This time of year,
This time of year,
Today, I will take a final look at Evangelii Gaudium, that is, for immediate purposes. The text is something to be kept at hand and read over and over again in the days, months and years ahead. But, Chapter 4, “The Social Dimension of Evangelization,” warrants special attention today, especially here in the United States where there are such strong counter-currents in the culture.
Pope Francis writes:
Over at National Review, the Acton Institute's Samuel Gregg has penned his take on Evangelii Gaudium. It is an extended variation on the childhood theme, "Who me? That was not my hand in the cookie jar!" Then he essentially says the pope does not know what he is talking about when it comes to economics. Of course, as baptized Christians, the pope and Mr. Gregg worship a crucified Lord.
Every single line of the Pope's General Audience address today is remarkable. Vatican Insider has the synopsis. Here is the authority of the Gospel: Only the Gospel speaks to this deepest yearning of the human heart, the desire to be free from fear of death. Just remarkable and beautiful.
Politico has the story. It is not clear if the Supreme Court will hear the challenges to the HHS contraception mandate from non-profit religious institutions. But, it will be fascinating to see how they come down on the issue of for-profits.
The answer to the question - wassup with the Congregation for Bishops? - is above the pay grade of my sources. But, it is astonishing that Cardinal Marc Ouellet has not yet been confirmed in his post as prefect of that all-important congregation. Cardinal Filoni has been confirmed. Cardinal Turkson has been confirmed. Archbishop Muller has been confirmed. Cardinal Canizares has not been confirmed, but he is expected to head back to Spain as Archbishop of Madrid.
From the Writer's Almanac, a beautiful poem by David Allen Sullivan.
Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, consecrated the diocese to the Immaculate Mother of God last Sunday with a beautiful prayer the bishop wrote himself. (h/t to Rocco)
Over at RealClearPolitics, Peter Berkowitz on the dangers of the negotiated "settlement" with Iran.