As the US bishops consider re-drafting their quadrennial text on voting, "Faithful Citizenship," they might want to consult the bishops of the United Kingdom whose election document is shorter and more pithy than the US one.
Yesterday, I began looking at the issue of the core curriculum at the University of Notre Dame and, specifically, the place of theology in that curriculum. I argued that, on its face, theology most certainly deserves such a place because a university aspires, as the name implies, to of the study universal knowledge and one can scarcely do that without studying the knowledge of God we call theology.
A big SHOUT OUT and welcome to Commonweal's newest blogger, Anthony Annett, who was a parishioner with me at St. Matthew's for years before decamping for New York City. Anthony is one of the best informed Catholics on economic issues, and deeply committed to the Church's social doctrine. Here is a link to his maiden post on papal economics.
Controversy has returned to the University of Notre Dame. Unlike the debate six years ago regarding the school's decision to invite President Barack Obama to its graduation ceremony, this controversy is actually important. At issue is an examination of the school's core curriculum and specifically whether it should retain its current requirement that all undergraduates take two theology and two philosophy courses.
From the "really good news" category, this story in Haaretz about 1,000 Muslims in Oslo who formed a human defensive perimeter around that city's synagogue for Sabbath services. Part of the secret of charting a new path is to be able to imagine one. Blessings on the Muslim and Jewish communities of Oslo.
Friday, I began my review of a new book by three Creghton University theology professors – Michael Lawler, Todd Salzman and Eileen Burke-Sullivan entitled The Church in the Modern World: Gaudium et Spes Then and Now.
Another great homily from Pope Francis about the need for Catholics to "never use God as a cover for injustice." The idea should work in both directions - if the Church is accepting a donation from those who perpetrate injustice, are we giving religious cover to the perps?
This year is the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of Gaudium et Spes, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. So, just in time, three professors at Creighton University – Michael Lawler, Todd Salzman and Ellen Burke-Sullivan – have produced a book that looks at this vital, and in some ways seminal, text from Vatican II. The Church in the Modern World: Gaudium te Spes Then and Now is an important book, and accessible for a general readership, but it is also an uneven book and one with an evident bias.
LifeSiteNews is shooting to replace the game "Where's Waldo?" with a new version: "Find the mistakes in a LifeSiteNews article?" Here is their attack on Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
President Obama has long since stopped being a politician worthy of admiration. To take only the example of his signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act, Obama and his administration did a terrible job selling the proposals to the general public, stopped even trying to sell them after the law passed, and then botched the rollout. His relations with congressional leaders and world leaders, people upon whom he must rely if he is to be successful, have never been good because he has never invested the time needed in those relationships.