Archbishop Vigano: Call your office! Friday, my colleague Soli Salgado and I published a news item about a petition signed by more than 850 priests urging the Synod on the Family to “stand firm on the Church’s traditional understanding of marriage, human sexuality and pastoral practices.” The petition, organized by a group called “Credo Priests” mimics one a few weeks ago engineered by conservative clerics in the United Kingdom.
First, a big thank you to everyone who contributed to NCR's webathon. I especially hope the regular commentators made healthy contributions.
George Will is not happy about some of the things former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has said over the years about the role of religion in public life, still less Huckabee's understanding of the separation of powers.
Tomorrow, President Obama will be coming to Georgetown University for a Summit on Poverty. I wrote about this event last week here. This past Saturday, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush gave the commencement address at Liberty University in which he excoriated the President’s record on issues of religious liberty.
I have questions for both men.
Kudos to Our Sunday Visitor for calling out the prebuttals against the pope's encyclical on the environment and pointing out that Pope Francis is building, very clearly, on the teachings of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Of course, some of our conservative friends did not like to pay attention to everything Benedict had to say: Gold and red pens anyone?
Distinctly Catholic: The Vatican published the statutes for the Commission for the Protection of Minors, giving that body canonical and juridical status within the Roman Curia.
Mark Silk at RNS has a brilliant takedown of George Weigel's prebuttal to the encyclical on the environment.
The president will be part of a meeting of 120 civic, religious and political leaders hosted by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought in Public Life.
Where did Florida go? And New Orleans? And Calcutta? This video shows which parts of the earth would vanish beneath the seas if the ice at the poles continues to melt.
The internet is both opportunity and challenge, to society, the political order, the Church and especially Catholic journalism. This week, NCR is holding its annual webathon, so it seems a good time to analyze some of the possibilities and challenges posed by the internet. If you are reading this, hopefully you have already made a donation. If you have not yet made a donation, I encourage you to do so, and to make a donation at the appropriate level. Here is the link.
In last Sunday's Outlook section, Rachel Held Evans argues that millennials are not looking for flashy, high-tech worship services: They want substance, especially ancient substance. A thoughtful piece and an encouraging one, although I quibble with the premise. Why would anyone ask someone under 30 what they want?