In many ways, today’s Republican Party faces greater ideological divisions within its ranks than do the Democrats. On immigration reform, on prison reform, on whether and how to focus on middle class incomes, on expanding Medicare, the GOP is divided. Even on the most basic questions of the role of government and of elected officials, the “blow it up” mantra of the Tea Party wing conflicts with the desire of both Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to actually govern. On most issues, for good or ill, the Democrats are basically united.
At Millennial, Alessandro Rovati has a beautiful reflection on Pope Francis' Bull Misericordiae Vultus.
Speaking of millennials, Robert Christian, who edits that journal, has an article at Notre Dame's "Church Life" calling for a new progressive era in our new gilded age. Well worth a read.
Yesterday, I wrote about the news that Bishop Robert Finn had resigned as the Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph. I mentioned that the accountability of bishops is especially important when it comes to the issue of clergy sex abuse, but that issue does not exhaust the issue: Bishops can fail in many ways, as can we all, but they are in positions of leadership, with enormous power over the people they are supposed to serve. How can and should the Church deal with bishops who are simply not working out?
From RNS, a look at how the abortion issue is playing out in the early stages of campaign 2016 - and it ain't pretty - and how the debate could become more consequential.
Distinctly Catholic: This is no time for popping champagne. Everything about the situation is the stuff of tragedy. But it is tragedy of a specific kind.
With the official news that Fr. Serra will be canonized in September when the Holy Father comes to the U.S., permit me to call your attention to an event this coming Wednesday that is being sponsored by the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies called "Founding Padres." The event will feature experts on the three priests whose statues are placed in the U.S. Capitol building: Fr. Serra, Fr. Kino, and Fr. Marquette.
Cardinal Francis George died on Friday after a long battle with cancer. His seventeen-year tenure as the Archbishop of Chicago was consequential, to say the least. From internal Church concerns like liturgical reform to the place of the Church in the wider culture, his keen intellect and devotion to the Church made their mark.
When faith triumphs over normal human emotions, like the desire for vengeance, it is a beautiful thing to see. This article in the Boston Globe by two parents who lost their son in the Boston Marathon bombing, and who sustained significant injuries themselves, argue against sentencing the convicted murdered Dzokhar Tsarnaev to death.
“Pride of being first leads you to want to kill others; humility, even humiliation, leads you to become like Jesus. And this is one thing that we don’t think. In this moment in which so many of our brothers and sisters are being martyred for the sake of Jesus’ Name, they are in this state, they have, in this moment, the joy of having suffered dishonour, and even death, for the Name of Jesus. To fly from the pride of being first, there is only the path of opening the heart to humility, to humility that never arrives without humiliation.