I often check Father Zuhlsdorf's blog to see what our arch-conservative friends are saying. What one encounters there is often strange to me and a bit weird. But, as the saying goes, when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro, and this post is weird at almost every level.
A dominant meme has emerged in the media about the appointment of Archbishop-elect Blase Cupich as the next Archbishop of Chicago, succeeding Cardinal Francis George. The meme is that the great liberal +Cupich is replacing mean, conservative Cardinal George. This meme does a disservice to both men and misunderstands the Church and her mission.
Conservative critics of Georgetown University have called upon Cardinal Donald Wuerl to mount a canonical investigation of the school with a view towards stripping it of its Catholic affiliation. Last night, at a ceremony in storied Gaston Hall, Cardinal Wuerl received an honorary degree from the school. I have my issues with Georgetown.
More wisdom from the Holy Father's morning homilies. Vatican Insider has the full readout; here is the money quote:
Pope Francis today named Australian theologian Tracey Rowland to the International Theological Commission. I have never met Rowland, but am deeply indebted to her book "Ratzinger's Faith," for helping me to understand, appreciate, and love the theology of Pope Benedict XVI. I reviewed that book in three parts, here, here and here.
The recent Pew survey on Americans’ attitudes towards the role of religion in politics could well be described as hash. NCR has run two news stories on the survey, linked here and here, and you find the survey itself here.
Over at Vatican Insider, Andrea Tornielli has a good recap of the Holy Father's one day trip to Albania.
According to Politico, organizers had hoped 100,000 people would participate in yesterday's People Climate March in New York City. It is now estimated that 400,000 made the trek. This issue is just waiting for the right candidate with the right language.
Three weeks ago, I ran a series of columns on the forthcoming Synod on the Family. Then, I was out of the country for a week. Last week, I was able to have conversations with friends who had corrections and comments about that series and, as well, there have been some developments in the story. Today, I would like to take up the issue again.
Perhaps it was a coincidence. Last night, watching the fifth installment of Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts,” Jon Meachem was explaining that, as happens at key moments in history, in FDR and Churchill, the moment had found the men it needed. Also last night, my cell phone and emails were on fire as the news broke that Bishop Blase Cupich was to be named the ninth Archbishop of Chicago. Again, the moment found the man.