This article by Jamie Stiehm at USNews is a stunning piece of bigotry. She admits that she does not know what motivated Justice Sonia Sotomayor to issue a preliminary injunction on behalf of the Little Sisters of the Poor, and then spends the rest of the piece warning against the dark intrigues of Romish religion. It is stunning that the editors would publish such a thing. Ms. Stiehm should start an anti-popery riot. She should burn Pope Francis in effigy.
This op-ed in Florida's Sun-Sentinel is Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski's first since taking over as Chair of the USCCB Domestic Policy Committee. The committee is clearly in good hands.
Much has been written about Ambassador Thomas Melady and his many accomplishments. More will be written in the days ahead: His accomplishments were many and varied. So, it is not necessary here for me to discuss his academic, political or diplomatic achievements. Instead, I would like to highlight his gift as a storyteller, a gift that is not as valued as it once was but should be.
I was glad to see that Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput was dedicating his weekly column to the issue of immigration. I was less glad to read this sentence:
While the immigration debate in this country has burned on for years, Congress has consistently failed to pass adequate reform legislation. No single party bears the blame for the paralysis.
Mark Silk at RNS notes that the Holy Father's recent comments about religious life and, specifically, the relationship of religious orders to the episcopate may portend important, and different, approaches to issued like the on-going LCWR oversight.
Over at HuffPost, C. J. Reid has a column about the end of the papal monarchy, a useful summation of historical developments that have accelerated in the past year.
This weekend, my friends at the Becket Fund asked if they could reply in these pages to my recent articles regarding their claim that the forms used to certify a religious organization’s objection to providing contraceptive services under the
My favorite scene from the movie "Heaven Help Us," brought to mind by the Holy Father's comment about "little monsters":
Yesterday, the weather was iffy so I did not make the trek down to St. Matthew's Cathedral for Mass, which is where I usually worship. Instead, I visited a church I had never been to before, Sr. Mark the Evangelist in Hyattsville, Maryland. It is a very modern church, and while on the outside it looks a bit like a barn, the inside is very conducive to worship. People were very welcoming. The congregation was very racially diverse and very young, average age about low-30s. Lots of kids.