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.
At Aleteia, Sandro Magister writes on Pope Francis' frequent mention of the devil. These comments by the new pope seem like a throwback to medieval thinking to some, but as Magister notes, they reflect just how rooted Francis' spirituality is in the Scripture. Jesus talked a lot about the devil and even if most moderns pass over those references, they are still there, in the Word of God, trying to tell us something.
Samuel Gregg’s new book, Becoming Europe: Economic Decline, Culture and How America Can Avoid a European Future, is a bad book. Its principal shortcomings are its tendentious portrayal of the values that animate those of us who champion the modern welfare state, its simplistic and often distorted reading of events and, most especially damning in a book that aims to make an argument, Gregg makes more assertions than arguments as he sets forth this manifesto for the free market. And, to be clear, while Mr.
Bad news from the Green Mountain State. The state of Vermont passed a law permitting physician assisted suicide, and the governor is expected to sign it. You will recall that last year, voters in Massachusetts narrowly rejected a similar proposal. The new law in Vermont will doubtlessly embolden activists to try their luck in other states such as Connecticut or New Hampshire or even New York.
Vatican Insider highlights another of Papa Francesco's lovely little sermons at his morning Mass. The key line: "The ideologue does not know what love is, because they do not know how to gift themselves.”
In a column in his diocesan paper, Bishop Thomas Paprocki unhelpfully calls out press coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. The key paragraph reads:
A whiff of scandals is pouring forth from the Obama administration. If not dealt with forthrightly and transparently, they threaten to weaken the president’s hand at just the time when a strong hand is needed to address a host of important issues from immigration reform to overhauling the tax code.
A friend sent me this link to a homily by Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick at a pro-life Mass. As my friend noted in his email, "he has an amazing ability to integrate identity and openness, and in fact to see both as mutually constitutive rather than as competitive or even merely parallel. He's genuine and the real deal." After reading the sermon, I think you will agree.
Thumbs Up to Deal Hudson at CatholicOnline.org, for supporting Sen. Marco Rubio and his push for immigration reform in the face of critics from the right.
Everything about the trial of Kermit Gosnell was gruesome and horrific. It was difficult to read the stories, hard not to turn away from the television screen when the photos were displayed. This was the culture of death at its worst.
The trial was also telling. In the wake of Roe v. Wade, Daniel Callahan wrote these words in the pages of Commonweal, words I have quoted before, but which remain as haunting as when they were first written. Sadly, now, they are also prescient: