Over at Politico, David Nather on the fight for the soul of the GOP.
Wow. When Democrats lose almost every toss-up race in the Senate, ten or more seats in the House, and the governorships in true blue states like Massachusetts and Maryland, you know you have just witnessed not a wave but a tsunami. The election results yesterday were a thorough repudiation of the state of the country, and especially of President Obama’s leadership or lack thereof. The voters spoke and they are very, very upset.
Today, the Feast of St. Charles Borromeo, is also the anniversary of the coronation of St. Pope John XXIII. "Good Pope John" loved the baroque liturgies of the Church of his time, but he did not let them bury his humanity. Like the current pope, John XXIII was a master at evangelization because he was not afraid to let people see his heart of gold.
Cardinal Raymond Burke, whose term as Prefect of the Signatura is about to end and, apparently will not be renewed, is once again complaining about the recent Synod on the Family. He is worried about "confusion" coming from the synod, especially the mid-synod report.
Yesterday, I looked at the internal, managerial, staff-related issues that face the USCCB in advance of their plenary next week. Today, I would like to look at the attitudinal, dare one say ideological, challenges facing the conference. And, to be clear, while I think the bishops must take the lead in resolving the managerial issues, the bishops need to take some long looks in the mirror if they wish to address the attitudinal issues I will discuss today.
In this morning's Washington Post, Fred Hiatt takes an important look at the way affluent families have college tuition subsidized while opportunities remain small for children of poor families. Here is the kind of issue you would think some sound bipartisan consensus could emerge.
Cardinal Raymond Burke's latest assertion that, under Pope Francis, the Church is like a ship without a rudder, is appalling. In every pontificate, the rudder of the ship is the Gospel. But, in Cardinal Burke's twisted view of the world, his interpretation of canon law is the rudder.
Next week, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will gather for their annual fall plenary in Baltimore. This will be their second full meeting since the election of Pope Francis and their first full meeting since the Holy Father gave us a particular glimpse of his vision for the Church in Evangelii Gaudium, as well as the first meeting since the recently concluded Synod on the Family.
File this one under "the times they are a changing." Gustavo Guttierez will receive an honorary degree next week from St. Paul's University in Ottawa, a pontifical university. Archbishop Prendergast will be present as chancellor and smart money guesses he checked with the authorities in Rome before deciding to award this degree. Expect conservative meltdowns to be forthcoming.
The Catholic News Agency needs a brush up course on journalism. This post takes issue with Mark Silk's posts at Religion News Service. CNA quotes Archbishop Charles Chaput's spokesman, Kenneth Gavin, saying of Silk and other bloggers "Some blogs are like videogames; they invent their own reality." The underlying issue that Silk raised is pretty straightforward.