We can all be forgiven for not even knowing that there was such a thing as a “motion to vacate the chair,” seeing as the procedure has not been invoked in over 100 years. But, Cong. Mark Meadows of North Carolina proposed such a motion yesterday, in effect calling for the ouster of fellow Republican Cong. John Boehner from the Speakership of the House of Representatives.
At Pray, Tell Blog, an article by Barry Hudock, whose book on Murray I have been reviewing. I agree that we need a measure of humility when discussing doctrine - as the Holy Father says, we must leave room for the Holy Spirit. But, humility cannot be a cover for the kind of theological relativism that is only too obvious in large swaths of both the Catholic Left & Right.
Yesterday, I began my review of a new book by Barry Hudock entitled Struggle, Condemnation, Vindication: John Courtney Murray’s Journey toward Vatican II. We left the tale with Murray silenced, his opponents still in power, and Pius XII dying.
The consultant advising on security and logistics for the papal visit in Philadelphia sure sounds like an unpleasant person in this story at Philly.com. He seems to think that Camden is a parking lot. (h/t to Rocco)
Barry Hudock has a new book out Struggle, Condemnation, Vindication: John Courtney Murray’s Journey toward Vatican II. As Hudock points out in his introduction, it has been nearly forty years since the last book length treatment of the imbroglio into which Murray plunged in the years before the Council, new archival material is available, and the tale is a kind of “theological adventure story.”
In this morning's Washington Post, a story about how the economic difficulties - and the drought - in Puerto Rico are increasing the number of Boricuas moving to Florida where they can vote in a presidential race. The Puerto Rican vote along the I-4 corridor has been key in several recent elections and, now, it may be decisive.
CORRECTION: The article below originally stated that the event took place at the Chicago Theological Union. In fact, it took place at the Chicago Theological Seminary, which is not a Catholic institution. I regret the error and apologize for the mistaken identification. The Catholic Theological Union, which is based in Chicago and is commonly referred to as CTU, was not connected to this event.
Cardinal William Baum has gone to God. Eternal Rest grant unto him, O Lord. Here is a link to Cardinal Donald Wuerl's statement. With Cardinal Baum's death, Pope Emeritus Benedict is now the only person left who was made a cardinal by blessed Pope Paul VI, and the only cardinal-elector left who participated in the 1978 conclave that elected Pope John Paul II.
The name of the SuperPAC launched to promote the presidential candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton in advance of her official entry into the race was called “Ready for Hillary.” And, there is no doubt that a large number of Democrats truly were ready for Hillary, including longtime Clintonistas, those who think it is simply time to have a woman president, those disillusioned by President Obama, and those who, for whatever reason, see leadership qualities in Mrs. Clinton that they believe suit her for the job she now seeks.
At the National Catholic Register, Msgr. Stuart Swetland gives "one cheer" for the Iran nuclear deal. When you read the piece, it is more like two cheers, maybe even two-and-one-half. As Msgr. points out, the alternatives are all worse than the deal that was struck, even though the deal is, like all such negotiated deals, imperfect.