I will not be able to attend the New York Encounter, which will be held January 18-20 because I will still be in the midst of doggie rehab. The event, spread over three days, is a smaller, US version of the annual Rimini meeting in August and, like the Rimini meeting, it is sponsored by Communione e Liberazione, one of the new ecclesial movements founded in Italy and now spread across the world. I have a soft spot for CL.
The latest blog post at the USCCB for Poverty Awareness Month is by Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California. The post was also picked up by the Washington Post's "On Faith" blog and you can read it by clicking here.
I have no idea how I missed this essay on Paul Ryan and his cult of "self-reliance" when it first came out. Leon Wieseltier is one of the finest writers and finest thinkers in the liberal tradition. Obviously, I disagree with Wieseltier about the transformative power of suffering, but then I worship a crucified God and Wieseltier does not. But, his critique of the Randian worldview is breathtakingly spot-on.
This report, at Vatican Insider, raises a deep concern about religious freedom (and other freedoms, too) in Cuba. In our minds, somehow we hope that once Fidel Castro passes from the scene, things will change for the better. Alas, sometimes during periods of political instability, things get worse.
I hate to be the person to put a damper on a good cause, but I fear the politics of gun control will have unintended consequences and that those who rightly perceive the need for effective gun control may end up sowing the seeds of their own frustration.
At The New Republic, Timothy Noah on the New York Times Magazine's decision not to publish Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." A fascinating bit of journalistic history that I had never encountered before.
In the second installment of their special guest blog posts for Poverty Awareness Month, the USCCB has a post by Carolyn Woo, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services.
...The Crazy Turn Pro! A group of birthers are threatening to mount an effort to impeach NCR's "Person of the Year," Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, if he performs the swearing-in ceremony for President Barack Obama.
I especially want to call attention to two recent posts at the online journal Millennial.
First, this post from Ben Feuerherd on Catholics taking the St. Francis pledge on Climate Change. Ben is the son of the late editor and publisher of NCR, Joe Feuerherd, and the apple has not fallen far from the tree!
Will this be the year? For those of us who have been advocating for comprehensive immigration reform, that question changed on election night. Before the election, we were hoping for some kind of incremental changes, perhaps passing the DREAM Act, and laying the groundwork for more comprehensive efforts down the road. But, after President Obama took a stunning 71% of the Latino vote, a margin that makes it almost impossible for a Republican to win the White House, the possibility of enacting comprehensive reform became thinkable.