At the Tidings Online, news that Pope Francis wrote back to the incarcerated young men at a prison in Los Angeles who had written to thank him for going to a prison in Rome on Holy Thursday. The article includes a copy of the letter. How can you not love this guy?
In this editorial, the editors at Investors' Business Daily accuse Pope Francis of having a "blind spot" on the economy. Something tells me, that the pontiff will not find these arguments persuasive. He has seen with his own eyes.
The Holy Spirit is the person of the Trinity most difficult to get our minds around. We all understand Fathership and Sonship and see, throughout the Gospels, the intimacy that characterizes their relationship. But, the Spirit absconds from our intellect and receives less attention and focus in the life of the Church that the first two persons of the Trinity. Even Voltaire, in his famous deist quip, after watching a beautiful sunrise at Fernay, praised the Creator God - “I believe! I believe in you!
Mark Silk at RNS beat me to the punch of answering a column by Phil Lawler in which Lawler disparaged Papa Francesco's intellect compared to that of his two predecessors. I do think it is fair to say that the Roman Church has not had a pontiff with Benedict's theological intellect in a very long time, perhaps ever. But, Papa Francesco is certainly a match for John Paul II and both men deserve to be considered intellectuals.
Robert Jones and Daniel Cox write over at Monkey Cage on the changing composition of those who support same-sex marriage. Jones and Cox are two of the best researchers on the attitudes of believers in the business, and they continually ask questions that do not seem to occur to other polling outfits but are critical to understanding how Americans view contentious issues.
Over at Commonweal, Luke Hill looks at the changing face of the Catholic church in Boston. A good primer for the coverage that will be expected with Cardinal Sean O'Malley's 10th anniversary as archbishop this summer.
Yesterday, I thought I did a fairly decent job taking on the economic worldview lodged at the Acton Institute in my review of Samuel Gregg’s book “Becoming Europe.” Alas, I have been upstaged, and not just a little, by Pope Francis who delivered some powerful remarks on economics in an audience where he was receiving new ambassadors. You can find the full text of his remarks here.
At his blog, John Thavis on the pope's recent comments about the Church and the idolatry of money. Great stuff from Papa Francesco.
Last night, it would have been fun to have two TV screens. Fox claimed to find a smoking gun. MSNBC said all smoke, no gun.
In this morning's Washington Post, Jim Roumell makes the case for means-testing Social Security and his argument makes a great deal of sense. Before we start thinking about raising the retirement age or cutting benefits across the board, better to look at alternatives that involve less pain. The math is astounding.