Yesterday, I linked to an article about former Sen. Rick Santorum’s comments on Pope Francis’s forthcoming encyclical on the environment.
At US Catholic, Steve Schneck, who directs the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies where I am a visiting fellow, writes on Catholic culture.
At Millennial, the editors pull 15 quotes from Cardinal Wuerl's pastoral letter on Catholic identity.
Yesterday, I offered a short review of Fr. Lou Cameli’s new book, The Archeology of Faith. As I noted, the text is permeated by a discerning, inquisitive examination of how the Christian faith had been passed down in the Cameli family from generation to generation, going back all the way to the pre-Christian era.
In one section, in which he considers the influence of St. Francis, Cameli discusses the fede retta, or honest faith, true faith, for which Francis prayed. He writes:
More Vatican pushback against the attempts of certain groups to attack the Vatican's conference on climate change, this time a letter from Margaret Archer, President of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
At RNS, Mark Silk on yesterday's Supreme Court decision on religious liberty.
To say that Fr. Lou Cameli’s new book, The Archeology of Faith: A Personal Exploration of How We Come to Believe, is charming would not be wrong, but it would be inadequate. Charm suggests an affectation, something on the surface, and it sometimes masks uglier motives. The Archeology of Faith has its charming moments, but it brings the reader deep into one man’s story of faith, which he traces back more than 2,000 years.
At Commonweal, Fr. Robert Imbelli reflects on "Trinitarian Communion" which is, of course, what it is ALL about.
Senator Rand Paul showed again this weekend why he is such a frightening politician. He is the most quintessential ideologue in American politics since Huey Long.
Sen. Paul delayed Senate consideration of a program to continue the surveillance programs conducted by the National Security Agency. He does not have the votes to prevent the extension from passing but he was able to use Senate rules to delay passage of a bill.
At Mirror of Justice, Rick Garnett responds to my post on Scalia being the culprit in the religious freedom discussion. His points are all thoughtful and well-stated, but I still think Scalia misread the fabric of democracy (and the limits of the Court), which he does a lot, and often when it suits him. I wish he had kept such a restrictive understanding of judicial activism when he was voting on Citizens United!
Distinctly Catholic endorses George Pataki for President. Why not? Or should we wait to see what other really exciting candidates jump into the race. John Bolton anyone? Or, we could vote with our hearts and back former neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, a man whose qualification for the White House appears to be his truly remarkable ability to utter pious platitudes in a heartfelt way.
More evidence that Pope Francis makes some of our friends on the right unhinged, an essay at the libertarian leaning Federalist about the Holy Father and his encyclical.
And, sometimes, libertarians just get all crazy without any prompting from the pope. Here is a truly scary Rand Paul quote about health care and conspiracy theories.