The bishops are at the Basilica of the Assumption for Mass this morning. The public sessions will begin at 10 a.m. with Cardinal Timothy Dolan's presidential address and a speech by the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Vigano. I will be here in Baltimore for the next three days, live-blogging the USCCB plenary. My colleagues Joshua McElwee and Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ, are also here. So stay tuned to NCR's website for the most complete, incisive coverage of this year's USCCB meeting.
When NCR gets it right, we tend to get it really right. And, when we get it wrong, we tend to get it really wrong. This thought came to me when I surveyed the recent print edition which could be described as NCR’s “Screw the Military” issue. On this Veteran’s Day, I wish to dissent from NCR’s stance.
Every few months, another right-wing groups attacks the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) or Catholic Relief Services (CRS), usually leveling a charge of guilt by association because one of these anti-poverty organizations finds itself, in the field, aligned with other groups that do not share the Church's teachings in one regard or another. It would all be foolish if it were not so insidious.
In the rush to embrace Chris Christie as the frontrunner for the GOP nomination in 2016, Jonathon Capehart at the Washington Post, raises an important question: How did the presidency of Rudy Giuliani turn out?
Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel at the Becket Fund, has a fine essay commenting on the Supreme Court case Town of Greece v. Galloway, in which the town's right to open its meetings with a prayer is being challenged. I am not an originalist, so I care a lot less what Sam Adams thought of prayers at legislative meetings, but I think Blomberg hits the nail on the head when he notes: "Today’s oral argument before the U.S.
A little over a month ago, I had never heard of Fr. Dwight Longenecker. But, when he viciously attacked a young woman's article, an article I had also criticized but tried to criticize with some measure of charity, I made Longenecker's unhappy, albeit electronic, acquaintance. I had, and have, no desire to get involved in an on-going vet of his particular brand of vitriol.
Rick Garnett, writing at CNN, looks at yesterday's oral arguments in the case Town of Greece v. Galloway, which focuses on prayers in public meetings. The money quote:
In his current column at The Tidings, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles looks to the Holy Father's pastoral visit - and pastoral words - at Lampedusa and asks if we in the U.S. are not becoming indifferent to the sufferings of our own immigrants here in the U.S.