Leave it to the group Catholics for Choice to pronounce "Obama Administration Caves to Ultraconservative Religious Leaders." Catholics for Choice would be merely foolish if the effects of their activities were not so pernicious.
Over at Religion & Politics, I have an essay on Pope Francis's economic vision. Unlike an earlier piece I did here at NCR, which spoke to social justice activists like Sr. Simone Campbell and Eric LeCompte, this one focuses on the theological vision of Pope Francis. The quote from Mark Silk is worth the price of admission!
Writing at the Washington Post's "On Faith" blog, Fordham theologian Michael Peppard reflects on "Lumen Fidei."
Archbishop Jose Gomez has published a small volume with our friends at Our Sunday Visitor entitled, “Immigration and the Next America: Renewing the Soul of Our Nation.” The book is timely as the debate on immigration moves from the Senate to the House. Indeed, later today, Speaker John Boehner, will convoke a meeting of the House GOP caucus to discuss the issue. I hope Boehner and his fellow Catholic members will read this book by Archbishop Gomez as it could usefully inform their discussion.
At the online version of Speigel, this round-up of commentary on Pope Francis' trip to Lampedusa shows a German press corps that is in love with the new pope. What a shame that this morning's Washington Post had a couple of paragraphs on page A6, lumped with other news briefs, about the Lampedusa visit.
It looks like I am not the only one to have noticed how out of sync George Weigel is with Pope Francis. This especially wonderful essay by Mark and Louise Zwick in the always wonderful Houston Catholic Worker makes the case.
My colleague, Claire Schaeffer-Duffy, reports on the decision by more Methodist groups to divest themselves from companies that in some way support the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, or as the report says, "the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem." It has been a long time since Israel occupied Gaza and most of the West Bank.
Over at the National Catholic Register, Fr. C. J. McCloskey has a favorable review of a new book by Robert Spencer. McCloskey labels Spencer "perhaps the foremost Catholic expert on Islam in our country," but Spencer is more accurately described as one of America's foremost bigots.
Distinctly Catholic: The Catholic Health Association in a memorandum Tuesday said the HHS accommodation will allow ministries to provide insurance as it has always done.
Religion News Service is hosting a "Pope Francis Art Contest." I am not very good at drawing stick figures, so I will not be submitting an entry. But, if you have an artistic touch, be sure to enter. Details can be found by clicking here.