The New York Times had a good primer on Pope Francis and his anticipated encyclical o
20125 began the way I should like every day to begin, with a great sermon from the Holy Father. And, I think his sermon has a lot to say to those of us who range ourselves on the Catholic Left and hope that we shall take up the challenge.
Yesterday, I looked at what I thought were the top seven stories about the Catholic Church in the United States during 2014. Today, let’s look ahead to 2015 and the stories I anticipate will be generating a lot of buzz and getting a lot of attention here at Distinctly Catholic.
Over at Catholic World Report, Michael Severance looks at Pope Francis' economic vision. His quotes are almost entirely from those on the pro-free-market side of the ledger. But, what really irks is the repeated attempt to privatize the pope's vision. Severance writes:
2014 was quite a year for those of us who write about the Catholic Church. Looking back at the most important stories of the year, many of them are tied in with Pope Francis but in this column, I will confine my retrospective to events in the United States. So, here are the top stories of the year, ranked in no particular order.
A couple of media appearances over the holidays by US bishops are worthy of note. Cardinal Donald Wuerl appeared on ABC's Good Morning America and gave an enthusiastic endorsement of Pope Francis' vision and accomplishments and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz did the same on CBS. Isn't it nice to see American prelates praising the pope without reservation or trying to trim his words.
Check out the chart in Kevin Drum's essay at Mother Jones on income inequality. Truly frightening. This is the kind of thing Catholic business schools - to say nothing of the Democratic Party - should be addressing, yes?
George Weigel has offered his take on the Synod on the Family, held last October, and what he believes should happen in preparation for the second synod this coming October, in an article at First Things.
When you tell someone you will be spending Christmas in Connecticut, images of Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan leap to mind. For me, of course, Connecticut is still home in a way that Washington never will be, a place where houses are still identified by the family who lived there years ago – “You know, the old Pearl place on Eleventh Section Road” – and where I am known simply, and in a sense most accurately, not as a Catholic journalist or author but as “Claire and Felix’s son.”