LifeSiteNews is not happy. First they attacked CRS and CCHD for their work among the poor. Now, they are going after Pope Francis. The myopia of this crowd is stunning. Haven't they ever heard of multi-tasking? The Church can defend the poor and the unborn.
Today is the 25th anniversary of the episcopal ordination of Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez, the Archbishop of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Last autumn, I had hoped to attend the festivities marking the 500th arrival of the first bishop of the Catholic Church in the Western Hemisphere, +Alonso Manso, the first bishop of San Juan, Puerto Rico. But, Ambrose, the St. Bernard, got sick and I had to cancel. This morning, having secured the services of the best dog sitter on the planet, I am heading to San Juan for a different, and more personal, celebration: Thursday, October 3, will mark the 25th anniversary of the episcopal ordination of +Roberto Gonzalez, who is now the archbishop of San Juan. Ergo, no post this morning.
Germaine Grisez is not happy with Pope Francis. In this letter, he not only criticizes the pope for careless word choices, but goes directly after Pope Francis's character, writing:
The group "We Are the Church" has announced itself unsatisfied with the decision of Pope Francis to canonize Pope John Paul II. Shame on them. I have many reservations about the papacy of John Paul II. I think he made some horrible decisions and that the Church has suffered greatly because he was a poor judge of character. Think Fr. Maciel. Think Cardinal Sodano.
In an op-ed at the Guardian, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders makes the case for a single-payer health care system. I wish he had spent some time discussing his state's effort to enact just such a system, but his arguments all strike the right chord anyway. A single-payer system is not perfect. No system is perfect. But it is insane that the U.S.
Pope Francis delivered another bombshell interview, this time with Eugenio Scalfari of La Repubblica. It is, in its way, even more stunning than the longer interview with the Jesuit journals in part because the pope is here speaking with a man who does not share the faith of the Church yet that fact does not once produce a breakdown in communication and Francis displays in his dialogue exactly what he means by a culture of encounter.
Over at Mirror of Justice, Rick Garnett looks at Pope Francis and the interview and, unlike some of his friends on the right, welcomes the challenge the Holy Father is making. The money quote: "Obviously, the Pope is saying things that are challenging for those of us who believe that the "conservative" side of American politi
Me? I don't perceive much of a danger in the Church having good popes. But, Brantley Millegan, writing at First Things, only six months into the pontificate of Pope Francis, thinks it is time to trot out a series of arguments once reserved for Gallicans and the goofy left about the limits of the papacy. I am sure there is no coincidence between this oh, so thoughtful reflection on the history of the papacy and the advent of a pope who is upsetting the apple carts of the American right.
Robert Samuelson has a great op-ed in this morning's Wasington Post about the divergence between those who create wealth and those who engage in predatory behavior, redistributing upward the wealth created by others. This addresses what I have called the "financialization" of the economy. It is the most sever cancer eating at the heart of the market economy and one that our pro-market ideologues tend to ignore.