In this short, lovely commentary, Mark Silk captures much about Connecticut that matches with my impressions of the state I still consider home. Silk also captures the way a tragedy like the shooting in Newtown impacts localities differently because of the degree of connectedness the tragedy reveals. This is a very important point.
The sausage making has begun. And it is not pretty.
A group of friars from the Dominican House of Studies n Washington ventured to downtown Washington to sing Christmas carols. They ran into a group of young people dressed as bananas. What followed? The New Evangelization in action.
Jonathan Rauch was the very first intellectual who ever made the case to me that same-sex marriage was not only an important cause, but an essentially conservative cause. I was unpersuaded then and remain more or less unpersuaded now. But, the fact that Rauch was pushing for same-sex marriage more than ten years ago when the idea was barely a ripple in the cultural consciousness of the nation, lends him an authority on the issue that few can claim. So, we should listen when he urges the Supreme Court not to intercede on the issue but let the political process play itself out.
Michael Kazin, at The New Republic, on why you will miss unions when they are gone.
My friend Mark Silk takes on some of his commenters at his blog over his suggestion that Christianity needs to learn to adapt. The money quote: "It's a nice question whether Christian leaders should have run the risk of undermining the progress of the Gospel by vigorously opposing slavery when slavery was an intrinsic part of the social order."
In the first pages of Scripture, we learn about man’s capacity for evil. We learn about recrimination and judgment. We learn about our persistent fallen nature and the way sin spreads from generation to generation. Most of all, however, we learn that there is something mysterious about sin. Not mysterious in the sense that the forensic technicians who have been sorting through the human wreckage at Sandy Hook Elementary School should stop their work. They will trace the trajectories of the bullets, identify the dead, analyze the entire scenario.
While George Weigel, Archbishop William Lori, Robbie George and that crowd have been busy trying to baptize the American founding, more serious intellectuals have been pointing to the deeper difficulties with the "Fortnight for Freedom" mentality.
The Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli, is representative of a new brand of Catholic ideologue who is deeply hostile to government and, just so, seems to be decidedly clueless about history. Check out this speech he gave to the Christian Life Summit in which he blasts the Catholic Church and its bishops because "They’ve helped create a culture of dependency on government, not God.