The Synod left many people with a bad taste in their mouths. I am not one of those. As noted yesterday, I think the synod brought some of the messiness of human life into the councils of the hierarchy in a way that was actively discouraged for the past thirty years or so, and Pope Francis seems intent on demanding that the Church remember that everything we do and teach is at the service of preaching the Gospel. The pope wants all of us, including the bishops, to listen not just to each other but to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
In this column, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta discusses a recent meeting with Catholics parents of LGBT children in his archdiocese. Nowhere does Abp Gregory retract an iota of Church teaching. But, nowhere does he show himself out to prove a point, or "stand up against" the culture, or turn these people's lives into a talking point. I do not have a vote at the USCCB meetings, but I would vote for +Wilton to be a delegate to next year's synod if I did. (h/t to Rocco.)
In this morning's Washington Post, E.J. Dionne notes that Michelle Nunn has closed the gap in her Senate bid against businessman David Perdue in Georgia by focusing on his championing outsourcing while still a practicing capitalist. Surprise, surprise that Democrats do better when they focus on issues people actually care about. I wish Dionne had compared Nunn's ascendency with the collapse of Sen.
Well, at least the whole world knew there was a Synod of Bishops happening! Getting past all the soundbites, what are the key things we learned the past two weeks and, more importantly, what are the key challenges going forward?
Over at the Common Good Forum, Jacques Bahati of the Africa Faith & Justice Network has an article posted about the problem of land grabs in Africa, an issue that gets far too little attention in US media but which should concern us greatly. Globalization at its ugliest.
As I mentioned before, my bedtime reading of late has been Churchill's "Marlborough: His Life and Times," and because I only read it at bedtime, and because the days have been long and consequently I fall to asleep quickly, I have been making my way very slowly. But, the other night I came across these two great quotes, in Volume III, in which Churchill is discussing the beginning of the political shifts and machinations in the fall and winter of 1709 that would lead eventually to the fall of the Whig government, and of Marlborough himself.
All the networks are leading with the Ebola crisis, but leave it to Fox News’ Sean Hannity to open his show last night not only with scary images of health care workers in those suits that look like space outfits but with the kind of music we associate with B-grade horror flicks. Fear is abroad in the land as well as Ebola.
Democrat Tom Wolf will almost assuredly be elected Governor of the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania next month. At the Washington Post, E.J. Dionne profiles a man who sure talks like a Catholic when it comes to recognizing that government is a good, a public good, not something to be shut down or dismissed as dirigiste.