Next Sunday, Pope Francis will canonize two of his predecessors, Bl. Pope John XXIII and Bl. Pope John Paul II. Like my colleague Fr. Tom Reese, S.J., I am not much of a fan of papal canonizations, although I am at least ambivalent. In the “contra” column, the qualities that make for saintliness are not always the ones needed in a pope. In the “affirmative” column, I do not doubt that both men were saintly in many ways and I like the idea of the Church proclaiming that men whose faults were well known are nonetheless capable of sainthood. There is hope for us all.
Mozart's exuberant setting (K276) of the great Marian hymn of Eastertide:
Peter Berkowitz has an admirable essay at RealClearPolitics on the need to allow people who oppose same-sex marriage to avoid demonization. Per usual, Berkowitz, like the supporters of same-sex marriage who have issued a public call not to squelch debate on the issue, understands that our democracy never benefits from the suppression of debate and dissent. One can be wrong without being a bigot, and the Constitution must protect a person's right to be wrong.
Are we not all more than tired with the fear-mongering about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that continues to be spouted on behalf of Catholic officialdom? Yet, here comes the National Catholic Register, now owned by EWTN, publishing an article that is half fear-mongering about the potential for taxpayer funded abortions and half hatchet job on Sr. Carol Keehan. The Register should be ashamed of itself. (Silver lining?
A great, stirring Anglican hymn for Easter:
Politico has the story about tomorrow's oral arguments before the Supreme Court on a fascinating case involving an Ohio law that forbids campaign ads from stating things the ads' sponsors know to be false. At issue is an ad campaign directed against then-Congressman Steve Driehaus by the Susan B. Anthony List that claimed Dreihaus supported taxpayer funded abortions because he voted for the Affordable Care Act.
If ever there was a topic that needed some attention, the "Moral Dilemmas of Partisanship" is it, right now, right here in Washington. And, leave it to John Carr, who worked at the USCCB and now leads the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought in Public Life at Georgetown University to rise to the occasion and put together a great panel of experts to address the issue.
Jose Gonzalez, at RealClearPolitics, on the conundrums facing pro-life Democrats.
The difference between news and propaganda has been shrinking more and more. It is a development that should worry every one because I can scarcely think of a single development more injurious to a healthy society than when the press loses or sacrifices its independence to a political agenda.