Our friends at Jubilee USA have been working with a group of banks and investors to devise proposed reforms that would prevent a repeat of the Argentine foreign debt showdown with the vulture funds that epitomize everything that is evil in current capitalist practice. The other day, I mentioned that some of our friends on the right try and draw too stark of a contrast between moral principles and prudential judgment.
Father Zuhlsdorf speculates on the possibility of Cardinal Raymond Burke becoming the next Archbishop of Chicago, mimicking the transfer of Cardinal Canizares from the Congregation for Divine Worship to the Archdiocese of Valencia. Zuhlsdorf states, "And, truth be told, there is quite simply no churchman more pastoral than Raymond Leo Card.
Today, I conclude my treatment of Cardinal Walter Kasper’s book Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life.
Archbishop Bruno Musaro, the nuncio in Cuba, unleashed a forceful attack on the Cuban government and its oppressive regime. This comes at a time when the Vatican and the Cuban bishops are carefully negotiating with the regime for greater freedom, so the bluntness of Musaro's comments is striking.
Yesterday, I began a discussion of Cardinal Walter Kasper’s book Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life. Today, I continue the discussion beginning with Kasper’s treatment of mercy in the New Testament. My reason for undertaking this assignment is simple: Many have voiced their disquiet, or worse, at Kasper’s talk to the cardinals at the consistory in February, in which he addressed the family, and this prior book of his seems to me essential reading for anyone who tries to wrestle with that talk.
If you wonder why I enjoy spending time with the young theologians at the Catholic Conversation Project so much, check out this essay at CatholicMoralTheology.com by Professor David Clouthier of Mt. St. Mary's and one of the leading lights of the CCP. Smart, obviously relevant, and really - apart from those steeped in Catholic thought - who even asks such basic questions anymore?
At Catholicculture.org, Dr. Jeff Mirus has an unfortunate essay entitled "The Problem with Catholic Social Teaching." His thesis is summed up in this one sentence:
The key point, again, is to remember there is no doctrinal content, and hence no hierarchical competence, in purely prudential judgments about the social order.
Next week, I will run a series of curtain raisers for the Synod on the Family, to be held in Rome this autumn. The center of discussion in advance of the Synod has so far been dominated by Cardinal Walter Kasper’s talk to the cardinals at the February consistory.
Check out the video of last week's episode of "The World Over" with Raymond Arroyo. At minute 44:00, he begins an interview with Bill Donohue, head of the Catholic League. Among other subjects, Donohue discusses the situation of Bishop Robert Finn and accuses NCR, among others, of leading the charge against Bishop Finn because he is an orthodox bishop.