Bishop Dennis Schnurr: Call your office! the Cincinnati Men’s Conference, a Catholic event slated for April, advertises on various Catholic websites. Raymond Arroyo, host of EWTN’s “The World Over” and a nightly guest on Fox News with Laura Ingraham, is one of the speakers. The same goes for actor Jim Caviezel, who played the role of Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ” by Mel Gibson. It would be the same Jim Caviezel who recently spoke at a QAnon conference and told his audience that they send their enemies to hell?
In the service of religious news, Mark Silk pose the probability that Trumpism begins to fragment and finds a historical point of comparison in the Protestant Reformation. Noting the dismay in parts of the MAGA nation over Trump’s confession, he got the recall, Silk notes:
Luther’s Reformation was soon inundated with beliefs he did not share, and over time Protestantism split into sects and denominations – all opposed to Roman Catholicism but often more in conflict with each other than the church they nicknamed the prostitute of Babylon. Lutherans, Baptists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Methodists, Baptists, Quakers, Mennonites, Pentecostals, etc. etc. etc.
From the feather of Silk to the ears of God.
In the New York Times, David Axelrod, President Barack Obama’s chief strategist, recalls the sentiment of the democrats that the Affordable Care Act was doomed to fail when Republican Scott Brown won the Senate vacancy over the death of Senator Ted Kennedy in February 2010. Yet the Affordable Care Act crossed the line. arrived and became law. The analogy to Joe Biden’s Build Back Better proposal isn’t accurate, but Axelrod’s advice is sound and there are ways for the White House to regain the initiative.
Vice President Kamala Harris has had a lot of bad press in recent months, but she hit a home run when she was interviewed by Charlamagne tha God. When the host hinted that Joe Manchin might be the “real president,” Harris had not. “Come on, Charlamagne,” Harris interjected. “It’s Joe Biden. And don’t start talking like a Republican, asking if he’s president or not. It’s Joe Biden and I’m vice president and my name is Kamala Harris.” Hopefully see more of the fiery Harris in 2022.
In Jalopnik, the news that LaGuardia airport, the most maligned on the planet, has won the prestigious Prix Versailles architecture prize of UNESCO for the architecture of its renovated terminal B. Haven’t seen it in person, but it looks quite like the dumping ground it was before, so “Well done” to the Port Authority.
Speaking of LaGuardia, in the New York Daily News, Jonathan Cohn, who helped create the AirTrain system at JFK Airport, argues for a different approach to connect LaGuardia to the city: Bring the metro and bike paths to the terminals. Passengers arriving at the airport could be in Times Square in under half an hour and for less than $ 3. I also love how Cohn is both proud of his work at JFK, but recognizes the limits of the system he created.
At CTInsider, two cheese makers in my hometown of Connecticut is part of the Food & Wine magazine list from the best cheese makers in the country. One of them, Caton’s corner farm, sells its products to the food cooperative next to my church and its cheeses are delicious. There are cheaper cheeses, of course, but the “buy local” campaign is part of the larger vision of “Laudato Si ‘, on Taking care of our common home“, which forces us to think less about economies of scale and more about the human ecology of our economic activity. And well done to all the award-winning cheesemakers.
ArchDaily reports that it plans to remodel the facade of Dytiachyi Svit, a late-Soviet modernist building in Kiev, Ukraine, met opposition from the community – and good for them! Their opposition has given rise to various redesign proposals, but why anyone would want to disturb the beautiful original is beyond me.