Whatever Rick Santorum's
fate in the New Hampshire primary today, his near win in the Iowa caucuses
inspired columnists Michael Gerson and David Brooks to burnish the candidate's image not only as champion
of the family and conservative Christianity but as a political thinker.
Santorum, they argued, is shaped by Catholic social teachings and in particular
by the Catholic principle of subsidiarity.
Sweden has the highest rate of domestic abuse in Europe, its suicide rate is among the highest in the world, and it has an alcohol problem. Yet it is people in the arts and theater who are tackling Sweden’s dark side, not the church, says commentator Giles Fraser. Most Swedes think the church is quite irrelevant. Despite state funding, only about 2 percent of the population goes to church. “Devoted atheists are never going to be persuaded by a theology of the cross,” says Fraser. “But no one whatsoever is going to be persuaded by a theology of nice” (Guardian, May 30).