The encyclical Laudato Si, to be released tomorrow, is a big deal. Everybody knows it. I will not comment on the leaked draft of the encyclical, but will wait to see the final version. But, in advance of the official release, here are some guidelines to think about for all of us who take such things as encyclicals seriously.
As Congress considers adoption of the Pain-Capable Abortion bill, Democrats for Life urge inclusion of provisions to paid family leave in the bill. I cannot think of a better present to Pope Francis than to pass such a bill, with both elements, the week before he arrives in September.
Solidarity is a tired word. We almost immediately associate it with the brave Polish workers who formed an independent union, a key step in the dismantling of the Soviet empire. In some circles, as Pope Francis has said, solidarity is almost a bad word, but he went on to affirm “it is our word,” a word without which Catholics can scarcely explain themselves or the Church’s social teachings.
Austin Ruse of C-Fam feels bullied. Funny, I do not recall him complaining about bullying when it was coming from the other side, say, when vicious attacks were leveled at CCHD or CRS.
From the Journal of Moral Theology, great insights from leading theologians.
In case you haven’t heard, Pope Francis is releasing his encyclical on the environment this week. I suspect you have heard. Never has a text that no one has yet seen generated so much attention! I have not seen it either but prognostication is part of an analyst’s brief, so at the risk of proving myself a fool, here are my predictions about “Laudato Si.”
Everything that is deplorable about Bill Donohue is contained in this story and video. His use of the concept of intrinsic evil demonstrates as nothing else the old adage "a little learning is a dangerous thing." Let me also say, much of what is deplorable about Rawstory is here too: Polling is not how the Church determines Her teaching.
The first day of the USCCB meeting in St. Louis appeared somnambulant. The bishops might as well have been catching a nap, as no activity was required. They sat and listened to a series of reports, most of which had all the enthusiasm of a dentist explaining why that tooth must be pulled. The whole thing could have been done by email.
Archbishop Cupich offers full-throated support for new procedures to hold bishops accountable for handling clergy sex abuse.
Santorum has company - he is not the only member of GOP voicing reservations about Pope Francis.
The Holy Father’s approval of a new procedure and process for holding bishops accountable if they fail in their responsibilities to protect children, and to assign this task to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is an enormous step forward in the Church’s long effort to rid itself of the scourge of clergy sex abuse and to create a culture that sees the protection of children as one of its highest duties.
While some of our friends are nervous (or worse) about the forthcoming encyclical, scholars at the University of Notre Dame are getting excited.