Distinctly Catholic: On one of the most important issues of the day, our Holy Father has blessed the Church with a document that is accessible to virtually anyone.
At RealClearPolitics, Peter Berkowitz exposes the falsehoods of the BDS effort to demonize Israel through divestment, and why all liberal democracies should be wary of this hoary strategy.
Funny, my invitation to attend Acton University must have been lost in the mail.
The encyclical Laudato Si, to be released tomorrow, is a big deal. Everybody knows it. I will not comment on the leaked draft of the encyclical, but will wait to see the final version. But, in advance of the official release, here are some guidelines to think about for all of us who take such things as encyclicals seriously.
As Congress considers adoption of the Pain-Capable Abortion bill, Democrats for Life urge inclusion of provisions to paid family leave in the bill. I cannot think of a better present to Pope Francis than to pass such a bill, with both elements, the week before he arrives in September.
Solidarity is a tired word. We almost immediately associate it with the brave Polish workers who formed an independent union, a key step in the dismantling of the Soviet empire. In some circles, as Pope Francis has said, solidarity is almost a bad word, but he went on to affirm “it is our word,” a word without which Catholics can scarcely explain themselves or the Church’s social teachings.
Austin Ruse of C-Fam feels bullied. Funny, I do not recall him complaining about bullying when it was coming from the other side, say, when vicious attacks were leveled at CCHD or CRS.
From the Journal of Moral Theology, great insights from leading theologians.
In case you haven’t heard, Pope Francis is releasing his encyclical on the environment this week. I suspect you have heard. Never has a text that no one has yet seen generated so much attention! I have not seen it either but prognostication is part of an analyst’s brief, so at the risk of proving myself a fool, here are my predictions about “Laudato Si.”
Everything that is deplorable about Bill Donohue is contained in this story and video. His use of the concept of intrinsic evil demonstrates as nothing else the old adage "a little learning is a dangerous thing." Let me also say, much of what is deplorable about Rawstory is here too: Polling is not how the Church determines Her teaching.
The first day of the USCCB meeting in St. Louis appeared somnambulant. The bishops might as well have been catching a nap, as no activity was required. They sat and listened to a series of reports, most of which had all the enthusiasm of a dentist explaining why that tooth must be pulled. The whole thing could have been done by email.