Two news items this week pointed to the arduousness of Pope Francis' efforts to reform the central administrative organs of the Holy See. Pope Francis and other Vatican officials met with officials from the Dominican Republic to discuss the ongoing investigation of Joseph Wesolowski, the former archbishop and nuncio to the Dominican Republic who was defrocked earlier this year on charges of sex abuse of minors.
Over at Talking Points Memo, John Gehring plays whack-a-mole with the article in Sunday's Washington Post arguing that the agenda of the Holy Father and the political activities of the Koch Brothers are really the same.
...I would want to be a parishioner here.
(h/t to Rocco)
If you like the game of chess, you are going to enjoy the lameduck session of Congress. Every move by the key political actors opens up challenges and opportunities for opponents, sometimes with consequences that were not foreseen, a battle of wills and political smarts set upon a stage.
My colleague, Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ, has a fine article about the need to establish due process - indeed any process - into the method by which the Holy See decides evaluates bishops and decides if and when their resignation should be demanded. I have nothing to add to Fr. Reese's fine column but the article did put me in mind of one of my favorite songs from "The Mikado."
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia unveiled its "official hymn" for next year's World Meeting of Families this past weekend. Its title: "Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom." The title does not really capture the words, most of which focus on the Holy Family and the bonds of family.
Nothing quite disturbs an otherwise lovely Sunday morning like opening one’s morning paper and finding a headline that reads: “Following the pope – and the Kochs.” I am sure the headline was meant to be provocative, and it worked. I am provoked. The photo above the headline, of Pope Francis between the two Koch brothers, did not assuage the provocation.
Over at RNS, Mark Silk gives thanks for Pope Francis, specifically for "the presence of so blithe and benignant a spirit." Who would have thought that we could be tipping our heart to a pope with a reference to Noel Coward??!!?? Here is the trailer from 1945:
Yesterday, Archbishop Blase Cupich made a few comments at the end of Mass at St. Agatha of Bohemia Parish in Chicago, on the subject of immigration and his meeting with President Barack Obama last week. The Archbishop said:
Happy Advent. Last year, at this time, I ran a post on “The War on Advent,” making the case that we Catholics must resist the dominant culture’s desire to start Christmas the day after Thanksgiving and forget all about Advent. Everything I wrote then rings, regrettably, even more true this year than last with all the countless stories about “Black Friday Sales” being extended into Thanksgiving Day itself.