Over at Commonweal, Michael Peppard reports on a talk given in NYC by Rabbi Abraham Skorka, who knew Pope Francis before he was Pope Francis.
Theological College in Washington, D.C. will be unveiling four paintings by renowned artist Fr. Peter Wm Gray, S.S., this coming Sunday, November 3. In addition to the unveiling, Fr. David D. Thayer will be delivering a lecture and there will be a wine reception. All are welcome. The event will be held at the seminary from 2-5 p.m. Theological College is located at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and 4th Street, NE, right across from the National Shrine and CUA campus. RSVP to Izabella Downs at 202.756.4905 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you there!
Yesterday, the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) released its 2013 American Values Survey report “In Search of Libertarians in America,” based on polling that aimed to situate libertarians within the broader political, social and, most importantly for this blog, religious landscape of American life. The report was released at an event at the Brookings Institution.
If you have not read Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Madariaga's talk at the University of Dallas this past weekend, Rocco has the full text here. I am dying to know what our friends at the Acton Institute think of the cardinal's comments about neo-liberal economics and globalization!
This analysis at Politico. attempts to paint Senator Marco Rubio's running away from his own immigration bill as an admission of "realism." It is not. There are plenty of votes in the House to pass the bill Rubio helped write and which passed the Senate overwhelmingly. Rubio's retreat is simply a profile in cowardice.
Over at the New Republic, Leon Wieseltier skewers the New York Times fawning coverage of speaking in tongues. Brilliant.
Distinctly Catholic: In naming Bishop Leonard Blair to become the next archbishop of Hartford, Conn., the Holy See has sent what can only be described as a counter-sign.
Sources say that as soon as tomorrow, the Holy See will name a new Archbishop of Hartford. The incumbent, Archbishop Henry Mansell, turned 75 one year ago and, under canon law, submitted his resignation. +Mansell has gotten high marks from all my Church friends in Connecticut and, coming after the less happy tenure of Archbishop Daniel Cronin, there were plenty of feathers that needed to be unruffled. Hartford lacks the prominence of, say, Chicago, but it is important nonetheless.
Kudos to William Bole for his discussion of comments by Red Sox Game 4 hero Jonny Gomes. I went to bed as soon as the game was over and did not hear these comments. They are well said, and Bole is right to call them to our attention for the counter-cultural reality check they provide.
This article at The New Republic by Jonathan Cohn explains the real issue facing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, namely, what will happen to the rates and premiums and deductibles people pay. Long after the website is fixed, this is what will matter to people and it is vital that the administration find someone - Kathleen Sebelius is not that person - who can explain how it all works with the ease that Cohn displays.