Yesterday, I began a discussion of Cardinal Walter Kasper’s book Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life. Today, I continue the discussion beginning with Kasper’s treatment of mercy in the New Testament. My reason for undertaking this assignment is simple: Many have voiced their disquiet, or worse, at Kasper’s talk to the cardinals at the consistory in February, in which he addressed the family, and this prior book of his seems to me essential reading for anyone who tries to wrestle with that talk.
If you wonder why I enjoy spending time with the young theologians at the Catholic Conversation Project so much, check out this essay at CatholicMoralTheology.com by Professor David Clouthier of Mt. St. Mary's and one of the leading lights of the CCP. Smart, obviously relevant, and really - apart from those steeped in Catholic thought - who even asks such basic questions anymore?
At Catholicculture.org, Dr. Jeff Mirus has an unfortunate essay entitled "The Problem with Catholic Social Teaching." His thesis is summed up in this one sentence:
The key point, again, is to remember there is no doctrinal content, and hence no hierarchical competence, in purely prudential judgments about the social order.
Next week, I will run a series of curtain raisers for the Synod on the Family, to be held in Rome this autumn. The center of discussion in advance of the Synod has so far been dominated by Cardinal Walter Kasper’s talk to the cardinals at the February consistory.
Check out the video of last week's episode of "The World Over" with Raymond Arroyo. At minute 44:00, he begins an interview with Bill Donohue, head of the Catholic League. Among other subjects, Donohue discusses the situation of Bishop Robert Finn and accuses NCR, among others, of leading the charge against Bishop Finn because he is an orthodox bishop.
At Politico, Larry Sabato, one of the most thoughtful analysts of American politics, and some colleagues of his look at the prospects for a GOP wave this autumn.
At the Acton Institute's "PowerBlog," the power is not exactly intellectual. They have a post up by Anthony Bradley in which he tells of his summertime sojourn in colonial Williamsburg and specifically his visit to Bruton Parish church.
Recently, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia gave a talk at the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL). As someone who has not been shy about criticizing Archbishop Chaput, it gives me great pleasure to commend this talk to my readers.
Just as in the U.S. speculation about who is going to be the next Archbishop of Chicago has dominated the realm of ecclesiastical gossip, in Spain the question of who will be going to Madrid has been the leading topic of conversation. A Spanish newspaper is reporting that the Holy See has informed the government that Archbishop Carlos Osoro, presently in Valencia, has gotten the nod.
E.J. Dionne, in this morning's Washington Post, on the trend among Democrats to embrace the good Obamacare does, while avoiding the toxic name. He rightly notes that the administration did a lousy sales job, and botched the rollout, but it turns out that over 500,000 people in Kentucky now have insurance they would otherwise not have, and Arkansas has seen its rate of uninsured cut in half.