Archbishop Jose Gomez has a beautiful reflection on the case of Brittany Maynard, the young woman who is planning to take her own life as she struggles with terminal cancer. I confess I do not see how the world cannot see how much more beautiful is the loving accompaniment of Jesus, and the faithful who claim Him as their Master, over a doctor with an overdose in hand.
All of us in the Church commentary biz are, understandably, transfixed by the Relatio that came out Monday and by some of the reactions to it. In a frenzied state, sometimes it is easiest to miss what is actually the most important, to overlook the obvious. In this case, the text’s statements about graduality or gradualness seem to be the key hermeneutic for the entire text, arguably for the entire papacy.
A powerful, scorching look at the Ebola crisis from Leon Wieseltier.
Next month, at their annual meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops will vote on some new committee chairs. The USCCB announced the nominated candidates this week. Two contests caught my eye. In the election for Conference Secretary, the nominees are Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans, and Archbishop Tim Broglio of the Archdiocese of the U.S. Military.
The reactions to the synod’s midway relatio continue to pour in. You would think someone denied the divinity of Christ. But, the emotions are strong because people are aware that something big is going on in Rome, they have seen it now for a little more than a year and one half, a new way of evangelizing, one based on accompaniment and encounter as the method, and they want to know if the bishops will stand with the pope or not.
My colleague and friend Tom Roberts has a great post up at The New Republic on the interim report from the Synod on the Family. Not for the first, or last, time, Tom nails it.
The reaction at LifeSiteNews to the release of a report from the synod, summing up the first week's discussions, is breathtaking. Dissent, a failed project of the fringe left, now moves squarely to the fringe right, where it will become a different kind of failed project. Me? I am sticking with Holy Mother Church and Papa Francesco.
Last week, a series of court decisions were handed down regarding new voting laws in several states. The Supreme Court tossed out new Voter ID requirements in Wisconsin, but upheld other restrictions on voting in North Carolina. A lower court threw out parts of Texas’ voting restriction laws, and that state’s Attorney General threatened to appeal. Earlier, new voting restrictions in Ohio were upheld.
Okay - so Pope Francis did not mention Cardinal Burke by name in the homily he delivered this morning at Mass. Still, it is hard not to see his words as an obvious rebuttal of the line Cardinal Burke has been touting the past few weeks. The money quote: "Holy law is not an end in itself."
Will Marshall, President of the Progressive Policy Institute, has a Politico Magazine article up in which he suggests how the Democratic Party can capture the center and redefine U.S. politics. But, nowhere in his piece does he really address the need for Democrats to discuss values and, when he focuses on the need for Democrats to embrace "pragmatism," he seems unaware that pragmatism is either a means or a value itself, albeit a thin one.