It is not very often I find myself nodding in agreement with an article published by Crisis magazine, but this article by William Newton on the HHS mandate makes some of the points I have been making regarding the HHS mandate, especially the fact that compliance with the mandate could not constitute illicit material cooperation with evil and the dangers of the argument that our opposition to the mandate should be rooted in a conscience exemption. Kudos to Crisis for publishing this fine piece.
Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin, was interviewed last week on Raymond Arroyo's "The World Over" in EWTN. Everything +Morlino says about Pope Francis seems grudging, but I am especially worried that +Morlino may be articulating a meme we will see again in the future - the idea that Pope Francis is, almost uniquely, a creature of his background in Argentina and, just so, crippled in his worldview, certainly sufficiently crippled that what he says can be ignored by us in the U.S. This is not exactly IOPFKWIK - If Only Pope Francis Knew What I Know - Syndrome, but it is close.
My friend and colleague at the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, Robert Christian, has a very provocative essay up at Ethika Politika in which he challenges the anti-military intervention stance of some consistent ethic of life advocates. Provocative and very smart, Christian's essay raises tough questions of a kind young people have such a knack for posing, upsetting us older folks in our settled judgments. Bravo.
Politico is reporting that the proposal set to be released today by Republican Congressman Dave Camp, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, will include some items designed to attract Democratic support for the bill. Camp is expected to announce a surcharge on the very wealthy and a tax on banks, all of which are sweet music to liberal ears.
Over at Religion & Politics, Jason Bruner looks at the backstory on Church involvement in the fight over anti-gay proposals in Uganda. The story is not only about different cultural perspectives. It is very much about the inadequate ecclesiology of the Anglican Communion. Catholics who think that more democracy and lay involvement will be some kind of panacea are obliged to read this cautionary tale.
This editorial in "Southern Cross," a journal affiliated with the South African Catholic Bishops, makes the case against these discriminatory anti-gay laws being passed in Uganda and Nigeria. Let's hope other Catholic bishops will be equally outspoken.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a law passed by that nation’s parliament that increases penalties for homosexual acts, acts which had been proscribed by law since colonial times but rarely enforced. The socio-cultural situation is different from that discussed yesterday in Arizona, but the challenge to Catholic orthodoxy posed by these instances of anti-gay bigotry is the same and that challenge is foundational.
Tomorrow, at Georgetown University's Berkley Center, Charles Camosy will be talking about his book "For the Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action." Charlie goes further than me - I love my dogs extravagantly, but also like to eat ribs. But, his writings are always thoughtful as well as provocative and if you are in town, you should consider attending. You can find out time and location, and RSVP, by clicking here.
Our remarkable pope sent a video message to a group of evangelicals meeting at the Kenneth Copeland Ministries meeting. It is so beautiful.
Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona must decide this week whether or not to sign SB 1062, a law that would enact an expansive state-level version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Regrettably, the Arizona Catholic Conference has encouraged Gov. Brewer to sign the law.