morgan show on CNN, in which Republican State Sen. Greg Ball defended a tweet he sent out calling for the bombing suspect in Boston to be tortured. Mr. Ball, who is not in law enforcement and had no inside information on the investigation, suggested that there might be information the suspect had that could only be garnered through torture.
New York State Senator Greg Ball was on Piers Morgan's show last night, regarding a comment he made calling for the U.S. government to torture the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing case. Mr. Ball cut out early because, being a coward, he could not answer the questions. Watch the video here. This man is scary.
In this morning's Washington Post, Michael Gerson writes about the way both the left and the right tie themselves in knots when the subject turns to terrorism, and how those knots make it difficult to actually find a solution to the problem posed by terrorism. Good stuff.
Admit it. Even if you are one of the people who gets all riled up when I write, you love getting riled up. I do my best to keep the conversation here at NCR provocative, even a little edgy at times. Now, we need you to do your part.
My colleague Brian Roewe had a news account yesterday afternoon of the conference call with the media led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, President of the USCCB, Archbishop Jose Gomez, chair of the conference’s committee on migration, and Bishop John Wester, chair of the communications committee. The call addressed the USCCB’s support for comprehensive immigration reform in light of the introduction last week of a bipartisan proposal from the “Gang of 8” in the U.S. Senate.
This news item makes you want to cry. A teacher at a Catholic high school lost her mother. in the obituary, the teacher's longtime partner was mentioned. So, as if the grief of losing one's mom was not enough, in their inscrutable desire to demonstrate that Jansenism is alive and well, the school fired the teacher. When will they learn to be human?
Over at Vox Nova, Morning's Minion notes that the USCCB has been putting a lot of emphasis on the rights of employers, but not so much on their obligations. And, MM picks up on a recent example the Pope used to show how his emphasis might be a bit different from some of our stateside hierarchs.
The still new blog Millennial continues to post some great articles. This one from Christiana Peppard examines the way America's idolatry of liberty contributes to the alienation and violence of the culture. Powerful stuff. There is a book in this subject as well as a blog post.