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Mercy, Part II

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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.

Clouthier: How Much Is Enough (Income)?

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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? 

Mercy, Part I

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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.

Senate Dems Running on Obamacare, the Law, not the Name

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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.

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