Nebraska's unicameral legislature voted yesterday to abolish the death penalty. Here is a link to the statement by the Nebraska bishops on the issue. Who would havce thought that bishops of Nebraska would be more outspoken on this issue than, say, President Barack Obama!
Yesterday, I wrote about Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s welcoming remarks at a Vatican conference on the environment and sustainability. Later in the day, my colleague Brian Roewe reported on remarks at that same conference made by Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
I am not much of a fan of using the Holy Father in a political advertisement, but if you are going to do it.....
You heard it here first: The "ick factor" and HRC.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin gave brief welcoming remarks to a Vatican conference this morning on “The New Climate Economy: How Economic Growth and Sustainability Can Go Hand in Hand.” The event, like last month’s conference on climate change, represents a new sophistication in Vatican communications strategy: They have discovered the roll out. So, although Parolin’s remarks were brief, I suspect they indicate some of the major themes we shall see in the encyclical itself.
At Politico, the hard facts of demography do not portend well for the GOP.
At Catholic San Francisco, Fr. Robert Carbonneau on the links between China and SF's Tenderloin. Fr. Carbonneau has a series - you can follow the links - on the Chinese influences on the Church in San Francisco. Interesting stuff.
The latest dramas surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential bid – the money paid to the Clinton Foundation and directly to her for speaking gigs, and her unwillingness to take any questions from the press corps – appear at first blush as run-of-the-mill Clinton scandals: They are bad enough to make you say “ick” but not bad enough to get anyone indicted. But they show something else. Clinton and her campaign team (and much of the press corps) is not just out of touch with regular Americans, they appear to live in an alternate universe.
At CatholicPhilly.com, Archbishop Charles Chaput talks about the pope's visit, the state of the archdiocese, and caring for the poor. I encourage readers to click on the link to the full text of the interview because +Chaput's comments on caring for the poor are important and on target: We can't delegate this, not even to Catholic Charities, but must be with the poor.
Ross Douthat’s column in the New York Times yesterday provoked some strong reactions.
If you doubt that libertarians inhabit an alternate moral universe from the one we Christians live in, check out this article by Steve Horwitz on how capitalism has "humanized" the family. His take on the pre-modern family, which indeed has basic, material needs it had to meet, is stunning. No sense that common work and effort brings human dignity.
On Monday night, at the Catholic and Evangelical Summit on Poverty, Robert Putnam discussed his new book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, at one of the summit’s public sessions. Everything about his presentation was important, but it was his ending that stuck with me.