Over at America, Meghan Clark discusses solidarity in Catholic Social Teaching on a podcast. Good stuff.
"It sounds like you have a wild man over there...."
A beautiful reflection by Jason Welle, SJ, at Millennial. The issue of physician-assisted suicide is not going away and it should be a point on which progressives and Catholics can stand together against the libertarian sensibility that pushes for euthanasia as the best way to cope with an aging population. Human dignity and love is a better way to honor our elders.
If you live in a state with a competitive Senate or House race, you are probably already tired of clicking past the campaign ads that are now swamping the nation’s television screens. The hope that TiVo and other devices would minimize campaign advertising has not come to fruition. And, in the post-Citizens United world of campaign spending and contributions, there is not just more and more advertising but more and more of it is negative.
Archbishop Chaput's comments were worth a rebuttal. These by Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence are only worthy of note, not comment.
Over at Crux, Robert Christian on why progressives shouldn't be afraid of subsidiarity.
The National Catholic Register has published an interview by Edward Pentin with Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the USCCB and a synod father. I am glad they printed the questions, not just +Kurtz's answers. The questions are all edgy, trying to bait the archbishop into providing fodder for divisiveness. To his great credit, +Kurtz does not take the bait and provides nuanced responses. Good for him.
Archbishop Charles Chaput aligned himself with Cardinal Raymond Burke on Monday night as a severe critic of the Synod on the Family. According to this news reports from David Gibson at RNS, +Chaput was asked about the synod at a First Things symposium, and replied: “I was very disturbed by what happened” at the synod.
At Politico, more evidence that the post-Citiznes United landscape is ugly and deeply, darkly threatening to participatory democracy.
Just when you think the NRA can't go any lower, this happens.