In this morning's Washington Post, Michael Gerson on Pope Francis. Why is it that this non-Catholic, who happens to have a generous heart and a keen insight into human nature, can grasp what the pope is all about while so many Catholic bishops seem to be struggling?
This Friday, a conference on restorative justice, and the faulty application of the death penalty, will be held at Catholic University here in Washington. The lunch speaker, Kirk Bloodsworth, is the first American sentenced to death and subsequently exonerated on DNA evidence. For more details, and to register, click here.
Our wonderful Holy Father is at it again, confronting us Christians with a searching query about our attachment to money and how it can keep us from real conversion. In this morning's homily, he said: "When conversion touches pockets, it's a certainty. Christians in heart? Yes, everyone is. Christians by blood? All of us. However, Christians with pockets, very few." Here is the full report.
In 1966, historian Lynn White delivered a paper, subsequently published under the title “The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis,” which may still be the most important essay on the environment by a Christian. White argued that the command in Genesis to subdue the earth and exercise dominion over it, combined with Christianity’s otherworldly interest in individual soul salvation were the twin Western cultural fonts from which grew a legacy of environmental degradation.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley was featured on 60 Minutes last night. They also have some extras that did not make the final cut here.
The Holy Father spoke to an association of Italian doctors last week and his words could not have been more clear. Here is the lead paragraph from the Vatican Insider report:
At Vatican Radio, an interesting interview with Professor Gerry Fogarty, S.J., of the University of Virginia on anti-Catholicism in the U.S. at the time of World War I, including in the White House. Fogarty is one of the best Church historians in the land.
At the Daily Maverick, Russell Pollitt has a very fine analysis of Pope Francis' vision, and why he will likely continue to frustrate ideologues of both left and right by insisting on the very Ignatian need for discernment.
“Elections have consequences.” This truism is acknowledged by both winners and losers in the wake of an election, as they survey the changed political landscape. Unfortunately, for about half a dozen elections now, there is one group of people for whom no election seems to have consequences, the 11 million undocumented immigrants who currently live in the United States. Win or lose, their plight is never sufficient to coerce the nation’s politicians into effective action.
CUA Public Affairs has posted the video of Cardinal Walter Kasper's talk at the university last week. Click here.