At Philly.com, a great story about the prison inmates who carved the chair Pope Francis will use at the Mass on the Ben Franklin Parkway.
The last five days, I have been running curtain raisers for the Holy Father’s visit to the U.S. I organized them in a way that I thought made sense but now I realize that there are a few key points that I was not able to fit into the narrative that nonetheless warrant some attention, and so I will set those forth this morning.
New polling data from the Public Religion Research Institute shows that Pope Francis is more popular than the Catholic Church as an institution. The poll also shows that U.S. Catholics continue to differ sharply along partisan lines regarding what issues the Church should focus on in the public square. The solution? Focus on ALL of them.
Yesterday, I looked at three ways that Pope Francis challenges the Catholic Left. Today, I would like to examine three ways he challenges the Catholic Right. Both commentaries are undertaken with a view towards the Holy Father’s upcoming visit and, so, focus on the situation of the Church and socio-political reality in the United States.
We saw, yesterday, a criticism of the left that the Holy Father delivered in his closing address to the synod last year. The first item on his list of problems, however, pertained to the right. He said he detected in the synod discussions:
At the Mass in Chicago where the pallium was imposed on Archbishop Blase Cupich, the newly invested Metropolitan gave a barnburner of a sermon. You can click on the text or watch the video.
On September 15, I shall be participating in a panel discussion of Pope Francis' economic vision at - wait for it - the CATO Institute! Boom! You can sign up here. Carthago delenda est!
Many articles have been written about how Pope Francis is challenging the Catholic Right in the United States. I will give my two cents on that topic tomorrow. But, Pope Francis also challenges the Catholic Left in important ways and the Catholic Left should allow itself to be challenged.
At WaPo, the most thoughtful commentator on the right, Michael Gerson, on the least thoughtful candidate of the right, Donald Trump. The money quote: "It is all fun and games until the mass roundups begin."
At Public Religion Research Institute, tracking trends on attitudes towards immigration.
The last two days, I have emphasized what I think are some of the key themes of this papacy, giving a sketch of an answer to the question: Who is this pope who is coming to the U.S. next month? Today, let’s drill down on a related, but slightly different, question, namely, what do we expect him to say when he comes?
At his blog, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas on Ian Ker's look at Newman, Vatican II and ecclesial movements.
Yesterday, I began a series of posts looking forward to the Holy Father’s visit to the U.S. which begins a month from Saturday. I began by looking at what it the overarching theme of the pontificate- the Church had become self-referential and worldly. Today I will argue that this one overarching theme leads to six sub-themes, three of which have to do with ideas and attitudes and three which have to do with action and method.