The Indiana bishops' statement is a model of moderation, albeit a bit vague in the circumstances. A friend called my attention to a particular item of Church teaching that is more clear on this subject, and might usefully be considered by those who thing we should keep digging in, #422 from the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
Today, the Church enters liturgically into its greatest mystery, the Sacred Triduum, in which we celebrate the events that, together, have brought about our salvation. Here, in these days, is the answer to all varieties of Pelagianism for these days are about God’s great deeds. In the accounts of the Passion, the humans do not come off very well and we are all kidding ourselves if we think we would have done any better if we had been there at the time.
At Crisis magazine, Patrick Reilly, head of the inappropriately named Cardinal Newman Society, on Notre Dame, same sex marriage and Indiana law. Unsurprisingly, Mr. Reilly is wrong on the facts AND wrong on the law. The only thing Reilly proves is the myopia on the right which, this week, got a great big wake up call to return to reality.
I think we were all surprised at the news this morning that Bishop Robert Finn, citing his conviction for failure to report sex abuse, had decided to resign as Bishop of Kansas City. But, even more surprising was his decision to accept a position as National Spokesman for the Survivors’ Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP). This takes the whole Nixon to China meme to an entirely new level. We here at NCR wish Bishop Finn well in his new post.
New numbers from Quinnipiac show that Hillary Clinton is in trouble, even in some blue states like Pennsylvania.
At RNS, Mark Silk on what it will take to "clarify" the new RFRA law in Indiana. Most of what is being published on this issue is silly nonsense, including the editorial from the NYTimes. Silk is the exception.
Two essays crossed my desk recently, both of which in different ways focus on the issue of income inequality and both of which, somewhat strangely, seem unaware of the religious and moral frameworks with which Americans have traditionally discussed the issue of social equality. At a time when the most visible religious leader in the world, Pope Francis, has made inequality such a central theme of his pontificate, this absence is bizarre.
At Commonweal, Paul Baumann on the John Connelly's recent Catholic-Jewish Engagement lecture at Fairfield University. Regular readers will recall my review of Connelly's important book From Enemy to Brother which can be found here and here.
Indiana’s newly minted Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) has provoked more controversy than its authors bargained for, and more controversy than the new law deserves. But, this is the point to which our political and legal culture has brought us and it is worthwhile trying to sort through the issues – yet again – because they are not going away unless everyone, on both sides of the debate, recognizes the legitimacy of the other side’s concerns and works towards a solution, not a victory.
At RNS, Mark Silk says that the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act is not as big a deal as either its advocates or its opponents make it out to be.
Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke again let us into his the world on the other side of his rabbit hole: In a new interview with LifeSiteNews, +Burke showed himself to be almost a caricature of himself, more intransigent, more legalistic, more unhinged – the Italian word “scatenato” captures it best – than ever before.