Anyone with ears to hear knows that the "intrinsically disordered" language regarding homosexual relations has failed to achieve anything except make the Church look foolish and mean-spirited. The synod fathers apparently have discussed the need to find better language with which to convey the Church's teachings in this area. But Cardinal Burke still thinks he is being pastoral when he deploys this language.
On Monday mornings, the staff and faculty associated with Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) gather in a small chapel on the ground floor of Visitation Hall for Mass. This past Monday, Father Timothy Scully, CSC, who started ACE in 1993, was the celebrant when I joined the group for the Mass. The service is simple: guests, including myself, are welcomed, an introductory hymn (2 verses, very RC), a short homily, a song at communion. The passing of the peace takes awhile as these colleagues embrace each other at the beginning of their work week.
In this morning's Washington Post, Harold Meyerson on the deeper reasons you probably have not seen a wage increase lately.
At Patheos, Artur Rosman on the need for the Church to become/replace the increasingly extinct extended family.
A splendid way of framing the debates at the Synod on the Family from Mark Silk at Religion News Service: Ponder the Prophet Jonah.
By reputation, I had long been aware that the University of Notre Dame is a great Catholic university. This past weekend, for the very first time, I made the trek to South Bend and was able to assess that reputation first hand and, in the event, to confirm it. I have many impressions of my whirlwind three days on campus. Here are some of them.
On Yom Kippur, a synagogue in Spokane, Washington was defaced by a swastika. Bishop Blase Cupich issued a statement expressing his solidarity with the Jewish community and his sadness at this act of hate in the strongest terms. You can read his statement here.
Vatican Radio reports on the message the Holy Father sent to the Catholic Charities USA meeting. The comments speak for themselves. I would only note that he did not complain about the percentage of CCUSA funding that comes from government contracts.
What is the synod on the family going to achieve? How are they approaching these issues that have, in advance of the synod, led to such seemingly stark differences of opinion among leaders of the Church?
A window into this was provided by a video interview with Cardinal Donald Wuerl at Catholic News Service. Here is the video. Commentary continues after it.
At the first day of the Synod, an Australian couple told a story about friends of theirs who welcomed their gay son and his partner at Christmastime. They rightly noted that the couple in question summed up their attitude in a few words "He is our son." It is not only the appropriate Christian response, it is the only humane response.