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Pope Francis is Coming! Part 1


We are more than two years into the papacy of Pope Francis. The entire nation is focused on his upcoming visit to the United States, which will begin exactly one month from Saturday. In DC, I can assure you, the begging and the shoving and the cajoling to get tickets to one of the papal events is unlike anything I have ever seen. So, it is a good time to discern what are the most important themes in this pontificate, what are the areas of continuity and discontinuity from previous pontificates, and where is Pope Francis leading the Church at this moment in time.

Links for 08/17/15


In this morning's Washington Post, E.J. Dionne wonders how often Yeats' poem "The Second Coming" will be quoted in this election cycle: "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." Of course, this begs a different question: What affect will Pope Francis have on public discourse seeing as he meets most people's criteria of "the best" and he is full of conviction!

Links for 08/14/15


Over at, Allesandro Rovati, of Belmont Abbey College, looks at t he theology of Laudato Si' which, interestingly, has gotten less commentary than the politics. We need more such theological analyzes of this text such as Rovati provides, but this is a very good start. I would give equal attention to the invitation to look at everything through the lens of the Incarnation as through the lens of the Resurrection, but that is a small quibble and the one implies the other.

Cultural Engagement or Culture War?


The chirothecoe are coming off. Last week, Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago published an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune about the outrage sparked by the release of undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the dismemberment of unborn children in order to harvest their organs. Not everyone was happy with what the archbishop had to say, specifically this paragraph:


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