Kudos to Our Sunday Visitor for calling out the prebuttals against the pope's encyclical on the environment and pointing out that Pope Francis is building, very clearly, on the teachings of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Of course, some of our conservative friends did not like to pay attention to everything Benedict had to say: Gold and red pens anyone?
Distinctly Catholic: The Vatican published the statutes for the Commission for the Protection of Minors, giving that body canonical and juridical status within the Roman Curia.
Mark Silk at RNS has a brilliant takedown of George Weigel's prebuttal to the encyclical on the environment.
The president will be part of a meeting of 120 civic, religious and political leaders hosted by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought in Public Life.
Where did Florida go? And New Orleans? And Calcutta? This video shows which parts of the earth would vanish beneath the seas if the ice at the poles continues to melt.
The internet is both opportunity and challenge, to society, the political order, the Church and especially Catholic journalism. This week, NCR is holding its annual webathon, so it seems a good time to analyze some of the possibilities and challenges posed by the internet. If you are reading this, hopefully you have already made a donation. If you have not yet made a donation, I encourage you to do so, and to make a donation at the appropriate level. Here is the link.
In last Sunday's Outlook section, Rachel Held Evans argues that millennials are not looking for flashy, high-tech worship services: They want substance, especially ancient substance. A thoughtful piece and an encouraging one, although I quibble with the premise. Why would anyone ask someone under 30 what they want?
Yesterday, the Republican presidential primary contest became a whole lot less serious and a whole lot more fun. Two candidates railing against “the political class” announced their candidacies with variations of the “I am not a politician” meme which was, with its utterance, no longer the case. Dr. Ben Carson and Ms. Carly Fiorina are now officially in the field.
A group of priests have started a petition to the Synod Fathers, asking them to uphold the traditional teaching of the Church on marriage and human sexuality. This effort mimics a similar petition drive in the UK. The difference? The U.S. version has been signed by four bishops, +Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, +Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, +Kagan of Bismark, North Dakota, and +Finn, formerly of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri. More on this tomorrow.
Last week, I participated in a conference at the University of Notre Dame entitled “Polarization in the U.S. Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal.” The conference featured an array of presenters and participants and followed the “see, judge, act” model of analysis, describing the wounds, judging their sources, and looking towards a remedy or remedies.