The court is functioning less as a judicial body than as a relief valve for legislative dysfunction and executive overreach.
The pandemic and Black Lives Matter protests have shown that Americans still care about the common good. Do our civic leaders?
If the pandemic and the swell of protests have shown that Americans are still capable of heeding the call of their better angels, it has also exposed the flaws and deficiencies of our political leadership.
As with the Obergefell decision, this ruling also affords the church an opportunity to reimagine its public witness.
It would be a powerful outward sign of unity in the church if the pope emeritus and those who advise him sought to avoid situations in which his public comments will be inevitably misused to suggest a division that Benedict has never wanted.