GloriaTV ran a segment yesterday in which it labeled me a "dissenting Catholic journalist." You can see the segment here. Of course, in the next segment, the shows host refers to "German abortion bishops" and "notorious German bishops" so I am in good company. I was not previously familiar with GloriaTV but the low-end production values are obviously matched by their low-end theological sophistication.
The other day I provided a link to the remarkable speech by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Madariaga at the University of Dallas. These have been busy days – and late nights watching the Sox! – but I have no re-read the text a couple of times and wish to highlight some key passages.
Of course, I was thrilled by the cardinal’s denunciation of clericalism. And this passage caught my eye:
In this morning's Bolletino from the Holy See, I spied this paragraph in the announcement of the Holy See' forthcoming delegation to the meeting of the World Council of Churches, which raises the question of how we Catholics can "cooperate" with those who deny there are seven sacraments, deny that the Eucharist is more than symbolic, who deny the apostolic succession, etc.
Over at Commonweal, Michael Peppard reports on a talk given in NYC by Rabbi Abraham Skorka, who knew Pope Francis before he was Pope Francis.
Theological College in Washington, D.C. will be unveiling four paintings by renowned artist Fr. Peter Wm Gray, S.S., this coming Sunday, November 3. In addition to the unveiling, Fr. David D. Thayer will be delivering a lecture and there will be a wine reception. All are welcome. The event will be held at the seminary from 2-5 p.m. Theological College is located at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and 4th Street, NE, right across from the National Shrine and CUA campus. RSVP to Izabella Downs at 202.756.4905 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there!
Yesterday, the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) released its 2013 American Values Survey report “In Search of Libertarians in America,” based on polling that aimed to situate libertarians within the broader political, social and, most importantly for this blog, religious landscape of American life. The report was released at an event at the Brookings Institution.
If you have not read Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Madariaga's talk at the University of Dallas this past weekend, Rocco has the full text here. I am dying to know what our friends at the Acton Institute think of the cardinal's comments about neo-liberal economics and globalization!
This analysis at Politico. attempts to paint Senator Marco Rubio's running away from his own immigration bill as an admission of "realism." It is not. There are plenty of votes in the House to pass the bill Rubio helped write and which passed the Senate overwhelmingly. Rubio's retreat is simply a profile in cowardice.
Over at the New Republic, Leon Wieseltier skewers the New York Times fawning coverage of speaking in tongues. Brilliant.
Distinctly Catholic: In naming Bishop Leonard Blair to become the next archbishop of Hartford, Conn., the Holy See has sent what can only be described as a counter-sign.