Today, my beloved St. Bernard, Ambrose, is having surgery. I ask for readers' prayers for a successful surgery and that this wonderful beast, who still thinks he is a puppy, will be relatively calm for the two weeks of being crate-bound that are to follow.
Yesterday, I called attention to an article at the Catholic News Agency which discussed both your truly and Melinda Henneberger, saying that we were “reluctant combatants” in the culture war and that we were engaged in “soul searching” on the issue of abortion. Both of these claims were wrong, and wrong at several levels.
I was going to write about the shame in Massachusetts, where no cemetery is willing to receive the body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but Margaret O'Brien Steinfels beat me to the punch. The Bishop of Worcester, where the funeral home is, should step in and offer Christian burial at a Catholic cemetery. That would teach the people about what it means to be a Catholic. Mr. Tamerlan did horrible things, to be sure. But, he is dead now and we can leave his judgment to God.
Yesterday's Washington Post "Outlook" section devoted their weekly "5 Myths" column to the situation in Guantanamo. Worth a read.
The Catholic News Agency has an article by Mary Hasson that features yours truly and Melinda Henneberger on the subject of the Gosnell trial, President Obama, and the politics of abortion. Hasson writes that I am "soul searching" and that Henneberger and I are "rather reluctant combatants." I am not soul searching on the issue of abortion. I am not reluctant to address the issue. More on this tomorrow.
In the current print edition of NCR, my news update on the debate over immigration reform can be found here.
This article at CatholicMoralTheology.com by Charles Camosy shows, again, that the truly scary thing is that the people who advocate this horror are not "bad people," in the common meaning of that phrase. Yet, they embrace this horror as a right and a good. It is frightening that our culture seems more outraged by the prospect of the Keystone pipeline than it does by the horror of infanticide.
There is an interesting debate going on over at First Things. Their editor, Rusty Reno, challenged conservatives to recognize what we on the left have long recognized, namely, that the free market economy needs regulation and that government has a role in redistributing wealth.
The Department of Labor announced this morning that the economy added 165,000 new jobs last month. Just as important, the DOL revised the figures for February and March upward. You will recall that last month, the number of new jobs added was shockingly low, at 88,000 new jobs. The DOL now estimates that 138,000 jobs were added in March. They also revised the number for February upward to 332,000 jobs. This is all very good news.
I have been chastising my fellow Catholics on the left for adopting a begrudging attitude towards Pope Francis, pointing out that I think it is wrong-headed to start our examination of this pontificate by creating a checklist to see if the new pope agrees with us. The process of conversion, which is at the heart of the faith, involves creating a checklist to see if we agree with the Church, right?