The issue of whether or not a way can be found to re-admit those who are divorced and remarried to the eucharistic table will be one of the thorniest issues at the twin Synods on the Family. On the one hand, it will take some rather exquisite exegesis to get around “what God has joined, let no man put asunder.” On the other hand, for those Catholics who find themselves in this situation, with widely varying degrees of moral culpability for so finding themselves in this situation, the Church must have more to say than “too bad.”
This week's edition of "Pipe Dreams," the radio show that celebrates pipe organ music, is recorded entirely at Bates Hall, on the campus of the University of Kansas, home to a magnificent Wolff organ in a room that is acoustically lively. Great stuff and if you live in the area, as many NCR readers do, you can follow the links to lists of concerts at the school, many of which are free.
We Christians are supposed to be known by our love. This editorial by Carl Olson at Catholic World Report pines for the good ole days when anti-gay bigotry was at its height. Just bizarre.
Last night, the UConn Lady Huskies won their ninth national championship. They defeated a very fine Notre Dame team that had been previously unbeaten all year but which simply could not find their rhythm all night while the Lady Huskies were in the groove from the opening tip-off.
One down. One to go.
The CATO Institute's David Boaz has an essay up at Politico that concisely explains why he thinks libertarians have the wind at their backs politically. He may be right.
I suppose this was predictable. Speaker of the House John Boehner has a Republican caucus that is divided on immigration reform. So, how to unite them? Blame Obama. As Politico reports, Boehner is saying the House can't pass immigration reform because they can't trust the President to enforce it. (At least he did not blame Benghazi.) To a degree, I worry that pro-immigrant activists have played into Boehner's hands by calling on the President to stop deportations.
The CEO of Mozilla was recently forced out when it was disclosed that he donated to the campaign for Proposition 8 in California, which banned gay marriage. And, World Vision recently reversed a decision to hire people who have contracted a same-sex marriage after donors to the charity objected.
I enjoy March Madness whether my team, the UConn Huskies, prosper or not. But, it is quite an achievement to have both our men's team and our women's team playing for the national championship. This has happened three times in the past. In 1999, the Duke Blue Devils sent both their men's and women's teams into the championship game but both lost, and the Duke men's team was beaten by, you guessed it, UConn. In 2004, UConn's men's and women's teams both took home the crown, the only time that has happened.
Yesterday's Washington Post Magazine had an interestingly profile of the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. The article nicely details the differences between being an advocate on the outside and a member of an administration on the inside.