Distinctly Catholic: Liberals and Catholics have lessons to learn from the heated debate that surrounded Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
To laugh or to cry? No real need for comment on this commentary by Matt Bowman at CatholicVote.org. The essay would be flunked in a freshman theology class.
At Catholic New World, Archbishop Blase Cupich recaps the responses collected to the Archdiocese of Chicago's consultations in advance of the synod on the family.
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky announced his candidacy for the presidency yesterday in a hotel ballroom in Louisville. The hotel was aptly named: The Galt Hotel. Presumably, the name is merely fortuitous as the hotel predates Ayn Rand’s writing Atlas Shrugged in which her libertarian hero is named John Galt.
Over at Global Pulse, Tony Annett and John Gehring ask if Pope Francis can brake the political stalemate on climate change. They are a tad more hopeful then me. I think the resistance to responsible climate change policies on the American right will remain steadfast, not least because so much of the right's intellectual apparatus is funded by extraction industry poobaahs.
Some historians have a knack for imparting a sweeping interpretation of events in their books, but they fail to actually detail those events for both readers and future historians, and so their work has a strictly limited value: It may be brilliant, but it will always need to be checked to make sure the interpretation is more than plausible. Other historians get bogged down in a catalogue of the events they survey, producing works with no analytical significance, books that read like a grocery list.
The deal reached between Iran, the United States, and other powers, not all of them allies, had already been engulfed in controversy before it was reached. Some, like Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu and certain conservative U.S. members of Congress, had been denouncing the deal for weeks. On the other hand, members of the Obama administration were not only quick to praise deal but offered an interpretation of its provisions that was somewhat at odds with the interpretation being offered by Iranian officials.
Alleluia. Here is Mascagni's exquisite setting of the Regina Caeli.
Here are three songs which fill my heart with dread on this most dread day. First, the Taize chant, "All you who pass this way, Look and See," captures our reluctance to actually gaze upon the suffering of our Lord, which gaze is the only means to really accept our own sufferings. And the answer to the question - Is there any sorrow like unto His sorrow - would be "No."
The Indiana bishops' statement is a model of moderation, albeit a bit vague in the circumstances. A friend called my attention to a particular item of Church teaching that is more clear on this subject, and might usefully be considered by those who thing we should keep digging in, #422 from the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:
Today, the Church enters liturgically into its greatest mystery, the Sacred Triduum, in which we celebrate the events that, together, have brought about our salvation. Here, in these days, is the answer to all varieties of Pelagianism for these days are about God’s great deeds. In the accounts of the Passion, the humans do not come off very well and we are all kidding ourselves if we think we would have done any better if we had been there at the time.