The difference between news and propaganda has been shrinking more and more. It is a development that should worry every one because I can scarcely think of a single development more injurious to a healthy society than when the press loses or sacrifices its independence to a political agenda.
At RNS, Mark Silk asks: Who wants to muzzle Bill Donohue? Form a line. Seriously, Silk points how just how counter-productive are Donohue's relentless apologetics for bishops who failed to live up to their own rules on child protection. I know that some clerics think the work of the Catholic League is important, but if it is that important, they need to find new leadership.
In this morning's Washington Post, E.J. Dionne looks at New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio's first months in office. The growth of local and state progressive governance is one of the most under-appreciated developments in contemporary politics.
Christ is Risen. The Crucified Lives. Here is the essential proclamation of our Christian faith. Everything we have learned, everything we believe, rises or falls with this claim. Our faith in the resurrection is decisive for the Christian, absolutely decisive.
Sung by the incomparable Barbara Bonney:
The Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, fainted at the conclusion of Holy Thursday Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The archbishop presided at the liturgy and led the procession to the Altar of Repose in the Crypt Church of the Shrine. As the choir sang the "Pange Lingua," +Vigano could be seen speaking to the master of ceremonies and then, a moment later, fell to the floor. A source tells NCR that the archbishop was given some juice at the Shrine and then taken back to the nunciature across town where he had some dinner and is feeling better.