Here is the press release from the Diocese of Trenton, posted on their homepage, about the resignation of the priest and youth ministers who violated the policies adopted by the diocese to comply with the norms of the Dallas Charter for the Protection of Children. Unlike the statements from the Archdiocese of Newark, which have been frequently incorrect, this statement is clear and unequivocal. More bishops need to treat their obligations under the Dallas norms with the same forthrightness.
Welcome to Distinctly Catholic, a blog by Michael Sean Winters that examines politics, religion and the estuary where the two meet, all from a distinctively Catholic point of view. The blog is small "c" catholic as well as big "C" Catholic, examining a wide range of issues but always from the perspective of Catholic history and theology.
Judge Edward Korman chastised the Obama administration because of its decision to appeal his earlier ruling that Plan B, the controversial "morning after pill" be made available to girls of any age without a prescription. The administration instead adopted a rule that the drug be made available to girls fifteen and older without a prescription.
Of course, Cardinal Sean O’Malley is not going to attend Boston College’s graduation ceremony and share the stage with – and provide a photo-op to – the Taoiseach of Ireland, Enda Kenny.
At the Washington Post's "On Faith," blog, Charles Camosy looks at the abortion laws in Ireland and explains how Ireland is one of the safest place for pregnant women on the planet. The money quote: "Even after the malpractice which led to Savita’s horrible death, Ireland remains one of the safest places in the world for pregnant women. It is a great example of a developed country which refuses to choose between women and their prenatal children.
In this morning's Washington Post, Harold Meyerson looks at the future of organized labor. This is a large question for the Church. The labor movement has been one of the Church's strongest allies through the years.
In her most recent column, Ann Coulter sneers -- actually, it is worse than that -- at evangelicals who have come to support immigration reform, or, as she puts it, "amnesty for illegal aliens." I have been told I am not supposed to used the word "venom," but if this is not venomous, what is it?
Let’s look at two unrelated news stories.
The Washington Post has a report this morning on yesterday's congressional hearing into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi last September. There is no issue that dramatized the partisanship of Fox and MSNBC than the Benghazi attack. Fox claims there was a cover-up and Sean Hannity says it is like Watergate. At MSNBC, they mention Ben Gay more often than they do Benghazi.
Over at Religion & Politics, Amy Frykholm examines Hillary Clinton's efforts to reach out to religious groups in conducting foreign diplomacy during her tenure as Secretary of State.
The Holy Father’s address to the International Union of Superiors General was a small masterpiece. There were many aspects of his talk that warrant attention, but this morning I would like to focus on his paragraph about the ecclesial mission of consecrated life, specifically his call to “’sentire’ con la Chiesa,” to think and feel with the Church.
Here is the Zenit translation of the relevant paragraph: