Last year, when conservative synod fathers opposing any change in Church practice were not busy denouncing the manipulation of the synod via the media, they were busy manipulating the synod via the media. It was almost comic. By a rough estimate, three-quarters of the leaks coming from the synod discussions all came from the right. This year, they have upped the ante.
In this morning's Washington Post, Rachel Weiner on Speaker John Boehner's dedication to Catholic schools in the District. DC's non-voting representative to Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton, makes one of the dumber comments, saying, "I can understand his devotion to Catholic schools, but the point here ought to be what is in the best interest of the District's children." Ms. Norton - get a clue.
The Holy Father opened the Synod on the Family yesterday. My colleague Joshua McElwee has a report on Pope Francis’ sermon at the Mass which was, unsurprisingly, very powerful, calling the synod fathers and the entire Church to cling to what we have been taught, both what Christ revealed about God’s mercy and what He revealed about God’s will for marriage and the family.
The Holy See's statement this morning about the pope's meeting with Kim Davis raises two questions. First, how do you say "blindsided" in Italian? Second, what is the idiomatic expression in Italian for "to throw someone under the bus"?
Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix issued a pastoral letter to the men of his diocese, with the opening subheading "A Call to Battle." So, the culture wars are on, at least in Phoenix. Who talks like this? This time last year, there was a rumor that +Olmsted was going to be the next archbishop of Chicago, but that rumor picked the wrong former rector of the Josephinum.
Distinctly Catholic: Yesterday when news broke about the meeting between Pope Francis and Kim Davis, I received more emails and phone calls than during any day of this papacy.
At RNS, Mark Silk looks at the papal trip. Everything he wrote is still true, despite the ridiculous interpretations of what the meeting with Kim Davis did or did not mean. Before anyone over-interprets that meeting, let's all stop and try to find out how it came to pass.
Distinctly Catholic: Let's look at what the Francis effect could mean for our broader political and cultural life, here in the U.S. and globally.
Here is a link to the remarks Cardinal Peter Turkson made at Boston College's seminar on Laudato Si'. The money quote:
Yesterday, I looked back at what, for me, were some of the key quotes from Pope Francis’ visit and why I thought they were significant. Today, I look forward: What does the visit mean for the Church in the U.S., for the wider culture and, lastly, for the global discussion about the environment, development and war.