My colleague David Gibson, writing at the WaPo "On Faith" blog, is more or less correct when he outlined three approaches to the issue of divorced and remarried Catholics: following the procedure of the Orthodox churches, acknowledging the importance of the "internal forum," and speeding up the annulment process. A couple of caveats, however.
The American Principles in Action which is a associated with the The American Principles Project, founded by Robert P. George, has issued a report that specifically challenges the Republican National Committee’s post-2012 assessment of why they lost the race. The APIA’s report states this right up front, in its executive summary:
The New York Times reports that Sen. Rand Paul, Tea Party and Libertarian darling, apparently committed plagiarism in some recent speeches. Other politicians have committed similar sins. Then-Sen. Joe Biden got caught lifting passages during his failed presidential bid in 1988. But, the really strange, and almost unforgivable thing about Paul's plagiarism is the source: Wikipedia. Which is worse.
Over at CatholicMoralTheology.com, Meghan Clark has a powerful essay on our culture's inability to confront the sexual assault of women and girls.
The news that the Holy See has asked for broad consultation in advance of the Synod on the Family next year is a very big deal. A colleague reminds me that the USCCB actually engaged in an extensive consultation in advance of the Synod on the Laity in 1987, but no one I know can recall the Holy See asking for this kind of consultation in advance of a Synod, nor does this request bear much resemblance to the requests for information that precede ad limina visits.
Many Americans first saw a Catholic Mass when John F. Kennedy's funeral Mass was held at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The cathedral will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of that sad day with two upcoming events. First, this coming Sunday, November 3, there will be a concert of remembrance at 7:30 p.m. featuring the Cathedral's Scola Cantorum performing the Durufle Requiem, one of the most haunting musical compositions of the 20th century. Then, in the exact anniversary of JFK's death, November 22, there will be a choral Mass of remembrance at which Fr. J.
In my post this morning, I referred to the hymn "The Church of Christ in Every Age" which has been much in my heart since we sang it at the 10 a.m. Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral last week. I searched Youtube for a video of a choir singing it, but, apparently our Protestant brethren sing the hymn to a different tune. It is a pretty tune, but I prefer the tune "Dunedin" which accompanies the hymn text in the new Worship hymnal that we use at St. Matthew's. Either way, it is a beautiful hymn. Here it is being sung at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The "bling bishop" of Limburg is not the only one with some explaining to do. An evangelical pastor in North Carolina, Rev. Steven Furtick is defending his new 16,000 square foot home as a "gift from God." I wonder if the Holy Spirit underwrote the mortgage?
GloriaTV ran a segment yesterday in which it labeled me a "dissenting Catholic journalist." You can see the segment here. Of course, in the next segment, the shows host refers to "German abortion bishops" and "notorious German bishops" so I am in good company. I was not previously familiar with GloriaTV but the low-end production values are obviously matched by their low-end theological sophistication.
The other day I provided a link to the remarkable speech by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Madariaga at the University of Dallas. These have been busy days – and late nights watching the Sox! – but I have no re-read the text a couple of times and wish to highlight some key passages.
Of course, I was thrilled by the cardinal’s denunciation of clericalism. And this passage caught my eye: