February 6, 2017

AP’s Rugaber Weakly Claims That Trump Has Inherited a ‘Healthy Job Market’

As far as the Associated Press’s Friday headline following the government’s January employment report is concerned, the matter is settled: “President Donald Trump Inherits a Healthy Job Market, with Solid Hiring.”

There are two elements to the headline’s claim, both of which are suspect. While the obvious one is the belief that the U.S. job market is genuinely healthy, the AP also effectively and misleadingly asserted that Trump has had no influence to this point.


Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (020617)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 pm

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Positivity: Marriage is holy — A Swiss bishop publishes 9 points on ‘Amoris laetitia’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Chur, Switzerland:

Feb 3, 2017 / 10:51 am

Referring extensively to Pope Francis’ writing in Amoris laetitia, a Swiss bishop on Thursday gave direction on how to implement the exhortation, emphasizing respect for the sanctity of the marriage bond.

“The task of pastoral care is to convey to the people an awareness of the sanctity of the marriage bond, or to convey it again,” Bishop Vitus Huonder of Chur wrote in his Feb. 2 letter “The Holiness of the Marriage Bond”.

After an extensive introduction which quoted at length from Amoris laetitia, Bishop Huonder asked the priests of the Chur diocese to observe nine points, the first of which is that “the starting point for accompaniment, discernment, and integration must be the sanctity of the marriage bond.”

He emphasized the holiness of marriage, present in the natural order and strengthened in sacramental one. “The formation of conscience regarding this truth is an urgent task in our time,” he noted.

“The marriage bond itself is a gift of the love, wisdom, and mercy of God, which grants to the spouses grace and help. Therefore, reference to the marriage bond must be the first step in accompanying, discerning, and integrating,” Bishop Huonder wrote.