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The Sensus Fidei

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The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued an important document last week that did not generate as much attention as it should have. The text deals with the sensus fidei and it represents the work of the International Theological Commission over several years. I would add that it is a very finely done document, accessible to anyone with even a rudimentary familiarity with theology.

Immigration Reform Dying or Dead?

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Over at Politico, the verdict is that immigration reform is dead. The step-by-step account is disheartening at several levels, but mostly because Republican congressional leaders could not find the courage to put the safety and welfare of 11 million people ahead of the internal politics of their caucus. I can understand a politician who does not wish to put his or her re-election at stake, but this was not even about that. It was about the politics on the Hill, not in the hinterlands.

Bruta Figura: Tea Party Version

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In his concession speech, in which he failed to concede, Chris McDaniel showed some serious "bruta figura." But, just as remarkable is the fact that he displayed the quality that Tea Party types usually associate with the GOP establishment, and indict them for it, namely, a sense of entitlement. McDaniel seems angry at the fact that people exercised their right to vote and they voted for his opponent.

The Instrumentum laboris: First impressions

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The Holy See released the Instrumentum laboris for the upcoming Synod on the Family today. The document is long and will require more in depth analysis to be sure. But, a quick reading of the text this morning suggests that the document is uneven. Parts are provocative, parts are stale, and much of it could have benefited from greater input from the people being discussed.

For example, in paragraph #31 we read this:

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