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MSW Responds to Douthat


Ross Douthat’s article in Atlantic sounded an alarm bell he has struck before, the idea that Pope Francis could provoke a schism if his revolutionary impulses turn out to be more than rhetorical devices or symbolic gestures. But, Douthat both underestimates the revolutionary quality of what is transpiring at the Vatican and overestimates the degree to which it might provoke a new schism of any size.

Take for example this paragraph. Douthat writes:

Dems Need to Oppose TPP & Fast-Track Trade Authority


In many ways, today’s Republican Party faces greater ideological divisions within its ranks than do the Democrats. On immigration reform, on prison reform, on whether and how to focus on middle class incomes, on expanding Medicare, the GOP is divided. Even on the most basic questions of the role of government and of elected officials, the “blow it up” mantra of the Tea Party wing conflicts with the desire of both Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to actually govern. On most issues, for good or ill, the Democrats are basically united.  

Episcopal Accountability & the "Reverse Caiaphas" Policy


Yesterday, I wrote about the news that Bishop Robert Finn had resigned as the Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph. I mentioned that the accountability of bishops is especially important when it comes to the issue of clergy sex abuse, but that issue does not exhaust the issue: Bishops can fail in many ways, as can we all, but they are in positions of leadership, with enormous power over the people they are supposed to serve. How can and should the Church deal with bishops who are simply not working out?

Links for 04/20/15


With the official news that Fr. Serra will be canonized in September when the Holy Father comes to the U.S., permit me to call your attention to an event this coming Wednesday that is being sponsored by the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies called "Founding Padres." The event will feature experts on the three priests whose statues are placed in the U.S. Capitol building: Fr. Serra, Fr. Kino, and Fr. Marquette.


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